Visit Faville Grove Sanctuary and witness a lost landscape returning to life. 


Walk off-trail to experience the landscape as the Native Americans did. Get your feet wet in the prairies of the Crawfish River floodplain; sit in the shade of centuries-old bur oaks on outcroppings of pre-Cambrian quartzite bedrock; or stand in a dry, short-grass prairie and watch a harrier hunt over a floating bog of sphagnum, sedges and tamarack.


Since establishing the sanctuary in 1998, Madison Audubon Society has acquired title to or permanent conservation easements on 675 acres of land at Faville Grove (pronounced FAY-vil), most of which is open to the public. In cooperation with neighboring landowners, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison Audubon is permanently protecting and restoring a total of nearly 1200 acres of diverse habitat in the area.


The landscape of south-central Wisconsin has been so thoroughly transformed since European settlement that it is difficult for most to imagine its original diversity, productivity and beauty. By the 1930s when Aldo Leopold began working on wildlife management with local farmers in the area north of Lake Mills known as Faville Grove, he and his students found a fragmented landscape and decimated or declining wildlife populations where the Native Americans had found bounty beyond description. Today, Madison Audubon has made tremendous progress bringing this diverse and captivating landscape of wetlands and uplands, of prairies, savannas and woodlands back to life.

An overview: The landscapes of Faville Grove

Our series of videos from Faville Grove Sanctuary provide a snapshot of the unique landscapes you'll find at our beautiful Jefferson County Sanctuary.

Conservation projects at Faville Grove Sanctuary

In addition to year-round restoration projects on the land, Madison Audubon facilitates a variety of conservation-related efforts at Faville Grove, including the following:

  • Nest box construction and monitoring for wood ducks, American kestrels, bluebirds, and more.
  • Endangered and threatened species monitoring and research for a variety of rare plants, including the eastern prairie white-fringed orchid
  • A robust native seed collecting program that helps to preserve local-genotype seeds from remnant and restored prairies


Faville Grove is open to the public. Start your adventure at the map and information kiosk on Prairie Lane, and from there explore the various properties and range of ecosystems in the area. Each parcel provides a unique experience, where rich history and biodiversity intersect.
Read our Public Use policy here.


Faville Grove includes over 650 acres of restored prairie, wetland, and woodland.
Faville Grove Sanctuary currently includes the following properties:

  • Buddy's Prairie
  • Faville Marsh
  • Helga's Prairie
  • Laas Tamarack
  • Faville Woods
  • Snake Marsh
  • The Ledge Uplands
  • Lake Mills Ledge Savanna
  • The Ledge Lowlands
  • Charles Prairie
  • Faville Prairie
  • Tillotson Prairie
  • Martin Prairie
  • Snapper Prairie

Check out our printable FAVILLE GROVE MAP to get oriented before your visit.


Visit Faville Grove

We encourage you to come enjoy our sanctuary properties throughout the year. For more information about Faville Grove, contact our resident land steward Drew Harry at

To learn more about Faville Grove Sanctuary, contact resident land steward Drew Harry at

Banner photo: Faville Prairie by Joshua Mayer