The Natural Resource Foundation of Wisconsin Tours Prairie Nursery

Each year the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin (NRF) puts together an impressive schedule of field trips. The very low cost tours for members include birding, canoeing and hiking excursions that explore of the natural beauty of Wisconsin.

This May, NRF members interested in prairie restoration visited Prairie Nursery.

Neil Diboll led an exclusive tour through the Nursery that included the display gardens and growing facilities. He then teamed up with John Shillinglaw on an educational trip through the Shillinglaw property, one of the largest private restorations in Wisconsin – a 150 acre prairie & savanna restoration near Coloma.

NRF members gather before the tour:

The tour explores Prairie Nursery propagation and greenhouses:

After lunch, the group caravanned to the Shillinglaw restoration. Restoring habitat for the Karner Blue butterfly was one of John Shillinglaw’s early motivations. Over the years he has expanded his effort to include 150 acres of varied terrain and eco-systems.

Restoration area plan map:

It would have been a fine sight to see, but due to the lateness of spring this year, the Lupine wasn’t blooming. Standing in the Karner Blue Prairie:

John Shillinglaw (center) at the Birdsfoot Violet Savanna area:Birdsfoot violet in bloom: