Annual Dog Park Cleanup Day!

9:00AM - 12:00PM

Join us at one of the area dog parks for a spring cleanup.  Crew leaders will meet you at the park enterance.   

What to bring: gloves, 5-gallon pail (if possible) and a scooper.  


Cottontail Classic 5K/10K

8:30 am

The Cottontail Classic is a family fun, competitive and memorable Easter Tradition in Fitchburg Wisconsin. The run/walk is a timed event for those competitive runners with SUGAR STATIONS on course for those wanting a little more family fun on Easter Saturday.  Following the event there is a FREE Kids Easter Egg Hunt and included Pancake Breakfast!!

A portion of the run will be on the Capital City Trail.

Find out more and sign up:

Youth Service Day at McCarthy Youth Conservation Park

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Youth Service Day is a National Volunteer Day when students, groups and families volunteer to do service projects throughout their communities to help make a difference.

9:00 am- 9:30 am

  • Welcome and project assignments
  • Refreshements- donuts, juice, coffee, and hot chocolate (Bank of Sun Prairie and Beans N Cream)

9:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Spread mulch and prairie seed
  • Clear invasive species and haul brush
  • Plant a few trees

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Lunch provided - hotdogs, chips, cookies, soda, and water (Madison East Kawanis)
  • Fun Activity - rock painting

Registration is requested. Please sign up at:


Walk For Water

2018 Walk for Water at 401 Blue Mounds St. Mt. Horeb, WI 53572, Mount Horeb

2018 Walk for Water


On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the community of Mt. Horeb will rally together with a Walk for Water to give hope to those who lack access to safe water. It’s an event that will change lives around the world forever through the gift of safe water. Join hundreds as we walk so others won’t have to.

Why Walk? Every day, millions of women and children in developing countries walk an average of 3 miles to retrieve water for their family's daily needs. In most cases, after walking for miles, the water they retrieve to drink and cook with is from an open water source and is often contaminated.

Our Walk for Water will simulate this trek to raise awareness of the global water crisis here in our community. Each participant will start the Walk for Water with an empty bucket. Remember to bring a bucket, pail, milk jug, etc. to carry water. Half-way through the walk, they will fill that bucket with water from Stewart Lake and walk back for the remainder of the course. We hope that all participants end the Walk for Water with a better understanding of the challenges people around the world face daily in search of something that we often take for granted – water.

Proceeds: This fundraising event is sponsored by Immanuel Lutheran Church and all proceeds will go to Living Water International to be used to cover the costs incurred to drill a well in a small village in Honduras that lacks clean water. It costs approx. $5500 to drill a well in Central America with Living Water International. From June 9-16, a mission team from the Mt. Horeb and Madison area will travel to Honduras to partner with Living Water International to help drill this well for a small community near La Ceiba, Honduras that lacks access to clean water.

Registration Fees & Shirts: $25/person through April 19th and $30 after April 19th for students/adults (13+). Kids 12 or under are free, with an adult registration. Kids t-shirts can be ordered for $10. Shirts guaranteed to those who register by April 19th! If registering after April 19th, we cannot guarantee a shirt or size will be available.

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018

Schedule: Onsite registration and t-shirt pick-up will begin at 9:00 am at the upper shelter at Grundahl Park, in Mt. Horeb. The Walk for Water will begin promptly at 10:00 am.

Location: Grundahl Park, 401 Blue Mounds Rd. Mt. Horeb, WI, 53572

Word on the Street 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Run

8:00 - 10:00 am

Run, walk, or jog a 5K route that begins and ends at the Verona Public Library. The chip-timed course goes through residential streets and along the park road in scenic Badger Prairie County Park. Running-related quotes on signs and in chalk along the course will keep participants inspired and entertained! A shorter kids' run is also offered. Proceeds will benefit the Verona Public Library Endowment Fund.

Learn more:

7th Annual Donald Dash Trail Run @ Donald County Park

9:00 am

An annual trail run held in Donald Park located in Mt. Horeb, WI. This year the distances will be 5km and 15km, but not missing any of the usual fun and challenging course terrain (prairie, sand, hills, and more--see course info)!

100% of proceeds are donated to Friends of Donald Park. The funds are earmarked for trail maintenance and repair.

See website for additional information:


Parks & Trails Unite Festival

10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Help us celebrate our amazing parks and trails at an event designed to bring us ALL together! Dane County Parks is teaming up with United Madison to host a one of a kind Parks & Trails Unite Festival. This will be a free community event will encourage unity, give us the opportunity to lift each other up to better understand and learn from each other, and celebrate our amazing parks and trails and the community connections that they provide.

The Festival will take place in BOTH Lake Farm County Park and McDaniel Park, that includes the new Lower Yahara River Trail and it’s mile-long boardwalk bridge that connects the two parks and provides an off-road trail connection between Madison and McFarland that didn’t previously exist. This free festival will include live music, food carts, motivational speakers, educational and cultural displays, live demonstrations, local TV and media personalities, activity stations for adults and kids, pontoon rides, a biergarten, and other activities, too numerous to list.

The funds raised will be stretched far and wide to benefit our community in a way never done before.  A majority of the proceeds will help build capacity of Dane County volunteers and the sixteen friends groups that support individual county parks. The work that these individuals do for the betterment of Dane County Parks and our communities is essential. Last year the parks had over 3,500 volunteers that put in an unbelievable 66,880 hours. That equates to well over a million dollars in labor. A portion of the proceeds donated by event sponsors will benefit local nonprofit partners as well as supporting United Madison in their effort to support a unified, thriving community for EVERYONE . We hope you will join us at this festival to celebrate and support the parks and trails you love and help lift up and unite our community!

Stay tuned for more details about this event and learn more about sponsorship opportunities on our the event webpage!

Watch a video about the trail on our Facebook page.

We will be selling t-shirts at this event to help raise additional funds and need awesome park-themed designs.  Learn more!

BioBlitz at Lake Farm County Park

10:00am - 3:00pm

The Milwaukee Public Museum is sponsoring the very first BioBlitz in Dane County at Lake Farm County Park! Over one hundred scientists from many different fields of study will identify as many plant and animal species as they can within a 24-hour period. 

Spiders, insects, mammals, plants, fish, reptiles and many other species will be identified. Come and see what they discover!  Use microscopes, see live critters and interact with the scientists!  This event is free and open to the public – a great family event! Event sponsors are the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area and Dane County Parks.

Prairie Chase Run/Walk at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

A FUNdraising event for the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy
The fourth annual Prairie Chase event will take place on June 23, 2018. Registration will open at 7am.  Start time for the 5K walk is 8:00am. Start time for the 5K and 10K runs will be 8:15am.  At 9:15 we will have a kids short race around a soccer field. The event will start and finish in Orchid Heights Park, Middleton, WI. Parking and a rest room is available at the park. Click here for directions.

Pheasant Branch Conservancy is one of the best kept secrets for runners and walkers in the greater Madison area. The run route is on easy-going, crushed limestone and also include a section of flexible, joint-sparing boardwalks through cool, shaded woods. The walk route is also on the limestone path as well as mowed paths through gorgeous, restored prairie.

Find out more on their event website: