Come explore remnants of dry prairie and restorations of wetlands and wet to mesic prairie of the 100-acre Shea Prairie. This site is a unit of TPE’s 570-acre Mounds View Grassland and has undergone extensive stream and wetland restoration beginning in 2012. On the hike, we are likely find the endangered regal fritillary butterfly along with many other butterfly and dragonfly species. A great diversity of high summer prairie wildflowers should be in bloom, including rosinweed, compass plant, rattlesnake master, prairie blazingstar, and many more. At the end of the hike you will be treated to homemade pie with ice cream at Diane & John Shea’s home overlooking the preserve. Pre-registration required. There is a limit of 18 participants. To sign up, contact Rich Henderson (email@example.com or 608-845-7065).
Directions: Address is 3095 Mounds View Road, Barneveld. From US Highway 18/151, a mile and a half west of Blue Mounds, turn south on Mounds View Road. Proceed on Mounds View for 2.5 miles to where it joins briefly with Prairie Grove Rd. Stay with Mounds View and go another 0.7 miles. Look for the kiosk and parking lot on the left.
Photo by Josh Mayer