Prairie Days comes to Downsville

Prairie Days comes to Downsville

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Prairie Days, a free public educational event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Simply Dunn (E4606 County Highway C in Downsville) and nearby native prairies on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Here’s the schedule of events:

10 a.m. to noon

— Plein air art: Maureen Skroski, artist and former art teacher. Bring your own art supplies.

— Cooking with native foods: Brett Laidlaw, author of Trout Caviar: Recipes from a Northern Forgerer.

— Gardening with native plants: Kathy Ruggles, former nursery owner and garden consultant.

— Tools and fire equipment for working the prairie and savanna: John Thomas, Certified Prescribed Burn Firefighter.

— Recognizing invasive exotic plants and their eration: West Central WI Invasive Plant Management staff

— Native plant seed collection, seed dormancy and winter storage: Pam Maher, TPE Land Steward and Elizabeth Heywood, Registered Seed Technologist.

Noon to 1:30

Potluck lunch. Bring a dish to pass.

Noon to 4 p.m.

—History of local native prairies: Bill Hogseth, DNR conservation biologist and Sierra Club Earth Green Award 2013 winner.

— Native prairie remnant study: Kristine Kruise, biologist.

1:30-2 p.m.

Short drive to nearby native prairies and savannas

2-4 p.m.

Field trip to identify prairie flowers and insects in native prairie remnants, featuring Hogseth, Kruise and an insect expert to be announced. Dr. Mark Leach, author and TPE Ecologist, will talk about assessing the success of a prairie restoration.

For more information, contact: Kathy Stahl, TPE Chippewa Savannas Chapter chair, at 715-962-4010, or; or Kathy Ruggles, Simply Dunn, at 715-664-8368, or

In case of rain, many sessions will be held indoors.


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