Learn about land management, botanize, and share stories as we tour BMAP Member properties. Continue your conversation and stay for the potluck picnic.

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Julie Raasch

Every summer BMAP schedules three property tours at three different BMAP Member properties. Hosted by the landowners, our potluck tours provide unique educational walks as each landowner guides us through their native habitat management practices and restoration story.


It's a comfortable learning experience and provides a welcoming space for BMAP Members and the broader public to meet other landowners who are passionate about habitat restoration. As we tour each property, take some time out during the walk to ask questions of our staff Ecologist and other knowledgeable members, to learn new field practices, or to "botanize" plants we see along the way.

Each tour ends with a potluck picnic! Bring a dish to share (or just yourself), we will provide grilled fixings and beverages.

COVID UPDATE: We will have limited attendance for our Summer 2021 property tours, pre-registration is required. For the safety of our community, tours no longer feature a potluck dinner and are now scheduled for Saturday mornings. We hope to return to our regular potluck tour events in 2022!

2021 Property Tour Schedule

and Registration

  • Summer Property Tour 3: Jim Elleson
    Jul 10, 2021, 10:00 AM
    Black Earth, 4681 Co Hwy JJ, Black Earth, WI 53515, USA
    This 105-acre property has a variety of ecotypes including wetland and sedge meadow along Vermont Creek, various prairie plantings, oak woodland, and savanna restoration in-progress. On our tour we’ll see some of the results of 25 years of management including regular prescribed burning.
  • Summer Property Tour 2: Mike Samuel and Nancy Thomas
    Jun 19, 2021, 10:00 AM
    Mount Horeb, 440 WI-78, Mt Horeb, WI 53572, USA
    Mike and Nancy manage 66 acres of woods and restored prairies in the Town of Perry. For the past 20 years they have been working to create native prairies, manage for oak woods, and control invasive plants. Their property includes a dry, sandy goat prairie, sedge meadow, and oak woods.
  • Summer Property Tour 1: Lynn & Jane Knutson
    Jun 05, 2021, 10:00 AM
    Barneveld, 6001 Blue Ridge Rd, Barneveld, WI 53507, USA
    This 70-acre property contains a diverse mix of restored southern dry-mesic woodland; a remnant dry, postage-stamp prairie; and a well-established planted prairie. Much of the oak woodland has been burned with excellent results and the prairie remnant still supports a number of desirable species.