Schumacher Farm Park


Schumacher Prairie in bloom; black-eyed Susan and pale purple coneflower.

The Schumacher Prairie restoration was initiated in the 1980s with the foresight of Marcella Pendall Schumacher, the knowledge and assistance of Wayne Pauley, Dane County Parks Naturalist, and many determined volunteers. The efforts continue today to maintain the native prairie ecosystem and expand the oak savanna woodland, employing manual hand tools, chainsaws, and a prescribed fire regime to reduce woody shrub encroachment and promote native plant germination.

Member comment: "We enjoy our walks in the prairie and appreciate all the work you do to preserve nature and the farm." -Cathy & John Attig

Volunteer opportunities for 2023 are currently being planned. We are excited for the 17 acre expansion of the prairie getting underway, with seeding starting in late winter. Volunteers will be welcome to help with spring and summer maintenance to reduce weed pressure on newly germinating prairie plants.

Check back again for late spring and summer dates. Children under 14 years of age are welcome with the accompaniment of an adult. Bring your own gloves and water. Park in the main paved lot and meet near the tri-sided kiosk. 

Educational outings are also part of the restoration process, including prairie walks, seed collecting sessions and wildlife monitoring programs.

To schedule a prairie tour or request more information on restoration activities, contact the main farm park office at (608) 849-4559 or email us: 

Photos: Mike Shucha cutting brush, a group of volunteers helping to haul brush out of the prairie, and Jerry Goth collecting prairie seeds. (Photographer unknown)