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Botanizing at Three Waters Reserve

Three Waters Reserve lies in a biologically rich prairie-forest border region in rural southern Wisconsin.  Dolomite and sandstone bedrock capped by older glacial deposits and younger sand and gravel outwash create an “important reservoir of biological diversity”.  Today, more than 80% of Lower Sugar River Watershed is agricultural, making the remaining natural fragments critical for conserving essential ecosystem services we all rely on. 

We welcome botanists and native plant enthusiasts to the Reserve during all seasons to explore the flora of mature Southern dry-mesic oak woodland and savanna, and newly restored dry to wet prairie and riparian wetland plant communities.

We encourage the use of cameras to photograph specimens to ensure the native plant diversity of the Reserve is available to pollinators and other resident wildlife, and the next visitor at the Reserve.

Visit our calendar to learn about public plant walks and workshops to enrich your understanding of the Flora of Three Waters Reserve and of the Lower Sugar River Watershed.