Since 2006, Glacial Lakes Conservancy (GLC) has been working to create a 25-acre nature preserve from a glacial remnant in the Town of Rhine, called “Grasshopper Hill Preserve.” In the Spring of 2011, family members of the Fischer Farmstead agreed to work with GLC because of their shared vision and the late LaVern Meeusen’s wish to protect the farm’s steep-sided, wooded hill from future development.
At the end of September, Glacial Lakes Conservancy successfully acquired and established the Grasshopper Hill Preserve!
Area residents for generations have told stories of their adventures on Grasshopper Hill. From on top of this scenic landmark one can see for miles, look north for an overview of Elkhart Lake, east to the golf course, south over green pastured horse farms, west to the Sheboygan marsh.
A wonderful view of the Fischer farmhouse near Grasshopper Hill.
GLC President Kenn Buelow celebrates the occasion with Fischer Farm owners Mark Meeusen and Noelle Jonas, Board Member Chris Krieg, and GLC Executive Director Vickie Hall.
A Fischer Farm remnant has its own charm.
GLC Board Member Chris Krieg spearheaded efforts to envision local preservation of this Elkhart Lake landscape.
GLC's Tony Smith, Joe Majerus, and Shirley Griffin enjoy a site inventory visit to Grasshopper Hill in May, 2011.
A scene from a Grasshopper Hill hike in May, 2011.
Everyone is overjoyed with the success of the project.
“Upon a hill, where all is still, I find a quiet peace. I sit until my heart’s tranquil, And all my problems cease.” –Martha Esch Schott, Upon a Hill
Martha and John Schott offer their grandson Ethan the best view at the Grasshopper Hill Celebration event.
Martha Schott and board member Chris Krieg greatly helped to gather community support for the new preserve.
Tony Smith and Joe Majerus strolling the Grasshopper Hill property in May, 2011
“I see the trees above me stand, Like kings in their magnificence. Yet luxuries concern them not, And wealth has no significance.” –Martha Esch Schott, Upon a Hill