Sep
21
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Sep
22
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Sep
22
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 9am-noon throughout the year to restore and enhance Pasque Flower Prairie and adjoining project sites at Walking Iron County Park!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

This remarkable sand prairie remnant harbors a colorful and diverse collection of native plants, wildlife, and rare prairie invertebrates.  A top priority for workdays will include removing invasive species such as spotted knapweed, sweet clover, and sumac but opportunities will arise for other tasks such as collecting native seeds.  All tools and training will be provided.  Wear long sleeves and pants and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

Sep
22
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Sep
22
Walking Iron Wildlife Area -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
23
Festge County Park -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
23
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Sep
23
Swamp Lovers Preserve -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
24
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Sep
25
Donald County Park -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
25
Indian Lake County Park -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
25
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Sep
26
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Sep
27
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Sep
28
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Sep
29
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Sep
29
Seed Cleaning Workday

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/xhUUinJ

It's that time again! We had another successful year of seed collection and now it's time to clean our harvest. Volunteers are needed to separate seed from chaff using the hammer mill. Operate machine that grinds up seed and chaff. This is typically the first step in the process, releasing the seeds from the capsule or breaking up the seed head. This task requires standing on a small step ladder and using caution to push plant material down into the rotating hammers.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited. No prior experience is needed. All training, tools, and materials will be provided. 

COVID guidelines: Mask required at all times.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
29
Seed Cleaning Workday

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/xhUUinJ

It's that time again! We had another successful year of seed collection and now it's time to clean our harvest. Volunteers are needed to separate seed from chaff using the hammer mill. Operate machine that grinds up seed and chaff. This is typically the first step in the process, releasing the seeds from the capsule or breaking up the seed head. This task requires standing on a small step ladder and using caution to push plant material down into the rotating hammers.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited. No prior experience is needed. All training, tools, and materials will be provided. 

COVID guidelines: Mask required at all times.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
29
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Sep
30
Lake Farm Shelter 2 -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
30
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Sep
30
Wisdom Prairie Workday

This is a Friends of Wisdom Prairie event; see the website for further information.

Sep
30
Yahara Heights County Park -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
1
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
2
Harvest Moon Festival @ Lussier Family Heritage Center

Join us for the 16th Annual Harvest Moon Festival held every year at the beautiful Lussier Family Heritage Center.

Harvest Moon features a torchlit prairie trail with nature-based and recreational stations such as live critters, kids tree climb, bears, bats, tractors, and so much more.  Inside the Heritage Center, the Friends host a silent auction of locally sourced items.

Enjoy live music and autumnal treats - chili, homemade pie and other goodies - alongside a roaring bonfire.

If you're interested in volunteering to help with the event, please visit this link for available spots.

Oct
2
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
2
Winter Salt Certification Workshop: Parking Lots and Sidewalks

Join managers, applicators, and others involved in the world of winter maintenance to learn tips and techniques that can save you time, money, and protect our waters. The workshop will cover pre-storm preparation, application rates, de-icer selection, equipment calibration, and more. The goal of the training is to educate winter maintenance professionals on how to calculate and use the least amount of de-icing materials necessary to keep pavements safe throughout the winter.

At the end of the virtual training you will complete an online Salt Certification exam and have the option of being listed as a certified salt applicator with Salt Wise and on the City of Madison Winter Salt Certification site.

Oct
3
Indian Lake Trail Run

Welcome to the 11th annual Indian Lake Trail Run, featuring a 7k and 12k, plus a 1k kids fun run. The 2020 event takes place on Saturday, October 3 at Indian Lake county park, 25 minutes northwest of Madison, Wisconsin. There is no race-day registration. The kids fun run is free with no need to pre-register. Join us for a morning of trail fun, food, music, and more! For information including mail-in registration, directions to the park, course maps, updates, and other news, visit the race website at www.friendsofindianlake.org.

All proceeds from the Indian Lake Trail Run fund projects at the park. Money raised by the race has been used to restore and expand the park's prairie, savanna, and sedge meadow, enhance Indian Lake's fishery, construct a children's play structure near the new shelter, and maintain trails throughout Indian Lake and Halfway Prairie.

Oct
3
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
4
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
5
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
6
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Oct
6
Seed Cleaning Workday

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/xhUUinJ

It's that time again! We had another successful year of seed collection and now it's time to clean our harvest. Volunteers are needed to separate seed from chaff using the hammer mill. Operate machine that grinds up seed and chaff. This is typically the first step in the process, releasing the seeds from the capsule or breaking up the seed head. This task requires standing on a small step ladder and using caution to push plant material down into the rotating hammers.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited. No prior experience is needed. All training, tools, and materials will be provided. 

COVID guidelines: Mask required at all times.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
6
Seed Cleaning Workday

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/xhUUinJ

It's that time again! We had another successful year of seed collection and now it's time to clean our harvest. Volunteers are needed to separate seed from chaff using the hammer mill. Operate machine that grinds up seed and chaff. This is typically the first step in the process, releasing the seeds from the capsule or breaking up the seed head. This task requires standing on a small step ladder and using caution to push plant material down into the rotating hammers.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited. No prior experience is needed. All training, tools, and materials will be provided. 

COVID guidelines: Mask required at all times.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
6
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
7
Brigham County Park -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
7
Stewart Lake County Park -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
7
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
8
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
9
Cam-Rock County Park -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
9
Donald County Park -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
9
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
10
Friends of Anderson County Park Work Day

These regular monthly workdays are sponsored by the Anderson Park Friends; see their website for a description of possible activities and visit their calendar page to let them know if you plan on attending.

Oct
10
Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

The City of Madison Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale is back! Deadline to pre-order is Oct. 2nd. Pre-orders are highly encouraged as supplies at the event will be limited. 

Pick up is scheduled for Oct 10th. 

Oct
10
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
11
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
12
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
13
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Oct
13
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 9am-noon throughout the year to restore and enhance Pasque Flower Prairie and adjoining project sites at Walking Iron County Park!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

This remarkable sand prairie remnant harbors a colorful and diverse collection of native plants, wildlife, and rare prairie invertebrates.  A top priority for workdays will include removing invasive species such as spotted knapweed, sweet clover, and sumac but opportunities will arise for other tasks such as collecting native seeds.  All tools and training will be provided.  Wear long sleeves and pants and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

Oct
13
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
14
Holy Wisdom Monastery -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
14
North Mendota Wildlife Area Prairie Unit -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
14
StoryWalk: "Black is a Rainbow Color" by Angela Joy - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden). A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.
Green sits next to blue.
Yellow, orange, violet, indigo,
They are rainbow colors, too, but

My color is black . . .
And there’s no BLACK in rainbows.


From the wheels of a bicycle to the robe on Thurgood Marshall's back, Black surrounds our lives. It is a color to simply describe some of our favorite things, but it also evokes a deeper sentiment about the incredible people who helped change the world and a community that continues to grow and thrive.

Stunningly illustrated by Caldecott Honoree and Coretta Scott King Award winner Ekua Holmes, Black Is a Rainbow Color is a sweeping celebration told through debut author Angela Joy’s rhythmically captivating and unforgettable words.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
14
Wisdom Prairie Workday

This is a Friends of Wisdom Prairie event; see the website for further information.

Oct
16
Ice Age Junction County Hwy M Unit -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
16
Ice Age Junction County Hwy PD Unit -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
18
Grow Native Plants for Schools and Community Projects - Virtual Training Workshop

Four years ago, our Department started a Plant Dane: Free Plants program so that we could provide free plants to groups trying to install rain gardens and natural areas in their community. Since then, we have distributed over 15,000 native plants to over 86 different local groups.

Many of the plants for this program are grown by volunteers that want to make an impact in their community. This workshop will train a new cohort of volunteers for this program.

If you are interested in learning more about this program or signing up for the virtual workshop, contact Susan Sandford at Sandford.susan@countyofdane.com or (608) 669-1816.

Oct
20
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Oct
20
Seed Cleaning Workday

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/xhUUinJ

It's that time again! We had another successful year of seed collection and now it's time to clean our harvest. Volunteers are needed to separate seed from chaff using the hammer mill. Operate machine that grinds up seed and chaff. This is typically the first step in the process, releasing the seeds from the capsule or breaking up the seed head. This task requires standing on a small step ladder and using caution to push plant material down into the rotating hammers.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited. No prior experience is needed. All training, tools, and materials will be provided. 

COVID guidelines: Mask required at all times.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
20
Seed Cleaning Workday

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/xhUUinJ

It's that time again! We had another successful year of seed collection and now it's time to clean our harvest. Volunteers are needed to separate seed from chaff using the hammer mill. Operate machine that grinds up seed and chaff. This is typically the first step in the process, releasing the seeds from the capsule or breaking up the seed head. This task requires standing on a small step ladder and using caution to push plant material down into the rotating hammers.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited. No prior experience is needed. All training, tools, and materials will be provided. 

COVID guidelines: Mask required at all times.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
21
Ice Age Junction County Hwy PD Unit -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
21
Ice Age Junction Reddan Unit -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
23
Badger Prairie County Park -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
23
Ice Age Junction Reddan Unit -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
24
Halloween at the Farm - Schumacher Farm County Park

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Schumacher Farm; watch their website for further information.

Oct
27
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Oct
27
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 9am-noon throughout the year to restore and enhance Pasque Flower Prairie and adjoining project sites at Walking Iron County Park!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

This remarkable sand prairie remnant harbors a colorful and diverse collection of native plants, wildlife, and rare prairie invertebrates.  A top priority for workdays will include removing invasive species such as spotted knapweed, sweet clover, and sumac but opportunities will arise for other tasks such as collecting native seeds.  All tools and training will be provided.  Wear long sleeves and pants and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

Oct
27
Winter Salt Certification Workshop: Parking Lots and Sidewalks

Join managers, applicators, and others involved in the world of winter maintenance to learn tips and techniques that can save you time, money, and protect our waters. The workshop will cover pre-storm preparation, application rates, de-icer selection, equipment calibration, and more. The goal of the training is to educate winter maintenance professionals on how to calculate and use the least amount of de-icing materials necessary to keep pavements safe throughout the winter.

At the end of the virtual training you will complete an online Salt Certification exam and have the option of being listed as a certified salt applicator with Salt Wise and on the City of Madison Winter Salt Certification site.

Oct
28
Winter Salt Certification Workshop: Roads

Join managers, applicators, and others involved in the world of winter maintenance to learn tips and techniques that can save you time, money, and protect our waters. The workshop will cover pre-storm preparation, application rates, de-icer selection, equipment calibration, and more. The goal of the training is to educate winter maintenance professionals on how to calculate and use the least amount of de-icing materials necessary to keep pavements safe throughout the winter.

At the end of the virtual training you will complete an online Salt Certification exam and have the option of being listed as a certified salt applicator with Salt Wise and on the City of Madison Winter Salt Certification site.

Oct
28
Wisdom Prairie Workday

This is a Friends of Wisdom Prairie event; see the website for further information.

Nov
3
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Nov
10
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Nov
10
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 9am-noon throughout the year to restore and enhance Pasque Flower Prairie and adjoining project sites at Walking Iron County Park!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

This remarkable sand prairie remnant harbors a colorful and diverse collection of native plants, wildlife, and rare prairie invertebrates.  A top priority for workdays will include removing invasive species such as spotted knapweed, sweet clover, and sumac but opportunities will arise for other tasks such as collecting native seeds.  All tools and training will be provided.  Wear long sleeves and pants and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

Nov
11
Wisdom Prairie Workday

This is a Friends of Wisdom Prairie event; see the website for further information.

Nov
14
Friends of Anderson County Park Work Day

These regular monthly workdays are sponsored by the Anderson Park Friends; see their website for a description of possible activities and visit their calendar page to let them know if you plan on attending.

Nov
14
Holiday Crafts with Nature at Schumacher Farm County Park

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Schumacher Farm; watch their website for further information.

Nov
17
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Nov
17
Winter Salt Certification Workshop: Parking Lots and Sidewalks

Join managers, applicators, and others involved in the world of winter maintenance to learn tips and techniques that can save you time, money, and protect our waters. The workshop will cover pre-storm preparation, application rates, de-icer selection, equipment calibration, and more. The goal of the training is to educate winter maintenance professionals on how to calculate and use the least amount of de-icing materials necessary to keep pavements safe throughout the winter.

At the end of the virtual training you will complete an online Salt Certification exam and have the option of being listed as a certified salt applicator with Salt Wise and on the City of Madison Winter Salt Certification site.

Nov
24
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Nov
24
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 9am-noon throughout the year to restore and enhance Pasque Flower Prairie and adjoining project sites at Walking Iron County Park!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

This remarkable sand prairie remnant harbors a colorful and diverse collection of native plants, wildlife, and rare prairie invertebrates.  A top priority for workdays will include removing invasive species such as spotted knapweed, sweet clover, and sumac but opportunities will arise for other tasks such as collecting native seeds.  All tools and training will be provided.  Wear long sleeves and pants and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

Dec
1
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Dec
5
Christmas Tea at Schumacher Farm County Park

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Schumacher Farm; watch their website for further information.

Dec
6
Christmas Tea at Schumacher Farm County Park

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Schumacher Farm; watch their website for further information.

Dec
8
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Dec
8
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 9am-noon throughout the year to restore and enhance Pasque Flower Prairie and adjoining project sites at Walking Iron County Park!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

This remarkable sand prairie remnant harbors a colorful and diverse collection of native plants, wildlife, and rare prairie invertebrates.  A top priority for workdays will include removing invasive species such as spotted knapweed, sweet clover, and sumac but opportunities will arise for other tasks such as collecting native seeds.  All tools and training will be provided.  Wear long sleeves and pants and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

Dec
12
Friends of Anderson County Park Work Day

These regular monthly workdays are sponsored by the Anderson Park Friends; see their website for a description of possible activities and visit their calendar page to let them know if you plan on attending.

Dec
15
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Dec
22
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Dec
22
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 9am-noon throughout the year to restore and enhance Pasque Flower Prairie and adjoining project sites at Walking Iron County Park!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

This remarkable sand prairie remnant harbors a colorful and diverse collection of native plants, wildlife, and rare prairie invertebrates.  A top priority for workdays will include removing invasive species such as spotted knapweed, sweet clover, and sumac but opportunities will arise for other tasks such as collecting native seeds.  All tools and training will be provided.  Wear long sleeves and pants and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

Dec
29
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Aug
6
Sugar Maple Music Festival

Presented by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective, the Sugar Maple Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival in Madison, WI exploring American roots music. Performances, workshops, and jams are held concurrently at three stages. The mainstage features bluegrass, Cajun, Americana, county and old-time music performed by regional and national artists.  The Roots & Reasons stage offers a more intimate setting for festival attendees to interact with the artists through interviews, discussions, workshops and demonstrations. Interviews with performers allow festival attendees to learn about the history, culture, and techniques of the music. And the jam tents offer festival attendees the opportunity to play music side-by-side with some of the mainstage performers.  Attendees of all skill-level are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in! This family-friendly festival is free for kids 17 and under.  David Landau performs music for kids on both Friday and Saturday and the Wild Rumpus Circus Camp offers young children’s activities on Saturday afternoon.  

Aug
7
Sugar Maple Music Festival

Presented by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective, the Sugar Maple Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival in Madison, WI exploring American roots music. Performances, workshops, and jams are held concurrently at three stages. The mainstage features bluegrass, Cajun, Americana, county and old-time music performed by regional and national artists.  The Roots & Reasons stage offers a more intimate setting for festival attendees to interact with the artists through interviews, discussions, workshops and demonstrations. Interviews with performers allow festival attendees to learn about the history, culture, and techniques of the music. And the jam tents offer festival attendees the opportunity to play music side-by-side with some of the mainstage performers.  Attendees of all skill-level are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in! This family-friendly festival is free for kids 17 and under.  David Landau performs music for kids on both Friday and Saturday and the Wild Rumpus Circus Camp offers young children’s activities on Saturday afternoon.