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Dane County Parks

Wellness in Nature

Event Dates

  • Saturday, 09/23/2023 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Event Description

Join the Friends of Capital Springs and event partners at the beautiful lakefront William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park for a fall family afternoon focusing on the benefits of nature to physical and mental well-being. Our honored educator and guest is the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. Enjoy engaging activities for all interests and ages!

We are extremely excited to welcome you and your family to this special event! Please visit the Friends web site for more information, including a schedule of events:  


This fall family-friendly event is from 1 - 5 pm.

Picnic Buffet from Cranberry Creek Catering is for sale at 3 pm
$10/adult – age 16,
$5/youth, 5 & under free

Activities start at 1 pm:

  • Ho-Chunk Nation of WI Cultural Outreach & Dug-Out Canoe
  • Lakeshore Interpretive Hiking Trails with educational signage & nature observation station. 1.2 or .5 mile loop, Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area
  • Canoeing & Fishing, Dane County Parks
  • Nature Crafts Table, Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area
  • CPR Demos & Heart Health Games, SSM Health Dean & Foundation for Dane County Parks
  • Family Bike Ride at 1:45 pm, Friends of Capital Springs. Paved, 2 miles. Bring your bike if you can; a number of bikes available for use as well!
  • Trishaw rides for attendees with mobility issues
  • Reading & Flute-playing: The Ho-Chunk Courting Flute at 2:30pm By Bill Quackenbush, Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Officer   
  • Ho-Chunk Nation Drum Music Performance at 3pm
  • Featured Speakers, 3:30-5 pm - Dr. Roopa Shah, MD SSM Health: Wellness in Nature & Bill Quackenbush, Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Officer: Tribal Healing & Nature

All are welcome to this free community event! Plan to attend?  Please email Clare at with the number in your group.

A $5-10 donation is requested to help continue Friends of Capital Springs nature-focused programing. Donate now or at the event. Thank you for your support.

Event partners: 

  • The Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area
  • Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Parks
  • Foundation for Dane County Parks
  • Healthy Parks Healthy You program
  • SSM Health
  • Dean Health Plan by Medica
  • Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Carlson Black O’Callaghan & Battenberg

If you are interested in being a volunteer, sign-up here. Contact Clare Carlson if you have any questions.

If you or your business would like to become an event sponsor, please reach out to Clare Carlson and thank you! Sponsorship supports this and other nature-focused community outreach throughout the year. All sponsors will be included on a poster displayed at the event. Thanks so much.

Event Website



William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park shelter 2

4330 Libby Road

Madison, WI 53711


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