Apr
26
Park Commission Meeting

5:00 pm

The Dane County Park Commission consists of seven members appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Board. Authorization of the Dane County Park Commission is given under Wisconsin State Statute 27.02(2).

The Park Commission oversees three program areas of the Parks Division in the Land & Water Resources Department, including:

  • Operations and maintenance
  • Planning and development
  • Land acquisition

Please see the Park Commission in Dane County Legislative Information Center for more information and to confirm meetings. 

  • For Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Details - click on Park Commission in Committees, and All Years,
  • For Park Commission Member Information - click on the Committees tab, click on Park Commission in Department Name, and click on the Details tab

Park Commission generally meets the second and fourth Wednesday each month. The normal meeting at the Parks Main Office located at the Lyman Anderson Agricultural and Conservation Center, 5201 Fen Oak Drive Madison WI 53718.
The public is welcome to attend these meetings.

Apr
27
Watershed Network Gathering - Aquatic Invasive Species

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) present new and continuing challenges to managing our water resources. How do you know they’re there? What do you do when you find them? How do you go about removing them? This Watershed Network Gathering will provide an update on state and county efforts to combat AIS and feature several local watershed groups that will share their stories of working on AIS removal and prevention.  Afterwards, there will be plenty of time to mingle and connect to find out more details about the specific projects you are interested in.

Presenters:
Sue Jones, Dane County Land and Water Resources Department
Jeanne Scherer, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Pete Jopke, Dane County Land and Water Resources Department 
Bobbi Peckarsky, Black Earth Creek Watershed Association (New Zealand Mudsnails)
Jim Krause, Friends of Cherokee Marsh (Phragmites)
Lynne Diebel, Friends of Badfish Creek (Japanese Knotweed)

RSVP is not necessary but is appreciated: RSVP here

May
5
Evening Bird Field Trip at Lake Farm Park

5:00pm - 8:30pm

Evening Bird Field Trip with Madison Audubon Society

Join the Friends of Capital Springs and Madison Audubon Society for an evening in the Lewis Nine Springs E-way and MMSD Wildlife Area.
We'll start out at the E-way parking lot at 1947 Mooreland Road and walk to various areas around the MMSD Wildlife Area lagoons. Exposed mudflats provide habitat for shorebirds, waterfowl, swallows, terns and more. Please bring a scope if you have one! Trip leaders: Peter Fissel and Dan Doeppers

May
6
Donald Dash 10K at Donald County Park

7:30am - 12:00pm

$25 pre-registration, $30 day-of registration. We have a capacity of 200 participants. 100% proceeds donated to Friends of Donald Park.
Funds earmarked for trail maintenance and repair

Post-race: Delicious homemade cookies, juice, organic fruit and EVP coffee

Register Here

Directions: 1945 HWY 92 Mount Horeb, WI 53572. Two miles west of Mount Vernon, 20 miles south west of Madison, 5 miles south east of Mount Horeb. Parking is limited at Pop's Knoll entrance, please car pool if possible
 

May
10
Park Commission Meeting

5:00 pm

The Dane County Park Commission consists of seven members appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Board. Authorization of the Dane County Park Commission is given under Wisconsin State Statute 27.02(2).

The Park Commission oversees three program areas of the Parks Division in the Land & Water Resources Department, including:

  • Operations and maintenance
  • Planning and development
  • Land acquisition

Please see the Park Commission in Dane County Legislative Information Center for more information and to confirm meetings. 

  • For Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Details - click on Park Commission in Committees, and All Years,
  • For Park Commission Member Information - click on the Committees tab, click on Park Commission in Department Name, and click on the Details tab

Park Commission generally meets the second and fourth Wednesday each month. The normal meeting at the Parks Main Office located at the Lyman Anderson Agricultural and Conservation Center, 5201 Fen Oak Drive Madison WI 53718.
The public is welcome to attend these meetings.

May
13
Lake View Herb Walk

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Explore the wellness of the wild weeds with Jackie Nikolaus from Friends of Lake View Hill Park. We'll discover what's growing in the park and discuss the healing nature of the plants as well as how to harvest and prepare them.

Meet near the water tower.

 

May
20
Restoration Work Day at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

9:00am - 12:00pm

Help the prairies to flourish! The Pheasant Branch prairies are relatively young, and the work we do gives a competitive advantage to the natives we’re working to establish.  Come for all or part of the time. No experience needed. Dress for the prairie; closed-toe shoes, long pants, a hat and work gloves (if you have some favorites).

Regular workdays are 9:00am to noon on the third Saturday of each month
April 15
May 20
June 17
July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21

Meet at the parking lot in the Dane County Part of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, 4864 Pheasant Branch Road - 1.2 miles north of Century Avenue. (This parking lot is just after the large Dane County Parks sign.)

We hope you can join us in the Conservancy!

May
20
Spring Bluegrass Festival at Schumacher Farm

2:00pm - 8:00pm

The Friends of Schumacher Farm are happy to present their second annual Spring Bluegrass Festival.This one-day music festival will draw visitors young and old from all over Southern Wisconsin.

Guests will enjoy music on two stages: an indoor acoustic setting and an amplified outdoor stage. Local food and beer vendors will be on site.

Free parking and wagon rides are available for convenience and enjoyment.

We're excited to host these talented bands:

  • Truman's Ridge
  • Spare Time
  • Milk house Radio
  • Soggy Prairie Boys
  • Northern Comfort
  • Down From the Hills
  • Kristy Larson Honky Tonk Trio
  • Fiddler RJ Kieffer
  • Fendrick & Peck
  • Driftless Jam Band 

Location: 5682 Hwy 19, Waunakee WI 53597

Admission: $20 for Adults 18 & up; $5 for Youth 13-17; Children 12 & under are FREE

Register online or in person day of festival

May
24
Park Commission Meeting

5:00 pm

The Dane County Park Commission consists of seven members appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Board. Authorization of the Dane County Park Commission is given under Wisconsin State Statute 27.02(2).

The Park Commission oversees three program areas of the Parks Division in the Land & Water Resources Department, including:

  • Operations and maintenance
  • Planning and development
  • Land acquisition

Please see the Park Commission in Dane County Legislative Information Center for more information and to confirm meetings. 

  • For Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Details - click on Park Commission in Committees, and All Years,
  • For Park Commission Member Information - click on the Committees tab, click on Park Commission in Department Name, and click on the Details tab

Park Commission generally meets the second and fourth Wednesday each month. The normal meeting at the Parks Main Office located at the Lyman Anderson Agricultural and Conservation Center, 5201 Fen Oak Drive Madison WI 53718.
The public is welcome to attend these meetings.

May
27
Volunteer Restoration Day at Sugar River Wetlands

 

9:00am - 12:00pm

Help USRWA restore the Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area during our series "4th Saturday" volunteer work days. Volunteers will help burn brush piles accumulated last winter/spring, and continue removing invasives (buckthorn, honeysuckle) and treating them with herbicide.
A great event for all ages and abilities, and it promises to be rewarding, fun, and a great way to experience the outdoors.

Our goal in 2017 is to continue removing all woody invasive species on the west side of Military Ridge State Trail until we connect with a flourishing prairie nearby. It will be a tall task, but we believe it's possible with the help of our volunteers.

Volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring a pair of work gloves if possible. There will also be work gloves available for people to borrow. Some areas can be wet as well, so boots are not a bad idea. Any work tools needed for the day will be provided, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own equipment if they would prefer (handsaws, loppers, etc.).

Coffee, hot chocolate and refreshments will be provided to fuel the great work of the volunteers.

Volunteers and work leaders will meet where Epic Lane and County View Road meet in Verona, over looking the Epic Systems campus to the east and the Military Ridge State Trail to the west.

RSVP'ing in advance is appreciated but not neccesary.
Contact Wade Moder at usrwa@usrwa.org or call 920-850-6902.

Looking forward to a fun series of "4th Saturday" workdays and improving one of our prized State Natural Areas!

Jun
4
Battle of Camrock - Mountain Bike Race

8:00am - 5:00pm

Always a WORS racer favorite, the 2017 Battle of CamRock promises to be bigger and better than ever!
Join us on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at CamRock County Park #3 in Rockdale Wisconsin for the third event on the 2017 WORS calendar

Camrock County Park
2334 Highland Dr,
Cambridge, Wisconsin 53523

Jun
10
25th Annual Mad City Open Disc Golf

8:00am - 5:00pm

The Mad City Open is a PDGA sanctioned A-tier event.
Learn more and sign up!

Jun
10
Free to Breathe Team Yoga Challenge - Lake Farm County Park

8:00am - 5:30pm

Registration required.
Challenge yourself and your friends in this all day, outdoor, one-of-a-kind team yoga experience! Teams of up to 8 members will be guided through a full day of varied-intensity yoga by some of the best instructors in the Madison area! When not on your mat, treat yourself to a variety of wellness experiences and shop in our Wellness Marketplace. You won't want to miss this day of yoga of wellness, community and fun, all to help double lung cancer survival.

Why A Yoga Fundraising Event for Lung Cancer? Yoga encourages wellness and caring for the body. Affirmation of life and spirit are intertwined with strengthening the body. With its focus on breath, yoga is the perfect response to lung cancer – a disease that impacts patients' ability to breathe.

Register and start fundraising today to earn your spot and to help double lung cancer survival.

EVENT SCHEDULE
8:00 a.m. - Check-in and mat placement begins
9:10 a.m. - Welcome comments and fundraising awards 
9:30 a.m. - Yoga practice begins
The 8 hours will be divided into one-hour segments that vary in intensity and style and will be led by experienced instructors from our local yoga studio sponsors. We will begin and end with a practice accessible to all levels and vary throughout the day to appeal to the beginner and advanced yogi alike.
5:30 p.m. - Closing celebration
Follow the event on Facebook
For event details and registrationgo to  freetobreathe.org/madisonyoga

Jun
11
25th Annual Mad City Open Disc Golf

8:00am - 5:00pm

The Mad City Open is a PDGA sanctioned A-tier event.
Learn more and sign up!

Jun
14
Park Commission Meeting

5:00 pm

The Dane County Park Commission consists of seven members appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Board. Authorization of the Dane County Park Commission is given under Wisconsin State Statute 27.02(2).

The Park Commission oversees three program areas of the Parks Division in the Land & Water Resources Department, including:

  • Operations and maintenance
  • Planning and development
  • Land acquisition

Please see the Park Commission in Dane County Legislative Information Center for more information and to confirm meetings. 

  • For Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Details - click on Park Commission in Committees, and All Years,
  • For Park Commission Member Information - click on the Committees tab, click on Park Commission in Department Name, and click on the Details tab

Park Commission generally meets the second and fourth Wednesday each month. The normal meeting at the Parks Main Office located at the Lyman Anderson Agricultural and Conservation Center, 5201 Fen Oak Drive Madison WI 53718.
The public is welcome to attend these meetings.

Jun
17
Restoration Work Day at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

9:00am - 12:00pm

Help the prairies to flourish! The Pheasant Branch prairies are relatively young, and the work we do gives a competitive advantage to the natives we’re working to establish.  Come for all or part of the time. No experience needed. Dress for the prairie; closed-toe shoes, long pants, a hat and work gloves (if you have some favorites).

Regular workdays are 9:00am to noon on the third Saturday of each month
April 15
May 20
June 17
July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21

Meet at the parking lot in the Dane County Part of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, 4864 Pheasant Branch Road - 1.2 miles north of Century Avenue. (This parking lot is just after the large Dane County Parks sign.)

We hope you can join us in the Conservancy!

Jun
18
"Bring Your Pop to Pop's Knoll" - Father's Day Picnic

11:00am - 2:00pm

Live Music and activities for all ages.
Hot dogs and root beer floats for purchase.
Bring your dad, your family, friends a picnic lunch or grill out.

Jun
24
Third Annual "Prairie Chase" Run/Walk

8:00am - 11:00am

Please join us for our Third Annual, Prairie Chase Run/Walk in beautiful Pheasant Branch Conservancy!

Two different routes. One for runners and another for walkers.

We will have a kids short race around a soccer field just before the whistle that kicks-off the main events.

The event will start and finish in Orchid Heights Park, Middleton, WI. Parking and a rest room is available at the park.

Pheasant Branch Conservancy is one of the best kept secrets for runners and walkers in the greater Madison area. The run route is on easy-going, crushed limestone and also include a section of flexible, joint-sparing boardwalks through cool, shaded woods. The walk route is also on the limestone path as well as mowed paths through gorgeous, restored prairie.

More information and registration are avialable at prariechase.com

Jun
25
American Radio Relay League Field Day Event- Scheidegger Park

The largest annual on-air event in all of Amateur Radio returns June 25 & 26, 2016! Take to the hills this June and operate with solar power, from batteries or a generator and see how many contacts you can make. Help show off Amateur Radio to your local media and raise visibility of what we do! Download your 2016 Field Day Packet, post your club's station location on the Field Day Locator, and get ready for some fun that only Field Day can provide! 

This year’s Field Day logo makes a connection to ARRL’s yearlong operating event, National Parks on the Air (NPOTA). NPOTA celebrates the 2016 National Park Service Centennial. We anticipate that many radio amateurs and radio clubs will organize their ARRL Field Day participation at national parks, historic sites, or any of the hundreds of official National Park Service units throughout the United States and its territories. Find your park, get out, get on the air, and leave nothing but footprints! For more information about ARRL Field Day, National Parks on the Air, and visiting our nation’s parks, please visit the following sites:

ARRL Field Day www.arrl.org/FieldDay
ARRL National Parks on the Air www.arrl.org/NPOTA
National Park Service www.nps.gov/centennial
Find Your Park (The National Park Foundation) www.FindYourPark.com

Stay connected with Field Day news via FaceBook and Twitter with the hash tag #ARRLFD. Complete rules, Field Day Packet and a link to the Station Locator is all at http://www.arrl.org/field-day

Jun
26
American Radio Relay League Field Day Event- Scheidegger Park

The largest annual on-air event in all of Amateur Radio returns June 25 & 26, 2016! Take to the hills this June and operate with solar power, from batteries or a generator and see how many contacts you can make. Help show off Amateur Radio to your local media and raise visibility of what we do! Download your 2016 Field Day Packet, post your club's station location on the Field Day Locator, and get ready for some fun that only Field Day can provide! 

This year’s Field Day logo makes a connection to ARRL’s yearlong operating event, National Parks on the Air (NPOTA). NPOTA celebrates the 2016 National Park Service Centennial. We anticipate that many radio amateurs and radio clubs will organize their ARRL Field Day participation at national parks, historic sites, or any of the hundreds of official National Park Service units throughout the United States and its territories. Find your park, get out, get on the air, and leave nothing but footprints! For more information about ARRL Field Day, National Parks on the Air, and visiting our nation’s parks, please visit the following sites:

ARRL Field Day www.arrl.org/FieldDay
ARRL National Parks on the Air www.arrl.org/NPOTA
National Park Service www.nps.gov/centennial
Find Your Park (The National Park Foundation) www.FindYourPark.com

Stay connected with Field Day news via FaceBook and Twitter with the hash tag #ARRLFD. Complete rules, Field Day Packet and a link to the Station Locator is all at http://www.arrl.org/field-day

Jul
4
Boom Boom Triathlon - Stewart County Park

 7:00am
This sprint triathlon starts and finishes in the scenic Stewart County Park just outside of Mt Horeb with a 400 meter, fully supported swim, 16 mile bike and 3.1 mile run. 
Registration and more information coming soon!

Jul
8
26TH Annual Cannonball RUN at CamRock County Park

Registration Starts at 6:45 am

Fun Run at 8:00 am
5K and 10K at 8:30 am

Race starts at the Cambridge Fire & EMS Building
271 W. Main Street, Cambridge, WI

The Cannonball Run is a 5K and 10K trail run that winds through the pristine
Dane County CamRock Parks along Koshkonong Creek.

The race is chip timed with race results available immediately online.

All proceeds of this event support the Cambridge Area Emergency Medical Services.

Join your family and friends for some fun with a 5K or 10K Trail Run
Bring the kids (any age) for the 1-Mile Fun Run (parents welcome to run along)
Everyone entering the Fun Run gets a medal!

Jul
15
Restoration Work Day at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

9:00am - 12:00pm

Help the prairies to flourish! The Pheasant Branch prairies are relatively young, and the work we do gives a competitive advantage to the natives we’re working to establish.  Come for all or part of the time. No experience needed. Dress for the prairie; closed-toe shoes, long pants, a hat and work gloves (if you have some favorites).

Regular workdays are 9:00am to noon on the third Saturday of each month
April 15
May 20
June 17
July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21

Meet at the parking lot in the Dane County Part of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, 4864 Pheasant Branch Road - 1.2 miles north of Century Avenue. (This parking lot is just after the large Dane County Parks sign.)

We hope you can join us in the Conservancy!

Aug
5
Bike MS: TOYOTA Best Dam Bike Tour 2017

Bike MS: TOYOTA Best Dam Bike Tour is a two-day cycling event that will take you farther than you’ve ever gone before. What makes this ride so special? This all-inclusive, fully-supported cycling event travels from the Milwaukee area to Madison with an overnight stay in Whitewater and features multiple route options each day. No matter which route you choose, you’ll experience the thrill of Wisconsin’s spectacular terrain and memories you’ll never forget. In addition, you’ll experience an incredible level of camaraderie as you embark on a journey filled with laughter, excitement, support and a profound sense of accomplishment.

Your participation will drive MS research forward faster, and deliver services to those who face the challenges of MS every day so they can live their best lives.

Ride Details and Registration

Aug
6
Bike MS: TOYOTA Best Dam Bike Tour 2017

Bike MS: TOYOTA Best Dam Bike Tour is a two-day cycling event that will take you farther than you’ve ever gone before. What makes this ride so special? This all-inclusive, fully-supported cycling event travels from the Milwaukee area to Madison with an overnight stay in Whitewater and features multiple route options each day. No matter which route you choose, you’ll experience the thrill of Wisconsin’s spectacular terrain and memories you’ll never forget. In addition, you’ll experience an incredible level of camaraderie as you embark on a journey filled with laughter, excitement, support and a profound sense of accomplishment.

Your participation will drive MS research forward faster, and deliver services to those who face the challenges of MS every day so they can live their best lives.

Ride Details and Registration

Aug
19
Restoration Work Day at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

9:00am - 12:00pm

Help the prairies to flourish! The Pheasant Branch prairies are relatively young, and the work we do gives a competitive advantage to the natives we’re working to establish.  Come for all or part of the time. No experience needed. Dress for the prairie; closed-toe shoes, long pants, a hat and work gloves (if you have some favorites).

Regular workdays are 9:00am to noon on the third Saturday of each month
April 15
May 20
June 17
July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21

Meet at the parking lot in the Dane County Part of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, 4864 Pheasant Branch Road - 1.2 miles north of Century Avenue. (This parking lot is just after the large Dane County Parks sign.)

We hope you can join us in the Conservancy!

Sep
16
Restoration Work Day at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

9:00am - 12:00pm

Help the prairies to flourish! The Pheasant Branch prairies are relatively young, and the work we do gives a competitive advantage to the natives we’re working to establish.  Come for all or part of the time. No experience needed. Dress for the prairie; closed-toe shoes, long pants, a hat and work gloves (if you have some favorites).

Regular workdays are 9:00am to noon on the third Saturday of each month
April 15
May 20
June 17
July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21

Meet at the parking lot in the Dane County Part of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, 4864 Pheasant Branch Road - 1.2 miles north of Century Avenue. (This parking lot is just after the large Dane County Parks sign.)

We hope you can join us in the Conservancy!

Oct
7
Indian Lake Trail Run

7:00am Packet pick up
8:30am Kids 1k funrun start
9:00am 7k and 12k start

Welcome to the 8th annual Indian Lake Trail Run, featuring a 7k, 12k, and 1k Kids' Fun Run. 100 percent trail!

The event is limited to 400 runners. Early entry is encouraged as we anticipate closing out. There will be no race-day registration. The Kids' Fun Run is free and there is no need to pre-register.

Register online or by mail starting June 3rd. 

All proceeds from the race will go to restoring Indian Lake's fishery and the park's prairie and savanna. Race funds also support trail maintenance and Dane county's efforts to build a new shelter.

For more information, including directions to the park, course maps, updates, and other news, visit the official race website.

Oct
21
Restoration Work Day at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

9:00am - 12:00pm

Help the prairies to flourish! The Pheasant Branch prairies are relatively young, and the work we do gives a competitive advantage to the natives we’re working to establish.  Come for all or part of the time. No experience needed. Dress for the prairie; closed-toe shoes, long pants, a hat and work gloves (if you have some favorites).

Regular workdays are 9:00am to noon on the third Saturday of each month
April 15
May 20
June 17
July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21

Meet at the parking lot in the Dane County Part of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, 4864 Pheasant Branch Road - 1.2 miles north of Century Avenue. (This parking lot is just after the large Dane County Parks sign.)

We hope you can join us in the Conservancy!