Aug
18
Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Restoration Workdays

Work parties meet the third Saturday of the month, April-October, to pull invasives, cut brush, or gather seed. Specific work will be announced by email before the work date.  Additional dates are added throughout the season. All workdays are from 9 AM - noon.

June 16 
July 21 
August 18 
Sept. 15 
Oct. 20 

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!

Aug
18
Statewide Snapshot Day @ Festge County Park

Join the statewide search for non-native plants and animals threatening WI rivers and lakes. This is a one-day search for aquatic invasive species across Wisconsin. You can help protect your local lakes and streams by showing up at a site near you. Working together we can prevent the spread of these invasive plants and animals before they choke out our waterways.

This event will get you out on Wisconsin’s rivers and lakes at monitoring sites selected by a local coordinator–these vary from public parks to small trout streams, from bridges to your local boat launch. At some sites, friendly waters will beg you to wade in to get a better look, while at others, you will monitor and gather specimens from the shore using binoculars and rakes. Whether you want to wade in or stay dry, there is a site for you.

No previous experience required–you will be given the training and tools you need that day. This is a free event. Family friendly. Recommended for ages 8 and up, minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Schedule:
8:30 am – 9:00 am: Arrive and check in
9:00 am – 9:45 am: Get your materials and brief training
9:45 am – 12:00 pm: Search for invasive species in nearby sites
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Return to rendezvous site and share your findings

Location and Registration:
We will meet at Festge County Park, Shelter #1 for training and instructions before dividing up to monitor Black Earth Creek. Click here and select the Cross Plains site when you register. Registration is free. You will be emailed with more site-specific details prior to the event

Rain Date: August 19, 2018

Aug
19
Friends of Stewart Park Annual Celebration @ Stewart County Park

There’s nothing like a late summer picnic celebration. Join the Friends of Stewart Park for food and live music by Lakeside Ramblers, Sunday, August 19, 2018, from 4-6PM. The celebration will be at the Stewart Park Shelter near the main parking lot, 3106 County Trunk JG. 
 
The area that is currently named Stewart Lake County Park has been providing recreational, social and educational opportunities for over 100 years...it is Dane County’s first park.
 
To all who use and love Stewart Park, please join us. Enjoy a late afternoon gathering with brats and hot dogs at the shelter. A potluck dish to share would be welcome, but not required. Bring your own beverages.  Larger groups, please RSVP w Carolyn White 608 437 4371
 
Come see the beautiful shelter and new informational kiosk, meet the Friends of Stewart Park board and learn about Friend’s activities including the Olive Thomson Native Shrub Project, Native Prairie Plant Demonstration, the FALL upcoming Driftless Reader book event, 2nd Annual Plein Air (open air) painting event, monthly work days, and much more. 

Aug
20
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park accross from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

For further questions contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com       

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Aug
21
Nutrient Management Plan Writing Refresher Workshop

Attend this workshop in order to maintain your eligibility to write your own nutrient management plan.

Topics will include:

  • New State requirements
  • Using SNAPMaps
  • Updates to the SnapPlus program
Aug
25
Barks for Parks! fundraiser for Dane County Dog Parks!

Hot diggity dog, we had so much fun we're back again!  In honor of Dane County Dog Parks, Wisconsin Brewing Company is hosting the 2nd Annual "Barks for Parks!" celebration at their facility in Verona. This afternoon of fun will include live music, food, and entertainment for both two- and four-legged friends and family.  Food will be available for purchase at the event. 

Proceeds from this celebration will support Dane County Dog Parks and be used for upgrades, expansion, and special projects. Please note that dogs must be on a 6’ static leash and be current on vaccinations. Dogs must be people and animal friendly.   Complete list of "Barks for Parks!" Dog Rules.

Suggested donation for admission:
$5/person
Dogs are free!

Note that Veterinary Emergency Services will be on-hand to provide first-aid services.

Aug
25
UW Madison Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Aug
30
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park accross from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

For further questions contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com       

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Aug
30
Pollinator Habitat Planning for Farmers and Landowners

Get a crash course in basic bee field identification, pollinator biology and habitat requirements, habitat restoration, bee-friendly farm management practices, and federal programs that help to create pollinator habitat on farms. Technical & financial assistance resources provided. This workshop is taught by Karin Jokela of the Xerces Society with local guest speakers including planners from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). This is a comprehensive one-day training tailored to farmers, landowners, crop consultants, Extension agents, NRCS personnel, and others interested in pollinator conservation.

Registration fee: $50 (includes lunch).

Register here: CooksvilleWorkshop.brownpapertickets.com

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 Resource Con-servation Service (NRCS). In partnership with Dane County UW Extension, WI Farmers Union, and Fairshare Coalition. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Sep
1
UW Madison Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Sep
4
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park accross from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

For further questions contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com       

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
7
Prairie Seed Cleaning-Hammer Milling Volunteer Workday

Lend a hand in Dane County’s native seed shed to begin processing the fall harvest.  As seed comes in from the field, help is needed getting a jump start on hammer milling.  This step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust.  Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Sing up http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Limit 4 people per shift.

Friday, September 7, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, September 21, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 5, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 19, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Please register at the following link provided in the e-mail or on this link http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

For further questions contact:
Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 
Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
7
Prairie Seed Cleaning-Hammer Milling Volunteer Workday

Lend a hand in Dane County’s native seed shed to begin processing the fall harvest.  As seed comes in from the field, help is needed getting a jump start on hammer milling.  This step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust.  Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Sing up http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Limit 4 people per shift.

Friday, September 7, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, September 21, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 5, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 19, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Please register at the following link provided in the e-mail or on this link http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

For further questions contact:
Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 
Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
8
UW Madison Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Sep
12
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park accross from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

For further questions contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com       

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
15
Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Restoration Workdays

Work parties meet the third Saturday of the month, April-October, to pull invasives, cut brush, or gather seed. Specific work will be announced by email before the work date.  Additional dates are added throughout the season. All workdays are from 9 AM - noon.

June 16 
July 21 
August 18 
Sept. 15 
Oct. 20 

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!

Sep
15
UW Madison Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Sep
18
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park accross from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

For further questions contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com       

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
19
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park accross from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

For further questions contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com       

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
21
Prairie Seed Cleaning-Hammer Milling Volunteer Workday

Lend a hand in Dane County’s native seed shed to begin processing the fall harvest.  As seed comes in from the field, help is needed getting a jump start on hammer milling.  This step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust.  Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Sing up http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Limit 4 people per shift.

Friday, September 7, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, September 21, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 5, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 19, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Please register at the following link provided in the e-mail or on this link http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

For further questions contact:
Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 
Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
21
Prairie Seed Cleaning-Hammer Milling Volunteer Workday

Lend a hand in Dane County’s native seed shed to begin processing the fall harvest.  As seed comes in from the field, help is needed getting a jump start on hammer milling.  This step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust.  Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Sing up http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Limit 4 people per shift.

Friday, September 7, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, September 21, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 5, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 19, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Please register at the following link provided in the e-mail or on this link http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

For further questions contact:
Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 
Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
22
UW Madison Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Sep
26
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park accross from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

For further questions contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com       

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
27
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park accross from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

For further questions contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com       

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Sep
28
Harvest Moon- Capital Spring Recreation Area- Friday,September 28, 2018 (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Join an autumnal celebration of the natural world featuring educational exhibits along a torch-lit trail with many live critters, kids’ tree climb, and interactive games. Warm up by a roaring bonfire, roast s’mores, and listen to live music from the Poor Hearts. Visitors can also enjoy the silent auction and seasonal treats such as homemade pie, chili hot dogs, and cider for sale.

Admission is $5.00 per person (ages 5 and under are free). Military children are free with parent’s military identification.

→ Two all-terrain wheelchairs are available for no charge – please contact 608-224-3606 to reserve.

The Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area organize this event to raise critical funds for ongoing educational and outreach programming throughout the year.

Oct
3
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park accross from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

For further questions contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com       

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
5
Prairie Seed Cleaning-Hammer Milling Volunteer Workday

Lend a hand in Dane County’s native seed shed to begin processing the fall harvest.  As seed comes in from the field, help is needed getting a jump start on hammer milling.  This step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust.  Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Sing up http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Limit 4 people per shift.

Friday, September 7, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, September 21, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 5, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 19, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Please register at the following link provided in the e-mail or on this link http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

For further questions contact:
Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 
Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
5
Prairie Seed Cleaning-Hammer Milling Volunteer Workday

Lend a hand in Dane County’s native seed shed to begin processing the fall harvest.  As seed comes in from the field, help is needed getting a jump start on hammer milling.  This step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust.  Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Sing up http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Limit 4 people per shift.

Friday, September 7, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, September 21, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 5, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 19, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Please register at the following link provided in the e-mail or on this link http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

For further questions contact:
Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 
Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
6
UW Madison Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Oct
10
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park accross from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

For further questions contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com       

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
12
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park accross from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

For further questions contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com       

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
13
UW Madison Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Oct
17
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park accross from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

For further questions contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com       

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
19
Prairie Seed Cleaning-Hammer Milling Volunteer Workday

Lend a hand in Dane County’s native seed shed to begin processing the fall harvest.  As seed comes in from the field, help is needed getting a jump start on hammer milling.  This step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust.  Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Sing up http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Limit 4 people per shift.

Friday, September 7, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, September 21, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 5, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 19, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Please register at the following link provided in the e-mail or on this link http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

For further questions contact:
Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 
Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
19
Prairie Seed Cleaning-Hammer Milling Volunteer Workday

Lend a hand in Dane County’s native seed shed to begin processing the fall harvest.  As seed comes in from the field, help is needed getting a jump start on hammer milling.  This step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust.  Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided.  Space is limited and registration is required.  Sing up http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Limit 4 people per shift.

Friday, September 7, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, September 21, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 5, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 19, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Please register at the following link provided in the e-mail or on this link http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

For further questions contact:
Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 
Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
20
Pheasant Branch Conservancy - Restoration Workdays

Work parties meet the third Saturday of the month, April-October, to pull invasives, cut brush, or gather seed. Specific work will be announced by email before the work date.  Additional dates are added throughout the season. All workdays are from 9 AM - noon.

June 16 
July 21 
August 18 
Sept. 15 
Oct. 20 

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!

Oct
20
UW Madison Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Oct
26
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie!  The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem.  Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week.  Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.  Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience.  No prior experience is needed.  All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park accross from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

For further questions contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com       

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
27
UW Madison Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Nov
3
UW Madison Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Nov
10
UW Madison Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Nov
17
UW Madison Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Nov
24
UW Madison Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Dec
1
Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Dec
8
UW Madison Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Dec
15
UW Madison Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Dec
22
UW Madison Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.