Just down the road from the institute is the Danky-Schelshorn Prairie. Until 2003, this land was under agricultural cultivation, but Jim and Christine decided to turn it back into a prairie habitat. The Danky-Schelshorn Prairie was established when Christine took a workshop at the UW Arboretum. Through their friendship with Steve Glass, they accelerated the restoration work and today have a quite mature prairie to share with others. In 2019, they donated the prairie to the Historic Cooksville Trust and, in conjunction with the Low Technology Institute in Cooksville, are hosting it’s first public event.
Christine and Jim will be on hand to talk about the history and maintenance of the prairie, as well as answering questions about our solar installation.
In this workshop, we’ll spend time on the prairie collecting seeds and exploring prairie ecology. You’ll learn to collect seeds from various species and will go home with your own samples!
Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather and activity: close-toed shoes, gloves, long shirt and pants, etc. We’ll have light refreshments available, but feel free to bring your own as well. We will be outside unless the weather is particularly bad, in which case we’ll hold the workshop on Sunday, October 20th. Please bring along hand pruners or clippers if you have them (we’ll have some on hand, too).
The workshop will take place at the Danky-Schelshorn Prairie (261 Wisconsin 138, Stoughton, Wisconsin) (25 min south of Madison) on October 19, from 1:00–4:00 p.m. It is free, but please RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited and we will keep a waiting list. Also, participants must fill out this liability waiver. Your RSVP is only complete when the waiver is filled out.
Stephen Glass is a certified ecological restoration practitioner at the Restoration Ecology Lab and coauthor of the textbook Introduction to Restoration Ecology. He led the development of the UW-Arboretum’s long-term restoration master plan. Much of his work is centered on developing methods to remove invasive species from native habitats and restored areas. He is a certified fire-management burner and is especially interested in the challenge of restoring disturbed lands in urban environments.