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 issues are encouraged to attend. Our complete schedule of events, programs, and field trips can be downloaded here.

SUMMER HIKES WITH AUDUBON

Explore some of the trails in Fond du Lac County and City with members of Audubon. All walks will begin at 6:30 pm. Carpooling is sometimes available. Be sure to wear good walking shoes, bring some insect repellant, and if available, a pair of binoculars. The walks will last an hour to an hour and a half. Cancelled if steady rain. For more information contact dianahbeck@gmail.com or 920-922-7931.

June 5  Kay’s Ledge
This 62-acre private preserve is on the Niagara Escarpment. Enjoy woods, ledge face with spring-fed creeks, flowers, birds, and a field overlooking Lake Winnebago. N7836 County Road WH, Taycheedah. (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 12  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 and Kerry Sehloff

June 19  Mascoutin Valley State Trail
This section of the trail provides an easy walk on an elevated abandoned railroad track that passes through cattail marsh and crosses two bridges, one which is over the west branch of the Fond du Lac River. (West on Hwy 23, north on County Rd I to County Road OOO. A few yards beyond the I-OOO intersection, turn left onto the trail and drive about 25 yards to a parking area. Carpooling will be available from southwest corner of Menards parking lot at 6:10 pm). Leader – Kathleen Stetter

June 26  Marsh Haven
See numerous bird species, including a well-established Purple Martin colony. Special purple martin nest viewing! Observe wildlife on the woodland, prairie, or wetland trails on 46 acres. (South on Hwy 151 and east on Hwy 49). Carpool from the southwest corner of the Fleet Farm parking lot at 5:55 pm. Leader – Liz Roy

July 10  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 17  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 24  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 southwest corner of the Fleet Farm parking lot at 5:55 pm. Leader – Diana Beck

July 31  Northwoods Park
Some hiking trails have been cut in the woods and a small, gravel parking lot is available. Take Hwy 26, about two miles north of Rosendale. Carpooling will be available from southwest corner of Menards parking lot at 6:00 pm). Leader – Diana Beck

August 7  Eldorado Marsh Dike Road
The wildlife area consists of a rich mosaic of wetland types, small oak openings, shrubland, grasslands, and agricultural land. The .75 mile-long dike provides excellent access for wildlife viewing opportunities. (West on 23, east on Heinrich, north on Dike Road). Carpool from the southwest corner of the Menards parking lot at 6:05 pm. Leader – Diana Beck