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.

Prairie Fest ~ Naturally You

Saturday, August 7th (9:00 am – Noon)


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

Prairie Fest provides activities for the whole family.


9:00 am: Yoga in the Prairie Featuring Lucy Mathers

Times TBD: Nature Pop-up Talks
Featured Topics/Speakers:

  • Bluebirds with Karen Kinziger
  • Native Niche 
  • Wild Ones
  • Plus many more

11:30 am: Butterfly Release 
Led by Tracy McDermott. Please meet at the Prairie Shelter.

Guided Tours

9:00 am: Contemplative / Photography Walk Featuring Lora Vahlsing. Relax with nature and capture the sights with your camera of choice.

10:00 am: Family Walk Get the whole family out in nature, strollers, and wagons welcome.

10:30 am: Native Plant ID Walk Learn about native plants and how to identify them.

Youth Obstacle Course

Venture through the Arboretum with zigs, zags, ups, and downs. Go through once or as many times as you can!


Prairie Fest is presented FREE to the public thanks to our sponsors: the Fond du Lac Area Foundation, Native Niche.