Protecting our

Natural Heritage

Protecting our

Natural Heritage

Become an Enthusiast

There are many ways to be a Prairie Enthusiast! By donating, volunteering, protecting private land or connecting with your local chapter, you are a member of a community saving the native landscapes we love.

CONNECT

Connect with your local chapter and regional conservation projects, sign up for our newsletter, and attend events.

JOIN

Support grassroots conservation of endangered ecosystems. A gift of any amount makes you a member of our community.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteer to connect with beautiful land and your neighbors, guided by experts in the field.

Become an Enthusiast

There are many ways to be a Prairie Enthusiast! Through membership, donating, volunteering, planned giving and protecting private land, everyone in the Upper Midwest can help save the landscapes we love.

CONNECT

Connect with your local chapter and regional conservation projects, sign up for our newsletter, and attend events.

JOIN

Support grassroots conservation of endangered ecosystems. A gift of any amount makes you a member of our community.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteer to connect with beautiful land and your neighbors, guided by experts in the field.

2024 Virtual Conference

This year, we’re exploring the history and science of prairies. This virtual conference will have sessions for all prairie and savanna knowledge-levels. Whether you’re a beginner with prairies, or a deep-rooted Prairie Enthusiast, there will be something for everyone!

Taking the Long View

The Heritage & Science of Prairie

Registration opens December 8

Receive monthly updates from the field and opportunities to help protect prairies near you.

Photo Credit: Eric Preston

Restore and protect

Wide open prairies and oak savannas once covered the Upper Midwest. Today, only a tiny fraction of these fire-dependent ecosystems remain. Prairie habitats are some of the most unique on Earth, home to many specialized and endangered species. Our community works hard to protect and manage these complex natural areas, and teach our neighbors why they matter.

Find your chapter

The Prairie Enthusiasts is made up of 11 chapters across Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. All chapters are funded by our generous members and donors, supported by a small-yet-mighty staff, and run by volunteers. Each chapter designs its own projects and events based on local land needs and opportunities. New chapter members of all ages are always welcome!

Photo Credit: Eric Preston

Photo Credit: Eric Preston

Gather together

Every year, Prairie Enthusiast members across the Upper Midwest gather together for some very special events. Local chapters host field trips, work parties and workshops. All members are invited to celebrate the land at our annual picnic. And we host online events, including the The Prairie Enthusiasts Virtual Conference, to learn from each other and make regional conservation progress from miles apart.