Community Programs

The Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center is a resource that Carroll University is excited to share with the community. Check back often for information on upcoming workshop events and volunteer opportunities! We will post opportunities as they become available. You may also contact Jenna Gatzke at 262.524.7645 or for the most updated happenings. 

Current Offerings

Winter Wonderland Weekends

February 8th and 22nd 2020 from 10:00-11:30am

Carroll University's Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center and Greene Field Station will be offering our Winter Wonderland Weekends program in February 2020. Participants of all ages are welcome to stop on by for a 1.5-hour program starting at 10:00am sharp that will explore the fun and beauty of the winter season. Each weekend we will read a story, venture out on the Prairie Springs property for 45 minutes to 1 hour, then return inside to dive into some fun crafts. There is no registration and no charge for these programs. All are welcome – make it a family event! We will be outside for most of the program, so please dress appropriately.

For all Winter Wonderland Weekends

Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m
Ages: All* – (content level designed for families with kids in grades K-5)*
Cost: Free!
Inclement Weather Policy: Should the day be too stormy or cold, we will reschedule the program for the following weekend. Please call to check, if the weather looks questionable – 262.524.7645.

*Parents and Guardians MUST stay with their children throughout the program. Ideally, the whole family will join in the activity for the day!


Carroll University’s Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center will be launching a new Community Connections series this year. Come and join us for a 2-hour continuing education opportunity on the second Thursday of every other month. Opportunities range from presentations and talks by experts on contemporary topics to hands-on projects. Each program is unique and coordinated in partnership with Carroll faculty, staff, alums, and members of the greater community. Program will be held from 7:00-9:00pm at Prairie Springs. Pre-registration and/or program fees will be listed with each program.

Climate Change: The Wisconsin Perspective
February 13th, 2020 from 7:00-9:00pm

This informative talk will dive into the observed climate changes and climate change impacts in southeast Wisconsin since 1900. Focus will be placed on current and predicted local changes and impacts. This event is free and no pre-registration is required. Coordinated and presented by Dr. Kelly LeBlanc

Invasive Species: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
April 9th, 2020 from 7:00-9:00pm

Everything is springing up at this time of year. We will discuss the timing of annual biological events, why invasive species are "bad," and how native and invasive species interact. We will wrap up by sharing some innovative solutions to invasive species and, weather willing, recipes that will help you to eat the invaders! This event is free and no pre-registration is required. Coordinated and presented by Dr. Todd Levine

Contact Jenna Gatzke at 262.524.7645 or for more information.

Events at Prairie Springs

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