Oct
17
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

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.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park across from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

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
17
Winter Maintenance Equipment Calibration Workshop

Join us for a free workshop to learn how to calibrate various types of winter maintenance equipment, Calibrating equipment is a critical first step in efforts to track and reduce winter salt use.  This workshop is open to anyone who has attended (or is registered for the Oct 19th training) a Winter Maintenance./Salt Certification training and applies salt in Dane County.  Please only send staff who will be calibrating equipment as we can only allow up to two participants from the same organization. 

Topics will include:

• Salt spreader and spreader control basics

• Salt spreader calibration procedures

• Hands-on field demonstration of calibration procedures

• Hands-on field demonstration of salt bounce and scatter

The workshop will be led by: 

Mark Cornwell is the Principal of Sustainable Salting Solutions, LLC, Holly, Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Horticulture from Michigan State University. Mark worked in the University of Michigan, Grounds and Waste Management Department as a Senior Horticulturist responsible for all facets of campus landscape management.  He served as chairperson for the University’s Salt Use Reduction Team where he established best management practices designed to reduce salt and sand used in winter maintenance by 50% of their ten-year annual average use. Mark has also worked in the private sector advancing the use of liquid anti-icing/deicing chemicals and marketing spreader technology from Europe that employs a high liquid to solid ratio of deicing chemicals. 

Ben Jordan, PE, is Director of the Wisconsin Transportation Information Center. He has over thirty years of experience in civil engineering and public works, previously working as a Director of Public Works, Village Engineer and highway engineer. His winter maintenance experience includes responsibility for management of winter operations for streets, commuter-parking facilities and a shopping center. He is a member of the American Public Works Association (APWA) Winter Maintenance Subcommittee and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Winter Maintenance. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.

Oct
19
Friday Night Lights Series presented by Glide Disc Golf and MVP Disc Sports

The Friday Night Lights Series presented by Glide Disc Golf and MVP Disc Sports. We are going to light up the baskets with MVP's new Lunar Module LED Basket Lights. You come...bring some friends...disc golf at night...and have fun! Friday, October 5th at Capital Springs 7:00-10:00 Friday, October 12th at Elver Park 7:00-10:00 Friday, October 19th at Token Creek 7:00-10:00 Friday, October 26th at Hiestand Park 7:00-10:00 A daily or seasonal disc golf permit is required however there is no additional charge for this event.  

2-packs of flat LED lights for your discs will be available for $4.

A big thanks to MVP Disc Sports, Dane County Parks and Madison Parks.

Oct
19
Prairie Seed Cleaning-Hammer Milling Volunteer Workday

Lend a hand in Dane County’s native seed shed to begin processing the fall harvest.  As seed comes in from the field, help is needed getting a jump start on hammer milling.  This step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters.  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 and registration is required.  Sing up http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Limit 4 people per shift.

Friday, September 7, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, September 21, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 5, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 19, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Please register at the following link provided in the e-mail or on this link http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

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
19
Prairie Seed Cleaning-Hammer Milling Volunteer Workday

Lend a hand in Dane County’s native seed shed to begin processing the fall harvest.  As seed comes in from the field, help is needed getting a jump start on hammer milling.  This step in the cleaning process helps to release seed from capsules and break apart seed clusters.  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 and registration is required.  Sing up http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

Limit 4 people per shift.

Friday, September 7, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, September 21, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 5, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday, October 19, 2018 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and/or 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Please register at the following link provided in the e-mail or on this link http://signup.com/go/xnWCYMi

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
19
Winter Salt Certification Training for Parking lot, Sidewalks and Trail Maintenance Professionals

This event will provide the necessary training to pass the Salt Certification Exam and have you listed as a certified salt applicator. The training will cover pre-storm preparation, equipment calibration guidance, application rates, de-icer selection and more. The goal of the training is to educate winter maintenance professionals on how to use the least amount of de-icing materials necessary to keep pavements safe throughout the winter. For more information on the City of Madison Winter Salt Certification program visit https://www.cityofmadison.com/live-work/sustainability/winter-salt-certification .

Coffee, bagels, and lunch will be included with the registration fee of $12.00. Registration will be capped at 30 people for this training session.Three additional trainings are available this fall.

Tickets must be purchased in advance:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-salt-certification-training-parking-lot-sidewalks-and-trails-tickets-49920055229?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

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
21
UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve Volunteer Opportunity

Join other volunteers in ecological restoration activities in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve on the UW-Madison campus. Activities vary and include removing invasive plants, planting native plants, collecting native seed, and maintaining trails. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to work outdoors. Long pants and closed-toe shoes required. Work is conducted off-trail on uneven ground. Groups and minors require advance notice. Cancelled in case of steady precipitation or severe weather--high winds, thunder/lightning.

Oct
26
Fall Prairie Seed Collection Volunteer Day

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.

 Please register at the following link: HERE

 Schedule:

Meet at 9:00 am and collect seed till 12:00 noon

Monday, August 20, 2018                   Lake Farm - Park across from Lussier Family Heritage Center  grass parking lot Lake Farm Rd.

Thursday, August 30, 2018                Schumacher Farm County Park (meet off Schumacher Rd)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018             E-Way (Lake Farm Rd)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018     Pheasant Branch Conservancy (County portion)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018           Donald County Park (Sutter Lane)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018     Yahara Heights County Park (Caton Lane entrance)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018     Swamp Lovers Preserve - 5053 County Road KP, Cross Plains, WI 53528

Thursday, September 27, 2018         Indian Lake County Park (Shelter 1)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018            Holy Wisdom Prairies (meet upper parking lot)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018          CamRock County Park (Shelter #3)

Friday, October 12, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Highway PD-parking lot with metal shed)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018          Ice Age Junction (Highway M – 8451 Flagtone Dr. & Hwy M Verona)

Friday, October 26, 2018                   Ice Age Junction (Ice Age  Reddan Soccer Fields)

 

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
Friday Night Lights Series presented by Glide Disc Golf and MVP Disc Sports

The Friday Night Lights Series presented by Glide Disc Golf and MVP Disc Sports. We are going to light up the baskets with MVP's new Lunar Module LED Basket Lights. You come...bring some friends...disc golf at night...and have fun! Friday, October 5th at Capital Springs 7:00-10:00 Friday, October 12th at Elver Park 7:00-10:00 Friday, October 19th at Token Creek 7:00-10:00 Friday, October 26th at Hiestand Park 7:00-10:00 A daily or seasonal disc golf permit is required however there is no additional charge for this event.  

2-packs of flat LED lights for your discs will be available for $4.

A big thanks to MVP Disc Sports, Dane County Parks and Madison Parks.

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
Anderson Park Friends Monthly Volunteer Workday

Anderson Farm Friends group hosts a Saturday morning volunteer workday once a month.  The public is invited to join them.  

 

Direction, supplies and tools will be provided. 

 

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
3
UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve Volunteer Opportunity

Join other volunteers in ecological restoration activities in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve on the UW-Madison campus. Activities vary and include removing invasive plants, planting native plants, collecting native seed, and maintaining trails. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to work outdoors. Long pants and closed-toe shoes required. Work is conducted off-trail on uneven ground. Groups and minors require advance notice. Cancelled in case of steady precipitation or severe weather--high winds, thunder/lightning.

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
15
Winter Salt Certification Training for Parking lot, Sidewalks and Trail Maintenance Professionals

This event will provide the necessary training to pass the Salt Certification Exam and have you listed as a certified salt applicator. The training will cover pre-storm preparation, equipment calibration guidance, application rates, de-icer selection and more. The goal of the training is to educate winter maintenance professionals on how to use the least amount of de-icing materials necessary to keep pavements safe throughout the winter. For more information on the City of Madison Winter Salt Certification program visit https://www.cityofmadison.com/live-work/sustainability/winter-salt-certification .

Coffee, bagels, and lunch will be included with the registration fee of $12.00. Registration will be capped at 40 people for this training session.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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
18
UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve Volunteer Opportunity

Join other volunteers in ecological restoration activities in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve on the UW-Madison campus. Activities vary and include removing invasive plants, planting native plants, collecting native seed, and maintaining trails. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to work outdoors. Long pants and closed-toe shoes required. Work is conducted off-trail on uneven ground. Groups and minors require advance notice. Cancelled in case of steady precipitation or severe weather--high winds, thunder/lightning.

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
2
UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve Volunteer Opportunity

Join other volunteers in ecological restoration activities in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve on the UW-Madison campus. Activities vary and include removing invasive plants, planting native plants, collecting native seed, and maintaining trails. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to work outdoors. Long pants and closed-toe shoes required. Work is conducted off-trail on uneven ground. Groups and minors require advance notice. Cancelled in case of steady precipitation or severe weather--high winds, thunder/lightning.

Dec
8
Anderson Park Friends Monthly Volunteer Workday

Anderson Farm Friends group hosts a Saturday morning volunteer workday once a month.  The public is invited to join them.  

 

Direction, supplies and tools will be provided. 

 

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.

Aug
2
Sugar Maple Music Festival

Presented by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective, the Sugar Maple Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival celebrating American roots music through performances, educational workshops, and interactive jam sessions. This family-friendly festival offers entertainment for people of all ages. The diversity of performances invites people of all backgrounds and ages to enjoy and learn about the performing arts in the beautiful setting of Lake Farm County Park. Performances, workshops, and jams are held concurrently at three stages. Formal performances take place on the main stage. Artists hold educational workshops and jams in a more intimate setting on the Roots & Reasons stage. This stage provides an unique opportunity for festival attendees to interact with the artists through interviews, discussions, workshops, demonstrations, and interactive jam sessions. Interviews with performers allow festival attendees to learn about the history, culture, and techniques of the traditional arts. Workshops, demonstrations, and jam sessions provide Dane County residents an opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills of these artists into to our own community.

Aug
3
Sugar Maple Music Festival

Presented by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective, the Sugar Maple Music Festival is a two-day outdoor festival celebrating American roots music through performances, educational workshops, and interactive jam sessions. This family-friendly festival offers entertainment for people of all ages. The diversity of performances invites people of all backgrounds and ages to enjoy and learn about the performing arts in the beautiful setting of Lake Farm County Park. Performances, workshops, and jams are held concurrently at three stages. Formal performances take place on the main stage. Artists hold educational workshops and jams in a more intimate setting on the Roots & Reasons stage. This stage provides an unique opportunity for festival attendees to interact with the artists through interviews, discussions, workshops, demonstrations, and interactive jam sessions. Interviews with performers allow festival attendees to learn about the history, culture, and techniques of the traditional arts. Workshops, demonstrations, and jam sessions provide Dane County residents an opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills of these artists into to our own community.

Aug
10
2nd Annual No Fear All Fun 5k Run/walk

The 2nd Annual No Fear All Fun 5k Run/Walk is an event in memory of Michael Neill a Lafollette Cross Country Runner who was killed in a tragic car accident in September, 2017. The Run/Walk is a chip timed race, the event begins at 9am, registration at 8am, set up to begin 6am. All proceeds go to Sennett, Whitehorse and St. Dennis Middle School Running clubs. There will be tents at the start finishline for water and snacks, there is need for the shelter with the bathrooms open and there is a need for extra tables