We know pre-historic people greatly valued our Four Lakes (DeJope) area, because they built roughly 1,200 effigy (animal/spirit-shaped) and other mounds on the high grounds overlooking the lakes starting about 800 BC. While the vast majority was destroyed through development, you will have an opportunity to take a two to three mile walk where you will see remaining conical, linear, and effigy mounds. The fascinating background of the indigenous people who lived, traded, hunted and fished the shores of Lake Mendota going back 10,000 years. By the end of your walk, you will have seen various styles of indigenous earthworks that are so often overlooked in our midst.
Optional Tour: Governors Island
You will have an opportunity to be introduced to Governors Island as it adjoins the Institute property. If time permits, we will walk onto the Island for some discovery.
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Comments or questions about the walks?
This self-guided walk was developed from a list of successful docent-led walks Carla and I and other faithful volunteers have conducted over the last four years. I will be adding more to the list as the pandemic continues to keep us isolated. Building these self-guided walk is very much a "work in progress". If you have ideas for improving communications about the walks or additional information I could provide, please let me know.
If you have a favorite walk please drop a note and I'll get back to you shortly. Please mark the subject line of the email "PLATO Walks" so that I can get to them quickly.
Mike DiIorio at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 608 520 4448.
I hope you enjoy the walks. Stay healthy, stay safe.