Lakes and Watershed Commission Meeting

5:00 pm

The Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission is a coordinating and advisory agency within Dane County government, established by the County Board in 1988. The Commission is charged with protecting and improving water quality, as well as the scenic, economic, recreational, and environmental value of Dane County's water resources. The Commission works with many local, regional, and state partners to complete its objectives.

Commission meetings are open to the public. Visit the Dane County Legislative Information Center website to view Commission schedules, agendas, and meeting minutes.

Snowshoe Scurry 5k/10k @ Walking Iron County Park


Come join the winter fun with a 5k or 10k Snowshoe run!  All Abilities welcome, no experience needed.


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Big Cheese Fatbike Race @ Camrock County Park


Come join the winter fun with a fatbike race!  All Abilities welcome, no experience needed.

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Meet & Greet at the Capital Springs Dog Park

1:00-3:00 pm

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

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

EWEniversity 2018

Sheep Producers Should Flock to EWEniversity 2018

EWEniversity, a program for sheep producers, will be offered by Dane County UW-Extension for six weeks starting on February 5, 2018 in Mount Horeb. The 6-week course will run nightly from 6-9pm on Mondays. The program is intended for producers new to sheep, those thinking about starting a sheep business, or experienced shepherds just looking to re-fresh their information and network with other producers.

Topics will focus on profitable sheep production and include breed selection, animal health and parasite control, lambing management, flock nutrition, marketing opportunities, genetic improvement, and economic analysis. Speakers range from University specialists to agriculture professionals to experienced local sheep farmers. Dr. Dave Thomas, retired UW-Madison Professor and Researcher; Paul Dietmann, Senior Lending Officer with Compeer Financial; Cody Heimke, manager of Niman Ranch Lamb Program; Erica Solis, owner of Emancipation Acres and Vet Tech, are just a few of the scheduled speakers to present on the topics.

The series will be held at the State Bank of Cross Plains – Mount Horeb branch, 1740 Springdale St, Mt. Horeb. The cost to attend the entire series is $65 per farm before January 29th. After January 29th, there will be a $15 late fee. Visit the Dane County UW-Extension Agriculture website for more information and to register: Dane County UW-Extension and Land and Water Resource Department are organizing this event. If you have any questions please contact, Jennifer Blazek, at 608-224-3717, or

The University of Wisconsin –Extension provides affirmative action and equal opportunity in education, programming and employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, gender/sex, creed, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental status, arrest or conviction record or veteran status.

Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities or limitations should be made prior to the date of the program or activity for which it is needed. Please do so as early as possible prior to the program or activity so that proper arrangements can be made. Requests will be kept confidential. Contact the Dane County Extension Office at 608-224-3717 or WI Relay 711.

Pawsome Snowshoe Adventure at Capital Springs

1:00-3:00 pm

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

Please park at the dog park.

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

Campfire Chat at the Lussier Family Heritage Center

1:00-3:00 pm

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

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

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!