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.

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Seed Collection Workshop

Margie Winter
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9 am 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 them from your favorite native plants. Participants will walk through the prairie and learn how to identify wildflowers and grasses in the seed stage. They 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 in the Fond du Lac School District and the Sun Prairie School District for a total of 31 years. For the last 2 years, Margie has taught an environmental science course and a prairie ecosystems and restoration course at Marian University. The prairie course is offered jointly to students from UW-FDL and Marian University and utilizes the Gottfried Prairie as an outdoor classroom.
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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.

Luminary Holiday Walk

Sunday, December 13, 2015 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Walk starts at either of the bike trail entrances on Campus Dr. or Ducharme Dr.

Enjoy the Gottfried Prairie as you have never seen it. Luminaries will light your way through the prairie for this self guided walk. The sounds of nature and voices of carolers will keep you warm as you meander through the glow of the luminaries.
Green Fire's Photo

Green Fire

Snowshoe the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum's Photo

Snowshoe the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

Enjoying the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Fond du Lac County's Photo

Enjoying the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Fond du Lac County

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A Day with Aldo Leopold

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