Guided Trips

Because of the corona virus situation, the field trips schedule is tentative. Check back in early June!

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

Take a Trail Map from the dispenser at the trail head.


Field trips in 2020

Pleasant Valley Conservancy: CANCELED!
Butterfly and wild flower tour: Saturday June 20, 2020; 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie: CANCELED!
Evening at Black Earth Rettenmund Prairie: Wednesday July 8, 2020; 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Pleasant Valley Conservancy: Canceled!
Annual Labor Day tour: Monday September 7, 2020; 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Field trips are sponsored jointly by the Prairie Enthusiasts and Madison Audubon Society.

The butterfly trip is also held jointly with the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association




Group photo
Group for the Labor Day (Sept 2) 2019 trip. Photo by Arlene Koziol


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



A 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.