Linked to the Land
Our outdoor discovery program for nature-lovers of all ages
Everybody is invited to enjoy free guided hikes and workshops throughout the year with Mississippi Valley Conservancy’s 2024 Linked to the Land program. Most 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 protected 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. One of the ways we do that is by offering family-friendly activities on the lands the community has helped our nonprofit organization protect.
The calendar of 2024 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, we invite you to sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter and "like" our Facebook page. Advance registration is required for all Linked to the Land activities. You'll find that on the Events page of this website when it becomes available for each hike or workshop.
Feb 10 VALENTINE’S HIKE New Amsterdam Grasslands (new location!)
April 11 HANDCRAFTING TOOLS, BOWS, AND ARROWS La Crosse Public Library
May 11 MIGRATORY BIRDING HIKE Sugar Creek Bluff
June 15 MIGRATORY NESTING BIRDS Plum Creek Conservation Area
July 13 BAT CAVE ECOLOGY TOURS Kickapoo Caverns
Aug 10 GARDENS AND GAZING Location TBD
Sept 7 MUSHROOM FORAY Cassville Bluffs
Oct 12 PRAIRIE STARGAZING WALK Tunnelville Cliffs