Guided Trips

For on-your-own visits, park on Pleasant Valley Road near the Trailhead, Fire Number 4554


Field trips in 2017 (confirmed schedule)

Pleasant Valley Conservancy
Butterfly and wild flower tour: Saturday June 17, 2017; 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie
Evening at Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie: Wednesday July 5, 2017; 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Pleasant Valley Conservancy
Annual Labor Day tour: Monday September 4, 2017; 1:00 to 4:00 PM


The Labor Day trip Sept 5, 2016 was a great success! 35 people participated. Great weather. Great people.

Part of the 2016 Labor Day group at the Overlook, among lush prairie grass and forbs, with a great view of the wetland.




A guided trip is conducted at Pleasant Valley Conservancy every year on the Labor Day Holiday. This trip is usually offered jointly through Madison Audubon Society and The Prairie Enthusiasts. This trip is open to the public and is conducted at no charge.


Special trips can also be conducted for school or professional groups. Call Tom or Kathie Brock at 608-238-5050

For further information, call 608-238-5050 (evenings).


Use this link for directions


Photos of selected trips in previous years

Part of the 2009 Labor Day field trip group navigating a special trail that crosses prairie and savanna remnants on the south-facing slope, on a sunny day when little bluestem is in peak color.


Special 2008 trip being run for the Aldo Leopold Foundation for a
burn school class.

Mid-summer field trip, July 2007, at the edge of Toby's Prairie.
Participants at the Labor Day 2005 field trip viewing the wetland from the top of the ridge at the edge of the savanna trail.
Start of 2007 Labor Day field trip.