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Art and Nature in Sheboygan Field Trip

  • August 31, 2022
  • Sheboygan
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  • NOTE: Member ($57) with guest ($69) will cost a total of $126. TO ADD YOUR GUEST: click on the "ADD GUEST" button at the bottom of the registration form and enter the guest information, as indicated. Thank you.


Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Registration Deadline is August 17

In the morning we will spend time at beautiful Kohler-Andrae State Park  followed in the afternoon with a visit to the new Art Preserve of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.  Lunch will be on your own at Shops at Woodlake Kohler.

PLATO's COVID Protocol



1. Masks are not required while on this field trip.  

2. However, persons wishing to wear a mask are encouraged to do so.

3. Health  protocols are subject to change as conditions change; PLATO reserves the right to   change the protocols for this trip accordingly.

4. You are asked to stay home if you are not feeling well. Please contact the trip organizer to inform them of your decision.


Art Preserve

The Art Preserve of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center  is the world’s first museum to focus entirely on work from artist-built environments.  The Art Preserve is one of Wisconsin's newest museums, having opened in the spring of 2021 as a satellite campus of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

We will have a one-hour guided tour of the museum and then you will have 45 minutes to explore on your own.


Similar to site-specific art installations, art environments are meant to be experienced in situ but are generally created without institutional support or context. Associated with folk and outsider art, they are often built out of found material and located within an artist’s home or on the creator’s property. “They are life-specific as opposed to site-specific,” says the museum’s associate curator, Laura Bickford. For example, from 1948 to 1976, the homesteader Fred Smith created some 230 concrete sculptures embellished with salvaged beer bottles and other objects on his farm and around his tavern in Phillips, Wisconsin.

The first floor of the building is dedicated to the history of the preserve with a  focus on Wisconsin artists. The second floor shows works by artists from the mainstream art world and urban areas. The third floor contains fully immersive artist-built environments. 

Take in the sheer size of the museum’s collection as you view thousands of items in curated, visible storage. 

The building itself is a work of art.  Situated about three miles west of the JMKAC’s main location in downtown Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and designed by the innovative Denver architecture firm Tres Birds, the blocky, irregularly shaped three-story Art Preserve building is clad in massive, plank-like wooden pillars set at slightly different angles, some of them over towering glass walls. It’s a promise of the off-kilter imagination that’s at work inside the building, and a reference to the fact that much of what’s on display was built to be outdoors, among trees, fields, and streets.

And as can be expected in a museum with the word Kohler in the title, the bathrooms are a must see.

To read more about the Art Preserve, see

Rescuing Artists of Vision - New York Times, 5/27/2021

Look Inside Sheboygan's New Art Preserve - Milwaukee Magazine 6/30/2021

Art Preserve - American Craft Magazine, Summer 2021

From a review on TripAdvisor: This place is absolutely mind-blowing. I have visited museums around the world and have never seen anything like this collection. Call it "outsider," "primitive," "environments," or anything you like.... it is awe-inspiring to see these creations by people who-- trained or not in formal art techniques-- had something essential to say, and couldn't help saying it through their work. The message is loud and clear-- creativity must win out. Very powerful, weird, utterly intriguing, and beautifully organized and displayed. And the building is a work of art as well! If you are anywhere near Sheboygan, do not miss this.



Kohler-Andrae State Park

In the morning we will spend 75 minutes at Kohler-Andrae State Park.  You will be on your own the entire time to explore the area as you wish.

Kohler-Andrae is the home of majestic sand dunes, miles of golden beach, shimmering blue Lake Michigan water, whispering pines, an abundance of wildlife and recreational activities.  Kohler-Andrae State Park is also one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore.

The bus will drop us off at the Sanderling Nature Center which has information about the history of the park area, a gift shop,  and displays showing local wildlife.  For those who are able, a staircase leads to the roof where visitors can look out over Lake Michigan and the Kohler Dunes State Natural Area.  There is a short cordwalk out to the beach from the Nature Center.  There is also a patio on the east side of the building with a few tables.

The Creeping Juniper Nature Trail (0.5 mi.) starts and ends at Sanderling Nature Center. This trail features gently rolling sand dunes. Signs describe plant life, geological history and animal life. Please stay on the cordwalk to help protect this fragile area.



Lunch at Shops at Woodlake Kohler

Lunch will be on your own at the Shops at Woodlake Kohler from 12:00 PM to 1:10 PM.  The cost of lunch is separate and is not included in your registration fee. 

The Woodlake Market is a full-service grocery store where you can order hot food from their deli.  Indoor seating is available at tables in their atrium.

For more upscale dining, have lunch at Taverne on Woodlake

After lunch, indulge yourself with chocolates from Kohler Chocolates



Registration Fee:  The registration fee for members is $57 which includes the bus and driver's tip, admission to Kohler-Andrae state park,  and the group tour of the Art Preserve.   Lunch is not included in the registration fee.   Non-member guests pay an additional $12 registration fee.

Registration Policy:  No refunds will be issued after  August 17 unless there are extenuating circumstances.  We encourage you to register early so we know if we have enough people to make the trip financially feasible.

Dress Appropriately:  We will be outside at Kohler-Andrae State Park.  You should dress appropriately for the weather (i.e., comfortable, closed-toed shoes, umbrellas, raincoats, jackets, hats and gloves).

Accessibility Policy:   On the bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.  If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.  At Kohler-Andrae State Park most of the trails are not paved or gravel due to the nature of the land and the dunes.  There are benches available along the trails for anyone that needs to take a rest or simple wants to take in the scenery or have a great conversation with someone. Be prepared for walking up and down hills if you go on any of the trails.

Non-Member Policy:   Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. Members may bring more than one guest near the registration deadline date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.  Non-member guests pay an additional $12 registration fee.

PLATO Membership:  PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1. 

Mail-In Registration Form:  Print, Fill-in, and Mail this Form for those who wish to register off-line and by check.


Bus and Travel Details

We will have a 56-passenger Van Galder/CoachUSA bus.  Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus.  When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave.  Arrive early and we will all arrive at our destination on time to begin our adventure.

– Don’t be late.  We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

Our bus is equipped with WiFi and toilet facilities. 

- Social Distancing will not be available on the bus.

Leaving Madison

7:30 AM   Westside: Bus arrives for boarding at Oakwood University Woods

7:45 AM   Westside: Bus departs from Oakwood University Woods

8:05 AM   Central: Bus departs from Capitol Lakes

8:30 AM   Eastside: Bus departs East Towne Sears (across from Culvers)

Kohler- Andrae State Park

10:30 AM   Arrive at Kohler-Andrae State Park

11:45 AM   Depart Kohler-Andrae State Park for lunch at Shops at Woodlake Kohler

Lunch at Shops at Woodlake Kohler

12:00 PM   Arrive Shops at Woodlake Kohler

1:10 PM   Depart Shops at Woodlake Kohler

Art Preserve

1:15 PM   Arrive  Art Preserve

3:00 PM   Depart Art Preserve for Madison

Arrive Madison (Estimated)

4:45 PM   Bus returns to East Towne Sears

5:10 PM  Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

5:30 PM   Bus returns to Oakwood University Woods

For further information, contact the trip organizers:

Bob Shaw, robert.e.shaw@gmail.com or 608-255-3486 

Marsha Janota, marshflowr@gmail.com or 608-442-7676

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