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Dane County Parks

Natural Areas Program

Screenshot of Story MapThe Dane County Park System contains over 9,000 acres of natural areas including prairies, wetlands, oak woodlands, and forests. The Natural Areas Program aims to restore and sustain natural communities in these lands while fostering a deeper connection to our natural resources.

To learn more about this program and ongoing restoration projects, please visit the interactive online map linked below.  The map includes the following information:

  • Current & Original Vegetation shows how landcover has changed dramatically since European settlement began in the 1830s.
  • Restoration Projects provides a visual summary of many ongoing restoration projects in the Dane County Park System.
  • Methods describes the tools and techniques used to manage invasive species, restore native vegetation, and maintain healthy and resilient natural communities.
  • Natural Communities showcases textbook examples of a variety of nearby natural communities which you can visit.

Visit Online Map