Mar
28
Our Yahara River: Its 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)
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.

May
4
Annual Donald Dash Trail Run

This year the distances will be 5km and 15km, but not missing any of the usual fun and challenging course terrain (prairie, sand, hills, and more--see course info)!

100% of proceeds are donated to Friends of Donald Park. The funds are earmarked for trail maintenance and repair.

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.

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
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
22
Barn Dance at Silverwood County Park

Kick up your heels and do-si-do!

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.

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!