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Mark Walker of Neenah and his children, Kiya (9) and Kagan (7) stop to read one of the new interpretive signs at Nitschke Mounds County Park.

Three new interpretive signs have now been installed at Nitschke Mounds Park to help visitors understand the significance of the site and learn more about the mysteries of effigy mounds and the culture that built them nearly 1000 years ago. As part of a 2004-2005 school project and educational grant, students at the Beaver Dam Charter School conducted research on effigy mound builders and developed the signs. Tim Duellman, former Scout Master of Horicon Boy Scout Troop 760 and his son Eric, an Eagle Scout from Troop 760, built the frames for the signs.

The signs are the latest example of volunteer contributions to the development of the park. Clearing of brush in the mounds area, installation of an information kiosk and benches and trail development have been done almost exclusively by the park volunteers. “Dedicated volunteers and private contributions have really shaped the development of this park”, stated Bill Ehlenbeck, Dodge County Parks Manager. “What they have accomplished in just two years since the property was acquired, we projected would have taken us at least 5 years otherwise”, added Ehlenbeck. A recent donation was received from Michels Foundation for the installation of a shelter building, planned for installation this year. The shelter will provide a facility expected to mostly accommodate educational programs, including school groups, bus tours, the annual Marsh Melodies activities and other events.

Nitschke Mounds Park is home to an important pre-historic Native American archeological site, referred to as the Nitschke Mound Group. The Nitschke Mound Group represents one of the best preserved examples of the effigy mound builders culture that once occupied the Dodge County area. Nearly a mile of wood chip and natural surfaced trails traverse the open field, skirt the pond and meander through the woods in the park where the 1000 year old effigy mounds are located. Nitschke Mounds Park is located at W5984 HWY E in the Town of Burnett between Beaver Dam and Horicon. Fall and early spring are some of the best times to view the mounds, especially the mounds that have been recently seeded with a “No Mow” grass to highlight and protect them.

Deer mound seeded with “No Mow” grass.