Jan
22
Informational Meeting: Updates to the Dane County Manure Management Ordinance

Dane County Land & Water Resources Department staff will give an overview of proposed ordinance changes related to manure management including storage and winter spreading in Dane County.

Jan
25
Tree & Brush Removal Volunteer Workday - Winter 2018-19 Schedule -Various locations throughout County Park system

 Dane County Parks

Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

Winter 2018-2019 Schedule

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. 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           

Any questions please feel free to contact us:  

Rhea: (608)-224-3601

Lars: (608)- 286-9497

Jan
26
Sustainability Series: Sustainable Gardens & Landscapes

Learn about Sustainable Gardens & Landscapes with guest speaker Susan Carpenter, the native plant gardener at the UW-Madison Arboretum. Susan, works with students and many community volunteers to maintain and monitor a 4-acre demonstration garden representing the plant communities of southern Wisconsin. She also leads a pollinator conservation project that involves students and the public in documenting and studying native bumble bees, including the endangered rusty-patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis, which lives at the Arboretum and perhaps in your garden.

Jan
30
Informational Meeting: Updates to the Dane County Manure Management Ordinance

Dane County Land & Water Resources Department staff will give an overview of proposed ordinance changes related to manure management including storage and winter spreading in Dane County.

Feb
1
Tree & Brush Removal Volunteer Workday - Winter 2018-19 Schedule -Various locations throughout County Park system

 Dane County Parks

Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

Winter 2018-2019 Schedule

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. 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           

Any questions please feel free to contact us:  

Rhea: (608)-224-3601

Lars: (608)- 286-9497

Feb
8
Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control - Silverwood Farm County Park

Full Description

Learn science-based pest management strategies to integrate beneficial insects back into crops, orchards, and gardens for natural pest control. Find out how to support these insects that provide pest control, how common farm and garden practices can impact beneficial insects, and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects. Registration includes Xerces Society book, Farming with Beneficial Insects, habitat assessment guides, and other relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.                                                                                                                     

Skills & Objectives

·        The importance of beneficial insects -- predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests.

·        Overview of 'conservation biological control' and integrated pest management (IPM).

·        Become familiar with the most common beneficial insect groups.

·        How to recognize the habitat needs of beneficial insects and identify habitat deficiencies.

·        Planning for habitat improvements -- site prep, insectary plantings, hedgerows, beetle banks...

·        Best management practices to minimize potential negative impacts of farm practices on predators, parasitoids, and pollinators.

·        USDA conservation programs -- technical and financial assistance to enhance diversity on farms.

 

Instructor Bio

Thelma Heidel-Baker is a beneficial insect conservation expert for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and is dedicated to finding ways to bring pollinators and other beneficial insects back to the farming landscape. She has extensive research experience in biological control and integrated pest management (IPM) in agricultural cropping systems and entomology degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S) and University of Minnesota (Ph.D). She actively incorporates insect conservation practices into her family’s pasture-based dairy farm in Sheboygan County, WI.

 

Location & Logistics

The Stone House at Silverwood Park. Silverwood Park is located in southeast Dane County in the town of Albion, approximately 3 miles east of I-90 Exit #160 on Highway 106. The address is 771 Silver Lane; Edgerton, WI 53534.

 

Please bring a sack lunch and refillable beverage container. Please carry in shoes to wear indoors to protect the wooden floors this recently restored historic building. Coffee/tea and snacks provided.

                                                                                                                                                                            

Cost & Registration

This short course costs $25. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/SWcourse

Contact registration@silverwoodpark.org with questions regarding scholarships or any other concerns.

 

Presented by Friends of Silverwood Park

With a grant from the John A. Johnson Environment Fund, Madison Community Foundation
Sponsored by the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

In partnership with Dane County UW Extension, WI Farmers Union, & Fairshare Coalition

Feb
8
Tree & Brush Removal Volunteer Workday - Winter 2018-19 Schedule -Various locations throughout County Park system

 Dane County Parks

Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

Winter 2018-2019 Schedule

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. 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           

Any questions please feel free to contact us:  

Rhea: (608)-224-3601

Lars: (608)- 286-9497

Feb
15
Tree & Brush Removal Volunteer Workday - Winter 2018-19 Schedule -Various locations throughout County Park system

 Dane County Parks

Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

Winter 2018-2019 Schedule

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. 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           

Any questions please feel free to contact us:  

Rhea: (608)-224-3601

Lars: (608)- 286-9497

Feb
16
Sustainability Series: Sustainable Food Practices

Learn about sustainable food practices from the Willy Street Co-op. Willy Street Co-op opened it's first store in 1974. They are committed to sustainability not only in the foods they provide, but strive to reduce their carbon footprint overall by using energy-efficient lighting, using recyclable packaging for deli items, using solar to heat their water for their west location, and utilizing the Madison Gas and Electric Green Wind Power Program.

Feb
22
Tree & Brush Removal Volunteer Workday - Winter 2018-19 Schedule -Various locations throughout County Park system

 Dane County Parks

Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

Winter 2018-2019 Schedule

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. 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           

Any questions please feel free to contact us:  

Rhea: (608)-224-3601

Lars: (608)- 286-9497

Mar
1
Tree & Brush Removal Volunteer Workday - Winter 2018-19 Schedule -Various locations throughout County Park system

 Dane County Parks

Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

Winter 2018-2019 Schedule

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. 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           

Any questions please feel free to contact us:  

Rhea: (608)-224-3601

Lars: (608)- 286-9497

Mar
8
Tree & Brush Removal Volunteer Workday - Winter 2018-19 Schedule -Various locations throughout County Park system

 Dane County Parks

Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

Winter 2018-2019 Schedule

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. 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           

Any questions please feel free to contact us:  

Rhea: (608)-224-3601

Lars: (608)- 286-9497

Mar
15
Tree & Brush Removal Volunteer Workday - Winter 2018-19 Schedule -Various locations throughout County Park system

 Dane County Parks

Volunteer Tree & Brush Removal Workdays

Winter 2018-2019 Schedule

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. 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           

Any questions please feel free to contact us:  

Rhea: (608)-224-3601

Lars: (608)- 286-9497

Mar
16
Saw & Brush Cutter Maintenance

Saw & Brush Cutter Maintenance — REGISTER HERE

Dane County Mechanical Repair Technician Roland Arndt will be conducting a Chainsaw and Brush Cutter Maintenance program on Saturday March 16, 2019 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am This informational seminar will give you a hands on approach to keeping your equipment in top running condition. Roland will go through step by step how to properly sharpen your saws, bar maintenance, air filter replacement, spark plugs replacement , and many more tips on keeping your equipment finely tuned. Roland will have some goodies for your cutting equipment also. Hand files, helmets, and chaps will all be part of some very awesome door prizes! Our volunteer base is the engine that drives our Natural Areas Program, we hope Roland can help keep your “Engines” in tip top shape to avoid the frustrations of improperly maintained equipment. Dane County Parks would like to thank you all again for your great efforts in our Parks System!

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.

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.

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
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
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.