Apr
20
Earth Week Paddle and Clean-up

Join the Friends of Starkweather Creek for an Earth Week Paddle & Clean-up​! Meet at 3402 Atwood Avenue at the upstream Olbrich Boat Launch across Atwood Ave from Lake Monona​.

Pitch in for Earth Week by helping to clean up Starkweather Creek and adjacent shorelines on this special extended Bird and Nature Outing! Friends of Starkweather Creek volunteers will lead groups by canoe and foot between 10AM and 2PM. Gather for the outings and enjoy refreshments and kids activities at the upstream Olbrich Park boat landing near the Thai Pavilion. Some canoes and kayaks will be provided and led by an experienced paddler. Please bring your own paddle craft if you have one.

Free, family friendly, no registration required, no pets please. Co-sponsored by the Madison FUN partner groups Madison Parks, Madison Audubon, Goodman Community Center, Fit Youth Initiative, and Friends of Starkweather Creek. See the partner websites and Facebook pages for details and more fun and educational nature activities.

Apr
20
Eken Park Neighborhood Spring Clean-Up

Join the Eken park Neighborhood Association and the Friends of Starkweather Creek and help them clean up the Eken Park Neighborhood! Volunteers will start at 622 North St at 10:00 am, and work our way through the neighborhood picking up trash.

Bags will be provided, but please bring your own gloves.

Please join us in keeping our neighborhood litter-free!

Apr
20
Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Restoration Workdays

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

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

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

We hope you can join us!

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
Dinner Lecture: The Virtues of Natural Land Management

The Friends of Pheasant Branch are partnering with the Friends of Wisdom Prairie to offer this dinner and panel discussion on the Virtues of Natural Land Management.

Speakers:
Jeffrey Sledge will discuss the issues related to the health benefits of Natural Lands for volunteers and visitors who experience being in an ecological community. He is the Research Scientist and Director of the Health and Built Environment Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Susan Carpenter will address the benefits of restoring a whole ecological community for sustaining biological diversity and restoring ecological services to an area. She is the Native Plant Gardener at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum.

Randy Hunt will address the benefits of managing natural lands for the health and functioning of a watershed and its waters. He is the Chief Science Officer, Research Hydrologist for USGS Upper Midwest Water Science Center, in Middleton, Wisconsin.

Schedule:
5:30 pm Wine, Beer & Conversation
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Panel Discussion
8:00 pm Event Ends

Please register by April 9, 2019.
Cost: $40
https://pheasantbranch.org/event/dinner-lecture-the-virtues-of-natural-land-management/

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
Friends of Lake Wingra - Wingra Creek Cleanup

Wingra Creek Cleanup is a fun paddle between Lakes Wingra and Monona. Help us keep it beautiful too! You can participate by boat or on foot. We'll provide gloves, trash bags and a water dispenser. Please bring a refillable water bottle to help reduce waste!

We will meet at the Strand parking lot on Plaenert Drive, about 0.2 miles west of Park St. Please check our event page at www.lakewingra.org for inclement weather updates the day of.B.Y.O.B (bring your own boat)! Rentals are not available. A canoe/kayak launch is located on the southeast side of the pedestrian bridge. Who? Everyone is welcome at this family-friendly event! No RSVP is necessary, but it would help us plan work stations. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To RSVP, contact Casey at volunteer@lakewingra.org.

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

 

Apr
28
Afternoon at the Farm - Springtime at Schumacher Farm County Park

Kick off the warmer weather with some fun activities at the farm park; look for spring wildflowers on a scavenger hunt, start seeds in homemade pots, play yard games, take a naturalist-led prairie hike and everyone's favorite -- kite-flying!  Seasoned flyers from Wisconsin Kiters Club will be here to give tips on flying kites and demonstrations.

Bring a picnic lunch with the family and enjoy the afternoon. 

Free, family-friendly, no registration required.

May
3
Keep Wildlife Wild! - Lussier Family Heritage Center

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

May
3
Prairie Work Days at Lussier Family Heritage Center

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

May
4
8th Annual Donald Dash Trail Run at Donald County Park

The Friends of Donald Park are hosting the 8th annual trail run, Donald Dash, at Donald Park on Saturday, May 4th.   The run begins at 9:00 a.m. with the start and finish at the Pop’s Knoll picnic shelter area.  Runner check-in 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.  This is a 5 km and 15 km trail run for all ages and levels of experience through the hills and on the wide-grassy hiking trails of Donald Park.  Come and join other runners/walkers and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the park in the spring.  All proceeds to benefit Donald Park for trail maintenance and repair.

Online registration and more information @DonaldParkTrailRuns.com

Race registration $30.  Energy drinks, water and energy bars provided at aid stations.  Delicious homemade treats, EVP Coffee, water and juice will be provided after the race.  Overall winners and age group awards will take place after the race on Pop's Knoll.  Lots of cool prizes from sponsors Berkley Running Company, EVP Coffee, Gentle Breeze Honey, Grumpy Troll Brewery, J.S. Donald Farm, K & A Greenhouse, Movin Shoes, REI Coop, Schreiner Family Chiropractic, Sugar River Pizza, Sweeney Construction, TRUE Veterinary CARE.   

 

If you have questions, please email contact@donaldpark.org.  Donald Park is located at 1945 Hwy 92 between Mt. Horeb and Mt. Vernon.

May
4
Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Restoration Workdays

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

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

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

We hope you can join us!

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 at Badger Prairie County Park

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
7
Yoga in the Park - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Join us for yoga in the park led by Jo Temte.  

$5 (children under 10 are free). Classes start at 5:15pm and are 60 minutes per session.  Come and go as needed. 

Jo is a certified 200-hour yoga instructor.  She believes that yoga is for everyone and the best place for yoga is outdoors!

 

Bring your own mat & water bottle. Restrooms are available for changing.  Rain location is inside the Heritage Center. 
 

May
10
Bird Migration & Nature Walk at Lake Farm County Park

We will look for migratory & resident birds at the best areas that Lake Farm County Park has to offer: woods, lakeshore, prairie, marsh, and pond! Led by naturalist Clare Carlson.  Please bring binoculars, wear good hiking shoes, and bring sun protection.

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 Schumacher 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
Prairie Work Days at Lussier Family Heritage Center

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

May
18
Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Restoration Workdays

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

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

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

We hope you can join us!

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