Ceresco Prairie Conservancy
The Ceresco Prairie Conservancy consists of 130 acres of native prairie, oak savanna and wetland habitat in the making. The area serves as a place of study as well as recreation, and includes 3.5 miles of public trails, nearly 2 miles of mountain bike trails and the Patricia Kegel '56 Environmental Classroom. It also is part of the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Glacial Habitat Restoration Program, a partnership between the DNR and Ripon College, aimed at the restoration of the Conservancy’s prairie grasses and forbs. Prairie and oak savanna ecosystems have fallen to .01 percent of their former acreage in Wisconsin, and from 6,000 acres to six acres in Fond du Lac County. The gain of more than 100 acres of restored prairie is significant and provides a major area for student/faculty research in prairie use and land restoration, and the study of prairie structure and dynamics.