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Southern Wisconsin Restoration Field Day

August 22, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

What is the Southern WI Restoration Field Day?

The Restoration Field Day is a gathering for ecological practitioners, vendors, property owners, naturalists, and students of all ages. This full-day workshop will make ecological management accessible to everyone.

Participants will explore a variety of land management tools, techniques, and services through field demonstrations, lecture-style presentations, hands-on learning experiences, and vendor booths led by experts in restoration ecology. Examples of offerings include planting native species, using dogs as an invasive species management tool, applying foliar herbicide applications, rare species preservation, restoration products, and more!

Why host this event at Riveredge?

Riveredge Nature Center is a 379-acre outdoor classroom consisting of forest, wetland, restored prairie and riparian habitats along the Milwaukee River. This wildlife sanctuary is the cornerstone of Riveredge’s education, research, and land stewardship, and is a legacy of Andy Larsen who served as director of Riveredge from soon after its founding until 2001. Andy’s vision and work with volunteers transformed worn-out farmland into the spectacular landscape found at Riveredge today. As we celebrate Riveredge’s 50th Anniversary in 2018, we continue to honor the legacy of Andy and his vision of education through restoration.

Who can I expect to be there?

Some of the who’s who of restoration ecology in Southeast Wisconsin! Check out the full schedule of presentations, demos, and booths for the inaugural Restoration Day below and click here if you’d like to see the bios of the awesome experts who will be leading this day of learning.

Schedule of Events

8 AM to 9 AM: Registration Check-In
9 AM to 9:15 AM: Welcoming Statements


9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Conservation Dogs Part 1 (Learn About Tilia And Her Work At Mequon Nature Preserve!), Cory Gritzmacher & Jason Nickels (Mequon Nature Preserve) and Laura Holder (Midwest Conservation Dogs)

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM: Giant Hogweed: Habits, Habitat, And Control, Drew Ballantyne (Woodland Restoration LLC & Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium)

10:45 AM to 11:15 AM:  Midwest Orchid Conservation Project, Melissa Curran (Stantec Consulting Services)

11:15 AM to 12:15 PM: Catered Lunch & Networking

12:15 PM to 12:45 PM:  Ozaukee County Aquatic Connectivity and Habitat Restoration – Adaptive Management to Meet Multiple Goals, Andrew Struck (Ozaukee County)

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM: Forest Health and Ecological Restoration Success, Part 1, Bill McNee (Wisconsin DNR)

1:45 PM to 2:15 PM: They’re Here, They’re Deer (Creating Deer Resistant Landscapes), Carrie Hennessy (Johnson’s Nursery)

2:30 to 3 PM: Plant Walk Through Riveredge, (Emmet Judziewicz, Emeritus Professor of Biology, UW-Stevens Point)


9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Review of herbicide application equipment and tactical approaches, Matt Smith (Riveredge Nature Center)

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM: Conservation Dogs Part 2 (Meet Tilia And See Her In Action!), Cory Gritzmacher & Jason Nickels (Mequon Nature Preserve) and Laura Holder (Midwest Conservation Dogs)

10:45 AM to 11:15 AM:  Native Broadcast Seeding, Clayton Frazer (Eco Resource Consulting)

11:15 AM to 12:15 PM: Catered Lunch & Networking

12:15 PM to 12:45 PM: I’ll Give It to You ‘Trait’ – Native and Non-native Plant Adaptations to Fire, Craig Maier, (Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium)

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM: Introduction to Agrecol’s Native Vegetated Mat (NVM), Michelle Stowers (Agrecol)

1:45 PM to 2:15 PM: Forest Health and Ecological Restoration Success, Part 2, Bill McNee (Wisconsin DNR)

2:30 PM to 3 PM: Forestry Mowing- Taking the sweat out of woody invasive removal, Peter Ziegler (EC3 Environmental Consulting)


Stop by and meet some of the awesome organizations and sponsors making this day possible. Open from 9 AM to 3 PM, in between sessions. Booths include:

Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium
Mequon Nature Preserve
Johnson’s Nursery
Eco Resource Consulting
Wisconsin DNR
The Mill and Kiln
Nutrien Ag Solutions
Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savannah Fire Science Consortium
Riveredge Nature Center


Sweet! I’m in! How do I sign up!

We’re glad you asked! The cost for the whole day, plus an included catered lunch, is only $40 for Riveredge members, $45 for non-members, or $20 for students who will be attending high school, college, or university in the fall. 

The day will be free-flowing, allowing you to choose which presentations or demos you wish to attend, so you won’t need to choose specific sessions ahead of time. Spaces are limited though, so pre-registration for the day itself is required and only available as spots remain!

You can register using the button below or if you have any questions on the day, please don’t hesistate to contact Matt Smith, Riveredge’s Land Manager, at 262-375-2715 or msmith@riveredge.us.

A huge thanks to the sponsors who are helping make this day possible:

Ozaukee Cty Chapter #680

And support from generous anonymous donors.


August 22, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Matt Smith


Riveredge Nature Center
4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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(262) 375-2715