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 2014 -2015 Educational Brochure

Create a Winter Wreath and Swag

Jackie Scharfenburg
Thursday, November 13 at 1 pm to 3:30 pm & 6 pm to 8:30 pm @IAC
Wednesday, November 19, 6 pm to 8:30 pm @ Lakeside Pavilion

Please note that this class will be offered at three separate times. Because of limited space, the first two will be at the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest Ice Age Center near Dundee and the other at Lakeside Park Pavilion in Fond du Lac. Using a variety of natural materials, we will create a beautiful wreath and swag that will enhance your home's winter decor.  Please bring along a pruning shears and $15.00 to cover material costs. We will use the dried flower and grass seed heads from the prairie. Registration is required. Please call 920-313-0190.
Jackie Scharfenberg is a Forest Naturalist/Natural Resources Educator with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit.  She enjoys teaching all aspects of environmental education.  Her goal is to get people connected or re-connected with the natural world whether through creating a nature craft, learning something about nature, trying a new outdoor skill or experiencing nature first hand.

Rain Gardens...A Good Fit for Your Yard

Sharon Morrisey
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 7 pm
Room UC114 University Center

Learn to identify sources of rainwater runoff from your yard that could instead be managed as part of your landscape. See how modifying existing flower beds or creating new ones can catch diverted rainwater, filter out its pollutants, and then return it naturally to the watershed where you live.

As Consumer Horticulture Agent with the UW-Extension in Milwaukee County for 22 years, Sharon directs the largest Master Gardener Volunteer group in WI with over 400 certified volunteers performing over 23,000 hours of volunteer service each year. Through presentations, articles, garden walks, booths and youth programs she delivers university research-based information to the public on the whole spectrum of gardening and environmental issues in Wisconsin.

Snowshoe the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 1 pm to 3 pm
Meet at the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum Shelter

Snowshoe through the prairie and arboretum while looking for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife in winter. If time permits, we will examine the arboretum's dormant trees and explore ways to identify them by looking at their buds, twigs and bark. Snow shoes will be provided by the gracious donation of Attitude Sports of Fond du Lac. Registration is required. No dogs please. Please call 920-313-0190.

So What's the Trouble With Worms?

Bernadette Williams
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 7 pm
Room UC114 University Center

Wisconsin's native earthworms were destroyed during our last ice age, and the forests of Wisconsin as we know them evolved without earthworms. The glacier scoured the land down to bedrock, forcing all life forms to move south and earthworms did not repopulate.
Learn how with the introduction of nightcrawlers and other earthworms, the disturbed soil is causing a decrease in the diversity of plant and animal relationships.

Bernadette Williams is an Invasive Species Conservation Biologist in Forest Health for the WDNR. She works on all things invasive, but specializes in plants and especially earthworms. Bernadette is an avid gardener and bee keeper on the side.

Why Few Prairie and Savanna Plantings Match the Diversity of our State Natural Areas

Scott Weber
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7 pm
Room UC 114 University Center

In spite of over 60 years of prairie and savanna restoration in Wisconsin, few plantings match the composition and diversity of native remnant prairies or State Natural Areas. A 30 year analysis of seed mix design, several restoration projects, WDNR seed purchases, nursery data, and costs show that economic and social factors are the some of the primary reasons why our plantings fall short of our expectations.

Scott Weber has owned and operated a native plant nursery for over 20 years with his wife, Muffy Barrett. He has been restoring prairie and oak savanna for over 30 years for private, government, and non-profit organizations, including 19 years with the State Natural Areas program with the Wisconsin DNR.
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Snowshoe the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

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Enjoying the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Fond du Lac County

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