Join us after the Annual Membership Picnic to view the Southwest Chapter's newest prairie, Iris Drive. The picnic will go to about 2:00 and then we will make our way over there.
Gary Eldred will lead us on a hike on the two remnants, focusing on the west unit, that was newly cleared, to see what is coming up this year. We will talk about the the history of Iris Drive Prairie, plant diversity, restoration methods and long tern goals for the adjoining oak woodlands.
Access & directions
The address for the site is 18663 West River Road, Gays Mills, WI 54631.
From the village of Gays Mills, WI drive west on HW 171. As you cross the Kickapoo River take the immediate next left onto River Road. Continue south for 2 miles to Iris Drive on your right. You have now arrived at the property. The rural route number is posted along River Road a few hundred feet south of the intersection.
To access the prairies, turn right onto Iris Drive and continue for 1,000 feet. There is a farm lane entrance on your right that you can turn into and park off of the road. As you walk north on the farm lane, the eastern prairie that has been restored since 2012 is on your right, and the western prairie that has been restored since 2016 is on your left.