To preserve and protect South Woods. To encourage nature study, personal enjoyment, and inspiration for all who choose to experience this local treasure.
South Woods Park Association, the oldest conservation group in Wisconsin, was established in 1902 in Ripon by a group of concerned women educators. They recognized the indiscriminate removal of timber from the area, which then still retained some of the characteristics of an oak forest habitat that developed following the end of the last Ice Age, and banded together to protect it. These women, leading citizens of the city, formed the Association and raised money to purchase the land, to preserve its natural beauty and serve as a reminder of the way things were.
Today, South Woods remains a community organization supported by members, volunteers, and donors.
South Woods is open to the public with the main entrance located on Union Street. With 55 acres of forest that is South Woods Park and Annie Star Woods, there are several miles of hiking trails with difficulties ranging from moderate to challenging.
We have compiled a pictorial guide to the flowers in South Woods, which you can view and download here.