Linked to the Land

Our outdoor discovery program for nature-lovers of all ages

The public is invited to enjoy free guided hikes and workshops throughout the year with Mississippi Valley Conservancy’s 2023 Linked to the Land program. All of the activities take place on nature preserves protected by the Conservancy. This year’s program is made possible by community support from Olson Solar Energy and with in-kind media support from WXOW/News 19.

With more than 6,000 acres of land preserved as nature preserves with public access throughout Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, the Conservancy offers Linked to the Land guided activities to familiarize people with the properties, their wildlife communities, and the value of protecting them. The activities are led by area experts on a variety of topics, including native wildlife, birding, foraging, stargazing, wildflowers, and more.

“Creating a culture of caring for land, water, and wildlife is one of the ways we work to support the health and well-being of southwest Wisconsin,” said the Conservancy’s executive director Carol Abrahamzon. “A great way of doing that is with family-friendly activities on the lands the community has helped our nonprofit organization protect.”

The calendar of 2023 Linked to the Land program activities is listed below. All dates are and locations are subject to change, based on weather and trail conditions. To receive the latest updates about events and activities, sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter and "like" our Facebook page. Advance registration is required for all Linked to the Land activities

Feb 11     VALENTINE’S SNOWSHOE HIKE   La Crosse River Conservancy REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

April 22   SIGNS OF SPRING   New Amsterdam Grasslands

May 13    MIGRATORY BIRDING HIKE   Sugar Creek Bluff

June 10   WILDFLOWER WONDERS WALK   Borah Creek

July 22    BAT CAVE ECOLOGY TOURS   Kickapoo Caverns

Aug 19    PRAIRIE POLLINATORS WALK   Mathy Bluff Prairie

Sept 9     MUSHROOM FORAY   Cassville Bluffs

Oct 7       PRAIRIE STARGAZING WALK   Tunnelville Cliffs