Explore Badger Day Draws Crowd
An unseasonably warm and sunny day on Saturday September 23rd brought more than 100 people to the former Badger Army Plant for a day of exploration and learning. Visitors had the opportunity to join guided hikes and bike rides, try their hand at restoring a native prairie, or explore Much of Badger on a 2-hour bus tour. The Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance, a local non-profit organization that organized the event, used the occasion to officially release its “Visitor Guide to the Badger Lands,” a useful brochure that includes background on the Sauk Prairie and Badger Lands, a user-friendly map of the state-owned portion of the property and historic and natural points of interest.
The Alliance had spent the previous two months and 300 volunteer hours marking hiking trails on the Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area, the 3,400-acre state-managed parcel at Badger. Once the three trail systems were marked, the Alliance was able to offer its Visitor Guide to the public. “Explore Badger Day” was intended to introduce citizens of the area to the vast Badger landscape that has been mired in intrigue and mystery for decades. Young and old alike joined the events and tours.
The Museum of Badger Army Ammunition was open to the public, providing yet another perspective to the visitor about the rich history of Badger.