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EXPLORE BADGER DAY! Saturday, September 23

If one day can offer everything BADGER, this is it.  Join us for one or many of the planned activities on “EXPLORE BADGER DAY” Saturday, September 23, 9am to 4pm.  

The 3,400-acre Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area at Badger is open and accessible to the public, but how many people have ever been there?  The foreboding entrance gate and circuitous access road to state land may feel daunting to the visitor.  Join the Alliance for a day of exploring “behind the fence” at Badger—with bus tours, presentations, guided walks and bike rides, prairie restoration and other activities.

We will “unveil” our NEW and long-awaited Visitor Guide to the Badger Lands brochure, complete with a map of roads and trails, points of interest and historic facts about the Sauk Prairie.

For all activities, meet at the Badger Museum Parking Lot at Badger on Highway 12 (across from Citgo Station) 15 minutes before departure time.

  • Take a Hike at Badger. 9:00am – 10:00am (guided hike)   You can join a guided hike—or explore newly marked trails on your own—using the Alliance’s new “Visitor Guide to the Badger Lands.”  We will also mark hikes of various lengths for you to explore.
  • Take a Bike Ride at Badger. 9:00am to 10:30am.  Want to join a group of avid bikers for a leisurely tour of trails at Badger? Join us as we explore some of the newly marked trails on the state-owned portion of Badger.
  •  Help Restore a Prairie. 9:00am to 12:00pm.  Join other volunteers to participate in one of our regular twice-monthly volunteer prairie restoration projects.  You’ll visit a remnant prairie that is being restored by the Alliance and learn to identify both native and invasive species while helping with their control.  Wear long pants, closed shoes and work gloves!
  • Badger Museum. 10am to 4pm. Visit the fine exhibits in the newly reopened Badger Museum and learn about the rich history of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant.
  •  Bus Tours of Badger (2 times) 10:30am to 1:00pm  &  1:30pm – 4:00pm  

Join local experts in the history and landscape at the former Badger Army Plant on a bus tour of the Badger property, visiting little known historical and ecological points of interest.  This is truly a “behind the fence” tour that will take you to all corners of the state-owned Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area, as well as portions of Ho-Chunk and Dairy Forage Reserach Center lands.   The tour will also feature historic apples of Badger and a visit to a newly created apple nursery to preserve the historic apple trees of the former farm families before the Army took over their land (1942).

You need to reserve your seat to be guaranteed space! Space on each bus tour is limited to 35 participants; $10/person, children under 16 freeRSVP to: to reserve your spot(s)!

Questions?  Contact Charlie Luthin, SPCA Executive Director at: 608-358-7120.



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