Events – Programs and Field Trips

Audubon offers programs, field trips, activities, and workshops related to the environment. From September through May, monthly evening programs take place at Moraine Park Technical College. From National Avenue, turn into parking lot O and enter door O-1. Classrooms are on your left. Audubon programs are open to the public with no admission fee. Adults, families, and young people with an interest in environmental

TUESDAY EVENING SUMMER WALKS
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm
We will walk a different area trail each week.

Explore some of the trails in Fond du Lac County and City with members of Audubon. Carpooling is sometimes available. Be sure to wear good walking shoes, bring some insect repellent, and if available, a pair of binoculars. The walks will last an hour to an hour and a half. Cancelled if steady rain, with the exception of July 30, which will be held rain or shine. For more information about the summer walks, contact dianahbeck@gmail.com or 920-922-7931.

June 4  Kay’s Ledge N7836 County Road WH
This 62-acre private preserve is on the Niagara Escarpment. Enjoy woods, ledgeface with spring-fed creeks, flowers, birds, and a field overlooking Lake Winnebago. (Drive up WH. Just past the pottery place, look for our Audubon banner on a wooden fence on the west side.) Leader – Margie Winter

June 11  Shaginappi County Park
The park is a natural area of 100 acres of wetlands, lakeshore, woods, and prairie and is situated adjacent to Columbia Park, sharing Calumet Harbor. Pipe Creek also winds through the park property. (North on Hwy 151 to just north of Pipe. Turn left on Velvet Beach Road. Continue about ½ mile and turn into a parking lot on the left.) Leaders – Dave & Kerry Sehloff

June 18  Mascoutin Valley State Trail
Meet at the north end of Hageman Road, which is four miles west on Hwy 23. This section of the Mascoutin Valley Trail provides an easy walk on an elevated abandoned railroad track that passes through cattail marsh and trees. Leader – Adam Knueppel

June 25  Greenway Arboretum
Discover over two miles of beautiful nature trails along the Fond du Lac River on 24.5 acres in town. Through the efforts of ParkWatch and local citizen volunteers, restoration of native tree plantings and an oak savanna are in progress, along with new walking trails. Meet at the west side of the parking lot at the south Pick ’n Save store at 55 West Pioneer Road. Leader – Evelyn McLean-Cowan

July 2  Oakfield Ledge State Natural Area, off Breakneck Road
This property features a substantial exposure of the Niagara Escarpment as well as a unique eco-system. See undisturbed native vegetation and forest floor habitat. ( Travel south on County Road Y from Oakfield. Turn right on Breakneck Road and watch for the parking lot on the right after about two miles.) Carpool from the southeast corner of the Fleet Farm parking lot at 5:55 pm. Leader – Diana Beck

July 9  Sullivan’s Woods 6342 Hay Road, Fisk
This is a one-acre prairie with surrounding wood-lands. A fair portion of the trail is boardwalk due to the marsh area. Carpooling will be available at 5:50 pm from the southwest corner of the Kohl’s parking
lot at the Forest Mall. Leader – Hans Neuman

July 16  Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum
The Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum offers 37.5 acres of native prairie, which includes 55 kinds of native wildflowers and six species of grass, as well as a 3.5 acre formal arboretum of 250 native trees and 140 native shrubs. Meet in the east parking lot at the UW campus at 400 University Drive. Leader – Margie Winter

July 23  Kiekhaefer Park W4235 Kiekhaefer Parkway
This park of 120 acres has wonderful trails through hilly, wooded terrain and is part of the Niagara Escarpment. Leader – Diana Beck

July 30  Fred’s Place W10083 Rose Eld Road
Join Nettie Burnett for a walk around the pond and through the woods at Fred Mattheis’ private property off Rose Eld Road. Nettie is a member of Miniss Kitigan Drum, a spiritual family based on Native American practices. She will identify and talk about Native American uses of plants. In case of rain, we will meet in Fred’s cabin to talk informally. From Fond du Lac, drive west on Highway 23 to Rose Eld Road. Turn right on Rose Eld Road and drive to W10083. Turn right onto the farm lane and drive to the north side of the pond to park. Carpooling available at 6 pm at the southwest corner of Menards parking lot. Leader – Nettie Burnett

August 6  Riggs County Park
N8137 Douglas Street, Ripon Explore the wetlands via boardwalks and a viewing platform and follow winding trails through 70 acres of native prairie. Leader – Kathleen Stetter

WILD FEAST POTLUCK
Wednesday, September 4, 5 pm
Lakeside Park, Denevue Creek Shelter

Our season kicks off with the annual Wild Feast Potluck. Plan ahead with wild ingredients when they are available, since some items can be frozen or preserved for later use. Participants bring a dish made from wild plants, although conventional food is fine, too. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm.