Upcoming Field Station Events

Friends of the Field Station Volunteer Gatherings

The UWM at Waukesha Field Station is supported and maintained by a large community.  Friends of the Field Station and the general public are invited to join us for a variety of work days throughout the year.  Without help from you and other volunteers the Field Station would not be the amazing learning environment that it is. Work days typically run from 1- 4pm, and are followed by a potluck campfire meal.  Everyone is invited to join us for these events, and is welcome to join in the meal afterward.  There is no need to RSVP--volunteers simply are welcome to show up for the work day.  If you have any questions, please contact the Field Station Director, Teresa Schueller, teresa.schueller@uwc.edu.

Spring/Summer 2019 Workdays:

  • Prairie Burn: April 6.  It is important that all participants are trained and dressed appropriately for prairie burns, for the safety of all involved as well as the ecosystem.  Because of this, all participating volunteers MUST have basic prescribed burn training, such as offered by The Prairie Enthusiasts, or equivalent.  This training is required even if you have volunteered with us in the past without the training. The local chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts is offering a FREE basic burn training held at the Field Station on April 6, 2019, from 9 am - 4:30 pm.  If weather conditions are favorable, we will burn the Marlin Johnson Prairie that day, as well.  The training is free, but space is limited, so sign up soon if you would like a spot in the class.  You can access the course flyer by clicking here.  Email aimirk68@icloud.com for more information and to register.  You can also call Rob Baller at 608-370-9064 if you have questions about the course. It is important to be dressed properly for the burn to insure your safety. Long sleeves and long pants are a must.  Wear natural fibers--cotton and wool work well (synthetic fibers are very flammable and people dressed in them cannot participate in the burn).  Leather work boots (but not steal toe), leather gloves, eye protection, a hat, and a bandana to cover your mouth and nose are also important
  • Prairie Planting: May 18, 1 - 4 pm
  • Invasive species (garlic mustard, Dame's rocket, buckthorn) control: June 8, 1 - 4 pm
  • Invasive species (garlic mustard, Dame's rocket, buckthorn) control: June 29, 1 - 4 pm

Father and 2 young daughters sowing prairie seeds,one daughter is skipping3 Friends of the Field Station walking with backs turned to the camera and carrying pulled prairie weeds

Fall 2018 Workdays:

  • September 16, 2018, pick prairie seed
  • October 14, 2018, pick prairie seed
  • CANCELED due to rain: October 28, 2018, cut buckthorn
  • November 11, 2018, cut buckthorn

Prairie seed pickingStudents cutting buckthorn