2019 GRN Workshop Schedule


5 p.m. pre-workshop dinner at Heartland Grill in the Sheraton Madison

Connect with other attendees at a casual dinner and social time. (Note: this event is not covered by conference fee.)



8:30 a.m. Workshop check-in and continental breakfast

UW Arboretum Visitor Center auditorium


9 a.m. Welcome

Opening remarks by Bill Kleiman and Chris Helzer of the GRN. Opening remarks by Arboretum Director Karen Oberhauser. Discussion of logistics and agenda by Mike Hansen


9:15 a.m. Arboretum land management and research

Presented by Michael Hansen and Brad Herrick


10 a.m. Restoring and protecting monarch habitat: suburban gardens aren’t enough

Presented by Karen Oberhauser


10:45 a.m. break


11 a.m. Pollinator conservation

Presented by Susan Carpenter, Arboretum native plant gardener


11:45 a.m. Lunch


12:45 p.m. Tours

Tour A: Aldo Leopold Foundation, Baraboo

Tour B: Faville Grove Sanctuary (Madison Audubon Society), Lake Mills

Tour C: Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area (The Nature Conservancy, The Prairie Enthusiasts). Thomson Prairie, Blue Mounds; Mounds View and Barneveld Prairies, Barneveld


~5:30 p.m. (as buses return from field tours) – Social gathering

Arboretum Visitor Center auditorium


6 p.m. Dinner and cash bar

Arboretum Visitor Center auditorium


8:30 p.m. Day 1 end




8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast

UW Arboretum Visitor Center auditorium


8:55 a.m. Welcome back and announcements


9 a.m. How seed mix design and first year management influence multifunctionality and cost effectiveness in prairie reconstruction

Presented by Justin Meissen, Tallgrass Prairie Center


9:45 a.m. 60 years of change in Wisconsin prairie remnants: resurveying the Curtis dataset

Presented by Amy Alstad, Driftless Area Land Conservancy


10:30 a.m. Break


10:45 a.m. But how do we get people to CARE?

Presented by Chris Helzer, The Nature Conservancy, Nebraska


11:30 a.m. Lunch


12:30 p.m. Tours

Tour A: Goose Pond Sanctuary (Madison Audubon Society) and Arlington Agricultural Research Station (UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), Arlington

Tour B: Holy Wisdom Monastery and Walking Iron County Park (Dane County Parks), Middleton and Mazomanie

Tour C: Curtis and Greene Prairies (UW–Madison Arboretum), Madison


~4:30 p.m. (as buses return from field tours) – Workshop end

Thank you for coming and safe travels!

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