Kids on the Prairie

Car McGinley Leave a Comment

Earth Week Walk for Kids This Sunday after Sunday Assembly, we invite children and their parents or grandparents to celebrate Earth Week with a walk on the monastery grounds. Kids On the Prairie walks are a chance for kids ages 5 to 15 to explore parts of the monastery grounds with a naturalist. Children 3-4 are also welcome with parent support. This month we will feature burned areas, signs of spring all around and whatever engenders a sense of wonder and surprise. We might even pull some garlic mustard! We meet at the kiosk near the main parking lot at …

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“Restoration and Care for the Earth,” The Holy Wisdom Podcast

Brooke Moriarty Care for the Earth, Podcast Leave a Comment

Want to be the first to hear every new episode? Click here to sign up for email notifications! What does it truly mean to “care for the earth“?  In this episode, take a deeper look at what “care for the earth” means from two leaders of our natural restoration efforts – retired Land Manager, Greg Armstrong and his successor, Amy Alstad, PhD. Both our guests share their knowledge of the restoration work that the sisters have done over the years.  You’ll also hear about Friends of Wisdom Prairie, one of our volunteer communities, and their amazing contributions to the land at …

POSTPONED – Friends of Wisdom Prairie Dinner Lecture

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Rivers and Drifts: Natural Patterns in Designed Places with Darrel Morrison This program has been postponed. We will give you more details as we get them. Join the Friends of Wisdom Prairie for dinner and lecture by professor emeritus Darrel Morrison. Darrel will share his insights on landscape designs using native plant communities as the artistic palate. Darrel has gained a national reputation for his extraordinary skill at designing natural landscape gardens which include the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin TX and the Native Wisconsin Garden at the UW-Madison Arboretum.  His exceptional knowledge of natural ecological communities and …

Friends of Wisdom Prairie Luncheon Lecture

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Owls of Wisconsin with Sylvia Marek Join the Friends of Wisdom Prairie for lunch and lecture about owls. Naturalist Sylvia Marek will talk with us about the Owls of Wisconsin. With her extraordinary knowledge and many wonderful photographs she will inform us about these birds of the night, and the important role they play in the ecosystems where they live. Speaker Sylvia Marek is a highly trained and experienced naturalist. She works for the University of Wisconsin Arboretum and is a first rate birder. Sylvia is also a member of the Friends of Wisdom Prairie Council. Cost $40/person, includes lunch and …

Knowing who we are journeying with

Lynne Smith, OSB Living in Community 2 Comments

Last Friday, the Servant Leadership class from UW Extension held its monthly class at the monastery. Toby Grabs, our operations manager, gave the class a tour and introduction to the monastery. I met with them to talk about how we exercise leadership in the monastery. I lifted up three principles that have guided us and served to move us into the future: listening to others collaboration and community. Because we have always been a small community and because we value collaboration and community building, we have consulted with and involved others in our ministry and decision-making through the years. In …

Friends of Wisdom Prairie dinner lecture with Claudio Gratton

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Native Bees and their Conservation in Wisconsin’s Landscapes Enjoy a reception and dinner at the monastery and learn about bees and the role they play in the ecology of Wisconsin’s landscapes from Professor Claudio Gratton of the UW-Madison Entomology Department. Cost: $40 Register: Registration deadline: August 1, 2018 There is a 50% refund before the registration deadline, no refund after the registration deadline. Register online Download registration form Return to: FWP Holy Wisdom Monastery 4200 County Road M Middleton, WI 53562

What does the Earth Ask of Us?

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With Robin Wall Kimmerer | May 16, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm “We are showered every day with the gifts of the Earth, gifts we have neither earned nor paid for: air to breathe, nurturing rain, black soil, berries and honeybees, the tree that became this page, a bag of rice and the exuberance of a field of goldenrod and asters at full bloom.” “Though the Earth provides us with all that we need, we have created a consumption-driven economy that asks, ‘What more can we take from the Earth?’ and almost never ‘What does the Earth ask of us in return?’” …

Outing to Horicon Marsh

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Spring Bird Migration at Horicon Marsh  Several knowledgeable birders will accompany us on a trip to visit the largest fresh water cattail marsh in the United States. Enjoy seeking out some of the more than 280 species of birds Horicon Marsh has to offer. Bring your bird book and binoculars—let’s go birding! This outing includes a trip into the marsh aboard a pontoon boat, lunch at the Audubon Inn, time in the DNR Explorium museum and a naturalist led walking tour. Meet the bus at Holy Wisdom Monastery for a 7:30 am departure. We plan to return to the monastery around 5:30 pm. Leaders …