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.


Nature Photography – Experience “Event Time”

Kristen Westlake
Wednesday, July 17th 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Room UC114 UW-FDL

Come experience nature through photography and the ‘event time’ philosophy of nature and wildlife photographer, Kristen Westlake.

While our Western culture adheres to clock time schedules, to do lists, and Point A to Point B destinations, ‘event time’ revels in the unexpected riches that lie fragrantly in between. For example, the sun and moon rise and set at different times and at varying azimuths throughout the year. Migration of birds is on Nature’s clock as are the birth of Spring fawns and new buds on trees. ‘Event time’ is the journey of slowing down and savoring nature and its beauty without a particular time schedule.

The program will open with a 15 – 20 minute photographic presentation of life found in the prairie, flowers, birds, and mammals. Kristen will explain what it’s like to experience nature through an ’event time’ philosophy and how that philosophy can translate to life. The remainder of the time will be spent in a shared experience of the prairie.

Bring your cameras, smart phones, and be ready to enjoy the shared experience!

Kristen Westlake is an accomplished nature and wildlife photographer, writer and speaker. Her photography has been featured in publications such as Birder’s World, Our Wisconsin, My Midwest Magazine and more. She is a life-long curious entrepreneur and operates Inspired Whisper, a faith-based company that aspires to achieve a world where people love all life and experience joy serving others though their unique gifts or calling. Kristen loves to create and provide shared experiences in nature so that each person involved receives the whisper of inspiration intended for them.

Prairie Fest 2019

Saturday, August 3rd, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Featuring the annual Butterfly Release and Electric Vehicle Show!

At the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum on the UW-Fond du Lac Campus, 400 University Drive (enter from Highway 23/Johnson St.).

Prairie Fest provides a day of activities for the whole family.