Jan
24
Dane County UW- Extension 2020 Winter Seminar Series - Lussier Family Heritage Center

8:45-10:15 AM: Insect Damage by Mouthpart Type: PJ Liesch of the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab will speak on various landscape pests in terms of categories of insect damage: sucking, chewing and boring-type damage.


10:30 AM-12:00 PM: Wildlife Damage Management by Species: David Drake will discuss different species of wildlife that cause plant damage, how to identify the culprit and techniques for management.

Cost: $20/ person

Jan
24
Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

8:50 am - 12:00 pm

Friday morning workdays

  • Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp.
  • Project usually finishes around 12 noon.
  • Locations listed are meeting places so late comers may not find us. Call if needed. 
  • Chainsaw Safety Training Certification is required if using a chainsaw during this project.
  • Dress for the weather (boots & layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won't be burned by falling embers.
  • Bring own water.

Please be sure to sign up in advance as it helps in planning for the project: cancellations due to weather or other details we need to share.

Click on Signup.com link here:  http://signup.com/login/entry/8569846079683780100              

 

Dates/ Locations

Wednesday, December 4: Prairie Moraine - Off Leash

Friday, December 6: Morton Forest County Park

Friday, December 13: Silverwood County Park

Wednesday, December 18: 2860 Hidden Farm Rd McFarland

Friday, December 20: Indian Lake County Park

Friday, January 10: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 17: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 24: Festge County Park 

Friday, January 31: Lake View Hill County Park 

Friday, February 7: Yahara Heights/Cherokee Marsh County Park 

Friday, February 14: McCarthy County Park 

Friday, February 21: CamRock County Park 

Friday, February 28: Silverwood County Park 

Friday, March 6: Anderson County Park 

Friday, March 13: Schumacher County Park 

Jan
26
Brush Pile Burning at Moraine Kettles

Please see the following link for details on this Ice Age Trail Alliance event: https://www.iceagetrail.org/event/dane-county-chapter-brush-pile-burning-3/

Jan
28
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Jan
31
Dane County UW- Extension 2020 Winter Seminar Series - Lussier Family Heritage Center

8:45-10:15 AM Woody Landscape Plants for Shade: Dave Wanninger, Horticulturist in Charge at the Boerner Botanical Gardens will review a number of species and cultivars of woody plants that do well in light to heavily shaded situations.


10:30 AM -12:00 PM Abiotic Turf Issues and Glyphosate Alternatives: Dr. Paul Koch of the Plant Pathology department at UW-Madison will cover abiotic issues in lawns and give some recommendations for alternatives to RoundUp® (glyphosate).

Jan
31
Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

8:50 am - 12:00 pm

Friday morning workdays

  • Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp.
  • Project usually finishes around 12 noon.
  • Locations listed are meeting places so late comers may not find us. Call if needed. 
  • Chainsaw Safety Training Certification is required if using a chainsaw during this project.
  • Dress for the weather (boots & layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won't be burned by falling embers.
  • Bring own water.

Please be sure to sign up in advance as it helps in planning for the project: cancellations due to weather or other details we need to share.

Click on Signup.com link here:  http://signup.com/login/entry/8569846079683780100              

 

Dates/ Locations

Wednesday, December 4: Prairie Moraine - Off Leash

Friday, December 6: Morton Forest County Park

Friday, December 13: Silverwood County Park

Wednesday, December 18: 2860 Hidden Farm Rd McFarland

Friday, December 20: Indian Lake County Park

Friday, January 10: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 17: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 24: Festge County Park 

Friday, January 31: Lake View Hill County Park 

Friday, February 7: Yahara Heights/Cherokee Marsh County Park 

Friday, February 14: McCarthy County Park 

Friday, February 21: CamRock County Park 

Friday, February 28: Silverwood County Park 

Friday, March 6: Anderson County Park 

Friday, March 13: Schumacher County Park 

Feb
1
Oak Savannah Restoration at Springfield Hill

Please see the following link for details on this Ice Age Trail Alliance event: https://www.iceagetrail.org/event/dane-county-chapter-oak-savanna-restoration-8/

Feb
7
Garden Expo

Friday 12:00pm-7:oopm
Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm 
Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm


The Garden Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. Now in its 27th year, this three-day event celebrates the latest trends in gardening, landscaping and edibles, and attracts more than 20,000 people from across the Midwest. Join other gardening enthusiasts to share ideas, gain inspiration and create something new. 

  • Learn something new at one of the more than 150 free educational seminars and demonstrations.
  • Visit with hundreds of businesses, independent contractors, nonprofits and artists to share ideas and learn about the newest in gardening, landscaping and local foods.
  • Discuss innovative gardening techniques with experts from
    UW-Extension–Horticulture.
  • Relax with a casual walk through the central garden—courtesy of Wisconsin Nursery & Landscape Association, Madison Chapter Inc.
  • Purchase seeds, tools and everything else you need to be ready when the trees bud and the ground thaws.

    Advance tickets are available online at store.wigardenexpo.com.

Please visit this link if you're a Dane County Parks volunteer interested in staffing the Dane County Parks booth as a representative of the parks - contact Rhea Stangel-Maier at 608-516-3703 or stangel-maier@countyofdane.com if you have any questions. 

Feb
7
Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

8:50 am - 12:00 pm

Friday morning workdays

  • Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp.
  • Project usually finishes around 12 noon.
  • Locations listed are meeting places so late comers may not find us. Call if needed. 
  • Chainsaw Safety Training Certification is required if using a chainsaw during this project.
  • Dress for the weather (boots & layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won't be burned by falling embers.
  • Bring own water.

Please be sure to sign up in advance as it helps in planning for the project: cancellations due to weather or other details we need to share.

Click on Signup.com link here:  http://signup.com/login/entry/8569846079683780100              

 

Dates/ Locations

Wednesday, December 4: Prairie Moraine - Off Leash

Friday, December 6: Morton Forest County Park

Friday, December 13: Silverwood County Park

Wednesday, December 18: 2860 Hidden Farm Rd McFarland

Friday, December 20: Indian Lake County Park

Friday, January 10: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 17: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 24: Festge County Park 

Friday, January 31: Lake View Hill County Park 

Friday, February 7: Yahara Heights/Cherokee Marsh County Park 

Friday, February 14: McCarthy County Park 

Friday, February 21: CamRock County Park 

Friday, February 28: Silverwood County Park 

Friday, March 6: Anderson County Park 

Friday, March 13: Schumacher County Park 

Feb
8
Book Club - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a book and flex your imagination, deepen your understanding of the world and feed your soul with a new perspective. Because it can also be very inductive to hibernation, we are giving you an opportunity to get out of the house, gather with other readers and engage in discussion. Join us for a monthly book club discussion of three books; each with a nature theme. 

February 8th: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
March 14th: Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 
April 11th: The Overstory by Richard Powers

We will meet at the Lussier Family Heritage Center at 10am on all meeting dates.  Registration is required. You may sign up for one or all. Space is limited. 

Register online at: LussierHeritageCenter.com/events
Coffee and hot water for tea will be provided. Bring your own cup or thermos.
 

Feb
8
Frozen Assets 5K Run/Walk

Frozen Assets 5K Run/Walk Join Clean Lakes Alliance for our Frozen Assets 5K and run or walk ENTIRELY on a frozen lake! Take a break from the hilly pavement and bring your stride to the ice. In this 5K race, participants will run, walk, or snowshoe across the ice on iconic Lake Mendota with beautiful views of downtown Madison. The course will start and end at The Edgewater, right in the heart of the Frozen Assets Festival! Registration Your registration to this event includes admission to the race, optional chip timing, and post-race beer (21+) or soda! Online registration closes Wednesday, February 5th. The registration pricing schedule is below: $35 Early Bird : November 1 - December 30 $40 Regular Price : December 31 - February 5 $45 Same Day : February 8 Best of all, your registration supports work to protect and improve water quality in our lakes! Divisions The event will be chip-timed for runners, or sign up for the walk pass for an untimed event. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers. Ice Access You may access the ice down The Edgewater outdoor stairs, indoors through The Edgewater, at the end of N. Carroll Street to the west, and from James Madison Park to the east. Terms & Conditions of Entry By registering for this event, you agree to the Frozen Assets 5K Terms & Conditions of Entry. All entrants must read and agree to this declaration. Frozen Assets Festival The sixth annual Frozen Assets Festival will take place on Saturday, February 8th at The Edgewater. As always, this family-friendly daytime event will be FREE and open to all. Learn more at cleanlakesalliance.org/frozen-assets. Weather Race organizers reserve the right to alter the course due to factors including, but not limited to, ice conditions and weather. If conditions are deemed unsafe, the event may be cancelled or moved to an alternate location. Participants will be notified of any changes ahead of the event. Sponsorships If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email our Development Director Laura Strickland at laura@cleanlakesalliance.org. FAQs Is there parking available? Participants may park at The Edgewater parking ramp. You may also find street parking or use City of Madison parking ramps. When can I check-in or pick up my bag? Participant check-in and registration the day of the event will begin at 9 a.m. on Lake Mendota at The Edgewater. What happens if ice conditions are unsafe? Clean Lakes Alliance will make every effort to hold this event, while keeping safety in mind for all competitors. If conditions are deemed unsafe, the event may be cancelled or moved to an alternate location, with entrance fees being considered a tax-deductible donation to support our lakes. Participants will be notified of any changes ahead of the event. What is the refund policy? Registrations are transferrable and non-refundable. Thank you in advance for your donation to support our lakes!

Feb
8
Frozen Assets Festival

Join Clean Lakes Alliance at The Edgewater for the Frozen Assets Festival! We’ll have FREE, family-friendly activities on frozen Lake Mendota! Stop by for sleigh rides, ice science, face painting, and more. Don't forget the FREE s'mores and hot chocolate. Thank you to our presenting sponsor Lands’ End, platinum hosting sponsor The Edgewater, and our other sponsors for making this community event possible.

Feb
8
Garden Expo

Friday 12:00pm-7:oopm
Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm 
Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm


The Garden Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. Now in its 27th year, this three-day event celebrates the latest trends in gardening, landscaping and edibles, and attracts more than 20,000 people from across the Midwest. Join other gardening enthusiasts to share ideas, gain inspiration and create something new. 

  • Learn something new at one of the more than 150 free educational seminars and demonstrations.
  • Visit with hundreds of businesses, independent contractors, nonprofits and artists to share ideas and learn about the newest in gardening, landscaping and local foods.
  • Discuss innovative gardening techniques with experts from
    UW-Extension–Horticulture.
  • Relax with a casual walk through the central garden—courtesy of Wisconsin Nursery & Landscape Association, Madison Chapter Inc.
  • Purchase seeds, tools and everything else you need to be ready when the trees bud and the ground thaws.

    Advance tickets are available online at store.wigardenexpo.com.

Please visit this link if you're a Dane County Parks volunteer interested in staffing the Dane County Parks booth as a representative of the parks - contact Rhea Stangel-Maier at 608-516-3703 or stangel-maier@countyofdane.com if you have any questions. 

Feb
8
Stewart Park Goat Squad Restoration Workdays

The Goat Squad, the remnant prairie restoration volunteer workgroup in Stewart Park, will have workdays on January 11, February 8, and March 7 (Saturdays) from 12-2 pm, weather permitting. 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.

Feb
8
Yahara Lakes 101: Women in Water & Sustainability

Hear from women about their role, research, and practice in water and sustainability. This FREE edition of Yahara Lakes 101 will feature 10-minute "speed talks" from three women working in water and sustainability in our community. After the event, you'll have the opportunity to network with fellow attendees and ask the presenters questions. All registered guests will receive a complimentary beverage and free parking at The Edgewater.

Feb
9
Brush Pile Burning at Moraine Kettles

This is an Ice Age Trail Alliance event; watch their calendar for further details: https://www.iceagetrail.org/events/2020-02/

Feb
9
Garden Expo

Friday 12:00pm-7:oopm
Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm 
Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm


The Garden Expo is a midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. Now in its 27th year, this three-day event celebrates the latest trends in gardening, landscaping and edibles, and attracts more than 20,000 people from across the Midwest. Join other gardening enthusiasts to share ideas, gain inspiration and create something new. 

  • Learn something new at one of the more than 150 free educational seminars and demonstrations.
  • Visit with hundreds of businesses, independent contractors, nonprofits and artists to share ideas and learn about the newest in gardening, landscaping and local foods.
  • Discuss innovative gardening techniques with experts from
    UW-Extension–Horticulture.
  • Relax with a casual walk through the central garden—courtesy of Wisconsin Nursery & Landscape Association, Madison Chapter Inc.
  • Purchase seeds, tools and everything else you need to be ready when the trees bud and the ground thaws.

    Advance tickets are available online at store.wigardenexpo.com.

Please visit this link if you're a Dane County Parks volunteer interested in staffing the Dane County Parks booth as a representative of the parks - contact Rhea Stangel-Maier at 608-516-3703 or stangel-maier@countyofdane.com if you have any questions. 

Feb
11
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Feb
14
Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

8:50 am - 12:00 pm

Friday morning workdays

  • Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp.
  • Project usually finishes around 12 noon.
  • Locations listed are meeting places so late comers may not find us. Call if needed. 
  • Chainsaw Safety Training Certification is required if using a chainsaw during this project.
  • Dress for the weather (boots & layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won't be burned by falling embers.
  • Bring own water.

Please be sure to sign up in advance as it helps in planning for the project: cancellations due to weather or other details we need to share.

Click on Signup.com link here:  http://signup.com/login/entry/8569846079683780100              

 

Dates/ Locations

Wednesday, December 4: Prairie Moraine - Off Leash

Friday, December 6: Morton Forest County Park

Friday, December 13: Silverwood County Park

Wednesday, December 18: 2860 Hidden Farm Rd McFarland

Friday, December 20: Indian Lake County Park

Friday, January 10: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 17: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 24: Festge County Park 

Friday, January 31: Lake View Hill County Park 

Friday, February 7: Yahara Heights/Cherokee Marsh County Park 

Friday, February 14: McCarthy County Park 

Friday, February 21: CamRock County Park 

Friday, February 28: Silverwood County Park 

Friday, March 6: Anderson County Park 

Friday, March 13: Schumacher County Park 

Feb
15
Savanna/Oak Woods Restoration at Prairie Moraine County Park

This is an Ice Age Trail Alliance event; watch their calendar for further details: https://www.iceagetrail.org/events/2020-02/

Feb
20
International Crane Foundation: Crane Conservation in North America

This is a Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy Day; see the website for more information.

Feb
21
Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

8:50 am - 12:00 pm

Friday morning workdays

  • Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp.
  • Project usually finishes around 12 noon.
  • Locations listed are meeting places so late comers may not find us. Call if needed. 
  • Chainsaw Safety Training Certification is required if using a chainsaw during this project.
  • Dress for the weather (boots & layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won't be burned by falling embers.
  • Bring own water.

Please be sure to sign up in advance as it helps in planning for the project: cancellations due to weather or other details we need to share.

Click on Signup.com link here:  http://signup.com/login/entry/8569846079683780100              

 

Dates/ Locations

Wednesday, December 4: Prairie Moraine - Off Leash

Friday, December 6: Morton Forest County Park

Friday, December 13: Silverwood County Park

Wednesday, December 18: 2860 Hidden Farm Rd McFarland

Friday, December 20: Indian Lake County Park

Friday, January 10: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 17: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 24: Festge County Park 

Friday, January 31: Lake View Hill County Park 

Friday, February 7: Yahara Heights/Cherokee Marsh County Park 

Friday, February 14: McCarthy County Park 

Friday, February 21: CamRock County Park 

Friday, February 28: Silverwood County Park 

Friday, March 6: Anderson County Park 

Friday, March 13: Schumacher County Park 

Feb
22
Explore Nature at Cap Springs: HOO’S WOODS RAPTOR CENTER & AMERICAN KESTREL NEST BOX WORKSHOP - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Hoo’s Woods Raptor Center program with live owls and eagles starts at 10:30am, followed by an American Kestrel nest box workshop. Registration required for workshop: please email Clare at carlson.clare@countyofdane.com.

This family-friendly and free event is sponsored by the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area, Lussier Family Heritage Center, and Dane County Parks.

Feb
23
Oak Savannah Restoration at Springfield Hill

This is an Ice Age Trail Alliance event; watch their calendar for further details: https://www.iceagetrail.org/events/2020-02/

Feb
25
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Feb
28
Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

8:50 am - 12:00 pm

Friday morning workdays

  • Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp.
  • Project usually finishes around 12 noon.
  • Locations listed are meeting places so late comers may not find us. Call if needed. 
  • Chainsaw Safety Training Certification is required if using a chainsaw during this project.
  • Dress for the weather (boots & layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won't be burned by falling embers.
  • Bring own water.

Please be sure to sign up in advance as it helps in planning for the project: cancellations due to weather or other details we need to share.

Click on Signup.com link here:  http://signup.com/login/entry/8569846079683780100              

 

Dates/ Locations

Wednesday, December 4: Prairie Moraine - Off Leash

Friday, December 6: Morton Forest County Park

Friday, December 13: Silverwood County Park

Wednesday, December 18: 2860 Hidden Farm Rd McFarland

Friday, December 20: Indian Lake County Park

Friday, January 10: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 17: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 24: Festge County Park 

Friday, January 31: Lake View Hill County Park 

Friday, February 7: Yahara Heights/Cherokee Marsh County Park 

Friday, February 14: McCarthy County Park 

Friday, February 21: CamRock County Park 

Friday, February 28: Silverwood County Park 

Friday, March 6: Anderson County Park 

Friday, March 13: Schumacher County Park 

Feb
29
Rain Garden Workshop

Learn how installing a rain garden can help protect our lakes, rivers and streams and add beauty to your property!

This workshop will focus more on helping participants new to the world of rain garden design through the process of actually designing a rain garden plan for their property and less on the background and benefits of rain gardens. This workshop will include exercises,demonstrations and resources to lead participants through the process of site selection, sizing, site preparation, and plant selection. Information on installation and maintenance will also be provided. Experts will be available to help participants through the process and answer questions.  


Participants should come to workshop with the following: 

1.      basic site plan of their property to help staff determine the best location for a rain garden (aerial photo from Googlemaps)

2.      general size of roof to help size the garden

3.      basic understanding of where the water on property drains

Participants will have the option of ordering native plants at a discounted rate through the Plant Dane Native Plant Program. Visit www.ripple-effects.com/plantdane for details.


If you prefer to pay by check please mail a check made out to "Dane County Treasurer" to:

Dane Co. LWRD- Rain Garden Workshop
Attn: Christal Campbell 
5201 Fen Oak Dr.
Madison, WI 53718

Mar
6
Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

8:50 am - 12:00 pm

Friday morning workdays

  • Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp.
  • Project usually finishes around 12 noon.
  • Locations listed are meeting places so late comers may not find us. Call if needed. 
  • Chainsaw Safety Training Certification is required if using a chainsaw during this project.
  • Dress for the weather (boots & layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won't be burned by falling embers.
  • Bring own water.

Please be sure to sign up in advance as it helps in planning for the project: cancellations due to weather or other details we need to share.

Click on Signup.com link here:  http://signup.com/login/entry/8569846079683780100              

 

Dates/ Locations

Wednesday, December 4: Prairie Moraine - Off Leash

Friday, December 6: Morton Forest County Park

Friday, December 13: Silverwood County Park

Wednesday, December 18: 2860 Hidden Farm Rd McFarland

Friday, December 20: Indian Lake County Park

Friday, January 10: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 17: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 24: Festge County Park 

Friday, January 31: Lake View Hill County Park 

Friday, February 7: Yahara Heights/Cherokee Marsh County Park 

Friday, February 14: McCarthy County Park 

Friday, February 21: CamRock County Park 

Friday, February 28: Silverwood County Park 

Friday, March 6: Anderson County Park 

Friday, March 13: Schumacher County Park 

Mar
7
Dane County Parks Volunteer Summit

During this gathering, each Dane County Park Friends Group and Park Partner Group will have an opportunity to give a quick “5-minute, 5-slide” overview of their major projects and accomplishments over the past year.

To allow time for everyone to present, we will be strict with the 5 minute time limit. This is meant to be a quick overview so folks know who they want to connect with during the networking hours. Here are some suggestions of what to focus on:

  • Projects/events that are unique or that went really well that you think might be a model for other groups
  • Knowledge you gained over the year that other groups might want to talk to you about
  • Problems or challenges that you would like help/suggestions on or areas where your group might want to partner with other groups.

After the presentations, we will have an opportunity for open networking time to give you the chance to connect with presenters to learn more about projects that peaked your interest.

We strongly recommend our Friends Group member and partner groups plan to attend.

If you are a member of a Dane County Parks Friends Group or Dane County Partner Group and would like to present at this event, please coordinate with your group to decide who will present and indicate on the registration page that you will be a presenter.

Please encourage others from your group to attend! This will be a great opportunity to network with other groups and share ideas and information.

Please sign up here.

Mar
7
Stewart Park Goat Squad Restoration Workdays

The Goat Squad, the remnant prairie restoration volunteer workgroup in Stewart Park, will have workdays on January 11, February 8, and March 7 (Saturdays) from 12-2 pm, weather permitting. 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.

Mar
10
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Mar
13
Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

8:50 am - 12:00 pm

Friday morning workdays

  • Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp.
  • Project usually finishes around 12 noon.
  • Locations listed are meeting places so late comers may not find us. Call if needed. 
  • Chainsaw Safety Training Certification is required if using a chainsaw during this project.
  • Dress for the weather (boots & layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won't be burned by falling embers.
  • Bring own water.

Please be sure to sign up in advance as it helps in planning for the project: cancellations due to weather or other details we need to share.

Click on Signup.com link here:  http://signup.com/login/entry/8569846079683780100              

 

Dates/ Locations

Wednesday, December 4: Prairie Moraine - Off Leash

Friday, December 6: Morton Forest County Park

Friday, December 13: Silverwood County Park

Wednesday, December 18: 2860 Hidden Farm Rd McFarland

Friday, December 20: Indian Lake County Park

Friday, January 10: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 17: Pheasant Branch County Park 

Friday, January 24: Festge County Park 

Friday, January 31: Lake View Hill County Park 

Friday, February 7: Yahara Heights/Cherokee Marsh County Park 

Friday, February 14: McCarthy County Park 

Friday, February 21: CamRock County Park 

Friday, February 28: Silverwood County Park 

Friday, March 6: Anderson County Park 

Friday, March 13: Schumacher County Park 

Mar
14
Book Club - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a book and flex your imagination, deepen your understanding of the world and feed your soul with a new perspective. Because it can also be very inductive to hibernation, we are giving you an opportunity to get out of the house, gather with other readers and engage in discussion. Join us for a monthly book club discussion of three books; each with a nature theme. 

February 8th: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
March 14th: Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 
April 11th: The Overstory by Richard Powers

We will meet at the Lussier Family Heritage Center at 10am on all meeting dates.  Registration is required. You may sign up for one or all. Space is limited. 

Register online at: LussierHeritageCenter.com/events
Coffee and hot water for tea will be provided. Bring your own cup or thermos.

Mar
19
The Green Schools of Middleton and Cross Plains

This is a Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy Day event; see the website for more information.

Mar
24
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Apr
4
Annual Dog Park Cleanup Day

Join us at one of the dog parks listed below to and help us with some spring cleaning! Volunteer will help pick up trash, dog waste, and other items to help beautify our parks. This is a fun event for both you and your pup (pup optional).  Crew leaders will meet you at the park entrance and provide gloves, garbage bags and a thank you goodie bag with doggy samples. Volunteers can bring a 5-gallon pail and/or a scooper if possible.

Parks include:
Badger Prairie Park
Indian Lake Park
Lake Farm Park – Capital Spring Recreation Area
Prairie Moraine -“Tower Site”
Token Creek Park
Viking Park
Yahara Heights Park

Apr
11
Book Club - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a book and flex your imagination, deepen your understanding of the world and feed your soul with a new perspective. Because it can also be very inductive to hibernation, we are giving you an opportunity to get out of the house, gather with other readers and engage in discussion. Join us for a monthly book club discussion of three books; each with a nature theme. 

February 8th: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
March 14th: Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich 
April 11th: The Overstory by Richard Powers

We will meet at the Lussier Family Heritage Center at 10am on all meeting dates.  Registration is required. You may sign up for one or all. Space is limited. 

Register online at: LussierHeritageCenter.com/events
Coffee and hot water for tea will be provided. Bring your own cup or thermos.

Apr
14
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Apr
28
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

May
12
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

May
21
Conservancy Day: Kestrel Boxes – The Difference They Make

This is a Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy Day; see the website for more information.

May
26
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Jun
9
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Jun
20
2020 Madison Free to Breathe Yoga

The Lung Cancer Research Foundation's Free to Breathe Yoga is a one-of-a-kind event where teams fundraise to earn their spot for a day of yoga, wellness activities, and community. Teams honor those who have been diagnosed with lung cancer, while celebrating health and the power of breath. Participants raise critically needed funds for research to improve lung cancer outcomes.

Jun
23
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Jul
14
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Jul
28
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Jul
31
Sugar Maple Music Festival @ William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park

Presented by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective (FLTMC), the Sugar Maple Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival in Madison, WI exploring American roots music. Performances, workshops, and jams are held concurrently at three stages. The mainstage features bluegrass, Cajun, Americana, county and old-time music performed by regional and national artists.  The Roots & Reasons stage offers a more intimate setting for festival attendees to interact with the artists through interviews, discussions, workshops and demonstrations. Interviews with performers allow festival attendees to learn about the history, culture, and techniques of the music. And the jam tents offer festival attendees the opportunity to play music side-by-side with some of the mainstage performers.  Attendees of all skill-level are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in! This family-friendly festival is free for kids 17 and under.  David Landau performs music for kids on both Friday and Saturday and the Wild Rumpus Circus Camp offers young children’s activities on Saturday afternoon.  

Aug
1
Sugar Maple Music Festival @ William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park

Presented by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective (FLTMC), the Sugar Maple Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival in Madison, WI exploring American roots music. Performances, workshops, and jams are held concurrently at three stages. The mainstage features bluegrass, Cajun, Americana, county and old-time music performed by regional and national artists.  The Roots & Reasons stage offers a more intimate setting for festival attendees to interact with the artists through interviews, discussions, workshops and demonstrations. Interviews with performers allow festival attendees to learn about the history, culture, and techniques of the music. And the jam tents offer festival attendees the opportunity to play music side-by-side with some of the mainstage performers.  Attendees of all skill-level are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in! This family-friendly festival is free for kids 17 and under.  David Landau performs music for kids on both Friday and Saturday and the Wild Rumpus Circus Camp offers young children’s activities on Saturday afternoon.  

Aug
11
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Aug
25
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Sep
8
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Sep
15
Dane County Parks Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Dane County Parks - Volunteer Program would like to invite you to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Gathering. This gathering will be held at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison, WI.

This is our way of saying thanks for the many, many hours you have given to support Dane County Parks over the past year. Take this opportunity to meet other volunteers, relax, eat and enjoy. We will be providing dinner along with beverages.  You are welcome to bring your own beverage of choice.

Please come join us and bring your partner, spouse and children.

Please RSVP on Signup by Thursday, 9/10/2020 so we have time to purchase the provisions.

Hope you can join us!

Sep
22
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Oct
2
Harvest Moon Festival @ Lussier Family Heritage Center

Join us for the 16th Annual Harvest Moon Festival held every year at the beautiful Lussier Family Heritage Center.

Harvest Moon features a torchlit prairie trail with nature-based and recreational stations such as live critters, kids tree climb, bears, bats, tractors, and so much more.  Inside the Heritage Center, the Friends host a silent auction of locally sourced items.

Enjoy live music and autumnal treats - chili, homemade pie and other goodies - alongside a roaring bonfire.

If you're interested in volunteering to help with the event, please visit this link for available spots.

Oct
3
Indian Lake Trail Run

Welcome to the 11th annual Indian Lake Trail Run, featuring a 7k and 12k, plus a 1k kids fun run. The 2020 event takes place on Saturday, October 3 at Indian Lake county park, 25 minutes northwest of Madison, Wisconsin. There is no race-day registration. The kids fun run is free with no need to pre-register. Join us for a morning of trail fun, food, music, and more! For information including mail-in registration, directions to the park, course maps, updates, and other news, visit the race website at www.friendsofindianlake.org.

All proceeds from the Indian Lake Trail Run fund projects at the park. Money raised by the race has been used to restore and expand the park's prairie, savanna, and sedge meadow, enhance Indian Lake's fishery, construct a children's play structure near the new shelter, and maintain trails throughout Indian Lake and Halfway Prairie.

Oct
13
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Oct
27
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Nov
10
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Nov
24
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Dec
8
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!

Dec
22
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here.

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!