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Reconnect: Weeding and Wine Stewardship Events at SwampLovers Preserve
September 8 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join the Ice Age Trail Alliance at a series of prairie Weeding and Wine volunteer events this summer! These events will not only be fun and a great way for you to give back to the Ice Age Trail, they will help support the native wildflowers and increase habitat for critical pollinators. Weeding and Wine will take place at the southern end of the Table Bluff Segment on Picnic Hill Prairie in the SwampLovers Preserve (Cross Plains/Dane County), one of the most diverse restored dry prairies in the area.
Invasive species are a sad reality for land conservation efforts. They usually lack natural predators that keep them under control in their native ranges, leading to out-competition of native species which decreases high quality habitat for insects, birds, butterflies and other critters. The Picnic Hill Prairie on the SwampLovers Preserve has been well established for years but still needs regular tending to help the native species compete against invasive ones.
The work will include walking carefully through a medium tall prairie full of stunning wildflowers and ‘spot weeding’ invasive plants. We’ll discuss a few target weed species and explain how to identify them. From there, we will split into small groups to start weeding. You’ll have an expert close by to help answer any questions and help identify what stays and what gets pulled.
Join us the second Wednesday of the month from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
July 14 – August 11 – September 8
Rain Dates: July 19 – August 16 – September 13
- 5:30 p.m. Arrive, park and hike up to Picnic Hill Prairie (there is a steep incline on the trip up)
- 6:00 – 6:15 p.m. Welcome – Introductions – Project Overview
- 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. Get your hands dirty! Weeding in the prairie.
- 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Social and snacks*, self-led hiking, on-your-own picnic
What to Bring:
- Gardening gloves
- Close-toed shoes
- Sun hat/sunscreen
- Bug spray
- Long pants, long sleeve shirt (we will be in tall grass)
- Personal drinking water and container
- Picnic or snacks*
- Raingear – we will work in light rain, please check the forecast
*The Ice Age Trail Alliance will provide light refreshments and snacks (including wine). A porta potty is available onsite.
We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to this event. Wooly mammoths are welcome.
Registration is OPEN. Space is limited. Register today!
Volunteers in Parks and COVID-19 Safety Information:
No experience is necessary and volunteers of all ages are welcome, provided youth attend with an adult chaperone. If you are NEW to volunteering with the Ice Age Trail Alliance, please submit the volunteer agreement before the event, see below for more details.
- We’re excited to have you join us, however, please know the symptoms of the coronavirus and be prepared to STAY HOME if you exhibit any of them. Please visit the CDC website and view the symptoms listed there. Consider using the Self-Checker, an interactive guide, located mid-way down the page, which can help you make your decision. Go there now.
- Please complete this Volunteer Agreement, OF-301A Fillable Form.
- The National Park Service (NPS) requires every volunteer to complete a COVID-19 OF-301A Volunteer Service Agreement, whether you are a new IATA volunteer or a returning volunteer who has not yet filled out the post-March 24, 2020 version of this form.
- Please email the completed form to Dan Watson, NPS Volunteer Coordinator, ([email protected]).
- Dan will reply to you with a signed copy of the form.
Please read through these documents as they provide additional safety guidelines: