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 2015 -2016 Educational Brochure

Paper Making with Prairie Grass

Mel Kolstad
Wednesday August 19, 2015, 7pm
Room A215-UW-FDL

Did you know you can make paper from dried plants and grasses you have around your yard or garden?  In this class, we'll explore what happens when you combine common plants, some soda ash, boiling water, and pressure - you'll be amazed at the gorgeous handmade papers we'll create!

Mel Kolstad is an artist, speaker, instructor, curator, arts advocate, and Certified Papermaker. Her love of vintage ephemera and repurposed materials is what first led her to creating art; since then she's discovered the joys of printmaking and encaustic work, as well as rediscovering her love of fiber art.

Restoration Ecology in 2015: A SWOT Analysis

Evelyn Howell
September 16, 2015, 6:30pm
Room UC114 UW-FDL

The restoration of natural ecosystems has become one of the most widespread conservation techniques in North America and also around the world. Dr. Howell will explore the Strengths and Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of the field as it is practiced today, and suggest how we can all contribute to help the field move forward.

Dr. Howell is a plant ecologist and professor and past Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught natural landscaping since the mid-1970s in university classes and in presentations for many other groups. Evelyn's research interests are in restoration ecology and she recently coauthored a publication titled Introduction to Restoration Ecology. She has worked on numerous restoration projects and loves talking about native plants and natural landscaping.
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

A Day with Aldo Leopold's Photo

A Day with Aldo Leopold

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