Events – Programs and Field Trips

Audubon offers programs, field trips, activities, and workshops related to the environment.

Safe Outdoor Activities

Our Audubon chapter will continue to offer only outdoor events during the summer in 2021. Pl

Evening Hike and Bonfire at Kay’s Ledge

Wednesday, May 26, 6:15 p.m.

This event is open only to Audubon members, family, and friends.

Come for a hike at Kay’s Ledge on Tuesday, May 25 at 6:15 pm. At this time of the evening, there should be an opportunity to see and hear the birds along this area of the Ledge. The full moon will be rising at 6:40 pm and the sunset will occur at 7:25 pm. We will conclude the hike with a bonfire in the moonlight. Wear good hiking shoes. Bring insect repellent and your own binoculars for the hike and beverages, snacks, and a folding chair for the bonfire.

Kay’s Ledge is located at N7836 County Road WH, Taycheedah. Drive up the Ledge on Hwy WH. About halfway up, look for our Audubon banner on a wooden fence on the west side.

Tuesday Evening Summer Walks

Explore trails in Fond du Lac County and City with members of Audubon. All walks begin at 6:30 pm. Wear good walking shoes, bring insect repellent, and binoculars if available. The walks will last an hour to an hour and a half. For more information about the summer walks, contact dianahbeck@gmail.com or 920-922-7931.

June 1  Lakeside Park West
Hwy 45 N & Howard Litscher Dr. (from Fond du Lac, take Hwy 45 north and take the first right to Howard Litscher Drive.)
Meet at the first parking lot on your left upon entering Supple Marsh. We will quickly scan this area for songbirds and waterfowl before heading over to the Archer Thomas Olsen Trail looking for late migrants and breeding birds. Leader – Adam Knueppel

June 8  Mullet Creek State Wildlife Area
Explore a rich array of wetland, forest, grassland, and farmland. Mullet Creek flows through the entire property, eventually joining the Sheboygan River.  Be prepared for the possibility of bugs and perhaps muddy conditions. (East on Hwy 23 for approximately 15 miles. Right on Hillview Road. Continue down the hill and across the expanse of open water, then watch for gravel parking areas on the right/west side of the road. There are two parking areas – go to the second parking area to meet for the walk.) Leader – Margie Winter

June 15  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 22  Mascoutin Valley State Trail
Walk part or all of the two-mile trail section between Eldorado and Rosendale. Watch for animal dens as the abandoned railroad bed passes through embankments and search for green heron nests along a small tributary of the Fond du Lac River. (West on Hwy 23 and north on C about ¼ mile on left.)
Leader – Kathleen Stetter

June 29  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 6 Izaak Walton League N6491 County Road K
Go south ¼ mile on Hwy K from Hwy 23. Parking lot is on the left. This private property on the Ledge features an open forested area, wildflowers, and
beautiful stream sites. Leader – Liz Roy

July 13  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 20 Oakfield Ledge State Natural Area,
off Breakneck Road

This property features a substantial exposure of the Niagara Escarpment as well as a unique ecosystem. 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.) Leader – Diana Beck

July 27  Hobb’s Woods 4197 Hickory Road
This 60-acre park is located about five miles south of Fond du Lac. We will explore the mid-summer
vegetation and look for signs of wildlife.
Leader – Diana Beck

August 3  Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

The Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum offers 37.5 acres of native prairie. It 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, 400 University Drive. Leader – Margie Winter

August 10  Camelot Drive
This trail and pond on the south end of the city offer an easy hike through a variety of vegetation, good birding, and scenic views. Meet on Camelot Drive by the west side of the pond and near the corner of Southlake Circle. Leader – Diana Beck

For more information on these events, call 920-922-7931 or email dianahbeck@gmail.com.

Explore Local Trails with Your Family

We encourage you and your families to explore some of the beautiful trails in our area on your own and with your families.

Kiekhaefer Park
Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum
Peebles Trail
Greenway Arboretum
Hobbs Woods
Shaginappi Park
Eisenbahn State Trail
Archer Thomas Olsen Trail at Lakeside Park West
Mascoutin Valley State Trail (Rosendale)
Northwoods (Rosendale)
Riggs Park (Ripon)