Sep
17
Cross Country Co-ed Invitational at Silverwood County Park

Silverwood Park is happy to host the Edgerton School District cross country meet. Edgerton student athletes will be competing against runners from Big Foot, Brodhead, Clinton, Evansville, Jefferson, McFarland, Palmyra-Eagle, Parkview, & Turner.

Sep
17
Prairie Seed Cleaning Volunteer Days

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, fanning mill, and hand screens.  Please review the tasks and time slots and sign up for a shift HERE.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited.  No prior experience is needed.  All training, tools, and materials will be provided.

Sep
17
Prairie Seed Cleaning Volunteer Days

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, fanning mill, and hand screens.  Please review the tasks and time slots and sign up for a shift HERE.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited.  No prior experience is needed.  All training, tools, and materials will be provided.

Sep
17
Winter Salt Certification Trainings - Fall 2019

Salt Certification Registration is now open for fall of 2019. Six trainings will be offered. The certification program is open to all contractors in Dane County. The City encourages anyone who professionally applies salt to earn certification. The City also encourages residents to choose salt certified applicators. The Madison Salt Certification Program was developed in 2017. More than 300 certified applicators have been trained in Dane County since the voluntary program was started. The program is housed in City of Madison Engineering Division, but it is supported in collaboration with Wisconsin SaltWise . This program encourages winter maintenance professionals to use the least amount of de-icing material necessary to keep parking lots, roads, sidewalks and driveways safe. This training will provide knowledge to pass the Salt Certification Exam and have you listed as a certified salt applicator. The training will focus on parking lots, sidewalks and trails. It will cover pre-storm preparation, equipment calibration guidance, application rates, de-icer selection and more. The goal of the training is to educate winter maintenance professionals on how to use the least amount of de-icing materials necessary to keep pavements safe throughout the winter. Coffee, bagels, and lunch will be included with the registration fee of $12.00. Registration will be capped at 55 people for this training session. 

Sep
18
Celebration of Bill Lunney: 50 Years Of Conservation Leadership

The Foundation for Dane County Parks invites you to come celebrate the conservation legacy of Bill Lunney.
Bill is retiring after 30 years of service as Park Commission Chair and over 50 of service in county government. All proceeds from the event will support the Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment Fund at the Madison Community Foundation. Please join us to celebrate the inspiring leadership of Bill Lunney these past 50 years. Program starts at 6:00 pm. Food and drinks will be provided. 

More information on the event webpage: www.danecountyparks.com/LunneyCelebration

Memory Book:
We know that many of you have worked with Bill over the years and have many fond memories and stories. We will be creating a printed memory book for Bill so he can look back at all that has been accomplished and everyone he has worked with during his years of service. Please share a story, memory, or message of goodwill that we can add to the book even if you are unable to attend the event. Email these messages and/or photos to foundationfordanecountyparks@gmail.com by September 30. 

Donations:
If you are unable to attend but would like to support this cause, consider making a donation in Bill's honor. Instructions on how to donate online or mail a check are listed on the Foundation for Dane County Parks Endowment webpage

Sep
18
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

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.

Please visit the link HERE to register and for more detailed directions to meeting locations.

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- Golden Alexander at Lake Farm across the road from the Lussier Heritage Center

Friday, August 23, 2019 -- Schumacher Farm

Friday, September 6, 2019 -- Indian Lake

Friday, Septmber 13, 2019 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, September 18 -- Yahara Heights

Friday, September 20 -- Pheasant Branch

Tuesday, September 24 -- Walking Iron Wildlife Area

Wednesday, September 25 -- Swamp Lovers Preserve

Friday, September 27 -- Indian Lake

Wednesday, October 2 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 11 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, October 16 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 18 -- Ice Age Junction, County Highway M unit

Friday, October 25 -- Ice Age Junction, Reddan unit

 

Sep
20
Bird Migration & Nature Walk at Lake Farm County Park

Let’s find migratory birds along Lake Waubesa shoreline, in the prairie, and woods! Lead by naturalist Clare Carlson,  Don’t forget to bring binoculars, wear good hiking shoes, and sun protection.

Sep
20
Explore Nature at Cap Springs: Bird Migration & Nature Walk - Lake Farm County Park

Let’s find migratory birds along Lake Waubesa shoreline, in the prairie, and woods! Lead by naturalist Clare Carlson,  don’t forget to bring binoculars, wear good hiking shoes, and sun protection.

Sep
20
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

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.

Please visit the link HERE to register and for more detailed directions to meeting locations.

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- Golden Alexander at Lake Farm across the road from the Lussier Heritage Center

Friday, August 23, 2019 -- Schumacher Farm

Friday, September 6, 2019 -- Indian Lake

Friday, Septmber 13, 2019 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, September 18 -- Yahara Heights

Friday, September 20 -- Pheasant Branch

Tuesday, September 24 -- Walking Iron Wildlife Area

Wednesday, September 25 -- Swamp Lovers Preserve

Friday, September 27 -- Indian Lake

Wednesday, October 2 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 11 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, October 16 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 18 -- Ice Age Junction, County Highway M unit

Friday, October 25 -- Ice Age Junction, Reddan unit

 

Sep
20
Prairie Work Days at Lussier Family Heritage Center

Join the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area and Madison Area Master Gardeners Association for our Friday workdays in the prairie.  We will weed and transplant native prairie plants in a restoration near the Heritage Center. No gardening background needed!  Come for as long as your schedule permits – contact Clare with your questions:  carlson.clare@countyofdane.com.  No need to sign up, just show up and bring a water bottle and sun protection. 

Sep
21
Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Tools and training are provided. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Sep
21
Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Restoration Workdays

Our 2019 plan for workdays has changed. We are planning two “regular” workdays in April, May, September and October. They are planned for the first and third Saturdays. This better coincides with typical workload needs and allows for easier scheduling of special workdays typically in the summer and affiliated with employers or organizations.  All regular workdays are from 9 AM – noon.

Work will consist of pulling invasives, cutting brush, or gathering seed. Specific work will be announced by email before the work date.

Workdays are weather dependent; let us know you are coming at restoration@pheasantbranch.org, we will let you know if we have to cancel.

We hope you can join us!

Sep
24
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

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.

Please visit the link HERE to register and for more detailed directions to meeting locations.

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- Golden Alexander at Lake Farm across the road from the Lussier Heritage Center

Friday, August 23, 2019 -- Schumacher Farm

Friday, September 6, 2019 -- Indian Lake

Friday, Septmber 13, 2019 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, September 18 -- Yahara Heights

Friday, September 20 -- Pheasant Branch

Tuesday, September 24 -- Walking Iron Wildlife Area

Wednesday, September 25 -- Swamp Lovers Preserve

Friday, September 27 -- Indian Lake

Wednesday, October 2 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 11 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, October 16 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 18 -- Ice Age Junction, County Highway M unit

Friday, October 25 -- Ice Age Junction, Reddan unit

 

Sep
24
Volunteer Restoration Workday - Walking Iron

Join us 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!  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!

Please be sure to RSVP online at http://signup.com/go/xZdQwVV

Sep
24
Yahara Lakes 101: Suck the Muck at Token Creek

Dane County's "Suck the Muck" project has received a lot of exciting attention over the past year for their legacy sediment removal in Dorn Creek where they have removed three to four feet of sediment since 2016. Now on the second phase of the project, Dane County will begin the program in Token Creek. In this month's Yahara Lakes 101 talk, we'll hear from Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Assistant Director of Land and Water Resources John Reimer about the project expansion. Attendees will get to see the phosphorus-laden sediment islands firsthand and learn about the removal process. Ultimately, this project will diverts thousands of pounds of phosphorus from entering our lakes.

Sep
24
Yoga in the Park - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Join us for yoga in the park led by Jo Temte.  

$5 (children under 10 are free). Classes start at 5:15pm and are 60 minutes per session.  Come and go as needed. 

Jo is a certified 200-hour yoga instructor.  She believes that yoga is for everyone and the best place for yoga is outdoors!

 

Bring your own mat & water bottle. Restrooms are available for changing.  Rain location is inside the Heritage Center. 
 

Sep
25
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

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.

Please visit the link HERE to register and for more detailed directions to meeting locations.

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- Golden Alexander at Lake Farm across the road from the Lussier Heritage Center

Friday, August 23, 2019 -- Schumacher Farm

Friday, September 6, 2019 -- Indian Lake

Friday, Septmber 13, 2019 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, September 18 -- Yahara Heights

Friday, September 20 -- Pheasant Branch

Tuesday, September 24 -- Walking Iron Wildlife Area

Wednesday, September 25 -- Swamp Lovers Preserve

Friday, September 27 -- Indian Lake

Wednesday, October 2 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 11 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, October 16 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 18 -- Ice Age Junction, County Highway M unit

Friday, October 25 -- Ice Age Junction, Reddan unit

 

Sep
25
Public Hearing on Proposed 2020 Dane County Parks Fee Increases

The Dane County Park Commission will hold a public hearing regarding proposed 2020 park fee increases. The Dane County Park Commission sets the fee structure for services provided in Dane County Parks.  Each year, the fees are evaluated and adjusted in order to offset operational and maintenance costs associated with the various park activities.  Last year, the Park Commission elected not to raise permit fees. This year, modest increases in a few service areas have been proposed including, camping, disc golf and combined trail permits.

A complete list of the current and proposed 2020 park fees is available by visiting: https://www.danecountyparks.com/Information/Fees.

Ths meeting is free and open to the public. 

Sep
27
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

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.

Please visit the link HERE to register and for more detailed directions to meeting locations.

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- Golden Alexander at Lake Farm across the road from the Lussier Heritage Center

Friday, August 23, 2019 -- Schumacher Farm

Friday, September 6, 2019 -- Indian Lake

Friday, Septmber 13, 2019 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, September 18 -- Yahara Heights

Friday, September 20 -- Pheasant Branch

Tuesday, September 24 -- Walking Iron Wildlife Area

Wednesday, September 25 -- Swamp Lovers Preserve

Friday, September 27 -- Indian Lake

Wednesday, October 2 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 11 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, October 16 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 18 -- Ice Age Junction, County Highway M unit

Friday, October 25 -- Ice Age Junction, Reddan unit

 

Sep
28
Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Tools and training are provided. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Sep
28
National Public Lands Volunteer Day - Lussier Family Heritage Center/ Lake Farm County Park

We will work to improve a habitat within the Gilman Mounds & western woods of Capital Springs Recreation Area.  All tools, including gloves, are provided – please wear long clothing, stable footwear, and sun protection.

Sep
29
Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy Birds, Bikes and Brews

New and improved this year: Birds, Bikes, & Brews REVAMP! This awesome event combines three of our favorite things in one stellar afternoon! Registration is now open!

Join us to BIKE through Middleton and Pheasant Branch Conservancy (choose from 4 or 10 mile routes), BIRD as you go (there will be 4 guided birding stations), and enjoy a cold BREW after your ride at Capital Brewery (beer, wine, cider, or soda).

This is a slow-roll bike ride (max speed of 12 miles per hour) that is perfect for nature enthusiasts of all ages, including families. Participants under 21 are welcome and encouraged (we’ll just give you a different drink ticket!). Take your time, see the birds, soak up the views.

**Plus, it’s all for a great cause: proceeds from registrations go to conservation, education, citizen science, and other programs. In addition, $1 for each beverage at the event will be donated to Madison Audubon, and all summer long, a portion of the proceeds for the Capital Trailhead Ale will go toward Pheasant Branch Conservancy and Capital Offroad Pathfinders.**

REGISTRATION INFO:

Early-bird registration through Sept. 1 is just $25, or $35 between Sept. 2 and 24, or $45 at Capital Brewery on the day of the event. Your registration fee includes:

  • Event access,

  • A birding checklist and fun,

  • Event pint glass, and

  • One free cold one at Capital Brewery after you've completed the loop!

See the link for further details.

Oct
1
Prairie Seed Cleaning Volunteer Days

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, fanning mill, and hand screens.  Please review the tasks and time slots and sign up for a shift HERE.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited.  No prior experience is needed.  All training, tools, and materials will be provided.

Oct
1
Prairie Seed Cleaning Volunteer Days

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, fanning mill, and hand screens.  Please review the tasks and time slots and sign up for a shift HERE.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited.  No prior experience is needed.  All training, tools, and materials will be provided.

Oct
2
Arboretum Restoration Team Leader Training

Do you enjoy working with others while taking care of the Earth? If so, we encourage you to become a Restoration Team Leader. You will develop professional ecological skills, practice the land ethic, and give back to your community. Team leaders play a critical role in restoring Arboretum prairies and savannas by supervising other volunteers at Saturday morning ecological restoration work parties. They also gain invaluable personal and professional experience as they learn about native ecosystems and plants, manage and maintain native landscapes, and develop leadership and communication skills. Team leaders get to know the Arboretum and how it works in every season. Restoration Team Leader Training will begin October 2, 2019 and costs $100; deadline for the application is September 25. You will participate in an extensive training that includes working outdoors, online and in-class time, and Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification; training is Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6-9 PM, Saturdays are from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. We ask for a big commitment, and we provide a unique and enduring opportunity in leadership and ecological restoration. For more information (including position description, schedule, and application form), please contact Marian Farrior at (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

Oct
2
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

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.

Please visit the link HERE to register and for more detailed directions to meeting locations.

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- Golden Alexander at Lake Farm across the road from the Lussier Heritage Center

Friday, August 23, 2019 -- Schumacher Farm

Friday, September 6, 2019 -- Indian Lake

Friday, Septmber 13, 2019 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, September 18 -- Yahara Heights

Friday, September 20 -- Pheasant Branch

Tuesday, September 24 -- Walking Iron Wildlife Area

Wednesday, September 25 -- Swamp Lovers Preserve

Friday, September 27 -- Indian Lake

Wednesday, October 2 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 11 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, October 16 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 18 -- Ice Age Junction, County Highway M unit

Friday, October 25 -- Ice Age Junction, Reddan unit

 

Oct
3
Arboretum Restoration Team Leader Training

Do you enjoy working with others while taking care of the Earth? If so, we encourage you to become a Restoration Team Leader. You will develop professional ecological skills, practice the land ethic, and give back to your community. Team leaders play a critical role in restoring Arboretum prairies and savannas by supervising other volunteers at Saturday morning ecological restoration work parties. They also gain invaluable personal and professional experience as they learn about native ecosystems and plants, manage and maintain native landscapes, and develop leadership and communication skills. Team leaders get to know the Arboretum and how it works in every season. Restoration Team Leader Training will begin October 2, 2019 and costs $100; deadline for the application is September 25. You will participate in an extensive training that includes working outdoors, online and in-class time, and Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification; training is Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6-9 PM, Saturdays are from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. We ask for a big commitment, and we provide a unique and enduring opportunity in leadership and ecological restoration. For more information (including position description, schedule, and application form), please contact Marian Farrior at (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

Oct
4
Harvest Moon Festival @ Lussier Family Heritage Center

Join us for the 15th 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.

Oct
4
Prairie Work Days at Lussier Family Heritage Center

Join the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area and Madison Area Master Gardeners Association for our Friday workdays in the prairie.  We will weed and transplant native prairie plants in a restoration near the Heritage Center. No gardening background needed!  Come for as long as your schedule permits – contact Clare with your questions:  carlson.clare@countyofdane.com.  No need to sign up, just show up and bring a water bottle and sun protection. 

Oct
5
Arboretum Restoration Team Leader Training

Do you enjoy working with others while taking care of the Earth? If so, we encourage you to become a Restoration Team Leader. You will develop professional ecological skills, practice the land ethic, and give back to your community. Team leaders play a critical role in restoring Arboretum prairies and savannas by supervising other volunteers at Saturday morning ecological restoration work parties. They also gain invaluable personal and professional experience as they learn about native ecosystems and plants, manage and maintain native landscapes, and develop leadership and communication skills. Team leaders get to know the Arboretum and how it works in every season. Restoration Team Leader Training will begin October 2, 2019 and costs $100; deadline for the application is September 25. You will participate in an extensive training that includes working outdoors, online and in-class time, and Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification; training is Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6-9 PM, Saturdays are from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. We ask for a big commitment, and we provide a unique and enduring opportunity in leadership and ecological restoration. For more information (including position description, schedule, and application form), please contact Marian Farrior at (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

Oct
5
Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice.

Oct
5
Brushes: Plein Air Painting at Stewart County Park

 Bring family and friends to experience plein air painting in various locations in the Park. Approximately 6 area artists will demonstrate their techniques as you observe. Kid friendly. Mt Horeb art students will assist artists and provide art materials for all. Special educational demos at the main shelter.

Oct
5
Indian Lake Trail Run

Welcome to the 10th annual Indian Lake Trail Run, featuring a 7k and 12k, plus a 1k kids fun run. The 2019 event takes place on Saturday, October 5 at Indian Lake county park, 25 minutes northwest of Madison, Wisconsin, and is limited to 400 runners. Registration ends on October 2, 2019. 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
5
Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Restoration Workdays

Our 2019 plan for workdays has changed. We are planning two “regular” workdays in April, May, September and October. They are planned for the first and third Saturdays. This better coincides with typical workload needs and allows for easier scheduling of special workdays typically in the summer and affiliated with employers or organizations.  All regular workdays are from 9 AM – noon.

Work will consist of pulling invasives, cutting brush, or gathering seed. Specific work will be announced by email before the work date.

Workdays are weather dependent; let us know you are coming at restoration@pheasantbranch.org, we will let you know if we have to cancel.

We hope you can join us!

Oct
8
Volunteer Restoration Workday - Walking Iron

Join us 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!  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!

Please be sure to RSVP online at http://signup.com/go/xZdQwVV

Oct
8
Winter Salt Certification Trainings - Fall 2019

Salt Certification Registration is now open for fall of 2019. Six trainings will be offered. The certification program is open to all contractors in Dane County. The City encourages anyone who professionally applies salt to earn certification. The City also encourages residents to choose salt certified applicators. The Madison Salt Certification Program was developed in 2017. More than 300 certified applicators have been trained in Dane County since the voluntary program was started. The program is housed in City of Madison Engineering Division, but it is supported in collaboration with Wisconsin SaltWise . This program encourages winter maintenance professionals to use the least amount of de-icing material necessary to keep parking lots, roads, sidewalks and driveways safe. This training will provide knowledge to pass the Salt Certification Exam and have you listed as a certified salt applicator. The training will focus on parking lots, sidewalks and trails. It will cover pre-storm preparation, equipment calibration guidance, application rates, de-icer selection and more. The goal of the training is to educate winter maintenance professionals on how to use the least amount of de-icing materials necessary to keep pavements safe throughout the winter. Coffee, bagels, and lunch will be included with the registration fee of $12.00. Registration will be capped at 55 people for this training session. 

Oct
9
Arboretum Restoration Team Leader Training

Do you enjoy working with others while taking care of the Earth? If so, we encourage you to become a Restoration Team Leader. You will develop professional ecological skills, practice the land ethic, and give back to your community. Team leaders play a critical role in restoring Arboretum prairies and savannas by supervising other volunteers at Saturday morning ecological restoration work parties. They also gain invaluable personal and professional experience as they learn about native ecosystems and plants, manage and maintain native landscapes, and develop leadership and communication skills. Team leaders get to know the Arboretum and how it works in every season. Restoration Team Leader Training will begin October 2, 2019 and costs $100; deadline for the application is September 25. You will participate in an extensive training that includes working outdoors, online and in-class time, and Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification; training is Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6-9 PM, Saturdays are from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. We ask for a big commitment, and we provide a unique and enduring opportunity in leadership and ecological restoration. For more information (including position description, schedule, and application form), please contact Marian Farrior at (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

Oct
9
Winter Salt Certification Trainings - Fall 2019

Salt Certification Registration is now open for fall of 2019. Six trainings will be offered. The certification program is open to all contractors in Dane County. The City encourages anyone who professionally applies salt to earn certification. The City also encourages residents to choose salt certified applicators. The Madison Salt Certification Program was developed in 2017. More than 300 certified applicators have been trained in Dane County since the voluntary program was started. The program is housed in City of Madison Engineering Division, but it is supported in collaboration with Wisconsin SaltWise . This program encourages winter maintenance professionals to use the least amount of de-icing material necessary to keep parking lots, roads, sidewalks and driveways safe. This training will provide knowledge to pass the Salt Certification Exam and have you listed as a certified salt applicator. The training will focus on parking lots, sidewalks and trails. It will cover pre-storm preparation, equipment calibration guidance, application rates, de-icer selection and more. The goal of the training is to educate winter maintenance professionals on how to use the least amount of de-icing materials necessary to keep pavements safe throughout the winter. Coffee, bagels, and lunch will be included with the registration fee of $12.00. Registration will be capped at 55 people for this training session. 

Oct
10
Arboretum Restoration Team Leader Training

Do you enjoy working with others while taking care of the Earth? If so, we encourage you to become a Restoration Team Leader. You will develop professional ecological skills, practice the land ethic, and give back to your community. Team leaders play a critical role in restoring Arboretum prairies and savannas by supervising other volunteers at Saturday morning ecological restoration work parties. They also gain invaluable personal and professional experience as they learn about native ecosystems and plants, manage and maintain native landscapes, and develop leadership and communication skills. Team leaders get to know the Arboretum and how it works in every season. Restoration Team Leader Training will begin October 2, 2019 and costs $100; deadline for the application is September 25. You will participate in an extensive training that includes working outdoors, online and in-class time, and Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification; training is Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6-9 PM, Saturdays are from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. We ask for a big commitment, and we provide a unique and enduring opportunity in leadership and ecological restoration. For more information (including position description, schedule, and application form), please contact Marian Farrior at (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

Oct
11
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

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.

Please visit the link HERE to register and for more detailed directions to meeting locations.

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- Golden Alexander at Lake Farm across the road from the Lussier Heritage Center

Friday, August 23, 2019 -- Schumacher Farm

Friday, September 6, 2019 -- Indian Lake

Friday, Septmber 13, 2019 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, September 18 -- Yahara Heights

Friday, September 20 -- Pheasant Branch

Tuesday, September 24 -- Walking Iron Wildlife Area

Wednesday, September 25 -- Swamp Lovers Preserve

Friday, September 27 -- Indian Lake

Wednesday, October 2 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 11 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, October 16 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 18 -- Ice Age Junction, County Highway M unit

Friday, October 25 -- Ice Age Junction, Reddan unit

 

Oct
12
Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Tools and training are provided. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Oct
12
Arboretum Restoration Team Leader Training

Do you enjoy working with others while taking care of the Earth? If so, we encourage you to become a Restoration Team Leader. You will develop professional ecological skills, practice the land ethic, and give back to your community. Team leaders play a critical role in restoring Arboretum prairies and savannas by supervising other volunteers at Saturday morning ecological restoration work parties. They also gain invaluable personal and professional experience as they learn about native ecosystems and plants, manage and maintain native landscapes, and develop leadership and communication skills. Team leaders get to know the Arboretum and how it works in every season. Restoration Team Leader Training will begin October 2, 2019 and costs $100; deadline for the application is September 25. You will participate in an extensive training that includes working outdoors, online and in-class time, and Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification; training is Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6-9 PM, Saturdays are from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. We ask for a big commitment, and we provide a unique and enduring opportunity in leadership and ecological restoration. For more information (including position description, schedule, and application form), please contact Marian Farrior at (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

Oct
12
Friends of Anderson Farm County Park Restoration Workday

Anderson Farm Park Friends have a regular second Saturday of the month restoration workday in addition to various other scheduled workdays throughout the year -  work may include clearing invasive species and prairie maintenance.

Please signup online at their website:

Saturday, August 10: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_august_saturday_work_day

Monday, August 26: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_august_monday_work_day

Saturday, September 14: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_september_saturday_work_day

Please see the calendar on their website for signups for future dates throughout the year.

Oct
15
Prairie Seed Cleaning Volunteer Days

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, fanning mill, and hand screens.  Please review the tasks and time slots and sign up for a shift HERE.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited.  No prior experience is needed.  All training, tools, and materials will be provided.

Oct
15
Prairie Seed Cleaning Volunteer Days

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, fanning mill, and hand screens.  Please review the tasks and time slots and sign up for a shift HERE.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited.  No prior experience is needed.  All training, tools, and materials will be provided.

Oct
16
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

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.

Please visit the link HERE to register and for more detailed directions to meeting locations.

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- Golden Alexander at Lake Farm across the road from the Lussier Heritage Center

Friday, August 23, 2019 -- Schumacher Farm

Friday, September 6, 2019 -- Indian Lake

Friday, Septmber 13, 2019 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, September 18 -- Yahara Heights

Friday, September 20 -- Pheasant Branch

Tuesday, September 24 -- Walking Iron Wildlife Area

Wednesday, September 25 -- Swamp Lovers Preserve

Friday, September 27 -- Indian Lake

Wednesday, October 2 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 11 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, October 16 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 18 -- Ice Age Junction, County Highway M unit

Friday, October 25 -- Ice Age Junction, Reddan unit

 

Oct
18
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

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.

Please visit the link HERE to register and for more detailed directions to meeting locations.

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- Golden Alexander at Lake Farm across the road from the Lussier Heritage Center

Friday, August 23, 2019 -- Schumacher Farm

Friday, September 6, 2019 -- Indian Lake

Friday, Septmber 13, 2019 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, September 18 -- Yahara Heights

Friday, September 20 -- Pheasant Branch

Tuesday, September 24 -- Walking Iron Wildlife Area

Wednesday, September 25 -- Swamp Lovers Preserve

Friday, September 27 -- Indian Lake

Wednesday, October 2 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 11 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, October 16 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 18 -- Ice Age Junction, County Highway M unit

Friday, October 25 -- Ice Age Junction, Reddan unit

 

Oct
18
Prairie Work Days at Lussier Family Heritage Center

Join the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area and Madison Area Master Gardeners Association for our Friday workdays in the prairie.  We will weed and transplant native prairie plants in a restoration near the Heritage Center. No gardening background needed!  Come for as long as your schedule permits – contact Clare with your questions:  carlson.clare@countyofdane.com.  No need to sign up, just show up and bring a water bottle and sun protection. 

Oct
19
Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Tools and training are provided. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Oct
19
Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Restoration Workdays

Our 2019 plan for workdays has changed. We are planning two “regular” workdays in April, May, September and October. They are planned for the first and third Saturdays. This better coincides with typical workload needs and allows for easier scheduling of special workdays typically in the summer and affiliated with employers or organizations.  All regular workdays are from 9 AM – noon.

Work will consist of pulling invasives, cutting brush, or gathering seed. Specific work will be announced by email before the work date.

Workdays are weather dependent; let us know you are coming at restoration@pheasantbranch.org, we will let you know if we have to cancel.

We hope you can join us!

Oct
20
Friends of Stewart Park Restoration Workday

Volunteers should meet at the end of Blue View Drive at 1PM. Work priorities may vary throughout the year, but current work is focused on lopping woody shrubs.

Any questions can be addressed via text or email to FOSP President McDonough-Sutter. McSutter@mhtc.net 608 332 5029

Oct
22
Volunteer Restoration Workday - Walking Iron

Join us 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!  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!

Please be sure to RSVP online at http://signup.com/go/xZdQwVV

Oct
24
Arboretum Restoration Team Leader Training

Do you enjoy working with others while taking care of the Earth? If so, we encourage you to become a Restoration Team Leader. You will develop professional ecological skills, practice the land ethic, and give back to your community. Team leaders play a critical role in restoring Arboretum prairies and savannas by supervising other volunteers at Saturday morning ecological restoration work parties. They also gain invaluable personal and professional experience as they learn about native ecosystems and plants, manage and maintain native landscapes, and develop leadership and communication skills. Team leaders get to know the Arboretum and how it works in every season. Restoration Team Leader Training will begin October 2, 2019 and costs $100; deadline for the application is September 25. You will participate in an extensive training that includes working outdoors, online and in-class time, and Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification; training is Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6-9 PM, Saturdays are from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. We ask for a big commitment, and we provide a unique and enduring opportunity in leadership and ecological restoration. For more information (including position description, schedule, and application form), please contact Marian Farrior at (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

Oct
25
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

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.

Please visit the link HERE to register and for more detailed directions to meeting locations.

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- Golden Alexander at Lake Farm across the road from the Lussier Heritage Center

Friday, August 23, 2019 -- Schumacher Farm

Friday, September 6, 2019 -- Indian Lake

Friday, Septmber 13, 2019 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, September 18 -- Yahara Heights

Friday, September 20 -- Pheasant Branch

Tuesday, September 24 -- Walking Iron Wildlife Area

Wednesday, September 25 -- Swamp Lovers Preserve

Friday, September 27 -- Indian Lake

Wednesday, October 2 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 11 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, October 16 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 18 -- Ice Age Junction, County Highway M unit

Friday, October 25 -- Ice Age Junction, Reddan unit

 

Oct
26
Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Tools and training are provided. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Oct
26
Arboretum Restoration Team Leader Training

Do you enjoy working with others while taking care of the Earth? If so, we encourage you to become a Restoration Team Leader. You will develop professional ecological skills, practice the land ethic, and give back to your community. Team leaders play a critical role in restoring Arboretum prairies and savannas by supervising other volunteers at Saturday morning ecological restoration work parties. They also gain invaluable personal and professional experience as they learn about native ecosystems and plants, manage and maintain native landscapes, and develop leadership and communication skills. Team leaders get to know the Arboretum and how it works in every season. Restoration Team Leader Training will begin October 2, 2019 and costs $100; deadline for the application is September 25. You will participate in an extensive training that includes working outdoors, online and in-class time, and Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification; training is Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6-9 PM, Saturdays are from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. We ask for a big commitment, and we provide a unique and enduring opportunity in leadership and ecological restoration. For more information (including position description, schedule, and application form), please contact Marian Farrior at (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

Oct
26
Halloween at the Farm - Schumacher Farm County Park

Admission $5 / Kids 3 and under free!

Spooky Fun for the Whole Family:

  • Interactive characters
  • S’mores at our campfire
  • Story Telling in the Chicken Coop
  • Fortune Telling in the Hog house
  • Old Fashioned Games and Crafts

Hay Rides - New Ghouls & Spooks!

  • Rides begin at Sunset (6:00 pm)
  • Live Music in the Historic Barn
  • Free Parking
  • Rain or Shine Event!
  • Face Painting & Tattoos

Our Concession Stand will include simple food such as hot dogs and BBQs, along with the high school’s baked goodies.

Phone: 608-849-4559 / email: info@schumacherfarmpark.org

Oct
29
Prairie Seed Cleaning Volunteer Days

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, fanning mill, and hand screens.  Please review the tasks and time slots and sign up for a shift HERE.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited.  No prior experience is needed.  All training, tools, and materials will be provided.

Oct
29
Prairie Seed Cleaning Volunteer Days

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, fanning mill, and hand screens.  Please review the tasks and time slots and sign up for a shift HERE.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited.  No prior experience is needed.  All training, tools, and materials will be provided.

Nov
2
Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice.

Nov
5
Winter Salt Certification Trainings - Fall 2019

Salt Certification Registration is now open for fall of 2019. Six trainings will be offered. The certification program is open to all contractors in Dane County. The City encourages anyone who professionally applies salt to earn certification. The City also encourages residents to choose salt certified applicators. The Madison Salt Certification Program was developed in 2017. More than 300 certified applicators have been trained in Dane County since the voluntary program was started. The program is housed in City of Madison Engineering Division, but it is supported in collaboration with Wisconsin SaltWise . This program encourages winter maintenance professionals to use the least amount of de-icing material necessary to keep parking lots, roads, sidewalks and driveways safe. This training will provide knowledge to pass the Salt Certification Exam and have you listed as a certified salt applicator. The training will focus on parking lots, sidewalks and trails. It will cover pre-storm preparation, equipment calibration guidance, application rates, de-icer selection and more. The goal of the training is to educate winter maintenance professionals on how to use the least amount of de-icing materials necessary to keep pavements safe throughout the winter. Coffee, bagels, and lunch will be included with the registration fee of $12.00. Registration will be capped at 55 people for this training session. 

Nov
6
Winter Salt Certification Trainings - Fall 2019

Salt Certification Registration is now open for fall of 2019. Six trainings will be offered. The certification program is open to all contractors in Dane County. The City encourages anyone who professionally applies salt to earn certification. The City also encourages residents to choose salt certified applicators. The Madison Salt Certification Program was developed in 2017. More than 300 certified applicators have been trained in Dane County since the voluntary program was started. The program is housed in City of Madison Engineering Division, but it is supported in collaboration with Wisconsin SaltWise . This program encourages winter maintenance professionals to use the least amount of de-icing material necessary to keep parking lots, roads, sidewalks and driveways safe. This training will provide knowledge to pass the Salt Certification Exam and have you listed as a certified salt applicator. The training will focus on parking lots, sidewalks and trails. It will cover pre-storm preparation, equipment calibration guidance, application rates, de-icer selection and more. The goal of the training is to educate winter maintenance professionals on how to use the least amount of de-icing materials necessary to keep pavements safe throughout the winter. Coffee, bagels, and lunch will be included with the registration fee of $12.00. Registration will be capped at 55 people for this training session. 

Nov
9
Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Tools and training are provided. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Nov
9
Friends of Anderson Farm County Park Restoration Workday

Anderson Farm Park Friends have a regular second Saturday of the month restoration workday in addition to various other scheduled workdays throughout the year -  work may include clearing invasive species and prairie maintenance.

Please signup online at their website:

Saturday, August 10: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_august_saturday_work_day

Monday, August 26: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_august_monday_work_day

Saturday, September 14: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_september_saturday_work_day

Please see the calendar on their website for signups for future dates throughout the year.

Nov
10
Workshop: Volunteer to Grow Native Plants

Native plants have tremendous water quality benefits and increase habitat and food sources for pollinators. Because of this, the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department has started a native plant growing program to provide a source of free native plants for schools and community groups. This training will provide an overview of native plants and teach you everything you need to know to grow the plants - no prior experience is needed.

Dane County will provide all of the supplies except the potting mix which the volunteers are asked to purchase themselves. The entire growing system is outdoors so no indoor space or growlights are needed. Volunteers need a sunny, outdoor space to grow the plants. Volunteers will transplant their plants in the spring and water them over the summer as they grow. They will bring them back to be distributed in August. Volunteers are welcome to grow plants for themselves at the same time using this growing system.

Nov
12
Volunteer Restoration Workday - Walking Iron

Join us 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!  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!

Please be sure to RSVP online at http://signup.com/go/xZdQwVV

Nov
16
Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Tools and training are provided. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Nov
17
Friends of Stewart Park Restoration Workday

Volunteers should meet at the end of Blue View Drive at 1PM. Work priorities may vary throughout the year, but current work is focused on lopping woody shrubs.

Any questions can be addressed via text or email to FOSP President McDonough-Sutter. McSutter@mhtc.net 608 332 5029

Nov
23
Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Tools and training are provided. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Nov
26
Volunteer Restoration Workday - Walking Iron

Join us 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!  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!

Please be sure to RSVP online at http://signup.com/go/xZdQwVV

Dec
7
Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice.

Dec
10
Volunteer Restoration Workday - Walking Iron

Join us 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!  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!

Please be sure to RSVP online at http://signup.com/go/xZdQwVV

Dec
14
Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Tools and training are provided. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Dec
14
Friends of Anderson Farm County Park Restoration Workday

Anderson Farm Park Friends have a regular second Saturday of the month restoration workday in addition to various other scheduled workdays throughout the year -  work may include clearing invasive species and prairie maintenance.

Please signup online at their website:

Saturday, August 10: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_august_saturday_work_day

Monday, August 26: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_august_monday_work_day

Saturday, September 14: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_september_saturday_work_day

Please see the calendar on their website for signups for future dates throughout the year.

Dec
15
Friends of Stewart Park Restoration Workday

Volunteers should meet at the end of Blue View Drive at 1PM. Work priorities may vary throughout the year, but current work is focused on lopping woody shrubs.

Any questions can be addressed via text or email to FOSP President McDonough-Sutter. McSutter@mhtc.net 608 332 5029

Dec
19
Dane County Watershed Network Gathering

During this gathering, each water-related group in Dane County will have the change to give a quick “3-minute, 3-slide” overview of their major projects and accomplishments over the past year. After the presentations, we will have at least an hour of open networking time to give you the chance to connect with other groups to learn more about projects that peaked your interest.

This is your chance to hear about what other groups have been doing, connect with them to learn more, and possibly plan collaborative projects around specific issues. 

Community members are welcome to attend to learn about the work that is being done around water. This is a great way to learn what groups are doing and identify groups and projects you may want to get involved with in the future.

Sign up to present:
If you will be the presenter for your group, please indicate that when you sign up so we make sure we have time for everyone.  You will receive an email from Susan Sandford closer to the date of the gathering. 

Dec
21
Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Tools and training are provided. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Dec
28
Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Tools and training are provided. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Apr
4
Annual Dog Park Cleanup Day

Join us at one of the dog parks listed below to and help us with some spring cleaning! Volunteer will help pick up trash, dog waste, and other items to help beautify our parks. This is a fun event for both you and your pup (pup optional).  Crew leaders will meet you at the park entrance and provide gloves, garbage bags and a thank you goodie bag with doggy samples. Volunteers can bring a 5-gallon pail and/or a scooper if possible.

Parks include:
Badger Prairie Park
Indian Lake Park
Lake Farm Park – Capital Spring Recreation Area
Prairie Moraine -“Tower Site”
Token Creek Park
Viking Park
Yahara Heights Park