Educational Programs

The Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum provides monthly environmental education programs. Most programs are held at the University of Wisconsin Fond du Lac campus and run about an hour unless otherwise noted.

Download our 2017 -2018 Educational Brochure

Bring Back the Pollinators

Carrie Caselton Lowe
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Room UC-114 UW-FDL


Native pollinators are in serious decline with some on the brink of extinction. Come learn the issues around pollinators, some pollinator biology, as well as ways you can support and build pollinator habitat. This class is educationally sponsored by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat.  www.xerces.org  

Carrie Caselton Lowe, MS, studied insect and plant ecology at the University of Iowa and University of Idaho. Her graduate school research focused on insect and plant interactions in agricultural settings, and she continues to train in the field of insect ecology with the Xerces Society of Invertebrate Conservation. Carrie lives her passion for ecology and sustainable agriculture by working on an organic farm, teaching nature-based education, and serving as the Community Wellness and Nutrition Coordinator for the Plymouth School District.

Plants of the Arctic

Judy Lasca
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Room UC-114 UW-FDL


"Plants of the Arctic" gives an overview of the wide variety of plants and the unique challenges they face in the polar environment, touching also on the magnificence of the landscape and the variety of life found here, past and present. 

Judy Lasca has traveled widely in the Arctic - through the Northeast Passage along the top of Russia, the Northwest Passage across Alaska and Canada, to the Franz Josef Islands, around Greenland, to the High Canadian Arctic, to many parts of both Ellesmere Island and Svalbard - over a number of years. On each of many eco-cruises on Russian icebreakers she served as writer of the official log, recording journeys to and experiences in some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the globe.

Seed Collection Workshop

Margie Winter and David Demezas
Saturday, October 14, 2017 9 a.m. to noon
Meet at the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum Shelter


We will begin the workshop with a discussion on seeds, including when and how to collect your favorite native plants. Participants will walk through the prairie and learn how to identify wildflowers and grasses in the seed stage. We will collect and clean the seed heads while learning how to store and propagate the seed for growing plants.

Margie Winter taught high school science for 31 years in the Sun Prairie and FDL School Districts. Margie is currently teaching an environmental science course and a prairie ecosystems and restoration course at Marian University. David Demezas, Ph.D. in microbiology from Oregon State University. Associate Professor of Biology at UW FdL where he teaches Biology, Botany, and Microbiology. His research interests include ecology of root nodulating rhizobia, microbiology of digestors on dairy farms, and allelopathic potential of garlic mustard. 

Halloween Hike

Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Meet at the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum Shelter


This luminary Halloween hike will introduce five friendly characters talking about how they help the environment. Registration will take place at the Gottfried Prairie Arboretum shelter starting at 7 pm with the first hike starting at 7:15 pm and every 15 minutes after that. There will be homemade refreshments for sale with the proceeds going towards Gottfried Prairie educational programs. The hike takes place on a trail that is accessible for strollers and wheel chairs. All ages are welcome!
Create a Winter Wreath and Swag's Photo

Create a Winter Wreath and Swag

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Halloween Hike

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Seed Collection Workshop

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Snowshoe the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

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Create a Winter Wreath and Swag

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Seed Collection Workshop

10/17/2015
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Green Fire

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Enjoying the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Fond du Lac County

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A Day with Aldo Leopold

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