Geology of the Blufflands: A Guided Hike

July 16, 2022
10:00 a.m.–Noon
Location
La Crosse Blufflands-North: Cty Rd FA Trailhead (Mathy)

Join us for Geology of the Blufflands: a guided hike to explore the geological history of the La Crosse Blufflands as revealed by quarry walls and the surrounding landscape. Participants will enjoy the beauty of the prairie reconstruction on the Mathy tract of the La Crosse Blufflands while walking to the former quarry to examine the walls of sedimentary rock. This event is part of the Conservancy’s 2022 “Linked to the Land” series of outdoor experiences on the many nature preserves it protects for wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, outdoor learning and recreation in the Driftless Area.

The expert guides for this wildflower walk, Jonathan Rigden and Kelvin Rodolfo, will share their knowledge of the landscape, how it was formed over thousands of years, and what makes it different from other Wisconsin landscapes.

The 453-acre Mathy tract of the La Crosse Blufflands–North is owned and maintained by the City of La Crosse while permanently protected by Mississippi Valley Conservancy. The bluff property allows visitors a chance to explore a unique landscape that would have been prevalent hundreds of years ago. It features bluff prairie and oak savanna habitats that have become increasingly rare due to development, mining, and the spread of nonnative plant species. These habitats are the homes of many native plant and wildlife species that have adapted to the unique geology, including owls, migrating birds, prairie grasses, and wildflowers.

WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING: Close-toed walking shoes or boots are recommended footwear. Be prepared with sunscreen, hat, and drinking water. Walking stick and binoculars are optional. 

ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this FREE event by July 13. With limited parking space, carpooling is recommended.

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Mississippi Valley Conservancy may be taking photographs at this event and I have no objection to them using images that include me or members of my family for the sole purpose of promoting their mission to protect land and water.
July 16, 2022
10:00 a.m.–Noon
Location
La Crosse Blufflands-North: Cty Rd FA Trailhead (Mathy)
Directions

N3065 Cty Rd FA, La Crosse, WI - From La Crosse: Follow Bliss Road up the bluff past Alpine Inn. Turn Left on Cty Rd FA and follow for 1.5 miles. The trailhead parking area is at end of road.