It’s hard to believe but Earth Day, April 22, marked the 4th anniversary of the opening of the Maurin Center.  Last week the Friends of Lac Lawrann played host to over 50 members of the West Bend Chamber of Commerce at the Business After Hours event.  The event is a chance for business people from the community to come together at one of the members, talk and learn about the host’s activities and business.  We had previously hosted the event shortly after the Maurin Center opened and this was a great opportunity to re-connect with local businesses and share how we’ve grown over those 4 years.

May can be a real roller coaster month weather-wise in Wisconsin and at Lac Lawrann it’s no different.  In many places the woods now have a hazy green cast of emerging leaves, the spring wildflowers are up in full bloom and the morels have poked their wrinkly heads through the leaves.  With warmer temperatures and lots of water earlier, many of the frog species and the toads that I talked about last month, are actually bringing this year’s generation continuing activities to an end.  The leopard, green and bullfrogs however, prefer to wait for a bit longer days and warmer temperatures for their spring activities.

May also means a lot of human activity at the conservancy.  Earlier in April, in conjunction with the Parks Department and the West Bend Fire Department a significant portion of our prairie and the inter-park lands were burned.  This helps maintain healthy prairie plantings and control invasive plant species at the same time.   In the Barn our volunteers are hard at work getting plants ready for our 30th Annual Wildflower Sale that will take place on Saturday May 13 from 9:00AM until 1:00PM.  You can check out some of the new plant offerings we will be having this year on our website and Face Book pages. So please stop in and pick out some new additions for your gardens.

May is also school field trip month at Lac Lawrann.  Hundreds of school children from our Nature in the Classroom schools will be out at the conservancy to see first hand many of the things they learned about through the school year.  If you are interested in volunteering to assist with some of these school trips please contact us at: 

There are always many things to see at Lac Lawrann, so stop out, hike the trails and enjoy the changes that happen each spring.