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

Interested in helping to maintain our prairie? Please fill out our volunteer intake form here to get alerted of future volunteer opportunities. 

We are excited for the 17 acre expansion of the prairie getting underway! With seeding having begun in early 2023, we are currently monitoring for growth.