Friends of Pope Farm Conservancy

… preserving the land and its stories

The Friends of Pope Farm Conservancy (FOPFC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was formed in the spring of 2013. The purpose of the FOPFC is to enhance the educational opportunities at Pope Farm Conservancy (PFC), preserve the balance of its wildlife habitat and historical features, and protect its scenic landscapes and tranquility for the enjoyment of the public. Pope Farm Conservancy is owned and operated by the Town of Middleton. The friends will offer you many opportunities to enhance and enjoy this breathtaking conservancy. We welcome you to join us and be a part of our natural community.

Sunflower Days 2017: August 12th-20th

Sunflower Days at the Pope Farm Conservancy has become a beautiful annual event for thousands of people. We welcome you to come see this visual phenomenon…a 9-acre sunflower field with over 500,000 sunflowers in bloom! It is truly a magical experience.  More event Info…

The Friends wish to thank the following for their contributions to Sunflower Days:
(click on the logos to learn more about each of these businesses)


Become a Member

When you join the Friends of Pope Farm Conservancy, you will receive monthly news updates and be invited to events, education tours, volunteer projects, and much more! Learn More about our membership levels and benefits.

Donate to FOPFC

By making a tax deductible donation to the FOPFC, you are helping us protect the natural landscapes and grass trails, wildlife and their habitat, and the general public’s tranquil enjoyment of the Pope Farm Conservancy. You can donate online, or print out the FOPFC Donation Form (PDF) and send it along with a check (payable to Friends of Pope Farm Conservancy) to FOPFC, 10333 Blackhawk Road, Middleton, WI 53562.


You can make a difference by volunteering at Pope Farm Conservancy! We have a lot to accomplish in 2017, and we would love to have you join us! You may volunteer for any amount of time, as your schedule allows. Learn More about our current volunteer opportunities.

Visit Pope Farm Conservancy

There are lots of things to see and do when you visit Pope Farm Conservancy. Learn about the geological and human history of the area, walk 7 miles of trails, or enjoy a picnic with a panoramic view of Lake Mendota, the Capitol, and Black Earth Creek Valley. Plan your visit today!

** Sunflower Field Update **

For Saturday, August 19, 2017, Day 8 of Sunflower Days:

The sunflower field is past its peak. Many blossoms are drooping and beginning the hard work of seed formation and drying. However, there are still flowers standing tall and proud and great photo opportunities throughout this weekend. Hurry out for your last chance this year to see this field of beauty. It just goes by so quickly. By Monday, we expect that most of the blossoms will be drooped and turning brown.

REMINDER: Sunflower Days ends Sunday, August 20 at 8 p.m. After that there will be NO overflow event parking available. The only parking will be the small permanent parking areas for the conservancy

However, you will get another chance to get a look at the sunflower fields and hear a wonderful talk on Tuesday, August 22, at 6:30. Mel Pope will give his annual tour of Pope Farm Conservancy then. Mel tells stories of the conservancy’s history from the glaciated period, through the Native American inhabitants and German immigrants, up to the present. It is an event open to the public. Hope you can make it.