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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America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie's Photo

America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie

Wednesday, January 16th 7:00 p.m.
Room UC-114 UW-FDL
Join us for a screening of the documentary America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie. Examine the history of the region that was once covered by the tallgrass prairie, and explore the future of agriculture in this fragile ecosystem.

America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie tells the rich and complex story of one of the most astonishing alterations of nature in human history. Prior to Euro-American settlement in the 1820s, one of the major landscape features of North America was 240 million acres of tallgrass prairie. But between 1830 and 1900 - in the space of a single lifetime - the tallgrass prairie was steadily transformed to farmland. This drastic change in the landscape also brought about an enormous social change for Native Americans; in an equally short time their cultural imprint was reduced in essence to a handful of place-names appearing on maps. America's Lost Landscape examines the record of human struggle, triumph, and defeat that prairie history exemplifies, including the history and culture of America's aboriginal inhabitants. The story of how and why the prairie was changed by Euro-American settlement is thoughtfully nuanced. The film also highlights prairie preservation efforts and explores how the tallgrass prairie ecosystem may serve as a model for a sustainable agriculture of the future. The extraordinary cinematography of prairie remnants, original score and archival images are all delicately interwoven to create a powerful and moving viewing experience about the natural and cultural history of America.

Nature's Second Chance

Steve Apfelbaum
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Room UC-114 UW-FDL

Join author Steve Apfelbaum as he discuses his personal experience of restoring the ecology of his Wisconsin farm. Steve's book Nature's Second Chance, which chronicles the thirty year project, has been described as the twenty-first-century sequel to Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac.

Steve Apfelbaum has been a full-time research and consulting ecologist with Applied Ecological Services in Brodhead, WI since 1978 when he founded the company. Steve has conducted ecological research projects in most biomes of North America, and since the early 1980s he has been one of the leading consultants in the U.S. in ecological restoration programs.