Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

The Gottfried Arboretum, located at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fond du Lac Campus is composed of 37.5 acres of native prairie, including 55 different kinds of native wildflowers and six species of native grasses. A 3.5-acre formal Arboretum contains 250 native trees and 140 native shrubs. These trees have been planted in groupings representing native Wisconsin forest communities. The Arboretum also has an established interpretive trail with 12 signs introducing visitors to the prairie community, as well as benches, picnic tables, and a picnic kiosk. The Arboretum is open year-round, free of charge to the general public. The Arboretum has numerous functions including serving as an outdoor education facility and as an outdoor recreation facility. The Arboretum includes about 0.8 miles of walking trails that weave through the formal arboretum and the prairie areas. These trails connect to city sidewalks and surrounding neighborhoods. This is a wonderful opportunity for bird watching, bicycling, cross-country skiing, hiking, sledding, and snowshoeing. Forty-two acres of beautiful prairie and formal arboretum makes the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum attraction an opportunity for enjoyment and serenity and provides a unique opportunity for education and the enjoyment of our natural heritage. Check out one of Fond du Lac's best-kept secrets!