Mar
21
Pheasant Branch Conservancy Day: Remembering Rachel

In 1958, Bette Duff had a memorable summer job between her junior and senior year in college. She assisted Rachel Carson who was gathering information for her upcoming book about the dangers of pesticides. After graduation, Bette kept in touch with Rachel and worked briefly for her again in 1960. Bette finds that Rachel Carson’s life and work often provide encouragement for those today who face discouraging challenges as they seek to protect the environment. She recalls the way they did library research in the days before the internet and xerox machines. She describes the quiet yet determined manner with which Rachel Carson faced both personal and professional challenges. Bette’s observations have been quoted in Paul Brooks’ biography of Rachel Carson, The House of Life (1972) and in Linda Lear’s biography, Rachel Carson, Witness for Nature (1977).

About the speaker: Bette Duff worked as a biologist doing research and instructing in the labs at both Case Western Reserve and Yale. She moved to Madison in 1975 with her husband and two sons. She got her Master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Wisconsin. Then, at age 53, she went to McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. She served as Associate Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church here in Madison for 10 years until her retirement.

Directions: Enter the school driveway at the main entrance on Donna Drive.Then drive past the entire front of the building and park in the eastern most parking lot. Enter the building at Door 3 in the east wing of the building.

RSVPs are appreciated to conservancyday@pheasantbranch.org.

Mar
23
Sustainability Series: Sustainable Coffee Production

Learn about sustainable coffee production from the Just Coffee Cooperative. Just Coffee Cooperative is a worker-owned coffee roaster dedicated to creating and expanding a model of trade based on transparency, human dignity and environmental sustainability. They build long-term relationships with small-scale hard working coffee growers to bring their customers an incredible cup of coffee.

Mar
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

Mar
28
Our Yahara River: It's Health and Future

Join Sustainable Stoughton for A Green Thursday Event. This talk will cover:

  • Water quality of the river and lake systems
  • The watershed and related land uses
  • Invasive species
  • Conservation and restoration projects affecting the Yahara

The talk will feature three presenters:

  • Amy Piaget (County Conservationist, Dane County Land & Water Resources Department)
  • Lyke Wynn (Watershed Specialist, Clean Lakes Alliance)
  • Susan Graham (Water Quality Specialist, Wi DNR)
Mar
30
Prescribed Burn Training

Please be sure to RSVP HERE

Lars Higdon, Dane County Naturalist and Shane Otto, Dane County Land Restoration Specialist will be hosting a seminar on Prescribed Fire Orientation/Training. They will be discussing operational procedures, fire prescription, weather and possible live fire simulation (weather & conditions permitting). The training will cover topics from basic RX fire equipment usage with drip torches, hand tools and backpack pumps. More advanced RX fire techniques such as dot lighting, flank fires and pump usage will be demonstrated.

If you plan on helping with Dane County Parks RX fires we hope you will make plans to attend. Dane County is striving to expand our burn program as fire is a critical tool in managing our natural areas. Insuring safety, efficiency and integrity of this program will take efforts from all involved. We would appreciate your attendance.

This training is free.

Pizza will be served for lunch. We will have a vegetarian option.

Apr
6
Mushroom Log Inoculation Workshop at Silverwood County Park

Join Friends of Silverwood Park and Misty Dawn Farm for their first ever Mushroom Log Inoculation Workshop! Participants will learn how to inoculate and care for shiitake logs and inoculate their own logs to add to their garden. Sale of shiitake logs will go to help fund management and educational programs at the park. Logs were harvested this winter from the Silverwood Park forest as part of their forest restoration program.

  • The cost per logs will be $15 for one log or $20 for two.
  • Or you can pre-order already inoculated logs for pick up. Deadline to preorder is April 5 (day before the workshop). Pre-inoculated logs must be pre-ordered and cost $25 for one or $40 for two (interested in more? We can quote you a volume price). Pre-inoculated logs must can be picked up between 12 – 1 pm the day of the workshop.
  • A few “totem logs” are also available at $30 dollars a log

To RSVP or to preorder contact Rita @715-623-7277. Inoculations will occur rain or shine in the pole barn. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves, water bottle and any snacks.

Apr
6
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. 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.

Apr
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

Apr
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.

Apr
14
Beginner Cheesemaking at Home, Shumacher Farm County Park

Join Laura Purdy for a fun afternoon on the farm learning about cheese making on the homestead scale.  We'll start with a demonstration on making Farmer's cheese - an easy, tasty, sliceable cheese that you can make in about an hour with items already in your refrigerator and pantry.  Along the way we'll discuss a bit of the science and history behind cheese making, the supplies and ingredients needed to get started and where to find them, as well as next steps on the cheese making journey. Taste testing our finished product is also included! Laura will be sure to bring along her favorite books and resources for those that want to continue to learn more.

Laura Purdy has always had a love of farm life & rural heritage.  Over the years she's become very interested in the "homesteading arts" including knitting, pickling and food preservation, animal raising, and of course, cheese making.  She lives on a 30-acre farmette in Westport with her husband, golden retriever, 2 cats, and 7 goats which provide her family with farm fresh milk seasonally.

Note date has been changed to: April 14th.
Update: 1:00 pm session registration is full. There are still spots available in the morning session from
 9:30 - 12 pm, $8 per person.

REGISTER HERE

Apr
14
Beginner Cheesemaking at Home, Shumacher Farm County Park

Join Laura Purdy for a fun afternoon on the farm learning about cheese making on the homestead scale.  We'll start with a demonstration on making Farmer's cheese - an easy, tasty, sliceable cheese that you can make in about an hour with items already in your refrigerator and pantry.  Along the way we'll discuss a bit of the science and history behind cheese making, the supplies and ingredients needed to get started and where to find them, as well as next steps on the cheese making journey. Taste testing our finished product is also included! Laura will be sure to bring along her favorite books and resources for those that want to continue to learn more.

Laura Purdy has always had a love of farm life & rural heritage.  Over the years she's become very interested in the "homesteading arts" including knitting, pickling and food preservation, animal raising, and of course, cheese making.  She lives on a 30-acre farmette in Westport with her husband, golden retriever, 2 cats, and 7 goats which provide her family with farm fresh milk seasonally.

Note date has been changed to: April 14th.
Update: 1:00 pm session registration is full. There are still spots available in the morning session from
 9:30 - 12 pm, $8 per person.

REGISTER HERE

Apr
14
World Water Day

In celebration of World Water Day, please join us for a special program on the water reclamation, wetland restoration and sustainable infrastructure efforts of Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District.

Check the MMSD website for details as they become available.

Apr
14
World Water Day

In celebration of World Water Day, please join us for a special program on the water reclamation, wetland restoration and sustainable infrastructure efforts of Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District.

Check the MMSD website for details as they become available.

Apr
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

Apr
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

Apr
27
Arbor Day Celebration at Silverwood County Park

Join the Friends of Silverwood Park as we celebrate our TREES! We'll also be introducing our new agroforestry projects with the Savanna Institute!

Apr
27
Youth Service Day at McCarthy Youth Conservation Park

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
 

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

9:00 am - 9:30 am

· Welcome and assign projects

· Refreshments—Donuts, Juice, Coffee & Hot Chocolate –provided by Bank of Sun Prairie and       Beans N Cream

9:30 am - 11:30 am

· Spread mulch, spread prairie seed 

· Clear invasive species & haul brush

· Plant tree seedlings

 11:30 am - 12:00 noon Lunch provided

· Hotdogs, Chips, Cookies, Soda & Water—  

provided by Madison East Kiwanis

· Rock painting — Artist Barb Essock

Please Register by Signing up here

Questions? Contact Rhea at 608-244-3601  or

Stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

May
3
Volunteer Prairie Work Day with FOCSRA & MAMGA

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. 

 

May
4
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. 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.

May
4
Word on the Street 5K run/walk and Kids' Run

This chip-timed course begins and ends at the Verona Public Library and goes through residential streets and along the park road in scenic Badger Prairie CountyPark. Running-related quotes on signs and in chalk along the course will keep you inspired and entertained! All proceeds from the event will go to the Verona Public Library Endowment Fund. The kids’ run will follow a 1/3-mile course through Badger Prairie County Park, directly behind the library. Volunteers will be on hand to start the race and guide kids through their turns, while the kids will also follow a costumed character through the course. Adults are welcome to accompany their children free of charge. Each participant will receive a finisher ribbon.

May
11
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.

May
11
Marcella Trail Relay at Shumacher Farm Park

Celebrate Mother's Day a day early with the family!
5K Trail Relay and Kids Fun Run.

12:00 – 2:00 Registration/Check-in
1:00 – 1:45 Kids Run
1:45 – 2:00 Warm-Up/Relay Line-up
2:00 Relay Start Up, Food and Beverages Available
3:30 Course Closes
3:30 – 5:30 Fun and Band Starts!!

Tickets on sale now.
Relay team (3) $35.00 plus fee
Individual $15.00 plus fee
Kids 8 and under FREE

May
14
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

May
17
Volunteer Prairie Work Day with FOCSRA & MAMGA

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. 

 

May
17
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
18
Barn Quilt Workshop at Shumacher Farm Park

Join artist and quilter, Maday Delgado, for a fusion workshop of painting, woodworking and quilting to create a barn quilt for your home.  "Paint the towns with creativity" has been Maday's goal with the Barn Quilt workshops since she began leading workshops more than three years ago. The goal is to create unity between cities and rural towns through the arts; it’s an activity that brings sewists and painters together through the shared heritage of traditional quilt block patterns and in turn, beautifies towns and city blocks. It is also a social activity that brings together different generations, making it an enjoyable activity that brings people closer together.

There are two barn quilt size options; a mini quilt of 12" square or larger 24" square. All materials prepped prior to course and paint supplies provided. Designs to be determined.

Registration required by May 1st to prepare materials & designs.

May
19
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

May
21
Weeds & Wildflowers
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!
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
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
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
5
Weeds & Wildflowers
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
Volunteer Prairie Work Day with FOCSRA & MAMGA

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
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
14
Lil' Explorers

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
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
18
Weeds & Wildflowers
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
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
Volunteer Prairie Work Day with FOCSRA & MAMGA

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
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
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!
Jul
5
Volunteer Prairie Work Day with FOCSRA & MAMGA

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
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
Lil' Explorers

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
19
Volunteer Prairie Work Day with FOCSRA & MAMGA

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
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
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

Aug
2
Sugar Maple Music Festival

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
2
Volunteer Prairie Work Day with FOCSRA & MAMGA

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
3
Sugar Maple Music Festival

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
10
2nd Annual No Fear All Fun 5k Run/walk

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
Barks for Parks! fundraiser for Dane County Dog Parks

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
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

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
Volunteer Prairie Work Day with FOCSRA & MAMGA

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
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
Volunteer Prairie Work Day with FOCSRA & MAMGA

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
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
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
20
Volunteer Prairie Work Day with FOCSRA & MAMGA

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
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

Oct
4
Volunteer Prairie Work Day with FOCSRA & MAMGA

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
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
Volunteer Prairie Work Day with FOCSRA & MAMGA

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
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

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