Volunteer Days and Field Trips

Volunteer on our Chiwaukee Prairie Work Days as we restore and manage the prairie.
All we need is you to help! No experience necessary. On the job training!
Dress for the weather, bring work gloves, and protective eyewear. We have tools and the equipment to get the job done. If the weather is hot, be sure to bring plenty of water. We hope to see you there!

Chiwaukee South – Regular Work Schedule: 3rd Saturday of each month 10 AM – 1 PM unless noted below.
Meet north of 121st Street on 2nd Avenue unless noted below. Click here for a map of “Chiwaukee South”.
If you have questions, reply to this email or call 262-658-8336.

Upcoming Work Party Dates/Events:

  • September 18, 2021 – Work Day
    We will be cutting and herbiciding sumac. The prediction is for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 82 degrees. Winds are expected to be SSW at 10 to 15mph. Wear old clothes, long pants and sturdy shoes or boots and gloves. Consider bug spray, sunscreen, and a hat. Masks will not be required since we are outside the entire time. We supply tools, water, instructions, and answers to all your questions about the Prairie.
    PLEASE NOTE: We will meet on 2nd Avenue at 122nd Street near the gate.
    (Click here for meeting location map.)
  • September 25, 2021 – 10:00 AM – Plant ID Hike
    Naturalist Kay McClelland will finish her 2021 plant walks at a new site. As usual, she will give you facts and fun information about native plants and the Prairie. Information includes a little history, a little geology and lots of plant names and facts. There will be a plant list available. There is still plenty to see.
    Meet at 204 102nd Street just west of Lake Shore Drive. Please park on the south side of 102nd Street. Click here for a map.
    Kay McClelland, Naturalist
    262-994-1939 MobileCancellations will be posted on our website and Facebook by 8:00 AM on the day of the event. If you are unsure whether an event will take place, please use good judgment when deciding whether or not to attend.
  • October 16, 2021 – Work Day – Location TBA
    Brush Cutting
  • November 20, 2021 – Work Day – Location TBA
    Brush Cutting
  • December 18, 2021 – Work Day – Location TBA
    Brush Cutting
  • January 15, 2022
    Brush Cutting
  • February 19, 2022
    Brush Cutting
  • March 19, 2022
    Brush Cutting
  • April 16, 2022
    Brush cutting (and/or)
    Scout for/treat Garlic Mustard and Dame’s Rocket
  • May 21, 2022
    Activities TBD but may involve scouting for/pulling garlic mustard and dame’s rocket
  • June 18, 2022
    Pull/bag Dame’s Rocket and meadow hawkweed.
    Pull White and Yellow Sweet Clover
    Black Swallow-wort (search and treat)
    Canada Thistle (search and treat)
  • July 16, 2022
    Pull/Bag Common St. John’s-Wort, White and Yellow Sweet Clover, Black Swallowwort (search and treat)
    Canada Thistle (search and bag/treat)
    Scout for Purple Loosestrife
    Scout for Hairy Willow Herb
  • August 20, 2022
    Pull/Bag Queen Anne’s Lace and late blooming white sweet clover
    Black Swallow-wort (search and treat, bag seed pods)
    Scout for Purple Loosestrife

….Work Days, 3rd Saturday of each month! 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.