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Exploring Vermont Creek in Black Earth Creek valley. Photo credit: Althea Dotzour


Groundswell Conservancy

Groundswell is a results-oriented organization.

Since 1983 we have permanently protected hundreds of special places where people can enjoy and explore the out-of-doors in south-central Wisconsin. We work with farm families to keep rich farm soils available for farming. We help elementary schools in Madison create green schoolyards where children can have fun in nature. We manage natural areas to care for wildlife and connect communities to the land.  We improve access and land tenure for farmers of color and New American farmers.

Dineo Dowed and her daughter check out the Story Hike at Patrick Marsh, which featured her book! Photo credit: Ben Jones

Our Mission

We protect special places, forever.

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Staff and volunteers at Patrick Marsh. Photo credit: Ben Jones


Our staff and volunteers bring many years of experience, technical expertise, and enthusiasm to our work on the land and in the office.

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Board members at the Fountain Prairie Farm Dinner. Photo credit: Sharon Vanorny

Board of Directors

Our work is overseen by the volunteer members of our Board of Directors.  Board members lend their time, expertise, and enthusiasm to set long-range goals for our work and evaluate our success.

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Birding field trip with BIPOC Birding Club of Wisconsin at Patrick Marsh. Photo Credit: Mario Quintana

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

We strive to create an inclusive community where everyone feels valued and respected.

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Photo Credit: Sara Graves

Contact Us

If you have comments or questions about our work, or if you would like to get involved, please let us know.

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