Dec
11
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join us at Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. on 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!  

Please RSVP and sign up Here

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!

Dec
14
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

Dec
15
Snowshoe Scurry

Snowshoe run/walk/hike or trail run/walk. 5k and 10k distances. There are a variety of trails and courses, making it fun for ALL runners and walkers.  All ability levels are encouraged to participate.  

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
21
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

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.

Jan
4
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
11
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
12
Chainsaw Safety Training Level 2 - Dane County Parks Volunteers

WHAT:           Chainsaw Safety Training Course Level  2 (Pre-registration is required)
Level 2 will cover basic chainsaw operation and safety, felling trees, safety gear options, maintenance of chainsaw and chain sharpening. Developing a workplan, determining the fall direction, electrical hazards, proper notching, use of felling assistance (mechanical, advantage, wedges) and bore cutting.   Space is limited to 15. Sign up for  Saturday  January 12, 2019.  See link below.

WHY:             Volunteers are required to take a Chainsaw Safety Training Course before using a chainsaw in a Dane County Park. Volunteers are also required to have a signed chainsaw waiver form on file. 

WHO:             Open to all Dane County Park volunteers recommend Chainasw Safety Level 1 be taken first.  Registered DC Park volunteers are given first preference for the class

WHEN:          Saturday, January 12, 2019 8:00 am – 4:00 pm  Signup HERE                            

Course will start at 8:00 am and end by 4:00 pm. Attendance of the entire training  is required to receive Forest Industry Safety Training Alliance (FISTA) certification.

WHERE:        Dane County Parks Shop 4318 Robertson Road. Madison, WI  53714
Lunch will be provided. In the afternoon, the class will be outside and include a hands on skills lab using your own chainsaw.

COST:           $30.00 to be pre-paid before the class. (Pre-registration is required)

Make check payable to Friends of Dane County Parks and send to Rhea Stangel-Maier, Dane County Parks, 4318 Robertson Road, Madison WI 53718.

To register, contact Rhea at (608) 224-3601 or stangel-maier@countyofdane.com.  
This training class is being offered at a GREAT savings to volunteers who support Dane County Parks with land management projects. No refund will be issued unless a replacement is found to fill your spot.

WHAT TO BRING:       Safety gear – chaps, hard-hat, safety glasses, hearing/ear protection, and steel-toed boots. If you do not have the safety gear listed above please contact Rhea as we will have some to loan. Bring your own chainsaw and dress appropriate for an afternoon outside hands on training session. 

Jan
18
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
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

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
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

Jul
13
Chainsaw Safety Training - Level 1

WHAT:           Chainsaw Safety Training Course Level I (Pre-registration is required)
Level I will cover basic chainsaw operation and safety, felling trees, safety gear options, maintenance of chainsaw and chain sharpening. 2 dates are being offered.  Sign up for Dec. 8, 2018 or July 13, 2019.  See link below.

WHY:             Volunteers are required to take a Chainsaw Safety Training Course before using a chainsaw in a Dane County Park. Volunteers are also required to have a signed chainsaw waiver form on file. 

WHO:             Open to all Dane County Park volunteers regardless of previous training or experience. Registered DC Park volunteers are given first preference for the class

WHEN:         Saturday July 13, 2019 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Signup HERE

Course will start at 8:00 am and end by 4:00 pm. Attendance of the entire training  is required to receive Forest Industry Safety Training Alliance (FISTA) certification.

WHERE:        Dane County Parks Shop 4318 Robertson Road. Madison, WI  53714
Lunch will be provided. In the afternoon, the class will be outside and include a hands on skills lab using your own chainsaw.

COST:           $30.00 to be pre-paid before the class. (Pre-registration is required)

Make check payable to Friends of Dane County Parks and send to Rhea Stangel-Maier, Dane County Parks, 4318 Robertson Road, Madison WI 53718.

To register, contact Rhea at (608) 224-3601 or stangel-maier@countyofdane.com.  
This training class is being offered at a GREAT savings to volunteers who support Dane County Parks with land management projects. No refund will be issued unless a replacement is found to fill your spot.

WHAT TO BRING:       Safety gear – chaps, hard-hat, safety glasses, hearing/ear protection, and steel-toed boots. If you do not have the safety gear listed above please contact Rhea as we will have some to loan. Bring your own chainsaw and dress appropriate for an afternoon outside hands on training session. 

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.