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Ambassador Properties

What is an Ambassador Property?

Nature preserve, conservation area, park – all of these describe publicly accessible places where people can enjoy the outdoors and experience native ecosystems up close. Driftless Area Land Conservancy owns or helps manage four such sites here in our region. We’ve chosen the term “Ambassador Properties” to highlight the vital role these special places play in connecting people to the land and growing our collective love and appreciation for the Driftless Area. We especially want our Ambassador Properties to welcome new folks - those who have not grown up immersed in this landscape, or who are exploring outdoor recreation for the first time.

In short: an Ambassador Property is a place you, your friends, and your family should visit, explore, and enjoy!

Our Ambassador Properties also represent the diversity of ecosystems across the Driftless region. You’ll find everything from wetlands full of trilling frogs to savannas so hot and dry that cactuses grow there! Some hikes are a steep scramble down rocky hills, while others are long, gentle rambles through the prairie. You can also simply settle in and enjoy a peaceful picnic in a beautiful setting.

Learn more about each of our Ambassador Properties at the links below.

Questions? You can contact our office at 608-930-3252 or send an email to

Learn More and Plan Your Visit!

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Bloomfield Prairie

Over 400 acres at the Iowa County Farm open to the public to enjoy, explore, and connect with nature.

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Erickson Conservation Area

Wetlands, prairie, oak savanna, and the Pecatonica River - all ready to explore.

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Sardeson Forest Preserve

Small but mighty! Towering rock outcrops, prairie remnants, and beautiful views to the west on 1.25 miles of trail.

Wild Oaks Preserve

Bur oak savanna, sand prairie, woods, wetlands, and more! Formerly "Spring Valley Tract."

Leave No Trace

We want people to get outside and enjoy the land - in the Driftless and beyond! Public parks and trails are incredible resources, but if not used with respect, they will lose both their conservation and recreation values. To protect these special places, we recommend that visitors follow Leave No Trace principles. Learn more by visiting

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