2018 Land Trust Days Events

 

Wisconsin Land Trust Days Event Schedule

We'll be updating the schedule during the next few weeks.  Please bookmark this page and check back often.
Dates are subject to change. Please confirm the event with the hosting land trust organization. 

Most events are free. Some require registration and for a few, there is a cost to participate. Please check the notation on the events and visit the hosting land trust organization's website. 


Ice Age Trail Alliance 60 Years Logo

Land Trust Days Kick-Off Event - Ice Age 60th Anniversary Celebration and Dinner

August 10, 2018
3 PM - 9 PM

Hosting Land Trust: Ice Age Trail Alliance

There's no cost to attend the afternoon's events.
There is a cost to attend the dinner. Space is limited. Please register in advance. 

Zander Park
H.M. Zander Community Nature Park
1847 Bourbon Road
Cross Plains, WI 53528

Join us as we celebrate 60 years of the Ice Age Trail Alliance and its work building, stewarding, protecting and promoting  more than 1200 miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The celebration takes place at Zander Park in Cross Plains, Wisconsin, where the Ice Age Trail Alliance is located. 

For the full schedule of events, click here.

  


 

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Ice Age Trail Days - Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Event
Cross Plains Segment, Dane County

August 8, 2018 to August 12, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day except Sunday (8:00 am – noon)
Hosting Land Trust: Ice Age Trail Alliance

Registration is required.

You can help build a piece of history. The Ice Age Trail Alliance is building trail.  If you've never been involved in a trail building event, we encourage you to try it out!

You don't have to be experienced. There are certified trail building leaders who will guide and direct you as you build the trail. They will explain the nuances of trail building that allow people to use the trail while making sure the trail allows the nature around the trail to flourish. If you are looking to join a group that celebrates community and built-to-last camaraderie, consider joining the Ice Age Trail Mobile Skills Crew Trailing Building event. You'll learn about building trail tread, posting signage, creating stonework, and the importance of trail stewardship zones. There will be roles for all ages and abilities, so you can build trail as a family. The Ice Age Trail Alliance provides food, tools, and campsites free to all who volunteer.
#HaveFunOutsideBuildingTrail


 

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Alexander Savanna Celebration

August 12, 2018
1 PM - 4 PM
Hosting Land Trust: The Prairie Enthusiasts

HWY 65
2 miles south of River Falls, WI

The Prairie Enthusiasts purchased the 40-acre Alexander Savanna in 2018. Come celebrate with our St. Croix Valley Chapter who have been working on the site for several decades. The site was protected with WI DNR Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Funding, and a donation from the landowners, Dick & Joan Alexander.

The site includes dry prairie remnants scattered throughout the oak savanna that host several rare plants including kitten tails, buffalo bean & prairie turnip. Come and celebrate the chapter's first land protection project, tour the property to see the diverse prairie and savanna habitats, and hear about the future plans to open the site for nature-based recreation. #HaveFunOutside


 

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Love from Nature: Forest Mindfulness Immersion III

August 14, 2018
9 AM – 10:30 AM

Hosting Land Trust: Door County Land Trust

Registration is required; size is limited.
There is a cost for this event.

Door County - Exact location to be provided upon registration

Join us as we reconnect and rejuvenate within the gorgeous nature sanctuaries the Door County Land Trust protects and preserves…forever. Using our breath, our senses, and moving meditation we will explore and experience nature’s abundant wisdom. This practice is rooted in gratitude for the beautiful gifts that nature generously provides all beings and a celebration of mindful collaboration of human-kind and nature. 

There will be gentle hiking and possibly sitting on the forest floor. Walk barefoot or wear light comfortable footwear. You are also encouraged to bring a journal. Our journey begins at a Door County Land Trust Natural Area - details to be provided in registration confirmation. This event runs rain or shine unless there is a severe storm, in which case we will reschedule for the following Tuesday. #HaveFunOutside


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Hike the Blufflands: Buckthorn Blast

August 18, 2018
9 – 11 AM
Hosting Land Trust: Door County Land Trust

Bay Shore Blufflands Nature Preserve
5454 Bay Shore Dr
Egg Harbor, 54209

Plant diversity is the key to the health of wildlife habitat, but common invasive plants can upset the natural balance and have wide-ranging consequences. It is true that humans are often both the cause and the cure to invasive species problems. Coordinated efforts are now underway to restore the ecological health of the larger Blufflands landscape. Portions of the preserve that were once cleared for timber, farms, resorts, and even a golf course are being restored to productive wildlife habitat.

At the Bay Shore Blufflands Nature Preserve, dedicated volunteers and restoration contractors are making a dramatic difference, year after year, as they clear away invasive exotic shrubs. During our walk you’ll see the restorative changes for yourself. Land once choked with invasive species is now home to a variety of wildflowers and other vital native plants. This 2.5-mile hike covers both level and elevated terrain on bluff slopes. #HaveFunOutsideHiking


 

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Leaving a Legacy: Björklunden Conservation Easement Hike

August 18, 2018
9 - 11 AM

Hosting Land Trust: Door County Land Trust

Björklunden
7590 Boynton Lane
Baileys Harbor, 54202

Join Jane Whitney and Drew Reinke on a hike through one of the Door County Land Trust’s largest conservation easement projects, Lawrence University’s Björklunden. Nearly 70 percent of the property – 305 total acres, one-half mile of Lake Michigan shoreline, boreal forest, migratory bird and wildlife habitat – is protected in perpetuity.

Once the summer retreat of Donald and Winifred Boynton of Highland Park, Ill., Björklunden vid Sjön – Swedish for “Birch Grove by the Lake” – was bequeathed to Lawrence University in 1963 with the understanding that it would be preserved in a way that would ensure its legacy as a place of peace and contemplation. In November 2016, Lawrence University entered into the easement with Door County Land Trust. This moderate two-mile walk will bring you along the shoreline, through a remnant boreal forest, upland hardwood forest, and past a small wind turbine that offers sustainable power for the Björklunden retreat center. #HaveFunOutsideHiking 


 

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Fireboat Ship Canal Tour

August 18, 2018
4:45 PM – 6:30 PM
Hosting Land Trust: Door County Land Trust

There is a cost to take part in this event. Please contact your host.

Chicago Fireboat
Door County Maritime Museum
120 N Madison Avenue
Sturgeon Bay, 54235

All aboard! Join us for a cruise aboard the historic 1937 City of Chicago Fireboat, Fred A. Busse.

Cruising along the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, we’ll see pleasure and fishing boats and perhaps a passing freighter. The Fireboat will take us out past the 107-foot tall Sturgeon Bay canal light to the red mariner’s beacon, the pier head light marking the east entrance to Sturgeon Bay in Lake Michigan. From there we will view the 445-acre Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve. Relax and imagine the generations of mariners who traveled through these waters and the farmers who labored on the adjoining lands. Land Trust staff will narrate the ecological highlights of the preserve and the story of its preservation. #HaveFunOutside


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10th Ride to the Barns

August 18, 2018
8 AM - 4 PM
Hosting Land Trust: Tall Pines Conservancy

There is a cost for this event. Registration is required.

Camp Quad
H.M. Zander Community Nature Park
6886 Hwy Q
Hartford, WI

Ride to the Barns is a fundraising bicycle ride through the lake country and rolling farmland in Waukesha, Washington, and Dodge counties. Rest stops include farms serving locally produced food to highlight farmland preservation. The ride ends with a post party featuring food, beer, refreshments, and live music. #HaveFunOutsideBikinig


Mississippi Valley Conservancy Logo The Prairie Enthusiasts Logo

Prairie Flower Hike
Presentation: Using Goats for Restoration

August 18, 2018
10 AM – 11:15 AM
Hosting Land Trust: Mississippi Valley Conservancy

11949 Mount Ridge Road
Fennimore, WI

Prairie Enthusiast guides will take you through Borah Creek Prairie which is over 130 acres of remnant prairie that has been restored through voluntary efforts. #HaveFunOutsideHiking


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Evening Under the Stars

August 18, 2018
7:30 – 9:30 PM

Hosting Land Trust: Groundswell Conservancy

Space is limited. Please register in advance.

Farmstead at Westport Drumlin
5208 Bong Rd
Waunakee WI 53597

Join us for evening under the stars at Westport Drumlin! Don't miss this opportunity to learn about constellations (there's an app for that!), how the sky changes over the year, and what exactly the Milky Way is and when can we see it.

Our fieldtrip leaders, Paul Kaarakka and Rick Wayne, are excited to share the wonders of the night sky with us. Paul Kaarakka was introduced to astronomy in 1972 by a neighbor with a telescope who showed him an early morning conjuction of several planets. He has been hooked ever since!

Rick Wayne came to astronomy through his love and work in photography. He became entranced by how new photo technology enables night-sky imaging and leapt into that with both feet!

Paul and Rick will set up several different scopes for viewing the night sky. We hope to see: The Andromeda Galaxy, The Ring Nebula in Lyrae, Venus's Crescent, Jupiter and its "Galilean" moons, Saturn and Mars. This is a family-friendly event. We encouarge kids to join us!  #HaveFunOutsideStarGazing


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Reviving a Lost Prairie Landscape
Mounds View Grassland

August 18, 2018
9 AM - 3 PM
Hosting Land Trust: The Prairie Enthusiasts

8624 Reilly Road
Barneveld, WI

Come for a day of hiking across The Prairie Enthusiast’s 570-acre Mounds View Grassland preserve. We will explore the progress being made in bringing degraded remnant prairies back to life, converting non-native grass to native prairie, renovating streams, wetlands, and seeps, and planting agricultural fields to prairie.

We will encounter rich displays of late summer prairie flowers. Along the way, we also will have the opportunity to observe many species of butterflies, dragonflies, and bumblebees. We will have some close-focusing binoculars available on site for participants. Be prepared for a long hike off trail and occasional steep slopes. Bring a pack lunch (we’ll stop for a picnic along the way), water, hat, sun screen, long pants, and binoculars. #HaveFunOutsideHiking


 

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Protecting Endangered Species Walk at the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve

August 19, 2018
9:30 – 11:30 AM

Hosting Land Trust: Door County Land Trust

Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve
5340 Lake Ln
Sturgeon Bay, 54235

The Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve is the site of the Door County Land Trust’s largest restoration project to date.

In the spring, volunteer birding teams come out to record breeding bird populations.

In summer, Chicago Botanical Garden staff monitor endangered Pitcher’s dune thistles. Both bird and thistle counts increase in response to invasive plant removal and habitat improvement. Due to these efforts, Wisconsin’s healthiest population of the endangered Dune Thistle is now found here.

Join us on a one-and a-half-mile, moderate hike through open dunes, ridges and swales, old fields, forest, and sandy beaches. Learn more about he restoration efforts. Bring your hat, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent. #HaveFunOutsideHiking


 

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Door County Land Trust Annual Gathering

August 19, 2018
4 – 7 PM

Hosting Land Trust: Door County Land Trust

There is a cost for this event. Registration is required. 

Stone Harbor Resort
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Gather together for a celebration of land protection successes and a look ahead.

Each year, the community of Land Trust supporters gathers together to celebrate the successes of the previous year and look to the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Entertainment includes bluegrass music by the four-piece ensemble Highland Road, as well as property walks. Plein air artists will paint on location.

Wine, beer, and other beverages will accompany a buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres and salads. A dessert buffet by Land Trust members ends this sweet evening. #HaveFunOutside


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Springstead Lake Paddle

August 23, 2018
10:30 AM - 2 PM
Hosting Land Trust: Northwoods Land Trust

Free, open to the public event, but people must sign up in advance. Call  715-479-2490 or email: nwlt@northwoodslandtrust.org.
You will also be responsible for your own lunch. Please call for details.

1065 Springstead Lake Rd
Park Falls, WI 54552

Join Northwoods Land Trust staff for a guided paddling tour (or pontoon boat option) of Springstead Lake in Iron County. The tour will be followed by an optional lunch at Springstead Lake Lodge. (Participants will pay for their own lunch; the rest of the event is free.) #HaveFunOutside


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August Friday Night Hike
August 24, 2018
5 - 9 PM

Hosting Land Trust: Baraboo Range Preservation Association

Bring a dish and beverages to pass.
S5373 Durwards Glen Road
Baraboo, WI 53913

Join us for a hike across Baraboo Range Preservation Association easement property owned by Terrence and Barbara McCormick deep in the eastern Baraboo Range. Come explore this 180-acre parcel of mature oak woodlands, traversed by a creek that flows into fields now reverting back to forest. This excursion will end in our traditional post–hike potluck where you can enjoy a campfire with great views to the bluffs from the retired architects' inspirational home.

Baraboo Range Preservation Association will provide friendly members, brats off the grill and coolers of ice. Participants are asked to bring a seasonal dish to pass and drinks of their choice. #HaveFunOutsideHiking

 


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Smith-Reiner Drumlin Prairie Field Trip

August 25, 2018
1 - 3 PM
Hosting Land Trust: The Prairie Enthusiasts

Directions: From the intersection of Highway 12/18 and Highway 73 (two miles west of Cambridge, WI) go south on Highway 73 for 1.5 miles, then east on County Highway PQ for 1 mile, then south on Clearview Road for 0.5 mile. 
Park in the small parking lot off of Clearview Road and walk west .25 miles on an old farm lane into the natural area.

Join us as we tour this TPE prairie during the late season bloom.

Liatris will be the stars of the show with ridiculous amounts of blooms on both drumlins and new ones in the basin areas. There will also be a herd of gentians in bloom along with a flock of silphiums. Mowed paths are provided and we even have a new kiosk that highlights the prairie and the work that goes into it. The resident Marsh Hawks are also invited and they may even show-up depending on what’s being served for dinner. #HaveFunOutside


Chippewa County Land Conservancy

Otter Lake Esker Dedication

August 25, 2018
1 - 3 PM
Your Hosting Land Trust: Chippewa County Land Conservancy

14187 360th St
Stanley WI 54768

Explore an ice age esker and learn its significance at this dedication event.  Friends and neighbors are invited to join with Chippewa County Land Conservancy members in celebrating the establishment of the Otter Lake Esker Preserve. We’ll share refreshments, explore this ice-age wonder that preserves a unique remnant of glacial topography: an esker created within a tunnel channel. The area is planned to be developed as a future Ice Age Trail interpretive site.


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Shea Prairie Restorations and Remnants

August 26, 2018
1 - 4 PM
Hosting Land Trust: The Prairie Enthusiasts

3095 Mounds View Road
Barneveld, WI

This 100-acre unit of the TPE’s Mounds View Grassland, a landscape-scale 570-acre project, has undergone major stream, wetland, and prairie restoration during the past 5 years. The restored vegetation is starting to take off. A great display of cream gentians should be in store at this time. There is also much remnant dry prairie on site, which we will explore as well. #HaveFunOutside


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Schurch-Thomson Prairie in Late Summer

September 1, 2018
1 - 4 PM

Hosting Land Trust: The Prairie Enthusiasts

8624 Reilly Road
Barneveld, WI

Come hike into the secluded valley of the Schurch-Thomson and Underwood prairies.

Late summer wildflowers such as rough blazingstar, cream gentian, various prairie goldenrods, and asters should be in full bloom .

Be repared for a long hike, some off trail.

Bring long pants, sturdy shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. We will also see prairie plantings and inter-seedings of various ages.

Schurch-Thomson Prairie is a 193-acre unit of TPE’s 570-acre Mounds View Grassland preserve. It's adjacent to the Underwood Prairie, privately owned by the Hanley Family Trust. The Prairie Enthusiasts has a management agreement to manage and restore prairie on approximately 20 acres. The hike will include extensive grassland, bird habitat filled with bobolinks, meadowlarks, grasshopper sparrows, and upland sandpipers. #HaveFunOutsideHiking


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Garden Tour with Guided Hike & Stargazing

September 8, 2018
4:30 - 9 PM
Hosting Land Trust: Mississippi Valley Conservancy

Francisan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Villa
Hwy 33
St. Josephs Ridge, WI

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration open their private lands, which have been permanently protected, to the public during this one afternoon event.

The Sisters will take you through a guided tour of their gardens and discuss their gardening techniques. A guided hike out to the overlook will give you breathtaking views of the valley. We end the evening with the La Crosse Astronomical Society and their telescopes for stargazing. #HaveFunOutside


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Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust Annual Picnic

September 8, 2018
Noon - 3 PM
Hosting Land Trust: Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust

Red Banks Alvar State Natural Area
Hwy 57 to Gibson Lane, watch for signage

Gathering to celebrate a special new property acquisition, the rare Red Banks Alvar State Natural Area in Brown County.

The event includes a picnic lunch, beverages, naturalist-led hikes, plein-air painters, children's activities, and an award to Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust's Volunteer of the Year. #HaveFunOutside


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Monarch Migration Tagging

September 15, 2018
9 - 12 PM
Hosting Land Trust: Driftless Area Land Conservancy

Space is limited. Please register.

Bloomfield Prairie
Dodgeville, WI

Every fall, thousands of migrating monarch butterflies are tagged through Citizen Science programs that promote monarch research and conservation efforts.

Join Driftless Area Land Conservancy to participate first-hand in catching and tagging monarch butterflies, and learn more about the amazing phenomenon of monarch migration. We'll provide tags and butterfly nets. This event is family friendly and open to the public.

Space is limited and registration is required.

To register, call the Driftless Area Land Conservancy office at (608) 930-3252 or email amy@driftlessconservancy.org. #HaveFunOutside


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A Day of Nature at Hartland Marsh

September 15, 2018
10 AM - 2 PM
Hosting Land Trust: Waukesha County Land Conservancy

901 Cottonwood Ave
Hartland WI, 53029

Join us at Waukesha County Land Conservancy's property, Hartland Marsh Nature Preserve.

We will host tours of the property, offer educational information about the property and oak ecosystems, connect with fellow Waukesha County Land Conservancy members and nature enthusiasts.

Learn about the environmental significance of the Hartland Marsh Nature Preserve, the Conservancy's partnership with the Village of Hartland and the Ice Age Trail Alliance. You'll also find out what the organization is doing to help restore and protect oak ecosystems in Waukesha County. We hope that you will stay to enjoy a light picnic lunch and reflect on Waukesha County Land Conservancy's year as they prepare to accept Wisconsin's Land Trust of the Year Award. #HaveFunOutside


 

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Nature's Remedies Walk: Medicinal Plants

September 15, 2018
9 – 11 AM

Hosting Land Trust: Door County Land Trust

There is a cost for this event. Space is limited. Please register in advance. 

Three Springs Nature Preserve
10442 3 Springs Rd
Sister Bay, 54234

Did you know that Door County is teeming with medicinal plants?

Join Holly Erskine for a hike at the Door County Land Trust’s beautiful and historic Three Springs Nature Preserve. Author, chemist, and educator, Holly Erskine will share her knowledge of the biochemistry of medicinal plants, including plants found at this preserve. Observe famed plants like nettle, chamomile, and yarrow. Discover a host of lesser-known medicinal plants native to Wisconsin. This is an approximately one-mile hike over fairly level terrain. #HaveFunOutside


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Knob Road Farm Walkabout


September 15, 2018
4 – 8 PM
Hosting Land Trust: Geneva Lake Conservancy

There is a cost to take part in this event. Space is limited. Please register in advance.

Knob Road
Burlington, WI

Join the Geneva Lake Conservancy for property tours, walks, cocktails, dinner, and speaker Jack Philips, the principal of the Naturalist School.

#HaveFunOutside


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Reviving a Lost Prairie Landscape
Mounds View Grassland

September 16, 2018
9 AM – 3:30 PM
Hosting Land Trust: The Prairie Enthusiasts

8624 Reilly Road
Barneveld, WI

Come for a day of hiking across TPE’s 570-acre Mounds View Grassland preserve.

We will explore the progress being made in bringing degraded remnant prairies back to life, converting non-native grass to native prairie, renovating streams, wetlands, and seeps, and planting agricultural fields to prairie.

We will encountering late summer prairie wildflowers such as bottle, fringed and prairie gentians, asters, and goldenrods. Be prepared for a long hike off trail and occasional steep slopes. Bring a pack lunch (we’ll stop along the way for a picnic along the way), water, hat, sun screen, and long pants.

#HaveFunOutside


 

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Fall Prairies at Faville Grove Sanctuary

September 16, 2018
9 – 11 AM
Hosting Land Trust: Madison Audubon Society

Faville Grove Sanctuary
W7480 Prairie Lane
Lake Mills, WI, 53551

The prairie can be just as beautiful as the iconic northern forest in fall.

On this trip you will immerse yourself in the textures, colors, sounds, and smells of fall at Faville Grove. We will tour the Prairie Lane restorations and take note of the fall colors, late blooming wildflowers, such as gentians, asters, and goldenrods, talk about the role of seed collecting in our restorations, and more. #HaveFunOutside


 

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2018 Land Conservation Leadership Awards Celebration

September 20, 2018
5:30 to 8:30 PM
Your Host: Gathering Waters: Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts

Monona Terrace
1 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI 53703

Join Gathering Waters on Sep 20, 2018 as they celebrate the winners of the 2018 Land Conservation Leadership Awards. T

The awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of conservation leaders from all walks of life. Each year Gathering Waters' asks the land trust community to nominate people who have insipired them with their dedication to protect the land and water resources in Wisconsin that make our state a Special place to live, work, and visit. This year, the awards will be presented to the winners at Gathering Waters Land Conservation Awards Celebration on September 20, 2018.

Register online and take advantage of Early Bird pricing until August 1, 2018. If you are a Land Legacy Society member, contact the Gathering Waters' office at 608.251.9131 to receive a promotional code for your complimentary registration. Celebrate the conservation leaders chosen for a 2018 Land Conservation Leadership Awards.


 North Central Conservancy Trust

Shillinglaw Mecan Prairie Walk and Prairie Seed Collection

September 22, 2018
10 AM – 1 PM
Hosting Land Trust: North Central Conservancy Trust

Directions: From I-39 at Coloma: Go east on Hwy 21 at Coloma for 5 miles to Richford. Turn right on Hwy B heading south. Go through Richford on Hwy B nine-tenths of a mile, then turn left on Hwy JJ heading east. Go 4.3 miles on JJ and you will see a cemetery on the right. Make a very sharp right turn onto Czech Rd. almost heading back west. (If you reach a stop sign on JJ, you have gone too far.) Go about one-fourth mile on Czech Rd. and you come out of a woods and park on the roadside when you see a prairie on both sides of the road.

North Central Conservancy Trust and the landowner will host a guided, educational hike through the Shillinglaw restored prairie and savannah. Explore rare plant communities, collect native seeds and take them home to spread the prairie far and wide. Pack your lunch and join us for a beautiful walk on the wild side! #HaveFunOutside


 

  

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