Inspiration

Rattlesnake master by Dan Barron

Catching the Prairie Bug

Catching the Prairie Bug

A prairie can escape the attention of those who have never been exposed to and noticed its wonders. But something out of the blue can spark an interest.

Gneiss to Meet You

Gneiss to Meet You

Explore Morton Outcrops Scientific Natural Area, which is one of Minnesota’s largest and highest quality examples of Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop Prairie.

What Guides You on Your Journey?

By Scott Fulton For thousands of years, the people who lived here shared a common set of values across diverse cultures, languages, and lifeways: a deep sense of relationship with the land and its living things, respect for all the members of that community, a desire...

Keeping Prairies in the News

Keeping Prairies in the News

We are excited to share this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article and the mention of The Prairie Enthusiasts below: Wisconsin's prairies shine in late summer, from Lapham Peak to the UW Arboretumby Chelsey LewisMilwaukee Journal SentinelAugust 19, 2021 As August winds...

Remembering Tom Brock

Remembering Tom Brock

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of longtime TPE member Tom Brock. A true champion for prairies, Tom was also an accomplished microbiologist. Take a look at these remembrances that have been shared everywhere from our own Prairie Promoter to The New...

Our Winter Reading List

Our Winter Reading List

Pour some coffee, curl up in your favorite chair, and delve into these books written by members and friends of TPE!Is there a book that should be on this list?  If you're an author writing about ecology, or have a favorite TPE author you want to share with the world,...

Why The Prairie Enthusiasts?

Debra wrote this additional greeting for our newsletter, The Prairie Promoter: It started as a wish. As a child visiting my grandparents in rural Minnesota, I fell in love with the vast prairie skies and the steady hum of insects on summer nights. Only later did I...

Free Prairie Curriculum Ready for Use

Free Prairie Curriculum Ready for Use

How do children learn to care for the land?  Often, it’s time spent outside with a family member that first makes them curious about nature.  But teachers also have the power to spark curiosity.  Walter Mirk of TPE’s Glacial Prairie Chapter has created a resource to...

Native Habitat as an Educational Centerpiece

Native Habitat as an Educational Centerpiece

In the heart of Driftless Wisconsin, Viroqua is home to the TPE chapter support office. We are lucky to be surrounded by many prairie remnants and State Natural Areas (like Romance Prairie). Within walking distance of the office are several public native gardens. One...

Milkweed for Monarchs ’19

Milkweed for Monarchs ’19

This past winter the monarch butterfly populations overwintering in northern Mexico increased significantly for the first time in recent years. The butterflies used over 6 hectares of land at their winter roosting sites. This is significant, as the goal of the...

Resilience

Resilience

This introduction to the concept of resilience and how it applies to our prairie restoration work was an article published in the August 2019 Prairie Promoter.Those of us who were at this year’s TPE conference in Menomonie were introduced to resilience during the...