Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum

Prior to settlement the majority of Fond du Lac county was covered with prairie grasses.  As the area developed into a farm community, much of the native prairie was tilled under, leaving only small remnants of the original plant life.  In 1991 a team of dedicated naturalists, including Dr. Bradley Gottfried (dean of the University of Wisconsin - Fond du Lac at the time), set out to restore a portion of native prairie.  Local seeds were collected from railroad right-of-ways (such as the Wild Goose Trail) and planted on the UW-Fond du Lac campus.  Today the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum covers 37 acres and contains 176 native trees and shrubs.

The ongoing efforts of the prairie and arboretum board include maintaining the prairie and providing educational oportunities for the community.  Educational programs are presented monthly at the UW-Fond du Lac campus, and Prairie Fest is held every summer with presentations, tours and entertainment throughout the day.

Special thanks to Al Buechel, Connie Ramthun and Sally "Scottie" Scott for allowing me to create this video.

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