Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum

At one time, most of Fond du Lac County was covered by prairie – native grasslands that were home to bison, prairie chickens, bobolinks and other wildlife. At the Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum on the UW-Fond du Lac campus, a group of volunteers has reestablished the native plants that once grew on this site.


Tracking Changing Seasonal Transitions with Phenology
Mark Schwartz
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Room UC-114 UW-FDL
Phenology is the study of recurring plant and animal life cycle stages, especially their timing and relationships with weather and climate.  Plant phenology can be measured in multiple ways on the ground, by satellite sensors, and other instruments.  This data provides tangible evidence of the impacts of climate change on the biosphere.  Citizen scientists can help record this crucial information though online resources provided by the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN, D. Schwartz is a phenoclimatologist and distinguished professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He is the current President of the International Society of Biometeorology, and co-founder of the USA National Phenology Network.  His research interests are focused on plant phenology‑lower atmosphere interactions during the onsets of spring and autumn in mid‑latitudes, detecting climatic change, and assessing vegetation condition with remote sensing imagery.  His scholarship includes over eighty peer-reviewed publications (mostly in journals), and a 2nd edition of the edited book Phenology:  An Integrative Environmental Science.

Prairie Fest

Fond du Lac County Audubon Society participates in the annual Prairie Fest held at the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum.

Pollinator Palooza

2017  Date: Saturday, July 29
10 am–3 pm
Rain or Shine – FREE admission!!

Prairie Fest is held at the Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum on the UW-Fond du Lac Campus, 400 University Drive (enter from Highway 23/Johnson Street).
This celebration of nature provides a day of activities for the whole family. Enjoy prairie tours, arts, demonstrations, and presentations by local experts.

8:00am – 9:00: Yoga in the Prairie

9:00am – 9:45: Prairie Tours, 2 options for tours-options TBD

10:00am – 11:00: Pollinator education-TBD

11:00am – 12:30pm: Lunch (available for purchase) and free time, explore information booths

1:00pm: “Prairie art Class” -more info TBD

Silent Auction 9:00am -1:00pm

Prairie Fest for KIDZ 10a-2:30p
Kids outdoor activities ALL DAY

There will be exhibitors and artisans on the grounds all day, offering a variety of information and goods for sale!