Jul
21
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

Jul
21
Lussier Family Heritage Center & Capital Springs Open House (with Nature Walk!)

Are you interested in learning more about the Lussier Family Heritage Center and the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area? Bring the entire family out to the Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison, WI 53711) between 12:30 -2:00 pm on July 21, 2019!


Learn more about our programming, volunteer opportunities, stewardship, special events, citizen science, and other ways to connect with us. There will be games for kids, refreshments, a center tour, a naturalist led nature walk to see butterflies and prairie flowers in bloom, and more. Visitors can also take home free oak tree seedlings and native prairie seeds.

Event Schedule:
The open hours runs from 12:30 – 2:00 pm. Join us at the times below for these specific activities
12:30 pm – Facility Tour (Special Events & Wedding Interest)
1:15 pm – Leisurely Nature Walk with Naturalist, Clare Carlson (FOCSRA): Butterflies & Blooms
1:30 pm – Kids Storytime: Monarch Butterflies

 

Jul
21
Open House - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Interested in learning about the Lussier Family Heritage Center and the surrounding 2,400-acre Capital Springs Recreation Area? Drop in anytime from 12:30pm to 2pm to find out about our programming, volunteer opportunities, and to connect with folks from Dane County Parks as well as the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area. We’ll have kids’ games, refreshments, and tours available. 

Scheduled Events

12:30pm: Facility Tour (Special Events & Wedding Interest)

1:15pm: Nature Walk 

1:30pm: Children's Story

 

Jul
22
Mindfulness, Meditation and Stress Management with Art Teen Camp at Schumacher Farm

Mindfulness, Meditation and Stress Management with Art Teen Camp at Schumacher Farm in Waunakee

A class designed for 12-17 year olds +
4 day workshop series June 17-20 & July 22-25 9:30-noon, $160 residents/$175 non residents

Please pre-register through the Waunakee Village Center to confirm your spot.
Questions: RebeccaLynEller@gmail.com (608) 345-5107

Do you worry a lot or feel like you are under pressure, stressed, anxious, irritable, nervous or easily overstimulated? Through mindfulness, art and meditation, kids (and adults) become more comfortable with complexity and uncertainty. Mindfulness strategies can change our habitual patterns of reacting to stress. We can learn to relax our body and train our brain to respond in ways that help regulate our nervous system so we don’t react to all of the stresses we face in unproductive ways, e.g, by saying things we don’t mean, by forgetting the things that really matter, or feeling like we’ll “explode” by all the pressures. Mindfulness helps you to be yourself vs. worrying about how others think or want us to be. Mindfulness helps to increase focus, concentration, calmness, memory, sleep, health, conflict resolution, peace, joy and more!

Each class includes mindful movement, contemplative and creative processes* to learn about our inner self and how we relate to the world around us. Students come home with unique experiences and projects to remind them of these strategies.

Class is taught by Rebecca Eller, PT, RYT, Mindfulness instructor. Rebecca has devoted 20 years of practice and study to help children and adults increase skills of awareness, self regulation and connection...helping students learn and develop their identity from a safe place within and be more engaged and independent in their life experience.

* Special note from instructor: you do not need to be a “creative person” to participate!

Jul
23
Southwest WI Grazing Network - Pasture Walk

“Pigs’ don’t graze” April has been grazing her heritage hogs for 8 years, and estimates that up to 50% or more of the pigs diet can come from grazing during the green season, with the remainder as a grain supplement. April acknowledges there are some ad-vantages to cross breeding but she has a focus on heritage breed preservation after starting with Large Blacks, she now has Gloucestershire Old Spots. Single strand electric polywire contains the pigs which are rotated through a series of temporary pad-docks for the season. The marbled, ruby red meat is selling well directly to consumers and restaurants. This pasture walk will look at challenges to managing pigs to prevent rooting behavior, controlling parasites and pasture impact. As part of a USDA SARE grant, April and others have been reviewing the opportunity to develop a mobile processing unit for on farm harvesting.

Jul
23
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

Jul
23
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. 
 

Jul
24
Yahara Lakes 101 with Claire Gervais, MD

At Clean Lakes Alliance, we believe that healthy lakes will lead to a healthy community. But what are the real health implications of poor water quality? In this month’s Yahara Lakes 101 talk, we’ll hear from Claire Gervais, MD about pollutants commonly found in runoff and their health risks to the community. The presentation will focus on health impacts of pesticide and PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl) exposure. The event is held at The Edgewater. Come at 7:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet and to enjoy coffee, pastries, and fruit. The program begins at 8 a.m., and class is dismissed by 9 a.m. Complimentary event parking will be available at The Edgewater. Admission is FREE for Friends of Clean Lakes. If you are not a Friend, admission is $10 per event. Registration for each event is requested for all attendees. Yahara Lakes 101 is a series of educational events open to the public and a great chance for residents to learn more about the science behind the issues that affect our lakes. Each month we feature a different expert to make the science accessible and interesting to non-technical audiences. The series is produced in partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, with presenting sponsors First Weber Foundation and Johnson Financial Group, hosting sponsor The Edgewater Madison, supporting sponsor National Guardian Life Insurance Company, and media partner the Isthmus.

Jul
27
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.

Jul
27
Ice Age Trail Trail Repair at Springfield Hill

This event is sponsored by the Ice Age Trail Alliance - contact Dave Lonsdorf for further details.

Jul
28
Savanna Weeding and Brush Clearing at Prairie Moraine

This event is hosted by the Ice Age Trail Alliance - contact Gary Werner for further details.

Aug
2
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. 

Aug
2
Sugar Maple Music Festival at Lake Farm County Park

Presented by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective, the Sugar Maple Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival celebrating American roots music through performances, educational workshops, and interactive jam sessions. This family-friendly festival offers entertainment for people of all ages. The diversity of performances invites people of all backgrounds and ages to enjoy and learn about the performing arts in the beautiful setting of Lake Farm County Park. Performances, workshops, and jams are held concurrently at three stages. Formal performances take place on the main stage. Artists hold educational workshops and jams in a more intimate setting on the Roots & Reasons stage. This stage provides an unique opportunity for festival attendees to interact with the artists through interviews, discussions, workshops, demonstrations, and interactive jam sessions. Interviews with performers allow festival attendees to learn about the history, culture, and techniques of the traditional arts. Workshops, demonstrations, and jam sessions provide Dane County residents an opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills of these artists into to our own community.

Aug
3
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.

Aug
3
Sugar Maple Music Festival at Lake Farm County Park

Presented by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective, the Sugar Maple Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival celebrating American roots music through performances, educational workshops, and interactive jam sessions. This family-friendly festival offers entertainment for people of all ages. The diversity of performances invites people of all backgrounds and ages to enjoy and learn about the performing arts in the beautiful setting of Lake Farm County Park. Performances, workshops, and jams are held concurrently at three stages. Formal performances take place on the main stage. Artists hold educational workshops and jams in a more intimate setting on the Roots & Reasons stage. This stage provides an unique opportunity for festival attendees to interact with the artists through interviews, discussions, workshops, demonstrations, and interactive jam sessions. Interviews with performers allow festival attendees to learn about the history, culture, and techniques of the traditional arts. Workshops, demonstrations, and jam sessions provide Dane County residents an opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills of these artists into to our own community.

Aug
6
Public Information Meeting: Prairie Moraine County Park Vegetation Plan

Dane County Parks staff will hold a public information meeting to present the vegetation plan for Prairie Moraine County Park. The vegetation plan was developed with input from the public and is in accordance with the Prairie Moraine Master Plan. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30pm at the Verona Public Library (500 Silent St. Verona, WI 53593).

Prairie Moraine County Park has a unique cultural and natural history and is one of the most visited and popular parks in Dane County. The park supports a dog exercise area, as well as an important section of the Ice Age Trail located along the terminal moraine of the last glaciation. Staff and volunteers are working to combat invasive species, promote native grasses and flowers, and manage park vegetation for public enjoyment. Learn about the vegetation goals for the parks and what you can do to pitch in! 

For more information or for park users who cannot attend this meeting contact Parks Botanist/Naturalist, Lars Higdon.

Aug
6
Southwest WI Grazing Network - Pasture Walk

Mike and Matt Mueller have purebred Normande, Shorthorn and crossbreds and need to get creative to support their 400 beef cows. All calves not retained for breeding purposes are finished in a leased feedlot and sold on a grid, providing valuable carcass data on how their genetics perform. Farming on some of the best soil in Iowa County, their owned land is entirely seeded to pasture, ground that would otherwise grow 250 bushel corn. They also contract out with several area land owners to custom rotationally graze some of their cattle through summer. Their greatest challenges and limits to expansion are accessing more pasture that is reasonable close and pasture damage from out wintering cattle in Wisconsin as we transition through our mud season. Discussion will focus on whether grazing offers at better return than corn on high quality land and share ideas on how we’re all dealing with spring mud.

Aug
6
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. 
 

Aug
9
National Nonprofit Day Event

Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers, a nonprofit organization that supports adults with disabilities in day services is hosting a fundraiser! We will have a silent auction, live music, and food all to raise money to expand our activities to include more outings in the community, more visitors, and more fun! Come on out and help us raise money for a great cause!

Aug
10
2nd Annual No Fear All Fun 5k Run/walk at Lake Farm County Park

The 2nd Annual No Fear All Fun 5k Run/Walk is an event in memory of Michael Neill a Lafollette Cross Country Runner who was killed in a tragic car accident in September, 2017. The Run/Walk is a chip timed race, the event begins at 9am, registration at 8am, set up to begin 6am. All proceeds go to Sennett, Whitehorse and St. Dennis Middle School Running clubs. There will be tents at the start and finish line for water and snacks.

Aug
10
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.

Aug
10
Friends of Anderson Farm County Park Restoration Workday

Anderson Farm Park Friends have a regularly scheduled workday on the second Saturday of each month -  work may include clearing invasive species and prairie maintenance.

Please signup online at their website:

March 9: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_march_saturday_work_day

April 13: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_april_saturday_work_day

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

Aug
10
Stargazing at Donald Park

Friends of Donald Park and Madison Astronomical Society are partnering to give you a view of the fabulous night sky. Bring your family and friends and learn about the wonders of planets and stars. Telescopes, refreshments and an evening fire will also be provided. Bring your own telescope (if you have one) or binoculars, chair or blanket, insect repellant, flashlight, and marshmallows for roasting. Volunteers from the Madison Astronomical Society will be available to point out the various planets and answer questions.

Meet at the Pop’s Knoll picnic area in Donald Park on Saturday, August 10th at 8:00 p.m. In the event of rain or overcast sky we will announce the cancellation on our websites by 4:00 p.m. For an update, visit our websites at Friends of Donald Park www.donaldpark.org, Madison Astronomical Society www.madisonastro.org. If you have any questions, please email contact@donaldpark.org. Donald Park is located at 1945 Hwy 92 between Mt. Horeb and Mt. Vernon.

Aug
11
3rd Annual Stewart Park Celebration -- Community Potluck

The Friends 3rd Annual Stewart Park Celebration is August 11, 4-6PM, with live music by Frank Laufenberg and Old Oaks. Event held at main park shelter, 3106 County Road JG. Beverages, brats, and eating utensils are provided by the Friends; please bring a potluck dish to share a side.

Aug
11
Barks for Parks! fundraiser for Dane County Dog Parks - Badger Prairie County Park

Hot diggity dog, we had so much fun we're back again! This event has grown so much the past two years that we have had to move to a larger location. Join us for our 3rd Annual "Barks for Parks!" celebration at Badger Prairie County Park in Verona. This afternoon of fun will include live music, food, and entertainment for both two- and four-legged friends and family. Proceeds from this year’s event will be used to build a shade structure at the Badger Prairie Dog Park.

Suggested donation for admission is $5.00 per person. Dogs are free but must have a daily or annual dog permit. These can be purchased at the event or in advance through our website.


A list of activities, a schedule of events, and complete list of Barks for Parks Dog Rules will be available on the event webpage: danecountyparks.com/barks4parks

Note that Veterinary Emergency Services will be on-hand to provide first-aid services.

Aug
13
Evening Blooming Prairie Hike at Liebetrau Prairie

This event is sponsored by the Ice Age Trail Alliance - contact Gary Wensing for further details.

Aug
13
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

Aug
16
Lil' Explorers - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Prairies: June 14 Come explore the prairie with us. We have a scavenger hunt and several loops of trails so you can adventure as long as you’d like. Bring your sharp eyes.

Plants: July 12 Did you know prairies used to cover more than 40% of the United States and now they cover just 1%? Discover why prairie plants are so important for our ecosystem and enjoy a hike through our prairie. We’ll help you craft a tool to explore!

Pollinators: August 16 They buzz, they flutter, they help keep our environment thriving. Take a closer look at the busiest creatures in the prairie and make your own  pollinator to take home.

During this program we introduce our youngest community members to nature through fun, hands-on activities. Join us for one or all of our FREE programs.

All ages are welcome.

Bring a water bottle, sunblock, and your sense of adventure!

Aug
16
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. 

Aug
17
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.

Aug
17
Sumac and Brush Clearing at Prairie Moraine

This event is sponsored by the Ice Age Trail Alliance - contact Gary Werner for further details.

Aug
18
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

Aug
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

 

Aug
23
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

 

Aug
24
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.

Aug
27
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
3
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
3
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
6
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
6
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
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.

Sep
7
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
8
Heritage Fest at Schumacher Farm County Park

Keeping true to our heritage and mission of preservation and education, demonstrations of steam-powered antique threshing machines and 1920-30s harvesting techniques will be held throughout the day.

Throughout the farm, guests are invited to participate in cooking in the farm’s kitchen using herbs and foods from the Heritage Garden. Small farm animals will be hanging out at the farm so folks can get a close up look, get to know them and pet the different animals. They can also try their hand at woodworking, weaving, knitting, spinning, cider making, and many other crafts.

House tours, horse-drawn wagon rides, scavenger hunts and yard games will be going on all day so bring the whole family!

Musical entertainment in the 100-year old Schumacher Barn will be enjoyed by guests as they reminisce of days gone by.

For photos from Heritage Fest 2017 & 2018, click HERE.

Volunteers are always welcome for this event! If you are interested in helping with a demonstration or exhibit for next year's Heritage Fest, please contact us by email or phone: events.schumacher@gmail.com / 608-849-4559

Sep
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

Sep
10
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
13
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
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.

Sep
14
Friends of Anderson Farm County Park Restoration Workday

Anderson Farm Park Friends have a regularly scheduled workday on the second Saturday of each month -  work may include clearing invasive species and prairie maintenance.

Please signup online at their website:

March 9: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_march_saturday_work_day

April 13: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_april_saturday_work_day

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

Sep
14
Harvest Festival at Silverwood County Park

Join us for an afternoon celebrating the growing season at Silverwood Park. Farm tours; growers market with food, flower, & fiber vendors; children's activities; food; family fun!

Sep
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

Sep
15
Savanna Clearing/Restoration at Halfway Prairie

This event is sponsored by the Ice Age Trail Alliance - contact Jim Parry for further details.

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
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 details coming soon.

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
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
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 Centennial State Park, a lakeshore unit of the Capital Springs Recreation Area.  All tools, including gloves, are provided – please wear long clothing, stable footwear, and sun protection.

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
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
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 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
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
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
Friends of Anderson Farm County Park Restoration Workday

Anderson Farm Park Friends have a regularly scheduled workday on the second Saturday of each month -  work may include clearing invasive species and prairie maintenance.

Please signup online at their website:

March 9: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_march_saturday_work_day

April 13: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_april_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
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
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
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 regularly scheduled workday on the second Saturday of each month -  work may include clearing invasive species and prairie maintenance.

Please signup online at their website:

March 9: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_march_saturday_work_day

April 13: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_april_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 regularly scheduled workday on the second Saturday of each month -  work may include clearing invasive species and prairie maintenance.

Please signup online at their website:

March 9: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_march_saturday_work_day

April 13: https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/2019_april_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.