We would love for you to visit the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum (GPA), a hidden gem in Fond du Lac County! It is a place for visitors to enjoy solitude, quiet time, and observe nature. The GPA is open year-round, free of charge to the general public. We are dog friendly on the trails and mowed areas. Please pick up after your dog and keep your dog on a leash. Dogs are not allowed in the prairie area itself. The prairie is an active nesting ground for wildlife.
While you visit, discover the following:
Over 50 acres of native prairie established with seed or remnants from some of the last remaining original prairie sites in Fond du Lac County.
Nearly five and half acres of a formal arboretum representing several types of Wisconsin forest communities.
One peaceful and beautiful pond which is home to many tadpoles, frogs, turtles, and other wildlife.
Over three miles of interpretive hiking trails including a gravel biking/hiking trail to immerse oneself with nature.
A shelter that has an informational kiosk along with benches for relaxing or listening to environmental educational presentations.
An Ellen Flood memorial garden with a stone council sitting area. Ellen Flood was a volunteer, former GPA board president, and founder of our annual Prairie Fest event. This garden and council ring is a wonderful place for people to gather or to individually meditate and relax.