Heckrodt Prairie Hootenanny
Come out to the Reserve on August 27th from 12-3:00 p.m. for a prairie celebration of artisan food, live music, and nature. Early Registrations are $8 per person and $12 per person at the door. You can collect your wristbands at "Will Call" the day of the event. We plan to highlight local producers and farmers by serving locally made food with an end of summer flair. The music will be from Listening Party overlooking our mature prairie. This duo from Milwaukee, WI presents a brand of Northern Folk-Rock. Event goers will experience the prairie in many ways; from learning about live native prairie birds of prey, honeybees, and snakes, to sweeping for insects and using magnifying lenses and binoculars. Participants will also get to release butterflies on the prairie. Let’s celebrate the season.
Special thanks to Horicon Bank for being the event sponsor.
The story...In January of 2005, Heckrodt Wetland Reserve acquired the last contiguous property to the Reserve. This property was an 11 acre, capped landfill that had grown wild for about thirty years. From the beginning, our goal was to create an inspiring place that restored the property using sound stewardship practices. We followed similar regenerative practices that were done by other successful sites including the likes of fellow Wisconsinite Aldo Leopold.
“A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke [of the axe] he is writing his signature on the face of the land.”
― Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
The site plan called for the creation of a 4 acre native Wisconsin prairie that used manual, mechanical, chemical, and fire controls. Our vision for the prairie was tall grass waving in the wind, with a myriad of color prairie flowers blooming from spring to fall. Nearly 17 growing seasons later, our vision has come a reality and now is the time for celebration!