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Prairie Fest 2023

August 5, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC-6

prairie fest 2023
Thanks for being our friend of the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum!  Celebrate nature with yoga, prairie tours, environmental education displays, short nature pop-up presentations, and a monarch butterfly release at this year’s Prairie Fest on Saturday, August 5th from 9:00 AM – Noon at the beautiful Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, adjacent to the UW-Oshkosh -Fond du Lac Campus.
Prairie Fest is a FREE family-oriented environmental education event with activities for all ages.

Preliminary Schedule:

For Early Birds, at 8:00 am, enjoy:
-Yoga in the Prairie Featuring Lucy Mathers or
-Bird hike with Lisa Mick from UWO-Fond du Lac
Guided Tours:
10:00 am: Native Plant ID Walk with Native Niche. Learn about native plants and how to identify them.
11:00 am: Family/Kids Walk and Introduction to the Bug Brigade -Get the whole family out in nature, strollers, and wagons welcome.
Environmental Education Displays from 9:00 a.m. – noon
-Wild Ones
-Audubon and International Crane Foundation
-UW Oshkosh Sustainability
-Native Niche
-Fond du Lac Public Library
-Citizens Climate Lobby
-Earth Justice Now
-The Loop
-Brother Town Indians
-Tallgrass – prairie plot seeds
-Historical Society
Nature Pop-up Talks:
-9:30 a.m.
Brad Spanbauer from UWO- Sustainability
-10:30 a.m.
Shannon Davis -Foust from the Wild Ones -Benefits of native landscaping & how to get started
-11:30 a.m.
Alicia Ward from the International Crane Foundation – History with Whooping Cranes
Other Fun Kids Activities:
9:00 am-noon:
-Prairie Dog Challenge (Youth Obstacle Course). Venture through the Arboretum with zigs, zags, ups, and downs. Go through once or as many times as you can!
-Face/arm painting by Amy from Perspective Studios
-Kids arts and crafts
Monarch Butterflies Released 
Prairie Fest is presented FREE to the public thanks to our sponsors: Fond du Lac Area Foundation, Flood Family Foundation and Fond du Lac Evening Optimist Club


August 5, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC-6
Event Category:


Friends of Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum


UW Oshkosh, Fond du Lac Campus
400 University Drive
Fond du Lac, WI 54935 United States
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