TPE Calendar

This calendar contains most of the TPE-wide events (e.g., many of the field trips), but is not complete for all chapter events (e.g., some work parties, some field trips). Please check chapter webpages or contact chapters directly for more events. Hope to see you at an event soon!

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    Ridgeway, WI

    Monarch tagging on the prairie

    Have you held a monarch? Be a part of the extraordinary effort to track monarchs through their migration to Mexico! At this event, learn about monarch ecology, catch and tag a monarch, start to track its progress over time, and explore how to support monarchs in your yard. Adults and children welcome!

    This event is free, but registration is required and capped at 20 participants. Please call 608-924-1637 or email to register today! We will provide directions once you’ve registered.

    Hosted by: the Southwest Wisconsin chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts, Madison Audubon, and Monarch Joint Venture, all founding members and supporters of the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 01:00 PM
    Hauser Road Prairie

    Gentians at Hauser

    Hauser Road Prairie is a 45-acre TPE preserve managed by the Empire-Sauk Chapter. It straddles a scenic high ridge north of Waunakee, from which the State Capital can be seen. It is located within the once vast (250,000-acre) Empire Prairie of northern Dane and southern Columbia counties, and is one of the largest remaining pieces of that original prairie. We have a good chance of seeing three or four gentian species. Stiff gentian blooms in profusion and downy gentian is scattered throughout the site. A patch where bottle gentian has appeared in the past will be searched as well as the area where cream gentian seeds have been scattered. In addition, a number of late-blooming species should still be in flower, such as goldenrods and several aster species. A variety of grassland birds could be present or migrating. Migrating monarch butterflies should still be present. This is an off-trail hike of moderate difficulty. 

    What to Bring/Wear: Dress for the weather; wear long pants and good walking shoes, binoculars recommended.

    Trip leader: Randy Hoffman (h) 608.849.4502, or

    Directions:  From the junction of Hwys 19 and 113 in Waunakee, take Hwy 113 north 2.5 miles to Madigan Road (right turn). Proceed on Madigan for 1.0 mile to Hauser Road, turn right. Proceed 0.2 miles and park along the road (off the pavement).