Oct
23
Badger Prairie County Park -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
23
Fireside Yoga - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Join Wishing Tree Studio for a 45-minute Yoga Flow by the campfire. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel, any props, and your mask. We will keep a safe distance and masks are optional while on your mat, but required any time you are off your mat and not physically distanced. Tickets are $10 a person.

All experience levels welcome!

All rain dates will be the Sunday following at the same time.

Oct
23
Ice Age Junction Reddan Unit -- Prairie Seed Collection

Sign Up Here: https://signup.com/go/fzgCMRA

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripening on the stem. Join Dane County Parks for a fall harvest on the prairie as we collect seeds around the County at different parks each week. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration. Join us for what will be a unique and rewarding experience. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Groups (students or other) need to contact Lars directly to register and talk over logistics.

We meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toed shoes, bring own drinking water, work gloves and be prepared for mosquitoes.

COVID guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distance cannot be maintained; no masks required when collecting seeds at a safe distance.

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
24
StoryWalk: "Count Down to Fall" by Fran Hawk

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden).

The summer days get a little colder; the leaves turn from green to orange and red. Fall must be on the way, and while you unpack sweaters and scarves, the animals frolic outside in the crisp autumn air beneath a wide blue sky. In Fran Hawk’s Count Down to Fall, watch the falling leaves tumble all around. The vibrant and detailed illustrations of Sherry Neidigh capture the majesty of the maple, the oak, the linden, and more. Critters play in the time of changing seasons, and remind us that the changes of the earth affect us all—animals and humans alike!

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Oct
26
Prairie Seed Cleaning - Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Seed Cleaning—Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Sign up required: Sign up at https://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Lend a hand in Dane County Park’s native seed shed to help process the fall seed harvest with our Natural Lands Management staff. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed to turn hundreds of pounds of seed heads into hundreds of pounds of clean seed that will be spread in restoration sites across the county. The hammer mill step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters. The fanning mill will be used to seperate clean seed from chaff. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided. Space is limited to 4-6 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot. 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines:  Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If weather allows we will be trying to process the seed outdoors to limit time spent indoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.  

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
26
Prairie Seed Cleaning - Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Seed Cleaning—Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Sign up required: Sign up at https://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Lend a hand in Dane County Park’s native seed shed to help process the fall seed harvest with our Natural Lands Management staff. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed to turn hundreds of pounds of seed heads into hundreds of pounds of clean seed that will be spread in restoration sites across the county. The hammer mill step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters. The fanning mill will be used to seperate clean seed from chaff. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided. Space is limited to 4-6 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot. 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines:  Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If weather allows we will be trying to process the seed outdoors to limit time spent indoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.  

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
27
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Oct
27
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join Natural Lands Management Staff at Walking Iron County Park 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, clearing invasive brush, brush pile burning and/or spreading additional prairie seed.  All tools and training will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

COVID-19 guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distancing of at least 6' cannot be maintained. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
28
Prairie Seed Cleaning - Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Seed Cleaning—Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Sign up required: Sign up at https://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Lend a hand in Dane County Park’s native seed shed to help process the fall seed harvest with our Natural Lands Management staff. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed to turn hundreds of pounds of seed heads into hundreds of pounds of clean seed that will be spread in restoration sites across the county. The hammer mill step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters. The fanning mill will be used to seperate clean seed from chaff. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided. Space is limited to 4-6 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot. 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines:  Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If weather allows we will be trying to process the seed outdoors to limit time spent indoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.  

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
28
Prairie Seed Cleaning - Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Seed Cleaning—Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Sign up required: Sign up at https://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Lend a hand in Dane County Park’s native seed shed to help process the fall seed harvest with our Natural Lands Management staff. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed to turn hundreds of pounds of seed heads into hundreds of pounds of clean seed that will be spread in restoration sites across the county. The hammer mill step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters. The fanning mill will be used to seperate clean seed from chaff. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided. Space is limited to 4-6 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot. 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines:  Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If weather allows we will be trying to process the seed outdoors to limit time spent indoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.  

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
28
Wisdom Prairie Workday

This is a Friends of Wisdom Prairie event; see the website for further information.

Oct
29
Prairie Seed Cleaning - Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Seed Cleaning—Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Sign up required: Sign up at https://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Lend a hand in Dane County Park’s native seed shed to help process the fall seed harvest with our Natural Lands Management staff. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed to turn hundreds of pounds of seed heads into hundreds of pounds of clean seed that will be spread in restoration sites across the county. The hammer mill step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters. The fanning mill will be used to seperate clean seed from chaff. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided. Space is limited to 4-6 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot. 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines:  Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If weather allows we will be trying to process the seed outdoors to limit time spent indoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.  

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
29
Prairie Seed Cleaning - Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Seed Cleaning—Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Sign up required: Sign up at https://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Lend a hand in Dane County Park’s native seed shed to help process the fall seed harvest with our Natural Lands Management staff. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed to turn hundreds of pounds of seed heads into hundreds of pounds of clean seed that will be spread in restoration sites across the county. The hammer mill step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters. The fanning mill will be used to seperate clean seed from chaff. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided. Space is limited to 4-6 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot. 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines:  Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If weather allows we will be trying to process the seed outdoors to limit time spent indoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.  

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
30
Fireside Yoga - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Join Wishing Tree Studio for a 45-minute Yoga Flow by the campfire. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel, any props, and your mask. We will keep a safe distance and masks are optional while on your mat, but required any time you are off your mat and not physically distanced. Tickets are $10 a person.

All experience levels welcome!

All rain dates will be the Sunday following at the same time.

Oct
30
Prairie Seed Cleaning - Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Seed Cleaning—Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Sign up required: Sign up at https://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Lend a hand in Dane County Park’s native seed shed to help process the fall seed harvest with our Natural Lands Management staff. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed to turn hundreds of pounds of seed heads into hundreds of pounds of clean seed that will be spread in restoration sites across the county. The hammer mill step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters. The fanning mill will be used to seperate clean seed from chaff. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided. Space is limited to 4-6 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot. 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines:  Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If weather allows we will be trying to process the seed outdoors to limit time spent indoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.  

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
30
Prairie Seed Cleaning - Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Seed Cleaning—Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Sign up required: Sign up at https://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Lend a hand in Dane County Park’s native seed shed to help process the fall seed harvest with our Natural Lands Management staff. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed to turn hundreds of pounds of seed heads into hundreds of pounds of clean seed that will be spread in restoration sites across the county. The hammer mill step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters. The fanning mill will be used to seperate clean seed from chaff. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided. Space is limited to 4-6 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot. 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines:  Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If weather allows we will be trying to process the seed outdoors to limit time spent indoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.  

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Oct
31
StoryWalk: "Count Down to Fall" by Fran Hawk

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden).

The summer days get a little colder; the leaves turn from green to orange and red. Fall must be on the way, and while you unpack sweaters and scarves, the animals frolic outside in the crisp autumn air beneath a wide blue sky. In Fran Hawk’s Count Down to Fall, watch the falling leaves tumble all around. The vibrant and detailed illustrations of Sherry Neidigh capture the majesty of the maple, the oak, the linden, and more. Critters play in the time of changing seasons, and remind us that the changes of the earth affect us all—animals and humans alike!

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Nov
2
Prairie Seed Cleaning - Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Seed Cleaning—Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Sign up required: Sign up at https://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Lend a hand in Dane County Park’s native seed shed to help process the fall seed harvest with our Natural Lands Management staff. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed to turn hundreds of pounds of seed heads into hundreds of pounds of clean seed that will be spread in restoration sites across the county. The hammer mill step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters. The fanning mill will be used to seperate clean seed from chaff. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided. Space is limited to 4-6 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot. 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines:  Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If weather allows we will be trying to process the seed outdoors to limit time spent indoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.  

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Nov
2
Prairie Seed Cleaning - Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Seed Cleaning—Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Sign up required: Sign up at https://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Lend a hand in Dane County Park’s native seed shed to help process the fall seed harvest with our Natural Lands Management staff. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed to turn hundreds of pounds of seed heads into hundreds of pounds of clean seed that will be spread in restoration sites across the county. The hammer mill step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters. The fanning mill will be used to seperate clean seed from chaff. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided. Space is limited to 4-6 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot. 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines:  Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If weather allows we will be trying to process the seed outdoors to limit time spent indoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.  

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Nov
3
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Nov
4
Prairie Seed Cleaning - Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Seed Cleaning—Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Sign up required: Sign up at https://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Lend a hand in Dane County Park’s native seed shed to help process the fall seed harvest with our Natural Lands Management staff. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed to turn hundreds of pounds of seed heads into hundreds of pounds of clean seed that will be spread in restoration sites across the county. The hammer mill step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters. The fanning mill will be used to seperate clean seed from chaff. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided. Space is limited to 4-6 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot. 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines:  Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If weather allows we will be trying to process the seed outdoors to limit time spent indoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.  

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Nov
4
Prairie Seed Cleaning - Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Seed Cleaning—Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Sign up required: Sign up at https://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Lend a hand in Dane County Park’s native seed shed to help process the fall seed harvest with our Natural Lands Management staff. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed to turn hundreds of pounds of seed heads into hundreds of pounds of clean seed that will be spread in restoration sites across the county. The hammer mill step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters. The fanning mill will be used to seperate clean seed from chaff. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided. Space is limited to 4-6 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot. 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines:  Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If weather allows we will be trying to process the seed outdoors to limit time spent indoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.  

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Nov
5
Prairie Seed Cleaning - Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Seed Cleaning—Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Sign up required: Sign up at https://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Lend a hand in Dane County Park’s native seed shed to help process the fall seed harvest with our Natural Lands Management staff. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed to turn hundreds of pounds of seed heads into hundreds of pounds of clean seed that will be spread in restoration sites across the county. The hammer mill step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters. The fanning mill will be used to seperate clean seed from chaff. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided. Space is limited to 4-6 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot. 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines:  Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If weather allows we will be trying to process the seed outdoors to limit time spent indoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.  

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Nov
5
Prairie Seed Cleaning - Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Seed Cleaning—Hammer and Fanning Mill Volunteer Workdays

Sign up required: Sign up at https://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Lend a hand in Dane County Park’s native seed shed to help process the fall seed harvest with our Natural Lands Management staff. As seed comes in from the field, help is needed to turn hundreds of pounds of seed heads into hundreds of pounds of clean seed that will be spread in restoration sites across the county. The hammer mill step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters. The fanning mill will be used to seperate clean seed from chaff. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Participants will need to stand on a step stool and tolerate some noise and dust. Hearing protection and dust masks will be provided. Space is limited to 4-6 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot. 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines:  Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If weather allows we will be trying to process the seed outdoors to limit time spent indoors. Dress appropriately for the weather.  

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Nov
7
StoryWalk: "Count Down to Fall" by Fran Hawk

Come out the Lussier Family Heritage Center prairie trails for a self-guided StoryWalk® featuring Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk. The book starts just past the Prairie Learning Center sign (behind the Pollinator Garden).

The summer days get a little colder; the leaves turn from green to orange and red. Fall must be on the way, and while you unpack sweaters and scarves, the animals frolic outside in the crisp autumn air beneath a wide blue sky. In Fran Hawk’s Count Down to Fall, watch the falling leaves tumble all around. The vibrant and detailed illustrations of Sherry Neidigh capture the majesty of the maple, the oak, the linden, and more. Critters play in the time of changing seasons, and remind us that the changes of the earth affect us all—animals and humans alike!

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Lussier Family Heritage Center bathroom facilities are closed. A porta-let is available for use near the campground. 

Nov
10
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Nov
10
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join Natural Lands Management Staff at Walking Iron County Park 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, clearing invasive brush, brush pile burning and/or spreading additional prairie seed.  All tools and training will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

COVID-19 guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distancing of at least 6' cannot be maintained. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Nov
11
Wisdom Prairie Workday

This is a Friends of Wisdom Prairie event; see the website for further information.

Nov
14
Friends of Anderson County Park Work Day

These regular monthly workdays are sponsored by the Anderson Park Friends; see their website for a description of possible activities and visit their calendar page to let them know if you plan on attending.

Nov
14
Holiday Crafts with Nature at Schumacher Farm County Park

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Schumacher Farm; watch their website for further information.

Nov
17
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Nov
24
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Nov
24
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join Natural Lands Management Staff at Walking Iron County Park 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, clearing invasive brush, brush pile burning and/or spreading additional prairie seed.  All tools and training will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

COVID-19 guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distancing of at least 6' cannot be maintained. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Nov
30
Seed Weighing and Bagging Workdays

Prairie Seed Processing -- Weighing and Bagging Seed Volunteer Workday

Sign up required: https://signup.com/go/PYNZAt

You are invited to join Dane County's Land Management staff in the next step of our prairie seed restoration process. We will be weighing, bagging, and labeling seed. This is the last step before the seed will be dispersed to a variety of prairie plantings planned for the year. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Space is limited to 8 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot.

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. We will be spacing individuals out at separate tables. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Nov
30
Seed Weighing and Bagging Workdays

Prairie Seed Processing -- Weighing and Bagging Seed Volunteer Workday

Sign up required: https://signup.com/go/PYNZAt

You are invited to join Dane County's Land Management staff in the next step of our prairie seed restoration process. We will be weighing, bagging, and labeling seed. This is the last step before the seed will be dispersed to a variety of prairie plantings planned for the year. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Space is limited to 8 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot.

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. We will be spacing individuals out at separate tables. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Dec
1
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Dec
2
Morton Forest -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Dec
4
Indian Lake -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Dec
8
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Dec
8
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join Natural Lands Management Staff at Walking Iron County Park 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, clearing invasive brush, brush pile burning and/or spreading additional prairie seed.  All tools and training will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

COVID-19 guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distancing of at least 6' cannot be maintained. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Dec
9
Seed Weighing and Bagging Workdays

Prairie Seed Processing -- Weighing and Bagging Seed Volunteer Workday

Sign up required: https://signup.com/go/PYNZAt

You are invited to join Dane County's Land Management staff in the next step of our prairie seed restoration process. We will be weighing, bagging, and labeling seed. This is the last step before the seed will be dispersed to a variety of prairie plantings planned for the year. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Space is limited to 8 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot.

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. We will be spacing individuals out at separate tables. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Dec
9
Seed Weighing and Bagging Workdays

Prairie Seed Processing -- Weighing and Bagging Seed Volunteer Workday

Sign up required: https://signup.com/go/PYNZAt

You are invited to join Dane County's Land Management staff in the next step of our prairie seed restoration process. We will be weighing, bagging, and labeling seed. This is the last step before the seed will be dispersed to a variety of prairie plantings planned for the year. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Space is limited to 8 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot.

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. We will be spacing individuals out at separate tables. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Dec
10
Seed Weighing and Bagging Workdays

Prairie Seed Processing -- Weighing and Bagging Seed Volunteer Workday

Sign up required: https://signup.com/go/PYNZAt

You are invited to join Dane County's Land Management staff in the next step of our prairie seed restoration process. We will be weighing, bagging, and labeling seed. This is the last step before the seed will be dispersed to a variety of prairie plantings planned for the year. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Space is limited to 8 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot.

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. We will be spacing individuals out at separate tables. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Dec
10
Seed Weighing and Bagging Workdays

Prairie Seed Processing -- Weighing and Bagging Seed Volunteer Workday

Sign up required: https://signup.com/go/PYNZAt

You are invited to join Dane County's Land Management staff in the next step of our prairie seed restoration process. We will be weighing, bagging, and labeling seed. This is the last step before the seed will be dispersed to a variety of prairie plantings planned for the year. No prior experience is needed. All tools and training will be provided. Space is limited to 8 individuals per shift and registration is required. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. We have many interested volunteers who will be able to fill an empty spot.

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. We will be spacing individuals out at separate tables. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Dec
11
Indian Lake -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Dec
12
Friends of Anderson County Park Work Day

These regular monthly workdays are sponsored by the Anderson Park Friends; see their website for a description of possible activities and visit their calendar page to let them know if you plan on attending.

Dec
15
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Dec
16
Prairie Moraine Dog Park -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Dec
18
Silverwood County Park -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Dec
22
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Dec
29
Donald County Park Tuesday Morning Work Group

This weekly Tuesday morning work group is sponsored by the Friends of Donald Park; see their website for further information, and please let them know at contact@donaldpark.org if you're planning on attending.

Dec
29
Schumacher Farm County Park -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Jan
8
Lower Mud Lake Natural Resource Area -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Jan
12
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join Natural Lands Management Staff at Walking Iron County Park 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, clearing invasive brush, brush pile burning and/or spreading additional prairie seed.  All tools and training will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

COVID-19 guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distancing of at least 6' cannot be maintained. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Jan
15
Festge County Park -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Jan
22
Festge County Park -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Jan
26
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join Natural Lands Management Staff at Walking Iron County Park 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, clearing invasive brush, brush pile burning and/or spreading additional prairie seed.  All tools and training will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

COVID-19 guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distancing of at least 6' cannot be maintained. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Jan
29
Lake View Hill -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Feb
5
Yahara Heights County Park -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Feb
9
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join Natural Lands Management Staff at Walking Iron County Park 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, clearing invasive brush, brush pile burning and/or spreading additional prairie seed.  All tools and training will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

COVID-19 guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distancing of at least 6' cannot be maintained. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Feb
12
McCarthy Conservation County Park -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Feb
19
Camrock County Park -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Feb
23
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join Natural Lands Management Staff at Walking Iron County Park 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, clearing invasive brush, brush pile burning and/or spreading additional prairie seed.  All tools and training will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

COVID-19 guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distancing of at least 6' cannot be maintained. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Feb
26
Silverwood County Park -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Mar
5
Anderson Farm-- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Sign-Up is Requiredhttps://signup.com/go/GahZBrQ

Winter is a great time to remove invasive and weedy brush and trees crowding our woodlands and oak savannahs. Removal of certain woody species is necessary to the health of our forested and non-forested areas.  Please join Natural Lands Management Staff for a morning of brush and tree removal and to learn why it's important to keep these areas open for other native species to grow and thrive. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions we are limiting attendance during our sawyer days. Space is limited to 15 individuals per day and registration is required. We are asking volunteers to sign-up for specific sawyer or brush hauler/ herbicide applicator positions. If you can no longer attend, please pull your name off the list on Signup.com or contact Rhea or Lars ahead of time. 

Please arrive by 8:50 am as we would like to be ready to start 9:00 am sharp. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.

Instruction will be provided.  Groups will need to make prior arrangements. Bring drinking water. Dress for the winter conditions (boots, layers) and wear non-synthetic materials that won’t be burned by falling embers. We will likely be burning brush piles if conditions permit. 

Chainsaw Safety Training Certification, waiver, and volunteer registration required to operate a chainsaw.  No prior experience needed to help for other tasks.  

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: Masks must be worn while unable to keep at least 6' distance between people. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Mar
9
Restoration Workdays-Walking Iron County Park - 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month

Join Natural Lands Management Staff at Walking Iron County Park 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, clearing invasive brush, brush pile burning and/or spreading additional prairie seed.  All tools and training will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of drinking water.  Thank you for your help to care for the natural areas in our Dane County Parks!

COVID-19 guidelines: Sign-up required--slots are limited; wear mask at orientation, break, and when social distancing of at least 6' cannot be maintained. Do not attend if experiencing any symptoms. 

 

For further questions contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 higdon.lars@countyofdane.com 

Or Rhea Stangel-Maier (608) 224-3601 stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

Aug
6
Sugar Maple Music Festival

Presented by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective, the Sugar Maple Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival in Madison, WI exploring American roots music. Performances, workshops, and jams are held concurrently at three stages. The mainstage features bluegrass, Cajun, Americana, county and old-time music performed by regional and national artists.  The Roots & Reasons stage offers a more intimate setting for festival attendees to interact with the artists through interviews, discussions, workshops and demonstrations. Interviews with performers allow festival attendees to learn about the history, culture, and techniques of the music. And the jam tents offer festival attendees the opportunity to play music side-by-side with some of the mainstage performers.  Attendees of all skill-level are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in! This family-friendly festival is free for kids 17 and under.  David Landau performs music for kids on both Friday and Saturday and the Wild Rumpus Circus Camp offers young children’s activities on Saturday afternoon.  

Aug
7
Sugar Maple Music Festival

Presented by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective, the Sugar Maple Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival in Madison, WI exploring American roots music. Performances, workshops, and jams are held concurrently at three stages. The mainstage features bluegrass, Cajun, Americana, county and old-time music performed by regional and national artists.  The Roots & Reasons stage offers a more intimate setting for festival attendees to interact with the artists through interviews, discussions, workshops and demonstrations. Interviews with performers allow festival attendees to learn about the history, culture, and techniques of the music. And the jam tents offer festival attendees the opportunity to play music side-by-side with some of the mainstage performers.  Attendees of all skill-level are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in! This family-friendly festival is free for kids 17 and under.  David Landau performs music for kids on both Friday and Saturday and the Wild Rumpus Circus Camp offers young children’s activities on Saturday afternoon.