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Come along on an important journey with us as we learn, discover, and explore the theme of "Trails" together through a variety of events, exhibits, speakers, a video documentary, and other programmatic offerings for children through adults. Then let the  trails bring you back home with a greater understanding of the stories which have shaped our history and so much more.

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Come along on an important journey

What's so special about the Fox-Wisconsin portaging trail? What were Wisconsin's Native trails like in 1832? What happened on the Ho-Chunk Trail of Tears? Take a journey with us on the trails of the Fox-Wisconsin portage and beyond. Then let the trails bring you back home with a greater understanding of the stories which have shaped our history.

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Journeys: The Ho-Chunk Trail of Tears

Information coming soon.

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2024 Speaker Series: "Trails"

  • June 11: The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin: Voices of Early Settlers - Dr. Michael E. Stevens

  • August 13: Sovereign Waterways: Indigenous Persistence & WI Rivers in the19th Century - Dr. Rob Harper

  • September 10: Citizens of a Stolen Land: A Ho-Chunk History of the 19th Century U.S. - Dr. Stephen Kantrowitz

  • October 8: The Old Military Road: An Historic Highway Winding Through a Bigger Story - Dr. patrick Jung

Walking Wawa’ąįja Exhibit

Details coming soon

Themed Events

  • "Trails" Program for Kids

  • Wawa’ąįja Walk

  • Ho-Chunk Cultural Arts Day

  • Scouts BSA Historic Trails Weekend

  • Follow the Trail of History living history weekend

Enjoy our trail system

"Stories of the Land" is a signage-guided educational walk through a portion of our property with the goal of engaging hikers with the fascinating history that happened on the soil beneath their feet. From examining the culture and history of the Indigenous Ho-Chunk people, to discovering prominent historical figures who journeyed here, to exploring applied prairie science and more, come and learn out in nature's classroom. Our trails are free and open to the public.

Trails 2024

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