Apr
21
Youth Service Day at McCarthy Youth Conservation Park

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Youth Service Day is a National Volunteer Day when students, groups and families volunteer to do service projects throughout their communities to help make a difference.

9:00 am- 9:30 am

  • Welcome and project assignments
  • Refreshments- donuts, juice, coffee, and hot chocolate (Bank of Sun Prairie and Beans N Cream)

9:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Spread mulch and prairie seed
  • Clear invasive species and haul brush
  • Plant a few trees

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Lunch provided - hotdogs, chips, cookies, soda, and water (Madison East Kawanis)
  • Fun Activity - rock painting

Registration is requested. Please sign up at: http://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1863152/false#/invitation

 

Apr
23
Lyme Disease Prevention and Infection

The State of Wisconsin is in the top 5 most infected states with Lyme Disease.  Half of all ticks in endemic areas carry Lyme Disease.  Lately, every year seems like a “bad tick year”.  How do we prevent our families and pets from getting an infection?  Prevention is key!  When there is a tick bite what should we do?  How can you find out if you have a Lyme Infection?  Most tick-borne infections are difficult to test for and produce mostly false negatives. 

Join us for an exploration of Lyme Disease, tick-borne infections, how to prevent these infections and what to do if you get an infection.  According to the CDC, this is reaching epidemic levels with more than 25,000 new reported cases of disease every month!

This educational session is being led by Jean Schneider, a Clinical Herbalist with an herbal practice just outside of Madison WI.  She started Nativa Medica to help people suffering from acute and chronic health imbalances.  Jean uses a wide range of knowledge and techniques to address imbalances in all three parts of our beings; physical, emotional and spiritual. 

Please use the SIGN UP button below to register for this event.

Apr
23
Navigating a Challenging Dairy Economy

The Dairy Margin Protection Program and other Resources Presentations will include: * Analyzing Farm Finances and other WI Farm Center Resources, Mike Lochner- DATCP Wisconsin Farm Center * UW- Extension Resources, Jennifer Blazek and Heidi Johnson- Dane County UW-Extension * Nutritional and Farm Management Strategies during Challenging Times, Randy Shaver and Bruce Jones- UW Dairy Science * The Dairy Margin Protection Program, Mark Stephenson- UW Center for Dairy Profitability.

This program is free, a light lunch will be provided.

An RSVP is appreciated but not required. Please call or email Barbara at 608-224-3704, nunez.barbara@countyofdane.com to RSVP.

 

Apr
28
Arbor Day at Silverwood Park

11:00am - 1:00pm

Calling all tree-huggers! Join us in the celebration of the 330th Birthday of Silverwood Farm's Oak.

Come tour the historic homestead and...

-Learn about how a local arborist determined the age of Silverwood's farmstead oak.
-Learn about Boy Scout, Brandon Aderhold's, Leopold Bench- building project.
-Hear a woodlands presentation by Carl Korfmacher, owner of Midwest Prairies.

Birthday cake, coffee, and tea provided! 

More info at www.silverwoodpark.org

Apr
28
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Apr
28
Wingra Creek Cleanup

The Wingra Creek Cleanup is a fun paddle between Lakes Wingra and Monona. Help us keep it beautiful too! You can participate by boat or on foot. We'll provide gloves, trash bags and a water dispenser. Please bring a refillable water bottle to help reduce waste! Everyone is welcome at this family-friendly event! An RSVP is not necessary but would be helpful for planning purposes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please check our event page at www.lakewingra.org for inclement weather updates the day of.

If you would like to paddle please B.Y.O.B (bring your own boat)! Rentals are not available. A canoe/kayak launch is located on the southeast side of the pedestrian bridge.

May
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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

May
5
Mad City Disc Golf Spring Kickoff

Spring has sprung and it's time to throw discs! Schedule of Events 9:00am - Registration Opens 9:45am - Player meeting, partner assignments 10:00am - Round begins Lunch to follow. Bag Tag Distribution Holes 1-18 will be utilized for doubles. Holes 19-27 will remain open for public play. *New member registrations will be accepted throughout the event. You must be a current MCDG member to participate in the doubles round for tags. Free lunch for members.

May
5
WALK FOR WATER

This fundraising event is sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Church and all proceeds will go to Living Water International to be used to cover the costs incurred to drill a well in a small village in Honduras that lacks clean water. It costs approx. $5500 to drill a well in Central America with Living Water International. From June 9-16, a mission team from the Mt. Horeb and Madison area will travel to Honduras to partner with Living Water International to help drill this well for a small community near La Ceiba, Honduras that lacks access to clean water.

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/

 

May
12
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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

May
19
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

May
26
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Jun
2
15th Annual Ride to Farm - June 2nd 2018

Join the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers (WSBDF) for a 62.1 mile/100K bike ride through the beautiful country side of Dane and Green Counties on June 2nd, with refreshment breaks at two grass-based dairy farms! The 2018, 15th Annual, Ride to Farm event will depart at 8:30am from, and end at, Goodland Park. Registration will start at 7:45am. The morning stop will be at Fisher Valley Dairy Farm in Oregon, WI and the afternoon stop will be at the Pauli Dairy Farm in Montrose, WI. (Note: if you are able to provide your own transport, it is also fairly popular to cycle just the morning or afternoon route (30 miles) and just stop at one farm or the other). Ride to Farm is a bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers (WSBDF) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The school's mission is "If you have a dream to farm, we're here to help you get started." The WSBDF emphasizes business planning and pasture-based farm management. Donations can be made to individual riders and teams, or you can make a general donation. Riders must raise a minimum of $75 to participate in Ride to Farm. There are awesome prizes for top individual fund raisers, including a brand new Trek road bike and Organic Valley product for a whole year! Go to the event website to register and for more information: ridetofarm.dojiggy.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
2
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Jun
2
WAGS Dog WALK

Join WAGS (Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs, Inc) and help the fundraise to support people with disabilities by registering for the 4th Annual WAGS Dog WALK.

Jun
9
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Jun
16
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

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.

Please check out the BioBlitz webpage for more information on this exciting event!

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/

Jun
23
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Jul
7
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Jul
14
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Jul
21
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Jul
28
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Aug
4
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Aug
11
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Aug
25
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Sep
1
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Sep
8
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Sep
15
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Sep
22
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Oct
6
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Oct
13
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Oct
20
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Oct
27
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Nov
3
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Nov
10
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Nov
17
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Nov
24
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Dec
1
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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Dec
8
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Dec
15
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Dec
22
UW Madison 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. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.