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 About our chapter and Sites and projects (this page includes a map of sites) web pages. 

The Empire-Sauk chapter covers Columbia, Dane, Sauk, and eastern Iowa Counties in Wisconsin.

Chapter contact:  [email protected]

Facebook:  Chapter page

What's New

Restoration Ecology Internships

Looking for field experience in natural area restoration and management?  Four paid internships in restoration ecology are available through The Prairie Enthusiasts (Empire-Sauk Chapter).  Work will be carried out at several outstanding prairie and savanna sites in southern Wisconsin.  This is an opportunity to learn plant and animal identification, ecosystem ecology, habitat needs of rare and declining species, and the tools, methods, and philosophies of restoration ecology from professional ecologists and experienced practitioners.  You will also learn about the conservation significance and goals of various preserves.

These are full-time positions for 12 weeks from Tuesday, June 1, through Friday, August 20, 2021. 

To find out more and how to apply for these positions, see this flier.

Our winter work party schedule* is now posted (click here). Working on prairies and savannas is a great way to get outdoors and stay active over the winter! 
*As events are weather dependent, please check with the leader to confirm that a work party will be taking place.

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.