Jul
20
Prairie Planting Capital Springs Recreation Area

Prairie Planting & Prairie Maintenance!

Interested in volunteering your time to help plant, water and care for a pollinator garden and prairie restoration dedicated to native pollinators and educating the public? The Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area and Madison Area Master Gardeners would love your help!

We will be working just outside the Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison 53711), so volunteers can park close to the work area and use the restrooms in the Center.

SUMMER VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE

·        The next work day is Friday, June 15.

·        We need volunteers to help plant 300 plants on July 6!

·        Work parties set for the first and third Friday of every month through September. Come any of these work days for any amount of time that fits your schedule.

·        9 am to noon

·        Meet at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison 53711.

·        All tools are provided.

·        Please bring drinking water, sun protection, and your own work gloves (if you choose – we have them as well). 

·        Contact Clare Carlson with your questions at carlson.clare@countyofdane.com  and 608-513-3252.

Jul
20
Volunteer Restoration Workdays @ Dane County Parks

Join us for Friday workdays from 9am-noon throughout the summer!  We’ll be rotating through the Dane County park system working on a variety of projects to maintain our natural areas.  A top priority will be removing invasive species but opportunities may 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!

Click Here to Register

Jul
21
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!

Jul
21
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.

Jul
22
Free Native Plants for School and Community Projects Application Deadline

The Dane County Land and Water Resources Department has a limited supply of free native plants for use in school or community projects that benefit water quality and education. These plants will be available in Spring and Fall each year. Spring plants are donated from community members through the Plant Dane! native plant program and fall plants are grown by volunteers. To apply visit https://olw-lwrd.countyofdane.com/Management/Native-Plants-and-Natural-Shorelines/Native-Plants-for-Schools-and-Community-Projects.

Jul
22
Friends of Stewart Lake County Park - Monthly Volunteer Workday

The Friends of Stewart Park monthly workday is Sunday, July 22, 2018  from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm and involves invasive plant removal within the Olive Thompson Native Shrub area off Bush Trail. Meet at the end of Blueview Drive (in Nordic Hills off North 78, east side of Mt Horeb).

A top priority will be removing exotic species but opportunities may arise for other tasks such as collecting native seeds. The group will also assess the health of our planted oaks and number them for long term monitoring. We will keep this a kid friendly, chemical free and low noise, high safety activity.

All tools and training will be provided. Wear long sleeves and pants and bring drinking water. Bring a friend.

Thanks in advance for helping and caring for the natural areas in our Dane County Park. For more information please call Mary McDonough-Sutter at 608 332-5029.

Jul
27
Volunteer Restoration Workdays @ Dane County Parks

Join us for Friday workdays from 9am-noon throughout the summer!  We’ll be rotating through the Dane County park system working on a variety of projects to maintain our natural areas.  A top priority will be removing invasive species but opportunities may 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!

Click Here to Register

Jul
28
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
3
Prairie Planting Capital Springs Recreation Area

Prairie Planting & Prairie Maintenance!

Interested in volunteering your time to help plant, water and care for a pollinator garden and prairie restoration dedicated to native pollinators and educating the public? The Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area and Madison Area Master Gardeners would love your help!

We will be working just outside the Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison 53711), so volunteers can park close to the work area and use the restrooms in the Center.

SUMMER VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE

·        The next work day is Friday, June 15.

·        We need volunteers to help plant 300 plants on July 6!

·        Work parties set for the first and third Friday of every month through September. Come any of these work days for any amount of time that fits your schedule.

·        9 am to noon

·        Meet at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison 53711.

·        All tools are provided.

·        Please bring drinking water, sun protection, and your own work gloves (if you choose – we have them as well). 

·        Contact Clare Carlson with your questions at carlson.clare@countyofdane.com  and 608-513-3252.

Aug
3
Sugar Maple Music Festival @ Lake Farm County Park

Presented by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective, the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival in Madison that celebrates traditional music and dance 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 a county park.

Aug
3
Volunteer Restoration Workdays @ Dane County Parks

Join us for Friday workdays from 9am-noon throughout the summer!  We’ll be rotating through the Dane County park system working on a variety of projects to maintain our natural areas.  A top priority will be removing invasive species but opportunities may 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!

Click Here to Register

Aug
4
Sugar Maple Music Festival @ Lake Farm County Park

Presented by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective, the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival in Madison that celebrates traditional music and dance 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 a county park.

Aug
4
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.

Aug
8
Dairy Heifer Grazing Tour

Join us on a bus tour to visit two large-scale dairies in Northeast Wisconsin.  Tauchen  Harmony Valley Dairy and Vande Wettering Farms, LLP, will host and discuss their different approaches to grazing heifers.  Come and learn why these  farms chose to raise their heifers on grass and the economic and health benefits they are experiencing. Matt Akins, UW– Madison Dairy Management Specialist and Heidi Johnson, Dane County UW– Extension Crop and Soil Educator will be on hand to answer questions. 

Lunch will be provided.

Aug
11
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
14
Pollinator Habitat Planning for Farmers & Landowners Workshop

Pollinator Habitat Planning for Farmers & Landowners

Learn how to attract pollinators and beneficial insects to fields, farms, and orchards!

                                                                                Tuesday, August 14, 2018

 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Edgerton Library (AM classroom)

101 Albion St, Edgerton, WI 53534

Silverwood County Park (PM field session)

771 Silver Ln, Edgerton, WI 53534

Register: SilverwoodWorkshop.brownpapertickets.com

 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Cooksville Community Center (AM classroom)

11204 W State Road 59, Evansville, WI 53536

Royer Farm (PM field session)

49 Danks Rd, Stoughton, WI 53589
Register: CooksvilleWorkshop.brownpapertickets.com

Registration Fee: $50 (includes lunch) Contact registration@silverwoodpark.org or 608.241-9744 with questions.

Workshop Description

Get a crash course in basic bee field identification, pollinator biology and habitat requirements, habitat restoration, bee-friendly farm management practices, and federal conservation programs that help to create pollinator habitat on farms.  Take home the Xerces Society’s book, Attracting Native Pollinators and other technical & financial assistance resources to help increase pollinator habitat on your land.

Taught by Karin Jokela of the Xerces Society with local guest speakers including planners from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).

Aug
14
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: SilverwoodWorkshop.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.

Aug
17
Prairie Planting Capital Springs Recreation Area

Prairie Planting & Prairie Maintenance!

Interested in volunteering your time to help plant, water and care for a pollinator garden and prairie restoration dedicated to native pollinators and educating the public? The Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area and Madison Area Master Gardeners would love your help!

We will be working just outside the Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison 53711), so volunteers can park close to the work area and use the restrooms in the Center.

SUMMER VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE

·        The next work day is Friday, June 15.

·        We need volunteers to help plant 300 plants on July 6!

·        Work parties set for the first and third Friday of every month through September. Come any of these work days for any amount of time that fits your schedule.

·        9 am to noon

·        Meet at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison 53711.

·        All tools are provided.

·        Please bring drinking water, sun protection, and your own work gloves (if you choose – we have them as well). 

·        Contact Clare Carlson with your questions at carlson.clare@countyofdane.com  and 608-513-3252.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.