Field Trip

Saturday, June 8 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Location: Schurch-Thomson Prairie

Swenson Hill Prairie is a spectacular large bluff prairie noted for its steepness and lack of exotic species that should be in spectacular spring bloom.  This hike will be an orientation for those not familiar with the site, acquired by TPE in 2017, as well as a tour of its diversity and management challenges.  The focus of this trip is the big hill prairie visible from County Highway H.  The lower slopes of the big prairie were burned in April, and the prairie spring ephemerals should be on full display. We may also have time to visit the smaller portion of the preserve, known as Shooting Star Prairie, and an adjoining property owned by TPE members Eric Preston and Kim Kreitinger.  There is rugged topography with a challenging hill climb


Dress for the sun and for chiggers.


If you plan to attend, please let the trip leader know at least 12 hours in advance, in case of last-minute changes in the schedule or cancelation due to severe weather.  Also contact them if you have questions.

Scott Sauer, 608.772.3539 or EMAIL

Contact Scott for directions, meeting location and/or to arrange travel from the Madison area.


The property is approximately 1 ½ miles south of Highway 14 on CTH “H,” west of the village of Arena.  Highway 14 is the main route, but from the south, one can also reach the site from Ridgeway via CTH “H,” or from Barneveld via CTH “T.”

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