Prairie Sands Sites

Prairie Sands Chapter is located in the geological center of Wisconsin in the sandy soils of ancient glacial lakes.

This region features some of the state’s premier examples of remnant dry prairies, pine barrens and oak savannas.  Research and protection for the endangered Karner blue butterfly and the greater prairie chicken is centered in this region.

The Prairie Sands chapter covers Adams, Marquette, Juneau, Portage, Waushara, Waupaca, and Green Lake Counties in Wisconsin. We invite you to join us!

Learn more by visiting our chapter page

Chapter contact:  Jen & Jay Mulder, Email, 608-658-4160

Board representative:  David Hamel,, 608-296-2866

Facebook:  Chapter page

What’s New

Prairie Restoration Tour and Second Flight of Endangered Karner blue butterfly

Saturday, July 16 – 9:30am – 2pm

Corner of Alp Ave and 14th Court, Town of Rose

Ken Erickson, is planning an event at his prairie restoration in Waushara County on Saturday, July 16th.  He has timed this to happen during the expected second flight of the Karner blue butterflies.  He has partnered with several other conservation organizations.  Attached is a flyer and a map. The flyer may be updated as plans unfold. Click here to RSVP for the event!

11:30AM – Listen to Brendan Woodall from U.S. Fish and Wildlife talk about the restoration and give information about how to establish Karner blue butterfly habitat.

12:00 AM – Learn about Invasive Species identification from a representative of Golden Sands RC & D

Bring your own lawn chair and a sack lunch.

Let us know if you would like to volunteer to help identify plants along the self guided tour.

There will be plenty of parking available; for accessible parking options contact Ken Erikson at 715 256-0739 or 

Take a self-guided walking tour:

Participate in a photo contest:

For questions contact Ken Erikson at 715 256-0739 or 


Some events may be cancelled due to COVID-19




TIME:  9:30 – NOON

WHERE:  John Shillinglaw’s Mecan Prairie and Savanna

I will also have a work day on at Mecan Prairie on Saturday, November 7 from 9:30 until noon.  We will be treating oak sprouts with triclopyr.  Weather permitting we will picnic after or go eat in Wautoma.

(more details about the November Workday closer to the date.)

Chris Schaefer has volunteered to be our chapter Membership Coordinator.  She will be reminding you of when your TPE membership dues need to be renewed. Thank you Chris for volunteering to do this tedious but necessary job.

Karner Blue Butterfly conservation

Learn more about our work and funding opportunities in this blog post.