Feb
23
Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

8:50 am - 12:00 pm

Friday morning workdays

  • Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp.
  • Project usually finishes around 12 noon.
  • Locations listed are meeting places so late comers may not find us. Call if needed. 
  • Chainsaw Safety Training Certification is required if using a chainsaw during this project.
  • Dress for the weather. Bring own water.

Please be sure to sign up in advance as it helps in planning for the project: cancellations due to weather or other details we need to share.

Click on Signup.com link here:  http://signup.com/login/entry/8569846079683780100              

 

Dates/ Locations

Friday, February 9: Festge County Park

Friday, February 16: Anderson Farm County Park

Friday, February 23: Schumacher Farm County Park

Friday, March 2: Schumacher Farm County Park

Friday, March 9: Yahara Heights County Park 

Friday, March 16: Yahara Heights County Park 

Feb
25
CANCELLED - Pawsome Snowshoe Adventure at Capital Springs

 

*** Update 2/22/2018 - Due to icy conditions, this event is cancelled. ***

Join us for a snowshoe hike through the disc golf course at Capital Springs. Get to know other park users and their dogs as you hike along the beautiful terrain in Capital Springs.  Get to know your Dane County Parks and meet your Park Ranger for dog-oriented, family-friendly activities!  

Please park at the dog park.

*Dog permits are required and can be purchased prior to or at this event.  Dogs must be leashed for this activity.  

Mar
2
Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

8:50 am - 12:00 pm

Friday morning workdays

  • Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp.
  • Project usually finishes around 12 noon.
  • Locations listed are meeting places so late comers may not find us. Call if needed. 
  • Chainsaw Safety Training Certification is required if using a chainsaw during this project.
  • Dress for the weather. Bring own water.

Please be sure to sign up in advance as it helps in planning for the project: cancellations due to weather or other details we need to share.

Click on Signup.com link here:  http://signup.com/login/entry/8569846079683780100              

 

Dates/ Locations

Friday, February 9: Festge County Park

Friday, February 16: Anderson Farm County Park

Friday, February 23: Schumacher Farm County Park

Friday, March 2: Schumacher Farm County Park

Friday, March 9: Yahara Heights County Park 

Friday, March 16: Yahara Heights County Park 

Mar
9
Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

8:50 am - 12:00 pm

Friday morning workdays

  • Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp.
  • Project usually finishes around 12 noon.
  • Locations listed are meeting places so late comers may not find us. Call if needed. 
  • Chainsaw Safety Training Certification is required if using a chainsaw during this project.
  • Dress for the weather. Bring own water.

Please be sure to sign up in advance as it helps in planning for the project: cancellations due to weather or other details we need to share.

Click on Signup.com link here:  http://signup.com/login/entry/8569846079683780100              

 

Dates/ Locations

Friday, February 9: Festge County Park

Friday, February 16: Anderson Farm County Park

Friday, February 23: Schumacher Farm County Park

Friday, March 2: Schumacher Farm County Park

Friday, March 9: Yahara Heights County Park 

Friday, March 16: Yahara Heights County Park 

Mar
16
Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

8:50 am - 12:00 pm

Friday morning workdays

  • Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp.
  • Project usually finishes around 12 noon.
  • Locations listed are meeting places so late comers may not find us. Call if needed. 
  • Chainsaw Safety Training Certification is required if using a chainsaw during this project.
  • Dress for the weather. Bring own water.

Please be sure to sign up in advance as it helps in planning for the project: cancellations due to weather or other details we need to share.

Click on Signup.com link here:  http://signup.com/login/entry/8569846079683780100              

 

Dates/ Locations

Friday, February 9: Festge County Park

Friday, February 16: Anderson Farm County Park

Friday, February 23: Schumacher Farm County Park

Friday, March 2: Schumacher Farm County Park

Friday, March 9: Yahara Heights County Park 

Friday, March 16: Yahara Heights County Park 

Mar
18
Campfire Chat at the Lussier Family Heritage Center

1:00-3:00 pm

Get to know your Dane County Parks and meet your Park Ranger for dog-oriented, family-friendly activities!

*Dog permits are required and can be purchased prior to or at this event.

Mar
31
Cottontail Classic 5K/10K

8:30 am

The Cottontail Classic is a family fun, competitive and memorable Easter Tradition in Fitchburg Wisconsin. The run/walk is a timed event for those competitive runners with SUGAR STATIONS on course for those wanting a little more family fun on Easter Saturday.  Following the event there is a FREE Kids Easter Egg Hunt and included Pancake Breakfast!!

A portion of the run will be on the Capital City Trail.

Find out more and sign up: http://www.cottontailclassicrun.com

May
5
Word on the Street 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Run

8:00 - 10:00 am

Run, walk, or jog a 5K route that begins and ends at the Verona Public Library. The chip-timed course goes through residential streets and along the park road in scenic Badger Prairie County Park. Running-related quotes on signs and in chalk along the course will keep participants inspired and entertained! A shorter kids' run is also offered. Proceeds will benefit the Verona Public Library Endowment Fund.

Learn more: http://www.veronapubliclibrary.org/5k

May
12
7th Annual Donald Dash Trail Run @ Donald County Park

9:00 am

An annual trail run held in Donald Park located in Mt. Horeb, WI. This year the distances will be 5km and 15km, but not missing any of the usual fun and challenging course terrain (prairie, sand, hills, and more--see course info)!

100% of proceeds are donated to Friends of Donald Park. The funds are earmarked for trail maintenance and repair.

See website for additional information: https://www.donaldparktrailruns.com/

 

Jun
2
Parks & Trails Unite Festival

10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Help us celebrate our amazing parks and trails at an event designed to bring us ALL together! Dane County Parks is teaming up with United Madison to host a one of a kind Parks & Trails Unite Festival. This will be a free community event will encourage unity, give us the opportunity to lift each other up to better understand and learn from each other, and celebrate our amazing parks and trails and the community connections that they provide.

The Festival will take place in BOTH Lake Farm County Park and McDaniel Park, that includes the new Lower Yahara River Trail and it’s mile-long boardwalk bridge that connects the two parks and provides an off-road trail connection between Madison and McFarland that didn’t previously exist. This free festival will include live music, food carts, motivational speakers, educational and cultural displays, live demonstrations, local TV and media personalities, activity stations for adults and kids, pontoon rides, a biergarten, and other activities, too numerous to list.

The funds raised will be stretched far and wide to benefit our community in a way never done before.  A majority of the proceeds will help build capacity of Dane County volunteers and the sixteen friends groups that support individual county parks. The work that these individuals do for the betterment of Dane County Parks and our communities is essential. Last year the parks had over 3,500 volunteers that put in an unbelievable 66,880 hours. That equates to well over a million dollars in labor. A portion of the proceeds donated by event sponsors will benefit local nonprofit partners as well as supporting United Madison in their effort to support a unified, thriving community for EVERYONE . We hope you will join us at this festival to celebrate and support the parks and trails you love and help lift up and unite our community!

Stay tuned for more details about this event and learn more about sponsorship opportunities on our the event webpage!

Watch a video about the trail on our Facebook page.

We will be selling t-shirts at this event to help raise additional funds and need awesome park-themed designs.  Learn more!

Jun
23
BioBlitz at Lake Farm County Park

10:00am - 3:00pm

The Milwaukee Public Museum is sponsoring the very first BioBlitz in Dane County at Lake Farm County Park! Over one hundred scientists from many different fields of study will identify as many plant and animal species as they can within a 24-hour period. 

Spiders, insects, mammals, plants, fish, reptiles and many other species will be identified. Come and see what they discover!  Use microscopes, see live critters and interact with the scientists!  This event is free and open to the public – a great family event! Event sponsors are the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area and Dane County Parks.

Jun
23
Prairie Chase Run/Walk at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

A FUNdraising event for the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy
The fourth annual Prairie Chase event will take place on June 23, 2018. Registration will open at 7am.  Start time for the 5K walk is 8:00am. Start time for the 5K and 10K runs will be 8:15am.  At 9:15 we will have a kids short race around a soccer field. The event will start and finish in Orchid Heights Park, Middleton, WI. Parking and a rest room is available at the park. Click here for directions.

Pheasant Branch Conservancy is one of the best kept secrets for runners and walkers in the greater Madison area. The run route is on easy-going, crushed limestone and also include a section of flexible, joint-sparing boardwalks through cool, shaded woods. The walk route is also on the limestone path as well as mowed paths through gorgeous, restored prairie.

Find out more on their event website: http://prairiechase.com/