May
21
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. 
 

May
24
Volunteer Restoration Workday
Join us for Friday workdays from 9am-noon throughout the summer!  We’ll be rotating through the park system working on a variety of projects to maintain our natural areas.  A top priority will be removing invasive species but opportunities may arise for other tasks such as collecting native seeds.  All tools and training will be provided.  Wear long sleeves pants, and closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!
May
25
Free Disc Golf Day

Try disc golf for free at any Dane County Parks or Madison Parks disc golf course. Courses and additional information are listed below:

Dane County Parks: www.danecountyparks.com/Parks-Recreation/Disc-Golf

  • 27-hole Vallarta-Ast course at Token Creek County Park in DeForest
  • 18-hole Capital Springs Disc Golf Course in the Capital Springs Recreation Area, just south of Lake Farm County Park.

Madison Parks: www.cityofmadison.com/parks/discgolf/

  • 18-hole Elver Park course
  • 18-hole Hiestand park course
May
28
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

Jun
1
National Trails Day Hike-a-Thon, Badger Prairie County Park

Popular Hike-A-Thon is back for 2019!

In celebration of National Trails Day, join hikers, friends, family, and colleagues on the Ice Age Trail to explore Dane County and raise funds for the Ice Age Trail Alliance to build, maintain, and protect the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Participants can choose one of two hikes along the Ice Age Trail:

  • Prairie-to-Prairie Hike – 5 miles from Prairie Moraine County Park in Verona to Badger Prairie County Park in Verona
  • Hike-a-Thon – 20 miles from Brooklyn State Wildlife Area to Badger Prairie County Park in Verona

Supporting the Ice Age Trail

Over the last 7 years, the Hike-A-Thon has raised more than $30,000 for the Ice Age Trail Alliance and its Dane County Chapter.

In 2019, our goal is to work together to raise more than $6,000 for the Ice Age Trail Alliance. We are asking all participants to make a tax-deductible gift or collect pledges of $30 or more ($40 after May 24th).

Those who are not currently Alliance members who donate or raise $50 or more have the option to start a one-year Alliance membership.

To register yourself for the event or to make a gift in support of someone else, please follow the link at the bottom of this page.

The first 72 participants to register will receive a pair of Wigwam socks courtesy of Fontana Sports Specialties.

Event Details

Those participating in the 20-mile Hike-a-Thon will meet at 8 a.m. at Badger Prairie County Park, in the parking lot adjacent to Shelter #1. Park entrance is at 4654 Maple Grove Drive, Verona (driving directions). Buses will leave at 8:30 a.m. to take you to the start at the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area. Bring a lunch and at least 16 ounces of water. We will provide three (3) water stops with snacks every 3-5 miles. Porta-potties will be available along the route.

Those participating in the 5-mile Prairie-to-Prairie Hike will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Badger Prairie County Park, in the parking lot adjacent to Shelter #1. Park entrance is at 4654 Maple Grove Drive, Verona (driving directions). Buses will leave at 1 p.m. to take you to the start at Prairie Moraine County Park. Bring at least 16 ounces of water.

We anticipate that participants from both hikes will arrive at the finish line at Shelter #1 together starting around 3:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, snacks, and a celebration! Please bring a folding chair if you plan to stick around for the party.

Please Note

In the event of severe or threatening weather, we may need to cancel the Hike-a-Thon at the last minute for safety reasons. If this happens, we will be unable to refund donations. If the cancellation of the event is necessary due to weather, every effort will be made to contact all participants by email on May 31st.

We love dogs, but please leave yours at home for this event.

Jun
1
Stewart Park Goat Squad Restoration Workdays

The Goat Squad, the remnant prairie restoration volunteer workgroup in Stewart Park, will have workdays on April 6 and May 4 (Saturdays) from 1-3 pm, and Saturday June 1 from 12 - 2 pm. They will be working on the removal of invasive woody vegetation and shrubs from the goat prairie. Please come help restore this very special 2-acre remnant prairie back to health. For more information call Jack Saltes 608 437 1887.

Jun
2
Battle of CamRock

Capital Off Road Pathfinders, CORP has partnered with Loft & Shove for this mountain biking journey along the hills of the Koshkonong Creek. The start is a dash to the top, climbing for a half mile through the vendor area followed by lots of fast fun as racers negotiate trail characterized by its varied topography and beautiful landscape. 

There is a main race course and a separate race course just for the kids all within a festival atmosphere at beautiful CamRock County Park. Bring the family and prepare for a day of fun for all. Or come for the pre-ride and Saturday festivities and make a weekend of it with onsite camping or lodging right in town.

Jun
4
Tunes on Tuesdays at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Join your neighbors in an evening stroll through the northern part of the Conservancy while enjoying acoustic music played by local musicians.  Music can be heard at Orchid Heights Park, the base of Fredricks Hill, the Springs, and the homestead site.

Calling All Acoustic Musicians! Sign Up to Play at Tunes on Tuesday

Jun
4
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. 
 

Jun
5
Weeds & Wildflowers

SIGN UP HERE    - (Signing up helps us plan for the project)

Join Lars Higdon, Dane County Botanist/Naturalist, for a guided walk through the park followed by an optional stewardship activity.  Participants will learn how to distinguish native plants from pesky weeds and discuss approaches for managing some of our worst invasive species.  Come ready with questions about wrestling weeds or how to promote some of your favorite wildflowers.  Following the walk, we will roll up our sleeves and get experience removing  invasives using the parsnip predator.  Make sure to wear long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of drinking water.  Come learn and give back -- Join us!

Jun
7
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. 

Jun
7
Volunteer Restoration Workday
Join us for Friday workdays from 9am-noon throughout the summer!  We’ll be rotating through the park system working on a variety of projects to maintain our natural areas.  A top priority will be removing invasive species but opportunities may arise for other tasks such as collecting native seeds.  All tools and training will be provided.  Wear long sleeves pants, and closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!
Jun
8
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.

Jun
8
Prairie Weeding and Brush Clearing at Prairie Moraine

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

Jun
11
Tunes on Tuesdays at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Join your neighbors in an evening stroll through the northern part of the Conservancy while enjoying acoustic music played by local musicians.  Music can be heard at Orchid Heights Park, the base of Fredricks Hill, the Springs, and the homestead site.

Calling All Acoustic Musicians! Sign Up to Play at Tunes on Tuesday

Jun
11
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

Jun
13
Evening Hike on the Verona Segment of the Ice Age Trail at Ice Age Junction

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

Jun
14
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!

Jun
14
Volunteer Restoration Workday
Join us for Friday workdays from 9am-noon throughout the summer!  We’ll be rotating through the park system working on a variety of projects to maintain our natural areas.  A top priority will be removing invasive species but opportunities may arise for other tasks such as collecting native seeds.  All tools and training will be provided.  Wear long sleeves pants, and closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!
Jun
15
Aspen Girdling at Liebetrau Prairie

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

Jun
15
Free Dog Park Day

Try out our award winning dog parks!

All Dane County Parks and dog parks in the City of Madison, Middleton and Sun Prairie are free on June 15, 2019. Dogs must be vaccinated and have their municipal licenses.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:

  • Dane County Dog Parks: https://www.danecountyparks.com/Parks-Recreation/Dogs-in-Parks
  • City of Madison Dog Parks: https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/dogoffleashpark/
  • Sun Prairie Dog Parks: https://rec.cityofsunprairie.com/Default.aspx?id=58
  • Middleton Dog Parks: https://visitmiddleton.com/trails-and-parks/middleton-dog-parks/
Jun
15
Music Festival at Schumacher Farm County Park

The Friends of Schumacher Farm will be hosting our fourth annual Music Festival on Father's Day weekend. Guests will enjoy the music from two local bands on one large amplified outdoor stage. Tickets $10/person. Kids 10 & under are free.

2019 BAND LINE-UP:

BACK 40 

A local country band that plays all kinds of music for all kinds of people and will have you dancing.

WHEELHOUSE  

WheelHouse is a string band from Madison, Wisconsin that tours nationwide. Featuring three and four-part harmonies, fiddle, and guitar leads and driving rhythm of the upright bass, this band brings an energy and attitude unique to themselves. 

Local food, beer and wine vendors will be on site. Raffles and fantastic silent auction items. Dance floor & free parking!  Picnic tables will be available. Bring your own lawn chairs. 

Volunteers are always welcome and get free admission for a 2-hour shift. Contact us if you're interested in joining the party. This is a rain or shine event so plan accordingly.  For more information, please contact us by email or phone: events.schumacher@gmail.com / 608-849-4559

Jun
15
Prairie Chase Run/Walk at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

The fifth annual Prairie Chase event will take place on June 15, 2019. The All-Terrain 10K and 5K Run begin around 8:00 am with the walk starting just after.  Stick around after for the kids race, refreshments and music. Parking and a restroom is available at Orchid Heights Park. We’ll be making some tweaks to the schedule of events in 2019, but the race routes are pretty set. This is not a chip-timed event but we will provide a timing clock at the finish line. The Prairie Chase will go on regardless of weather, unless deemed unsafe by race officials or park staff. Sorry, no refunds.

For more information or to register for this event, please check out the Prairie Chase website

Jun
16
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

Jun
17
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!

Jun
18
Tunes on Tuesdays at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Join your neighbors in an evening stroll through the northern part of the Conservancy while enjoying acoustic music played by local musicians.  Music can be heard at Orchid Heights Park, the base of Fredricks Hill, the Springs, and the homestead site.

Calling All Acoustic Musicians! Sign Up to Play at Tunes on Tuesday

Jun
18
Weeds & Wildflowers

SIGN UP HERE    - (Signing up helps us plan for the project)

Join Lars Higdon, Dane County Botanist/Naturalist, for a guided walk through the park followed by an optional stewardship activity.  Participants will learn how to distinguish native plants from pesky weeds and discuss approaches for managing some of our worst invasive species.  Come ready with questions about wrestling weeds or how to promote some of your favorite wildflowers.  Following the walk, we will roll up our sleeves and get experience removing  invasives using the parsnip predator.  Make sure to wear long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of drinking water.  Come learn and give back -- Join us!

Jun
18
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. 
 

Jun
20
Master Naturalist Volunteer Training

The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy is hosting a Master Naturalist Course in Middleton beginning June 20, 2019. The course will include some classroom time, but will focus mostly on outdoor experiences in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy and field trips to other exceptional sites for learning in our topic areas. Many experts will be sharing their knowledge, research, tips, tricks and inspiration with us as they lead or present parts of the course. The Conservancy includes 500 acres of remnant and seeded prairie, oak savanna, woodlands, springs, wetlands, and stream corridors. The course will look within the Conservancy and other places in the Pheasant Branch Watershed and beyond to explore geologic history, ecology, water and soil resources, and the connections between humans and the landscape. The course will have two complementary focal points: one is learning about the environment through outdoor education and the other is learning through restoration and management activities - a service-learning approach. The target audience includes individuals who are interested in teaching using the outdoors as a classroom as well as folks interested in volunteering for restoration and management of natural areas all while gaining an environmental knowledge base. Plan to carpool to outdoor sites.

The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program is a network of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within Wisconsin communities.  The Master Naturalist Volunteer Training Course provides 40 hours of coursework in natural history, interpretation, and conservation stewardship.  Courses combine classroom instruction with field experiences and are taught by professional natural resources educators and scientists.  Once trained, Wisconsin Master Naturalist Volunteers provide 40 hours of service and take 8 hours of advanced training each year to maintain their certification and receive a recognition pin.

Schedule:

  • Thursday, June 20, 4-8 p.m.
  • Friday, June 21, 9 a.m-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday, June 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 13, 9 a.m.5 p.m.  

Fee: $275 includes all class materials and a one-year membership with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.  Bring your own lunch.

Scholarships: If you would like to be considered for the reduced fee, you must fill out the Master Naturalist scholarship form before registering.  The Master Naturalist office will follow up with a special code to be used when you register.

Location: 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton, WI  53562

Questions?: info@wimasternaturalist.org

PLEASE NOTE - Course participants that want to be certified Master Naturalist Volunteers will be required to:

  • Attend at least 90% of classroom time and all field study.
  • Participate in field trips, even in inclement weather.
    • Some travel in personal vehicles may be necessary to reach field trip locations.
    • Some field trips may involve some moderate activity on uneven terrain. Please consult with the program office (info@wimasternaturalist.org) before registering if you have concerns.
  • Complete a capstone project during the course.

Registration

  • Registration deadline is June 10, 2019.
  • Class size is limited to 20 participants.
  • Course cancellation policies:
    • If a registrant cancels his/her registration for this course prior to June 10, 2019, s/he will receive a full refund less a $25 administrative fee. No refund will be made if a registrant cancels after the course deadline (6/10/19).
    • The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program reserves the right to cancel a course if fewer than 10 people register by the registration deadline. If the program cancels the course, all registrants will receive a full refund.
  • Register HERE or call (608)262-2451 and ask to register for course #0477

Jun
21
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. 

Jun
21
Volunteer Restoration Workday
Join us for Friday workdays from 9am-noon throughout the summer!  We’ll be rotating through the park system working on a variety of projects to maintain our natural areas.  A top priority will be removing invasive species but opportunities may arise for other tasks such as collecting native seeds.  All tools and training will be provided.  Wear long sleeves pants, and closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!
Jun
22
Barn Dance at Silverwood County Park

Kick up your heels and do-si-do!

Jun
22
Free Lake Access Day

All Dane County Parks, City of Madison and City of Monona boat launches will be free to use and try out for the day. The Tenney Boat Lock will also be open for free passage for boaters to use on Saturday, June 22th. 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:

  • Dane County Parks Lake Access Sites: www.danecountyparks.com/parks-recreation/lakes-boating           
  • City of Madison: https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/play/lake-access.cfm
  • Tenney Lock: www.danecountyparks.com/VisitUs/Lakes-Boating/Tenney-Lock
Jun
25
Tunes on Tuesdays at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Join your neighbors in an evening stroll through the northern part of the Conservancy while enjoying acoustic music played by local musicians.  Music can be heard at Orchid Heights Park, the base of Fredricks Hill, the Springs, and the homestead site.

Calling All Acoustic Musicians! Sign Up to Play at Tunes on Tuesday

Jun
25
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

Jun
27
Weeds & Wildflowers

SIGN UP HERE    - (Signing up helps us plan for the project)

Join Lars Higdon, Dane County Botanist/Naturalist, for a guided walk through the park followed by an optional stewardship activity.  Participants will learn how to distinguish native plants from pesky weeds and discuss approaches for managing some of our worst invasive species.  Come ready with questions about wrestling weeds or how to promote some of your favorite wildflowers.  Following the walk, we will roll up our sleeves and get experience removing  invasives using the parsnip predator.  Make sure to wear long sleeves, pants, and closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of drinking water.  Come learn and give back -- Join us!

Jun
28
Volunteer Restoration Workday
Join us for Friday workdays from 9am-noon throughout the summer!  We’ll be rotating through the park system working on a variety of projects to maintain our natural areas.  A top priority will be removing invasive species but opportunities may arise for other tasks such as collecting native seeds.  All tools and training will be provided.  Wear long sleeves pants, and closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!
Jun
29
Prairie Weeding and Brush Clearing at Prairie Moraine

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

Jun
30
Prairie Weeding at Liebetrau Prairie

This event is hosted by Ice Age Trail Alliance - contact Jon Bishop for further details.

Jul
2
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
5
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. 

Jul
7
Prairie Weeding at Liebetrau Prairie

This event is hosted by Ice Age Trail Alliance - contact Jon Bishop for further details.

Jul
9
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
12
Bumble Bee Brigade Training: Capital Springs Citizen Science at Lussier Family Heritage Center

We need volunteers to join the Capital Springs Bumble Bee Brigade! Help us discover what bumble bee species use Capital Springs.  The training session with UW Arboretum’s Susan Carpenter will help us learn how to find, identify, and take photos of these important native pollinators. We will also learn how to submit data to the DNR’s Wisconsin Aquatic and Terrestrial Resources Inventory  website.

 

 

Jul
12
Capital Springs Bumble Bee Brigade Training

Want to join a citizen science monitoring team?  We need citizen science volunteers! 
Learn more about DNR’s B3 program: Bumble Bee Brigade

ABOUT THE TEAM:
We are forming the Capital Springs Bumble Bee Brigade this year to learn more about  the bumble bees that use Capital Springs habitats.  Volunteers will identify, photo, and submit data about bumble bees. After the training session in July, we’ll develop a flexible team schedule for monitoring these important pollinators. To join the team, please sign up for the training below.  If you can’t make this training session, please contact us.  All our welcome to join our new citizen science team. Join the fun!

TRAINING:
Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Rd., Madison WI 53711
When: July 12th, 9am-Noon
Instructor: Susan Carpenter, UW Arboretum
Sign Up: https://lussierheritagecenter.com/Event/Home/SignUp/507
Contact:  Clare at carlson.clare@countyofdane.com; Lael at pascual.lael@countyofdane.com

The training session with UW Arboretum’s Susan Carpenter will help us learn about bumble bee biology, life cycle, habitat, how to find, identify, and take photos of these important native pollinators. We will also learn how to submit data to the DNR’s Wisconsin Aquatic and Terrestrial Resources Inventory website. All are welcome.

Jul
12
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!

Jul
13
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.

Jul
14
Grand Opening of the Center for Rural History at Schumacher Farm County Park

Come celebrate the grand opening of the Center for Rural History with tours of the building, acknowledgement of donors, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, prairie walks, and other activities to be determined.

Time to be decided - visit the Friends of Schumacher website for further information as it becomes available.

Jul
14
Parsnip Mowing at Springfield Hill

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

Jul
19
Keep Wildlife Wild! - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Join WI DNR Wildlife Health Conservation experts and learn what to do when you find an abandoned or seemingly abandoned animal.  A wild animal may look abandoned sitting alone in a field however, most times their wild parent is nearby, out of sight, anxiously waiting for you to leave the area so she can attend to her young.  What should you look for to know if an animal is truly abandoned or is it’s mother out searching for food?  Learn what to do with opossums or raccoons or other wildlife that have made your home or yard, theirs as well.  Through this interactive program we hope to answer all of your wildlife questions!

Jul
19
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. 

Jul
20
Native Bees in Stewart Park: A Walk & Talk with Susan Carpenter

Susan Carpenter, UW Arboretum naturalist since 2003, will address “Pollinators on the Prairie,” and guide a Bee Walk and Talk. She leads the Arboretum’s bumble bee conservation project and collaborates with the state-wide Bumble Bee Brigade with particular interest in the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee. Participants should meet at 410 Blue View Drive (east side of park) in order to take advantage of the highland meadow and prairie areas, and the Friends pollinator garden. She will stress bee habitat and the role of the citizen scientist.

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!)

Interested in learning about the Lussier Family Heritage Center and the surrounding 2,400-acre Capital Springs Recreation Area? Drop in anytime from 12:30 to 2 pm 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 take a leisurely nature walk tour on a nearby trail starting at 1:15 pm. Hope you can stop by!

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. 
 

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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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