Conference Highlights

TPE Photo Contest

A highlight of every TPE annual conference is the photo contest.

Photos can be submitted by anyone of anything related to prairies and savannas. The finalists are selected by the conference host chapters.  The winner is determined by a vote of the conference participants.

All finalists receive a framed print of their photo used at the conference.  The winning photograph is used on the cover of our 2020 annual report.

Please send your photo files by email before Friday, Feb. 1, 2020, to Joe Rising at Please contact Joe at (608) 638- 1873 with any questions.

Pre-Conference Gathering

On Friday, Feb. 28, from 5 - 8:30 p.m., we gather at the Steve’s Pizza Palace (Mediterraneo Room, 175 W. Main St., Platteville) to welcome all conference attendees and guests. There will be a cash bar and a limited menu from which you can order dinner.

Raffle & Silent Auction

Bid on and buy raffle tickets for a variety of great items, such as cookies, jams, honey, artwork, beer and wine. The raffle and silent auction benefit the local chapter.

Preview of select auction items.


Sponsors & Exhibitors

Visit our sponsor and exhibitor displays featuring information about plants, land management and more. The Prairie Enthusiasts will have a table where you can purchase tote bags, t-shirts, hats, books and other items. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.



Our host hotel for the event is Country Inn & Suites, 630 S. Water St., Platteville. We have a block of rooms reserved for $95 per night for both Friday and Saturday night. Rooms contain two queen beds. To qualify for the block rate, you need to call to make a reservation no later than Jan. 28. The number is 608-348-7373.

There are a number of other hotels in Platteville. Rates seem to vary depending on how you book so check with the hotel to get a current rate. The rate shown may or may not be the one that applies to you.

Hotel Rate Phone
Country Inn & Suites $95 608-348-7373
Super 8 $77 608-348-8800
Mound View Inn $80 608-348-9518
Holiday Inn and Express $103 608-342-2238



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