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Patrick Marsh


Located adjacent to the City of Sun Prairie, the 340-acre Parick Marsh is surrounded by land owned and managed by the Wisconsin DNR, City of Sun Prairie and Groundswell Conservancy. The conservation and recreation values of Patrick Marsh merited its inclusion in the Wisconsin DNR's Land Legacy Report, a list of the 229 places that are critical to protect "to meet Wisconsin's future conservation and recreation needs in the next 50 years." Patrick Marsh is well-situated to meet some of those needs, being located on the door step of the city of Sun Prairie, which is home to 34,000 people.

Groundswell is working in partnership with the Patrick Marsh Conservancy, local residents, groups including the Discovery Club at Patrick Marsh Middle School, and local governments to manage and restore wildlife habitat at Patrick Marsh and create trails that connect the protected properties at the Marsh with surrounding neighborhoods, making it an inviting place to visit.  Patrick Marsh is open to the public for hiking, nature study, and other activities.

If you are interested in volunteering outside at Patrick Marsh, sign up here

See a map of permanently protected lands in Patrick Marsh. This is the WI DNR's hunting map for Patrick Marsh. 

See a video of the November 2016 prairie planting at Patrick Marsh with 250 seventh graders from Patrick Marsh Middle School.

See a 29-minute video, produced in 1997, that documents the creation of Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Learn some history of human use of the marsh, the restoration in the 1990's, and hear from some of the people involved in the process. 

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