Trailtessa: Be TOGETHER – Saturday, September 25, 2021

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Be TOGETHER. It’s time to reconnect – volunteer, network, and build community – at this first in-person, Trailtessa Retreat since March 2020! Photo by James Mills – The Joy Trip Project.

Be Community. Join us for an afternoon of togetherness and environmental stewardship on Saturday, September 25, from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. along the Table Bluff Segment in Dane County.

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Be Immersed. Wander through acres of native prairie plants, collecting seeds for future planting projects as we celebrate National Public Lands Day and Wisconsin Land Trust Days! Photo by IATA staff.


Be Curious. Come eager to learn more about biodiversity – why a variety of species, habitats, and ecosystems are so important to a healthy planet – and how seed collecting helps support it.

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Be a Steward. Contribute to the on-going maintenance of a biodiversity hotspot in Dane County – a jewel among local habitat restoration efforts – SwampLovers’ Preserve*. This 433-acre property perched on the rolling hills of southwestern Wisconsin includes wetland, prairie, and oak savannah habitat hosting a variety of resident and migratory wildlife. Photo by Jane McMahon.

Be Interconnected. Seed collecting offers a perfect opportunity to chat and so will gathering around a bonfire while enjoying refreshments.

Be Friendly. Toast new and long-time friends with wine or alcohol-free beverages. Photo by Eva Ballering.

Prairie plants in fall burst with seeds. Photo by Michael Plymale.

Agenda for Our Time Together:

2:00 p.m.: Arrive and Check-In (Expect a short, steep walk up the bluff; parking area below.)

2:30 p.m.: Welcome and introduction to prairie habitat and restoration, including event goals and expectations.

3:00–5:30 p.m.: Hike and Seed Collecting: Small groups

5:30–700 p.m.: Social – Networking – Refreshments (bonfire, hearty snacks and delicious goodies from Crossroads Coffeehouse, wine/beer/cider, non-alcoholic beverages, and s’more station).

Presentation & discussion about health and wellness and the connection to nature (SSM Health).

7:00 p.m.: Closing & Departure

Event Details:

Date & Time: Saturday, September 25, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Picnic Hill at SwampLovers’ Preserve – 8837 Scheele Road, Cross Plains, WI  53528 – (Table Bluff Segment, Dane County). Parking lot at Scheele Road. View Google driving directions.

Area Map: Table Bluff Segment [PDF]

Participant limit: 50 women and girls

Ages: 5 and up

Registration: $12 per attendee (girls under 18 free).




COVID Note: Please bring a mask (or face covering) if you are unvaccinated or for your personal comfort when we are gathered in a group setting. Maintaining social distance will be possible throughout this event.


Thank you National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) for supporting this Trailtessa Retreat celebrating National Public Lands Day.

*Members of the Swamplovers Foundation spent the past 30+ years engaged in ecological and habitat restoration on their 433-acre property in Dane County. In November 2020, ownership of the SwampLovers’ Preserve transferred to the Ice Age Trail Alliance. This Trailtessa Be TOGETHER event helps continue and further develop the efforts to restore and maintain this property. Photo by Jessica Crombie.