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!

Please click on the event title to get all the information regarding the event ("show all" is only the intro).

  • Wednesday, August 04, 2021 at 01:00 PM

    Seed Collecting - Schurch-Thomson Prairie & Sedge Meadow

     
    Meet at Schurch-Thomson Prairie (8624 Reilly Road, Barneveld, WI). We’ll be collecting at the Mounds View Grassland complex and other sites within several miles. Call ahead, for collecting locations may vary.

    Come spend time collecting seed of various prairie and sedge meadow plants. These seeds are critical to our efforts to recover these original ecosystems on a large scale at Mounds View Grassland and other TPE conservation projects. We plant seed across 40-70 acres each year and need hundreds of pounds of seed of over 100 species to gradually bring back the full richness of the original prairies, wetlands, and savannas.  

    What to Bring/Wear: Wear long pants. Bring gloves, water, and hat. If you have hand pruners, bring them, otherwise they will be provided.
     
    Work Party Leader: Rich Henderson, (h) 608.845.7065
     [email protected]

    Directions to Site: (8624 Reilly Road, Barneveld, WI) From the intersection of US Hwy 18-151 and County F (south of Blue Mounds in western Dane County), take F approximately 5 miles south. Turn right onto Reilly Road, and proceed to parking lot and kiosks at the end of the road (past the barn).  (Note: A half mile down F from 18-151, pay close attention to the road signs, for F turns to the right & the straight-ahead road becomes County Z.  Stay on F.)
  • Saturday, August 07, 2021 at 01:00 PM

    Seed Collecting - Schurch-Thomson Prairie & Sedge Meadow

     
    Meet at Schurch-Thomson Prairie (8624 Reilly Road, Barneveld, WI). We’ll be collecting at the Mounds View Grassland complex and other sites within several miles. Call ahead, for collecting locations may vary.

    Come spend time collecting seed of various prairie and sedge meadow plants. These seeds are critical to our efforts to recover these original ecosystems on a large scale at Mounds View Grassland and other TPE conservation projects. We plant seed across 40-70 acres each year and need hundreds of pounds of seed of over 100 species to gradually bring back the full richness of the original prairies, wetlands, and savannas.  

    What to Bring/Wear: Wear long pants. Bring gloves, water, and hat. If you have hand pruners, bring them, otherwise they will be provided.
     
    Work Party Leader: Rich Henderson, (h) 608.845.7065
     [email protected]

    Directions to Site: (8624 Reilly Road, Barneveld, WI) From the intersection of US Hwy 18-151 and County F (south of Blue Mounds in western Dane County), take F approximately 5 miles south. Turn right onto Reilly Road, and proceed to parking lot and kiosks at the end of the road (past the barn).  (Note: A half mile down F from 18-151, pay close attention to the road signs, for F turns to the right & the straight-ahead road becomes County Z.  Stay on F.)

     
  • Sunday, August 08, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Mounds View Grassland in Barneveld, WI

    Mounds View Grassland Hike - Reviving a Lost Prairie Landscape

     
    Come for a long hike into TPE’s 570-acre Mounds View Grassland preserve.   We will see the progress being made in bringing back to life degraded remnant prairies, converting non-native cool-season grass to native prairie, renovating streams, wetlands, and seeps, and planting agricultural fields to prairie.  We will be encountering rich displays of mid-summer prairie flowers.  Along the way, will also have opportunity to observe and hear many uncommon grassland birds, as well as butterflies and bumblebees.  Be prepared for a long hike (some off trail) and occasional steep slopes. 
     
    What to Bring/Wear: Long pants, hat, water, and binoculars are recommended. 
       
    Hike Leader:  Rich Henderson, (h) 608.845.7065, [email protected]
     
    Directions to Site: (8624 Reilly Road, Barneveld, WI) From the intersection of US Hwy 18-151 and County F (south of Blue Mounds in western Dane County), take F approximately 5 miles south. Turn right onto Reilly Road, and proceed to parking lot and kiosks at the end of the road (past the barn).  (Note: A half mile down F from 18-151, pay close attention to the road signs, for F turns to the right & the straight-ahead road becomes County Z.  Stay on F.)
  • Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 01:00 PM

    Seed Collecting - Schurch-Thomson Prairie & Sedge Meadow (Empire-Sauk Chapter)

     
    Meet at Schurch-Thomson Prairie (8624 Reilly Road, Barneveld, WI). We’ll be collecting at the Mounds View Grassland complex and other sites within several miles. Call ahead, for collecting locations may vary.

    Come spend time collecting seed of various prairie and sedge meadow plants. These seeds are critical to our efforts to recover these original ecosystems on a large scale at Mounds View Grassland and other TPE conservation projects. We plant seed across 40-70 acres each year and need hundreds of pounds of seed of over 100 species to gradually bring back the full richness of the original prairies, wetlands, and savannas.  

    What to Bring/Wear: Wear long pants. Bring gloves, water, and hat. If you have hand pruners, bring them, otherwise they will be provided.
     
    Work Party Leader: Rich Henderson, (h) 608.845.7065
     [email protected]

    Directions to Site: (8624 Reilly Road, Barneveld, WI) From the intersection of US Hwy 18-151 and County F (south of Blue Mounds in western Dane County), take F approximately 5 miles south. Turn right onto Reilly Road, and proceed to parking lot and kiosks at the end of the road (past the barn).  (Note: A half mile down F from 18-151, pay close attention to the road signs, for F turns to the right & the straight-ahead road becomes County Z.  Stay on F.)
  • Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 09:00 AM

    Field Trip to New Preston/Kreitinger Property Near Arena

     


    Eric Preston and Kim Kreitinger are leading a field trip to their new property near Arena. Kim and Eric bought 38 acres adjacent to TPE's Swenson Bluff Prairie near the town of Arena in May this year.

         
     
                         







    This land was formerly owned by Ted and Jeanne Buehlman and had been in the Buehlman family for over 120 years. TPE wanted to buy the land, but the Buehlmans sold it to a developer last year, and Eric and Kim bought the western lot in May. They have a management agreement with TPE and have already started restoration activities.
     

    The property has unplowed prairie on the hills with many wonderful plants and rock outcrops. One of the highlights of this property is a population of Agalinis skinneriana or Pale False Foxglove, one of only four known sites in Wisconsin.
     
    Hopefully, the Agalinis will be blooming for this field trip, but even if it isn’t, there are many other wonderful things to see.



    Come join us for this trip! Stay as long as you like, but the formal "hike" will only be about an hour.
     

    Trip Leaders: Eric Preston and Kim Kreitinger, [email protected]
     
    What to Bring/Wear: Dress for the weather and bring water.
     

    Directions: The address is 7352 Mellum Rd, Arena, WI. There is limited parking at the end of the driveway and along the driveway.

  • Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 01:00 PM · 14 rsvps
    Freedom Park in Prescott, WI

    St Croix Valley chapter picnic

    Come and join the St. Croix Valley chapter for a picnic!  

    This is a social event designed to re-engage our chapter. Anyone and everyone is invited: new members, active members, less-active members, prospective members, friends & family…you get the point.

    Get to know your fellow prairie enthusiasts, exchange stories, get advice, and relax.

    Bring a dish to pass (salads, cheese, relish, tomatoes, etc.).  We will provide

    • Brats, burgers, buns, mustard and ketchup
    • Lemonade, beer, and ice water
    • Plates, napkins, and cutlery and cups 

    The ice water will be in a jug so bring a water bottle.

    Volunteers needed for planning and set up.  Contact Evanne at 715-381-1291 or [email protected]

  • Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 06:00 PM through August 30, 2021
    Mounds View Grassland

    Master Naturalist Training

    There are a number of Master Naturalist training events coming up this fall across the state, including one sponsored by TPE at Mounds View Grassland. Spread out over four weekends, this class will feature on-site field experience in a gorgeous prairie setting with an old barn for a classroom and will total 40 hours (see schedule below).
     
    Schedule:
    August 28: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    August 29: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    September 11: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    September 12: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    September 18: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    September 19: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    * note earlier start time for this session
    October 2: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    October 3: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
     
    Through expert-led trainings out in nature and in the classroom, Master Naturalists are equipped to address environmental challenges facing the state. Make a positive impact through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. The cost for the program is $275.  Join us today!
     
    Learn more here:
    https://wimasternaturalist.org/training/volunteer-training/tpe2021/
    (608) 262-0020
    REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 28th, 2021 at 9am.
  • Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 09:30 AM

    Southwest Wisconsin Restoration Tour

    Enjoy this opportunity to see what other landowners are accomplishing on their properties. We'll begin at 9:30 that morning at the Dworschack property in Soldiers Grove, WI. We plan to leave there at 11:30 to go on to the Adams property for a picnic and tour. At 1:30 we will move on to spend the rest of the afternoon at the adjoining Nee and Jennings sites near Richland Center. We are looking at a full and most interesting day! This is a Wisconsin Land Trust Days event.

    Directions: We will meet at 48244 Norwegian Hollow Road, Soldiers Grove, WI. The second site is at 14462 County Road H, Soldiers Grove, WI. The third site is at 31354 County Road JJ, Richland Center (the fourth site is next door).

    What to bring: Pack your own lunch. With questions you may contact Jack Kussmaul at [email protected] or 608-988-4309. The day of the tour he may be reached at 608-778-5299 (wherever there is cell reception).

     

     

    The first visit will be a two-part tour. We will start by visiting the owner's extensive antique Nash collection. These date from 1918 and continue through the Nash Ramblers of the 1960’s. There are other older cars in the collection as well. We will then tour his natural restoration project. It is an easy walk to a 2 or 3 acre oak savanna restoration. The area was grazed and the owner has been focused on removing non-fire tolerant understory. Most interesting are two goat prairies that can be reached by a short climb. Seeds have not been introduced so that the owner can see what is there, and his findings have included New Jersey Tea, Cylindrical Blazing Star and Fringed Gentian.

    The owner of our second stop has been working on several acres since he scattered the first seed (Big Bluestem and Indian Grass) in 1971. There are 7 or 8 acres total in remnant or restored prairie. He is doing savanna work in another 2 to 4 acres.

    The entrance to the third property is just east of the line of pine trees on the east side of Button Cemetery. The owner writes of the site: "Button Bluff is the middle hill in a group of three south-facing Wisconsin River valley bluffs between Lone Rock and Gotham. This in recent history has had the best bluff prairie of the three, and is now the largest bluff prairie between Gotham and the Nature Conservancy's Spring Green Preserve. The bluff prairie occupies only a very small area of my 60-acre tract which is otherwise mostly oak forest. The top of the bluff features two conical mounds now hidden in the woods, but indicate that the ridgetop was also open prairie or savanna a thousand years ago. Restoration was begun by removing red cedar from the largest prairie area in January, 2017, and work has proceeded on the smaller prairie patches since then. The bluff prairie has now been burned for the first time since the 1930s or before. Vigorous growth of blackcap raspberry and Amur honeysuckle is a problem where the shade from red cedar was dense enough and over such a long time that few native prairie species survived. At the same time, a 1-acre former soybean field on the flat at the base of the bluff has been seeded to a prairie mix; it has not been burned, but has been mowed several times."

    When this visit has been completed, we will go next door to the Jennings property. He has 35 acres he purchased in 2003. He has been doing restoration and feels the work is 65% completed. At the farm, we will see an 8-acre farm field that has been converted into a vibrant prairie, a south-facing bluff prairie and associated rock-outcropping overlooking the Wisconsin River Valley, two restored oak savannas with a combination of mature and early generation oaks, a stand of shagbark hickory trees at the top of the bluff, and two areas that have been cleared of black locust trees and invasive weeds and are being converted into an extension of the prairie.