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!

  • Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 01:00 PM
    UW-M at Waukesha Field Station in Oconomowoc, WI

    Waukesha Field Station Work Party

    We will be cutting brush and remembering the burn! Potluck to follow.

    Directions: Google Map here. W349 S1480 Waterville Rd, Oconomowoc, WI 53066. Take the first lane to the left after the wildlife area and park at grassy area by the shed.

    What to wear: You will need sturdy footwear, clothes that can get beat up and work gloves. Plus a water bottle! If the weather is questionable, or if you have other questions, call Alice at 920-219-0427.

    The UWM at Waukesha Field Station is home to a beautiful restored prairie/oak savanna, a variety of forest land, an ephemeral pond, Henrietta Lake and Scuppernong Creek. Visitors will enjoy walking the 3.5 miles of mowed hiking trails, as well as boardwalks over wetland areas. The unique wood-fired kiln and the Wildlife in Need Center make it a truly amazing educational destination.

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 09:00 AM
    Benedict Prairie in Bristol, WI

    Benedict Prairie Work Day

    We will be working on the remaining dense brush in the areas around and in the prairie. This prairie is a joy to work on!

    Directions: Google Map here. I-94 to state Hwy 50 (Kenosha/Lake Geneva exit). Hwy 50 west 1.5 miles to 144th Ave. South on 144th Ave 0.6 miles. Benedict Prairie is on the east side. There is a sign near the road. It is a long, narrow tract that runs along an old railroad bed. The lane to the south of the prairie is privately owned; please park on the shoulder of 144th, north of the prairie.

    What to wear: You will need sturdy footwear, clothes that can get beat up and work gloves. Plus a water bottle! If you are concerned about weather or have questions, call 920-219-0427 on the date of the scheduled activity.

    The Benedict Prairie Unit of The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station consists of about six acres, actually 100 feet wide and one half mile long, on what was once a railroad right of way on the old Kenosha-Silver Lake-Beloit branch line of the Chicago Northwestern Railroad.

    This is an iconic and rare mesic prairie that was actually inventoried in the 1950's by the Dr. John Curtis. Don't miss your chance to work on this exceptional site. 

  • Saturday, May 01, 2021 at 10:00 AM · 3 rsvps
    Eureka Maple Woods in Cashton, WI

    Eureka Maple Woods

    This is a non-prairie hike. Several Coulee Region Chapter members have visited this unique State Natural Area and want to offer a hike to those interested in an ecosystem much different than prairie or savanna. These are moist woods full of spring ephemerals and other spring blooming species. Unique species such as twinleaf, goldenseal, great waterleaf, and moschatel should all be in bloom, as well as lots of common spring ephemerals like hepaticas, Dutchman’s breeches, and squirrel corn. Learn more at: Eureka Maple Woods State Natural Area - Wisconsin DNRWe'll meet at TPE-member Jon Rigden's place near the SNA.

  • Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM · 2 rsvps
    Zoerb Prairie in La Crosse, WI

    Zoerb Prairie hike and girdling demo

    Zoerb Prairie is one of a few hill prairies in the City-owned Hixon Forest in La Crosse that is actively managed. Come see the progress, including the results of a 2021 spring burn.  We'll look at flora that is typical of hill prairies in the area. Most of the discussion during the hike will be about management, and then we'll follow the hike with a demonstration of girdling (see this blog post if unfamiliar with the method). Some tools will be available or bring your own favorite tool for the task. 

    Meet at the NWS station on Hwy FA. From there it is a short fairly level walk to the prairie. If you choose to, there are steep hills to walk once we get there!

  • Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM
    Zoerb and Lookout Prairie in La Crosse, WI

    Soils and Geology Hike at Hixon Forest

    On this walk to Zoerb and Lookout Prairies we will examine the soils of bluff prairies and other spots of interest along the way. We will look at the loamy-skeletal soils of the upper bluff prairie associated with the Oneota Dolostone and the sandy-skeletal soils of the lower bluff prairie associated with the Jordan Sandstone. Although these two forms of bluff prairies have some similar plant species, the loamy-skeletal and sandy-skeletal soils support distinct plant communities.

    Peter Hartman is the hike leader. Peter is a retired NRCS soil scientist that was one of the authors of two publications describing the ecological site descriptions of bluff prairies. The publications can be found here: Ecological Site Description: Sandstone Colluvium Bluff Prairie (usda.gov) and Ecological Site Description: Dolomite Colluvium Bluff Prairie (usda.gov).

    Meet at the NWS station on Hwy FA. From there it is a short fairly level walk to the prairie. If you choose to, there are steep hills to walk once we get there!

  • Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM
    Private property in Woodman, WI

    Turtle Identification Workshop

    ***Registration required -- check back later for details.***

    This event is still being planned and is COVID-dependent. Event times are likely to change as the date gets closer.

    This workshop will be conducted by Rebecca Christoffel, a leading authority on turtles. This is about the time turtles are laying their eggs on the site where the program will take place. We will begin at 10:00 with the indoor portion before having lunch and moving out for an on-site investigation. This will be held at a spot where turtles are active. Please bring your own lunch. We will be asking for registration as the date gets closer; contact Jack with questions.

  • Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 04:00 PM
    Eagle Rock Oak Savanna in Readstown

    Restoring Eagle Rock Oak Savanna

    Come join us to look for Purple Milkweed. This will be our second year hiking to see the early efforts on privately-owned land in SE Vernon County toward recovering the remnant prairie, oak savanna, and exposed cliffs of Eagle Rock, a 100 foot tall outcropping of sandstone and dolomite. Take in the unique geology of the driftless from 300 feet above the Kickapoo Valley, find out which species are among the first to respond to the first round of clearing and prescribed burning, and see some of the current and future challenges that the landowners are up against. The hike to the top is on a moderately steep and rocky hill road, but the savanna and portions of the prairie on top of the rock are relatively flat. The optional loop around the base of the outcrop to see the lower portion of the prairie and the savanna is more challenging.

     

    Directions: Google Maps Link to Parking Area

    From Readstown: Travel south on Hwy 61 approximately one mile out of town and it will be the last driveway on the right (west of Hwy) at the base of the hill (near the end of the first left hand curve heading out of Readstown). Driveway is gravel and leads to a small wooden garage with a red metal roof, which is the general area we’ll be meeting.

    From Soldiers Grove: Travel north on Hwy 61 approximately 3 miles out of town and it will be the second driveway to your left off of Hwy 61 (right around the bend from Readstown). Gravel driveway and parking are roughly 1 mile north of Tavern and Day Creek Rds.  There is a wood shed with a red metal roof near the parking area at the base of the hill. This is where we will meet.

    Note: Driveway and shed do not show up in any satellite imagery. Parking/meeting location is only visible from Hwy 61 when traveling south from Readstown. Also, if you arrive with ten minutes to spare, take a loop around Day Creek Road for a panoramic view of Eagle Rock from the opposite side of the valley.

  • Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 09:00 AM
    Various properties

    Grant County Restoration Tour

    This event is still being planned. Event times are likely to change as the date gets closer.

    We're planning a tour of private sites in Grant County, WI. We will begin with a tour of the Roger and Pat Smith farm in rural Boscobel and have a picnic there. We will then move on to the Phil Wegman property north of Lancaster. Details will be provided as the date gets closer; contact Jack with questions.

  • Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 09:00 AM
    Various properties

    Southwest Wisconsin Restoration Tour

    This event is still being planned. Event times are likely to change as the date gets closer.

    We'll begin at the Jim Dworschak property in rural Soldiers Grove to see his car collection as well as his prairie. We will move on to the Gary Adams property, also rural Soldiers Grove, for a picnic lunch and tour of his prairie. From there we will move to see the adjoining properties of Mike Nee and Phil Jennings in rural Richland Center. Details will be provided as the date gets closer; contact Jack with questions.