The Empire-Sauk Chapter is active in a varied landscape with prairies and savannas in the Driftless area, and across the terminal moraine with prairies on glacial till and on drumlins. We are involved with many aspects of prairie conservation, protecting and restoring prairies and savannas, offering naturalist led field trips and supporting citizen science and research. We welcome volunteers in all aspects of our activities. Learn more by visiting the "About our chapter" and "Sites and projects" (this page includes a map of sites) webpages.
The Empire-Sauk chapter covers Columbia, Dane, Sauk, and eastern Iowa Counties in Wisconsin. We invite you to join us!
Chapter contact: email@example.com
Field Trips! Empire Sauk Chapter is offering 19 field trips in May, June and July.
We start out on Mother’s Day weekend with five field trips and two lunches. Check out the options and good luck choosing! Want to learn more about restoration methods? Join Rich Henderson on June 30th for an all day walk through Mounds View Grasslands, our largest preserve. Rich will talk about restoration techniques applied and lessons learned. And we will enjoy the sights and sounds of this prairie landscape along the way.
From chasing butterflies, identifying grassland birds to searching for rare milkweeds, there is a lot to look forward to. Bring a friend and get out to enjoy a prairie or savanna this spring and summer! Click here to view the trip descriptions and photos.
Empire Sauk Chapter has two special books available for purchase
BEES; An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide By Heather Holm. 2017. Pollination Press LLC. $30
Pollinators of Native Plants by Heather Holm. 2014. Pollination Press LLC. $25
The chapter purchased copies at wholesale prices direct from the author/publisher and we are selling them as a fundraiser to support the chapter’s education, outreach, and other activities. So buy your copies here and support Empire Sauk Chapter programs! For description and purchase info, click here.
Empire Sauk Chapter has a Facebook Page! Check out and join the new Empire Sauk Facebook page! To navigate to the page use: https://www.facebook.com/TPE.EmpireSaukChapter or search for “The Prairie Enthusiasts-Empire Sauk Chapter” on the Facebook homepage. This page is a great way to keep in touch and learn about all the special events and great restoration work done by our volunteers. Feel free to message the administrators through Facebook if you have any questions or have suggestions for content.
A map of Empire Sauk Chapter managed sites is available Thanks to the work of Joshua Mayer and Scott Fulton, a pdf map of chapter managed sites is available. You can also use a Google Map to interactively view sites and get directions.