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
17
Conservancy Day: Urban Raptors Through Wildlife Photography

Have you wondered about the hawks, owls, and falcons that live with us in Madison and is suburban neighborhoods? Are you interested in photographing wildlife? Please join Ruth Smith as she brings us up close and personal with these amazing birds through her beautiful photography. She will discuss one of the most common raptors that we see – the red-tailed hawk, the peregrine falcons that live near the Capital building, and how to find great horned owls. She will give tips on wildlife photography and answer questions about her four year adventure into photographing the wild things around us.

RSVPs appreciated but not necessary to education@pheasantbranch.org.

Every Conservancy Day is:
Free — thanks to your donations and membership as a Friend
Open to the public
For all ages unless a specific age group is given in the program description
Diverse topics — More than 400 participants each year enjoy topics ranging from wildlife, science, resource management, natural and cultural history and current community issues

Thank you for your generous gifts and participation. You make it possible and you make it great! We welcome you to join us and help spread the word! Mark your calendars for these inspiring and special events the third Thursday of each month, from January through November.

Directions: Enter through Door 3 at the eastern end of the building. Do not enter through the main entrance.

Oct
17
Farm Tour: Highland Spring Farm

Take a tour of Highland Spring Farm Clean Lakes Alliance will be headed outside the city to visit one of our agricultural neighbors. In the return of our popular Farm Tour, we visit Kevin Oppermann's family farm where he implements rotational-grazing techniques, converting cropland to permanent pasture in an effort to sustainably raise his Scottish Highland cattle. Clean Lakes Alliance Farm Tours demonstrate effective conservation practices that, when implemented, help to protect soil and water quality across Dane County. Attendees will gain a better understanding of innovative land management practices. About Highland Spring Farm Highland Spring Farm is a pasture-based farm, located in Oregon. The farm was founded in 2012 and raises grass-fed Scottish Highland beef cattle, and pastured chickens and pigs.

The farm is located southwest of Lake Waubesa, near the Waubesa Wetlands State Natural Area. Event Details Arrive at 9 a.m. for a meet-and-greet. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a pasture tour at Highland Spring Farm. The tour is anticipated to conclude by noon. Parking is available at Highland Spring Farm. 2586 Lalor Road Oregon, WI 53575 Please carpool to the event, if possible. The tour is FREE to the public. Please register in advance.

FAQs

  • Where do I park? Parking is available at Highland Spring Farm 2586 Lalor Road Oregon, WI 53575 Please carpool to the event, if possible.
  • Where should I wear? Please dress for the outdoors - wear layers. Bring weather appropriate gear, such as rain gear, mud boots, hats, and umbrellas.
  • What if it rains? This event will occur rain or shine.
Oct
18
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

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

 Schedule:

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

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

Friday, August 23, 2019 -- Schumacher Farm

Friday, September 6, 2019 -- Indian Lake

Friday, Septmber 13, 2019 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, September 18 -- Yahara Heights

Friday, September 20 -- Pheasant Branch

Tuesday, September 24 -- Walking Iron Wildlife Area

Wednesday, September 25 -- Swamp Lovers Preserve

Friday, September 27 -- Indian Lake

Wednesday, October 2 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 11 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, October 16 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

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

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

 

Oct
18
Prairie Work Days at Lussier Family Heritage Center

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

Oct
19
Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

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

Oct
19
Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Restoration Workdays

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

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

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

We hope you can join us!

Oct
20
Friends of Stewart Park Restoration Workday

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

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

Oct
22
Volunteer Restoration Workday - Walking Iron

Join us every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 9am-noon throughout the year to restore and enhance Pasque Flower Prairie and adjoining project sites at Walking Iron County Park!  This remarkable sand prairie remnant harbors a colorful and diverse collection of native plants, wildlife, and rare prairie invertebrates.  A top priority for workdays will include removing invasive species such as spotted knapweed, sweet clover, and sumac but opportunities will arise for other tasks such as collecting native seeds.  All tools and training will be provided.  Wear long sleeves and pants and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

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

Oct
24
Arboretum Restoration Team Leader Training

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

Oct
25
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

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

 Schedule:

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

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

Friday, August 23, 2019 -- Schumacher Farm

Friday, September 6, 2019 -- Indian Lake

Friday, Septmber 13, 2019 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, September 18 -- Yahara Heights

Friday, September 20 -- Pheasant Branch

Tuesday, September 24 -- Walking Iron Wildlife Area

Wednesday, September 25 -- Swamp Lovers Preserve

Friday, September 27 -- Indian Lake

Wednesday, October 2 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

Friday, October 11 -- Cam Rock

Wednesday, October 16 -- Holy Wisdom Monastery

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

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

 

Oct
26
Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

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

Oct
26
Arboretum Restoration Team Leader Training

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

Oct
26
Halloween at the Farm - Schumacher Farm County Park

Admission $5 / Kids 3 and under free!

Spooky Fun for the Whole Family:

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

Hay Rides - New Ghouls & Spooks!

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

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

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

Oct
29
Prairie Seed Cleaning Volunteer Days

It's that time again!  We had another successful year of seed collection and now it's time to clean our harvest.  Volunteers are needed to separate seed from chaff using the hammer mill, fanning mill, and hand screens.  Please review the tasks and time slots and sign up for a shift HERE.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited.  No prior experience is needed.  All training, tools, and materials will be provided.

Oct
29
Prairie Seed Cleaning Volunteer Days

It's that time again!  We had another successful year of seed collection and now it's time to clean our harvest.  Volunteers are needed to separate seed from chaff using the hammer mill, fanning mill, and hand screens.  Please review the tasks and time slots and sign up for a shift HERE.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is very limited.  No prior experience is needed.  All training, tools, and materials will be provided.

Nov
2
Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

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

Nov
2
Candlelight Hike and Bonfire @ Anderson Farm County Park

Anderson Park Friends, Inc. is excited to partner with the Oregon Area Wellness Coalition WI again this year for our 5th Annual Candlelight Hike and Bonfire.

Join us for a FREE, Family Fun event at Anderson Farm County Park. A 3/4 mile trail through the woods and prairie will be lit with tiki-torches and luminaries. The trail will lead from the bonfire through the woods and prairie and connect to the walk-in entrances at S Main Street and Ridge View Lane. There will be a bonfire by the gravel parking lot.

Oregon Public Library will be providing a "Story Walk" again this year.

Hot dogs, s'mores, and hot chocolate will be available at the event free of charge (while supplies last). Donations are appreciated.

There will be some picnic tables around the fire, but please feel free to bring a chair to sit on.

Anderson Park Friends, Inc. will have some flashlights to lend out during the hike if needed, but feel free to bring your own.

Parking will be available in the grass field next to the gravel parking lot located at 914 Union Road. Volunteers will be on hand to help direct you when parking and inform you of the evenings events.

Nov
2
Friends of Anderson Farm County Park Restoration Workday

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

Please signup for the workday you want to attend using the calendar on their website.

Nov
5
Winter Salt Certification Trainings - Fall 2019

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

Nov
6
Winter Salt Certification Trainings - Fall 2019

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

Nov
9
Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

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

Nov
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