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Waushara County Chapter’s Mecan River Prairie Hike

June 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Join fellow hikers on a 2.0-mile long group Prairie Hike along the Mecan River segment of the Ice Age Trail with lovely topography and a vista of the Mecan Springs area.

Enjoy a mid-morning exploration led by prairie enthusiast, John Shillinglaw, as we meander through savannah, and a prairie restoration area with plenty of spiderwort, leadplant, dotted mint, indian, and big and little bluestem grass and other forbs in bloom. A healthy activity the whole family can participate in right here in Waushara County!

About John: John Shillinglaw has been an avid supporter of the Ice Age Trail since 1972 and a Waushara County Chapter member for 15 years. In 1984, he purchased property on the Mecan River segment and became highly interested in restoration of dry prairie, especially for Karner blue butterflies. John also received the Leopold Foundation Henry Green award, in 2013, for his innovative approach in restoration, presented by the University of Wisconsin Arboretum.

This is the first of three extra guided summer hikes planned for the #WalktheWaush Challenge. If you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late! Check out the Facebook Event page for challenge details, register, post photos and start logging your miles for a chance to win prizes and awards.

We will meet at the Ice Age Trail parking lot on Buttercup Drive, one half mile west of 7th Avenue, and hike south to the Mecan headwaters parking lot with a shuttle back. Watch for the event signs. Plan on completing about ‪12:00pm. This is a moderately difficult hike. Be sure to bring a water bottle, bug spray, appropriate gear and shoes. We will go rain or shine.

Hosted by the Waushara County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.


June 22, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Randy Lennartz
Jenny Addis