Edna Taylor Conservation Park

Edna Taylor Conservation Park
Address: 802 Femrite Dr.
Hours: 4:00am - dusk
Park Type: Conservation
Acres: 60.27
Restroom: No
Drinking Water: No

Park Details

A glacial drumlin rising above a broad ribbon of marsh forms the backbone of this southeast Madison Park.  On-going projects are oak savanna and wetland restorations.  Nearby Glendale School and Leopold Nature Center use the park extensively for environmental education. 

Features 1.3 miles of trails and a boardwalk.

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Edna Taylor Conservation Park At a Glance


Park Highlights

Edna Taylor Conservancy Native American Mounds

Built: ca. 700 - 1200 A.D.

Description: Six linear mounds and one panther effigy are located on a high glacial drumlin along the eastern side of the Edna Taylor Conservancy. Originally another linear mound followed the hill crest to the north of the existing group and a conical mound and another very long linear mound extended to the south.

Wisconsin has the highest concentration of effigy mounds in the United States and the Madison area has one of the highest concentration of effigy mounds remaining. Most mounds were lost to 19th century agricultural practices and city development. The mound builders were farmers who also engaged in hunting and gathering. They lived in small villages and migrated from one to another based on the seasonal availability of natural resources. The mounds often, but not always, have burials associated with them, but their exact purpose is not entirely understood. Mounds tend to have been built in places with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The mounds are considered sacred by modern Native Americans and should be treated with respect.

The mound group was designated a City of Madison landmark on May 7, 1990 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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