Southwest Chapter is in the heart of the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin. The area contains dry hill prairies, river terrace sand and wet prairies, and oak savannas. We have many TPE-owned properties that require our care in managing and restoring. Our chapter was one of the first chapters formed, and we have a rich history!  

The Southwest chapter covers Grant, Crawford, Richland, and Iowa Counties in Wisconsin. We invite you to join us!

Learn more by visiting About our chapter and Sites and projects web pages.

Chapter contact:  Rose Sime,, 608-831-9297
Board representative:  Gary Eldred, (608) 375-5271
Facebook:  Chapter page

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Despite the rain, there was an excellent turn out for a monarch butterfly tagging program held on September 19.

Linda Lynch initiated the event as well as hosting it at her farm near Ridgeway. Representatives from Monarch Watch and Madison Audubon presented a program on monarch, population declines, life cycles and migration patterns. Monarchs are tagged with tiny tags with code numbers to trace migration. It is citizen science at its best.There were a number of children present who contributed energy to the group.           


Upcoming Work Parties

October 19--Double Oaks Savanna   9 - noon

Double Oaks Savanna was gifted to The Prairie Enthusiasts by Alice and Walter Mirk in 2012. Managed by the Southwest Chapter, the 23 acres contains remnant and restored prairie, oak savanna and oak woodland. The rugged terrain is home to a number of rare species including Purple Milkweed, Prairie Indian Plantain, Jeweled Shooting Star, Pickerel Frog and Prairie Ring-Necked Snake.

Access & directions
From the east, go to the intersection of Highway 133 and County Road C west of Woodman. Proceed west on County Road C 4.7 miles to the rock quarry on the right., where we will congregate. From the west, go to the intersection of Highway 18 and County Road C, a few miles east of Prairie du Chien. Drive east on County C for 7.8 miles. Just past the settlement of Millville you will come to the rock quarry on the left.


November 16--Eldred Prairie   9 - noon

Originally called the Ellenboro Prairie, the Southwest Wisconsin chapter changed the name in February 2004 to the Gary Eldred Prairie Preserve to honor Gary's many contributions to prairie preservation.

Access & directions
This prairie is in Grant County, Wisconsin, Section 8, Ellenboro Township, about five miles east of Lancaster.


If you have any questions about work parties, please contact Jack Kussmaul at or at 608-988-4309


Gary Eldred interview on WRCO radio show 

 The Morning Show recently featured Gary talking about prairies. Have a listen.