Our facility will be closed Monday, January 16th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day.
We plan to reopen on Tuesday, Jan 17th at 9am.
As always, you’re invited to hike our trails, which are open daily from dawn until dusk.
Welcome! Our facility is open on weekdays from 9am to 4pm and on weekends from 10am to 2pm.
Wearing a face mask indoors is optional. Because we are a childcare facility and follow public health protocols, we have limited access to some public offerings and areas of our facility. We appreciate your patience as we work to find a healthy balance of access and safety for our community.
As always, our grounds and trails featuring self-guided tours are free and open daily from dawn until dusk.
How will you mark this first day of Black History Month? Perhaps learning about Algie Shivers and the round barns of Vernon County? Author Jeff Galligan embarks on a beautiful journey through the Driftless Area, bringing you along with his poetic writing and unique perspective. The text transports you from the Cheyenne Valley, blanketed by a morning hoarfrost, to the past, when Wisconsin was just entering its Dairyland era, and a time when round barns were prevalent.Algie’s family story is particularly interesting as his parents fled the post-civil war Jim Crow laws and WALKED from Tennessee to Wisconsin over a two-year period! The people they found in the Cheyenne Valley were welcoming, and the family became farmers and esteemed members of the mixed-race community. Algie Shivers notably contributed to the community by building multiple round barns. This heartwarming story is interrupted, however, by WWI, where Algie likely experienced a greater level of discrimination and racism during his service.If you want to explore this single story that helps illustrate the richness and complexity of Black history in Wisconsin, read the full essay here: www.bipocbirdingclub.org/algie-shivers-and-round-barns-of-vernon-countyThank you Jeff Galligan for writing and sharing this essay with us. We are particularly grateful for you, as well as your work in our community and on our Board!Photo: Jeff Galligan, BIPOC Birding Club Co-Founder & ALNC Board Member#BlackHistoryMonth #RepresentationMatters #DiversityInTheOutdoors #WIEnviroEd #NatureIsEverywhere #NatureIsForEveryone #EveryBodyOutside ...