Nine acres of sunflowers glowing in the sunlight are the key feature of RPMGA’s August field trip. On Sunday, August 13, we’re heading out to the Pope Farm Conservancy, a little west of Madison, to catch these beauties at their peak.
The former farm is uniquely situated on 105 acres that span three watersheds, three recessional moraines and over 10,000 years of geological and human history. In addition to the sunflowers, the conservancy has six prairie restorations, a Native American garden, a rain garden, eight miles of trails with interpretive signs, abundant wildlife and great views. Restrooms are available near the picnic area. Entry is free. There is no formal tour, but ambassadors are on hand evenings and weekends to answer questions about the sunflowers. Self-guided walking tours through other areas of the conservancy range from a half mile to two miles. For more information, see the website at www.popefarmconservancy.org.
Parking at the site is limited, so carpooling would be good. Meet at the designated time at the Community Garden in Janesville (near the sheriff’s office) and we’ll go from there
Date/time: Sunday, August 13. Noon. If it rains, the conservancy closes, so the alternate rain date is Wednesday, August 16 at 5:00 p.m.
This is an educational opportunity for MGVs. You will earn one (1) Continuing Education Unit for each hour of participation.
Bring if desired: A friend. A sun hat or parasol. Bug spray. Sun block. A camera. Water (or purchase on-site).