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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Grady Tract of the Arboretum. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

 

 

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon; Grady Tract at the UW Arboretum; meet at the parking lot on the corner of Seminole Highway and the West Beltline Frontage Road

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

 

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in an oak savanna near the shore of Lake Wingra. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the parking lot on Arbor Drive, just off Monroe Street; Wingra Oak Savanna at the UW Arboretum; 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Friends of Monona Bay Monthly Shoreline Cleanup

Help Monona Bay! Pick up trash along the shoreline of the bay and in Brittingham Park.

Time and Place: 10am –noon Meet at the Brittingham Beach House, 701 West Brittingham Place, corner of Proudfit and West Brittingham Place

Contact:; FOMB Monthly Shoreline Cleanup on facebook; Nina Emerson, 608-698-9708http://friendsofmononabay.blogspot.com/p/cleanups.html

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Holy Wisdom Monastery Community Workday

Restore the land and renew your spirit. Volunteers of all ages have helped return over 100 acres of land to native prairie, wetlands, and woodlands at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Become part of the tradition and enjoy some time outdoors. Work projects may include collecting prairie seed; maintaining rain gardens, green roofs and nature trails; pulling invasive weeds; staining nature trail signs; splitting firewood; picking apples and cleaning inside our eco-friendly building. Pre-registration required.

Time and Place: 8am-1pm, Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 Cty Rd M, Middleton, WI

Contact:, 608-836-1631, x108jcarlson@benedictinewomen.orgJill Carlson at , http://benedictinewomen.org/support-our-work/community-workday/

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Evening at Cherokee Marsh South Unit

View the fall colors and learn about recent restoration efforts. Sponsored by Madison Audubon, Madison Parks, and Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

Time and Place: 5:30-7:30pm, Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, South Unit

Contact:http://cherokeemarsh.org  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Grady Tract of the Arboretum. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

 

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon; Grady Tract at the UW Arboretum; meet at the parking lot on the corner of Seminole Highway and the West Beltline Frontage Road

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Holy Wisdom Monastery Community Workday

Restore the land and renew your spirit. Volunteers of all ages have helped return over 100 acres of land to native prairie, wetlands, and woodlands at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Become part of the tradition and enjoy some time outdoors. Work projects may include collecting prairie seed; maintaining rain gardens, green roofs and nature trails; pulling invasive weeds; staining nature trail signs; splitting firewood; picking apples and cleaning inside our eco-friendly building. Pre-registration required.

Time and Place: 8am-1pm, Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 Cty Rd M, Middleton, WI

Contact:, 608-836-1631, x108jcarlson@benedictinewomen.orgJill Carlson at , http://benedictinewomen.org/support-our-work/community-workday/

Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in an oak savanna near the shore of Lake Wingra. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the parking lot on Arbor Drive, just off Monroe Street; Wingra Oak Savanna at the UW Arboretum; 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Friends of Monona Bay Monthly Shoreline Cleanup

Help Monona Bay! Pick up trash along the shoreline of the bay and in Brittingham Park.

Time and Place: 10am –noon Meet at the Brittingham Beach House, 701 West Brittingham Place, corner of Proudfit and West Brittingham Place

Contact:; FOMB Monthly Shoreline Cleanup on facebook; Nina Emerson, 608-698-9708http://friendsofmononabay.blogspot.com/p/cleanups.html

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Grady Tract of the Arboretum. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

 

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon; Grady Tract at the UW Arboretum; meet at the parking lot on the corner of Seminole Highway and the West Beltline Frontage Road

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

 

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in an oak savanna near the shore of Lake Wingra. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the parking lot on Arbor Drive, just off Monroe Street; Wingra Oak Savanna at the UW Arboretum; 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Friends of Monona Bay Monthly Shoreline Cleanup

Help Monona Bay! Pick up trash along the shoreline of the bay and in Brittingham Park.

Time and Place: 10am –noon Meet at the Brittingham Beach House, 701 West Brittingham Place, corner of Proudfit and West Brittingham Place

Contact:; FOMB Monthly Shoreline Cleanup on facebook; Nina Emerson, 608-698-9708http://friendsofmononabay.blogspot.com/p/cleanups.html

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

 

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Grady Tract of the Arboretum. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

 

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon; Grady Tract at the UW Arboretum; meet at the parking lot on the corner of Seminole Highway and the West Beltline Frontage Road

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

 

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Fun on the Water - All Season Long

Canoeing, kayaking and boating are great ways to explore the beauty of Dane County's waters.  From young to old, beginner to advanced, the Yahara Waterways Trail Guide offers opportunities to more thoroughly enjoy our wonderful, watery world in Dane County.

http://www.danewaters.com/YaharaWaterTrail.aspx 

MedDrop - The Best Place to Get Rid of Medicines

Medicine Safety: It's up to you!  Always handle medications wisely.  Do not keep expired or leftover medicine.  Do not flush medicine.  Take unwanted medicine to a MedDrop box near you.

http://www.safercommunity.net/MedDrop/index.html 

Educational Trunks & Kits

 

Check out this amazing array of educational material available to educators all around the state. Find educational trunks to help teach about birds, mammals, energy, fishing, tracking, bats, prairies, wetlands, whooping cranes, forestry, wolves, and more!  Wisconsin Environmental Education Resource Library. Free.Contact: wcee@uwsp.edu  to check-out materials or ask questions.

Contact: to check-out materials or ask questions.wcee@uwsp.edu Contact  

Camp Wingra 2013

Camp Wingra combines watersports, outdoor education, teamwork and personal development to create a lasting and meaningful summer experience for students in first through ninth grades.  The 2013 schudule of 5-day summer camps has limited openings for the following camps:  Intro to Water, Canoe Kayak & SUP, Fly Fishing, Watersports II, Intro to Fishing, Limnologist, and excursion adventures in Lake Fishing and on the WI River.  See http://www.wingraboats.com/Camps.html for specifics and to apply. 

Time and Place: These 5-day camps take place all summer.  See http://www.wingraboats.com/Camps.html for specifics and to apply. 

Contact:Tyler Leeper wingraboats@gmail.com (608) 233-5332

Science Thursdays on Lake Wingra

Every Thursday from June through August, join Wingra Boats in learning about Lake Wingra.  Workshops are on a different topic each week.  They are designed for kids, yet we explore subjects that will engross people of all ages.  We had over 100 adult participants last year!  Past topics include: "The Life of a Turtle", "I Spy with a Magnifying Eye", "Invertebrates of Lake Wingra".  Updated topics for 2013 are listed here  http://www.wingraboats.com/Menu.html

Time and Place: 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Wingra Boats, 824 Knickerbocker Street, Madison

Contact:Debbi Leeper Wingra Boats, 608-233-5332 wingraboats@gmail.com http://www.wingraboats.com/Menu.html 

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Yahara Lakes 101

Climate Change and the Yahara Lakes by John J. Magnuson. $10

Time and Place: 7:30 a.m., Bluephies Cafe @ Verex Building

Contact:http://www.cleanlakesalliance.com/renew-the-blue/yahara-lakes-101/

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Friends of Monona Bay Monthly Clean Up

Help clean up the bay!

Time and Place: Meet at the Brittingham Beach House, 701 West Brittingham Place, corner of Proudfit and West Brittingham Place at 10a.

Contact:http://friendsofmononabay.blogspot.com/p/cleanups.html

Candlelight Ski Lake Kegonsa

Enjoy a beautiful winter evening cross-country skiing two miles of trails lit by hundreds of glowing luminaries. Warm up by the fire and enjoy refreshments sold by the Lake Kegonsa State Park Friends Group.

Time and Place: 6-9pm, Lake Kegonsa State Park, Stoughton

Contact:608-873-9695

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Youth Stories and Photos The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy and the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District have a strong and unique partnership. Two high school service-learning projects include advanced composition and photography classes. these students visit and learn about the Conservancy and then either write about or capture in images things that they have co9nnected with or learned about in this special place. Join us for an hour of sharing as we view slideshows of images and listen to the amazing poems students have contributed. You may even get to meet some of the students in person!

Time and Place: 2-3pm, Heritage Senior Living, 6234 Maywood Avenue, Middleton

Contact:RSVP requested education@pheasantbranch.org or 767-2394

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Candlelight Snowshoe

Experience snowshoeing in a whole new light this season with a Candlelight Snowshoe! This collaborative event will feature a one mile snowshoe trail lighted by over 200 candles and luminaries.  The event is free and perfect for the whole family to enjoy, even if you’ve never been snowshoeing before. Presented by Madison Parks, Monona Parks & Recreation, Aldo Leopold Nature Center and REI and sponsored by Meriter Health Services

Parking will be limited at the event location. Additional parking available at Meriter Health Clinic on the corner of Broadway and Stoughton Rd. A Shuttle Bus will be transporting participants back and forth to the event every 15 minutes beginning at 4:45p.m.

 

Time and Place: 5-7pm, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 300 Femrite Drive

Contact:http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/CandlelightSnowshoe.cfm

Freinds of Cherokee Marsh Annual Meeting and Presentation

Enjoy a butterfly bonanza. Learn about butterflies of southern Wisconsin and learn how to be an amateur butterflier. A free, fun and informative presentation about Wisconsin's bonanza of butterflies. Refreshments and door prizes. Free and open to the public.

Time and Place: Annual meeting 10am, butterfly presentation at 10:30am, Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive, Madison

Contact:www.cherokeemarsh.org  

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Free Fishing Weekend

Residents and non-residents alike are welcome to enjoy fishing anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp including all inland waters.

Time and Place: on the nearest frozen lake or stream of your choice!

Contact:http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/anglereducation/FreeFishingWeekend.html 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Goose Pond Sanctuary-History, Habitat and Future

A reception and presentation by Mark and Sue Foote-Martin

Time and Place: 7:30-8:30pm, Capitol Lakes, 333 W Main Street, Madison, Downstairs Auditorium

Contact:http://madisonaudubon.org  

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Blue Mounds Area Project Climate Change Projects

Every other Wednesday January 8-February 26
January 8 An introduction to Wisconsin's changing climate from WICCI and how it will affect us
January 22 Wisconsin's Energy Profile
February 12 The Challenge of Understanding Wisconsin Impacts in a Changing Climatee
February 26 Earth--The Operator's Manual

Time and Place: 6-8pm, Iowa County Health and Human Services Building, 303 W Chapel St, Dodgeville

Contact:RSVP requested 930-9850

Saturday, January 25, 2014

FLoW Winter Fun Day and Annual Meeting

Join the Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway at their annual meeting and winter fun day.

Time and Place: daytime (details to come), Cedar Valley Lodge, Spring Green, WI

Contact:http://wisconsinriverfriends.org/events/funday

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Our 2014 Annual Meeting promises to be better than ever! For the second year, it will be held at Holy Wisdom Monastery. With beautiful views, delicious food and comeraderie with great Friends, what more can you ask for? How about the opportunity to meet and chat with Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive? Joe will be speaking about Dane County's watershed and lake protection efforts. Subjects near and dear to our hearts, and at the heart of the Friends' partnership with the county. We hope to see you there. While we can't promise the balmy 50 degree day we had last year, we can guarantee a great time with great Friends - old and new! $19

 

 

Time and Place: 9-11am, Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Rd M, Middleton

Contact:RSVP and registration required http://www.pheasantbranch.org/pdf/2014AnnualMeeting.pdf 

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Friends of Lake Wingra Grill'n' for Peace

Join the Friends of Lake Wingra and many others raising funds for Savory Sundays, a program that feeds the needy every Sunday.

Time and Place: 10:30am-1:30pm, on Lake Wingra

Contact:http://www.grilln4peace.org/

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Rain Garden Presentation & Water Conservation Challenge Celebration

The City of Middleton wrapped up a year-long water conservation challenge at the end of 2013. Join contestants from the the challenge at the February Green Thursday to hear their water conservation tips, and share your own.*  Then enjoy free refreshments and get inspired to do more with a brief presentation by Olson Toon Landscaping on the what, where and how of rain gardens. *Everyone who shares a water conservation tip will be entered to win water and energy conserving door prizes provided by MG&E. You don't have to have been in the Water Conservation Challenge to participate. Sponsored by the City of Middleton Sustainability Committee and The Natural Step Monona with support from Willy Street Co-op, Madison Gas & Electric and Richard and Judy Fritz. 

Time and Place: 7p.m., Willy St. Co-op West Community Room, 6825 University Avenue, Middleton

Contact:http://www.tnsmonona.org/green-tuesdays-green-thursdays/

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Friends of Monona Bay Shoreline Clean Up

Every second Saturday of the month, the Friends get together to clean up the shoreline. Bring gloves and meet at the beach house.

Time and Place: 10am, Brittingham Park, 401 Brittingham Place, Madison

Contact:http://friendsofmononabay.blogspot.com/

Moonlight Snowshoe at Cherokee Marsh

Cherokee Marsh is beautiful wrapped in winter snow. Take a walk on snowshoes in the moonlight and enjoy a bonfire and hot cider.  If there is little snow cover, the event will be a hike.  Sponsored by the Friends of Cherokee Marsh  

Time and Place: Saturday February 8, 6-8 pm - Moonlight Snowshoe Walk in Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave.  Follow N. Sherman Ave. north to the parking lot at the end of the gravel road. 

Contact: cherokeemarsh.orgFor questions contact 608-698-0104.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Volunteer Stream Monitoring Symposium

Join other volunteer monitors from around the state to learn new skills, hone old ones and network with others doing this important work.

Time and Place: Feb 14-15, UW Stevens Point

Contact:http://watermonitoring.uwex.edu/Symposium/2014/symposium2014.html

Full Moon Valentine's Day Bonfire at Indian Lake

Bring your sweetie and a chair and gather round the fire pit, sled, tobaggan, snowshoe and enjoy winter!

Time and Place: 6:30 pm, south of the parking lot by the sledding hill, Indian Lake Park, 8183 Hwy 19, Cross Plains

Contact:http://www.friendsofindianlake.org/Friends_of_Indian_Lake.pdf

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wisconsin Wetlands Association Annual Conference

February 18-20

Time and Place: LaCrosse

Contact:www.wisconsinwetlands.org/2014conference.htm  

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Attracting Bluebirds and Other Cavity Nesters

Time and Place: 10-11a; details to come

Contact:http://www.pheasantbranch.org/

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Watershed Network Gathering: Maximizing Volunteer Efforts

Volunteers are essential to groups working to protect and improve Dane County’s lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands, but it’s not as simple as asking people to show up. Come share your tips for working with volunteers, and learn vital practices from several professional volunteer coordinators. RSVP to hartwig@countyofdane.com for your group today!

Time and Place: 6:00 pm, Lussier Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison

Contact:hartwig@countyofdane.comMarcia Hartwig, 608-224-3746,

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lower Yahara River Trail Project Public Meeting

Dane County has been working with many partners to draft an environmental report for Phase 1 of the Lower Yahara River Trail, which will be a combination of paved surface, boardwalks and bridges that will span from the Capital City Trail at Lake Farm Road to McDaniel Park in the Village of McFarland. Provisions for shore fishing near the railroad trestle on Lake Waubesa are also included in the trail plans. The trail will provide a major off road bicycle commuting link from southeastern Dane County to the downtown Madison area.

Time and Place: 7:00 pm, Lussier Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison

Contact:Chris James, Dane County Parks Division, 608-224-3763.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Retain the Rain! Workshop

Learn about rain gardens, native landscaping, the Plant Dane! program, rain water harvesting and more. http://www.myfairlakes.com/pdf/Plant_Dane_workshop_brochure.pdf Registration deadline extended to thursday, 2/27/14. . $5 preregistration required

 

Time and Place: 8:30 a.m., 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison WI

Contact:Marcia Hartwig, hartwig@countyofdane.com, 608-224-3746

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Bird and Nature Walk in Cherokee Marsh

Take a stroll on easy trails to look for returning birds and other welcome signs of spring. Did you know some birds mate and lay eggs even when snow still covers their nests? Sponsorred by Friends of Cherokee Marsh, Madison Audubon Society, and Madison Parks

Time and Place: 1:30-3p, Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park North Unit, 6098 N Sherman Ave. Meet in the parking lot at the end of the gravel road.

Contact:www.cherokeemarsh.org Paul Noeldner, 608-698-0104,

Friday, March 07, 2014

Mother-Son Beach Party

With the cold winter temperatures not letting up and spring break feels like it is a million years away, the Madison Parks Mother-Son Beach Party will be a great opportunity for moms (or adult loved ones) and their sons to get out of the cold and experience the tropics. Warner Park Community Recreation Center will be transformed into a tropical beach where moms and their sons can dance, play games and just spend some quality time together! The couples will also have the opportunity to get their picture taken together as a way to remember the night. The Beach Party will feature a live DJ and will have delicious cake and punch for the mother-son duos. Madison Parks invites mothers and sons to dress up in their beach clothes and join us on the dance floor. Tickets may be purchased over the phone (608) 245-3690 or (608) 266-4711 or in person at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive and Parks Administration office, 210 MLK Jr., Suite 104 during hours of operation. Tickets will be available until February 28 or until the event sells out. Tickets are $15 per couple and $5 for each additional son. Space is limited, so be sure to buy your tickets early. 

 

Time and Place: 6-8pm, Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive, Madison

Contact:https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/mothersonluau.cfm

Placemaking & CommunityH2OStewardship: Education, Mapping & Cross-CulturalScience w/Bad River Ojibwe

Freshwater, our most endangered resource, has come to be known as "blue gold." Forward-thinking stewardship of freshwater systems will amek communities resilient in facing environmental change. The Bad River Ojibwe espouse a common sense approach to water stewardship and management. Jessie Conaway has been engaged in community-based research with the BAd River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe since 2011. Conaway works with Ojibwe tribal members, culture keepers, and youth on three strands of water stewardship: watershed education, cultural mapping in multiple media, and water preservation that incorporates native and western science. The Morgridge Center's Bagels and Research presentations highlight community-based research on the UW campus; presenters include graduate students, faculty/staff and community practitioners.

Time and Place: 9-10a, Morgridge Center for Public Service, 716 Langdon St, Rm 154

Contact:jaross2@wisc.edu J. Ashleigh Ross, CUE Graduate Fellow,

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Bird and Nature Cross-Country Ski Event

 Ski through this glacially sculpted natural area along Lake Monona to find early bird arrivals and other signs of Spring on the woods, prairie and lakefront. Watch for that first Robin! 

Time and Place: 10am, Turville Woods parking lot, 1156 Olin-Turville Court, Madison

Contact:http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/birdnaturewalks.cfm

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Frogs, Turtles and Toads: An Online Chat

Wonder how Wisconsin’s frogs, toads and turtles are surviving the harsh winter and how you can help them this spring? Join our live online chat at noon on Tuesday, March 11.  Learn more about their winter survival tactics and how you can help them this spring by participating in the DNR frog and toad survey and by reporting any turtle road crossing hot spots. If you can't join during the chat, review the transcript at your leisure at the same links. 

Time and Place: To participate, visit dnr.wi.gov and look for the box on the right to enter the chat, or search the phrase “Ask the Experts.” Or join the conversation on the DNR Facebook page, www.facebook.com/WIDNR, by clicking the "Cover it Live Chat" box on the top of the page.

Contact:dnr.wi.govAsk the Experts 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Aquatic Invasive Species: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Join Four Lakes Scuba Club for a presentation by Pete Jopke to learn all about the alien invaders in our lakes and streams and meet super fun divers!

Time and Place: 7:30pm, Babe's Restaurant, 5614 Schroeder Rd, Madison

Contact:http://www.fourlakesscubaclub.org/

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

details to come

Time and Place: 7-10pm, Barrymore Theatre, Madison

Contact:http://www.wisconsinrivers.org/events/display/item/wild-and-scenic-2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

First Annual Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters' Spring Thaw

Concerned with enhancing and protecting the quality of our Yahara River Headwaters and sustainable recreational activities on the river? Join the Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters at their first annual Spring Thaw! Special Guest Speaker: Dane County Executive Joe Parisi
Pre-registration required, $15 by 2/21 for Hors d'oeuvres, desserts, coffee and door prizes

Time and Place: 4:30-7:30pm, Lake Windsor Golf Club, 4268 Golf Dr, Windsor, WI

Contact:http://yaharariver.org

Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Grady Tract of the Arboretum. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon; Grady Tract at the UW Arboretum; meet at the parking lot on the corner of Seminole Highway and the West Beltline Frontage Road

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Sunday, March 16, 2014

USRWA Annual Meeting and Open House

The Upper Sugar River Watershed Association's annual meeting will include a screening of "Mysteries of the Driftless," a 30-minute documentary about a team of explorers and scientists kayaking down deeply cut tributary valleys and more to reveal answers to the msyteries within the Driftless Area.

Time and Place: 1-3:30pm, Delphi Room, Andromeda Building, Epic Systems, Verona

Contact:www.usrwa.org; usrwa@usrwa.org

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Surface Water Data Viewer Demonstration

Attendees at the November 2013 Watershed Network Gathering got a glimpse of this wonderful new tool and wanted a full tutorial. Our wonderful colleagues at DNR have planned a live meeting (webinar) so everyone can learn how to make this useful tool a part of their water work. Link to the Viewer: http://dnrmaps.wi.gov/sl/?Viewer=SWDV Contact Marcia Hartwig for link to webinar.

Time and Place: 6:00pm, at your computer

Contact:Marcia Hartwig, hartwig@countyofdane.com, 608-224-3746

Thursday, March 20, 2014

March Conservancy Day Program

Hummingbirds in Wisconsin Join the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy to learn about these delightful visitors with amazing colors and mesmerizing wing speeds, all in a tiny package. Learn how easy it is to attract them and more. Michael and Kathi Rock presenters.

Time and Place: 2-3pm, Heritage Assisted Living, 6234 Maywood Avenue, Middleton

Contact:education@pheasantbranch.org

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Capitol Water Trails Work Day: Maunesha River Wood Burns

Volunteer days are at the heart of Capitol Water Trails' mission. These volunteer days include a variety of duties, from pulling logs from the bottom of a stream to picking up trash along the shoreline. All these tasks involve ensuring clear access for paddlers and maintaining a clean, healthy environment for plants and wildlife. There are no skills required to attend a volunteer day however we'd suggest that you wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. If you have a canoe, you're welcome to bring it along. It may or may not be needed, depending on the number of volunteers present and what jobs we're trying to accomplish for the day. We'll be happy to provide trash bags, rubber gloves, cold water, and a rewarding experience.

Time and Place: 10am-2pm, Langer Park Canal Rd, Marshall, WI

Contact:http://www.capitolwatertrails.org/calendar.php, cwt@capitolwatertrails.org

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bernard's Boathouse History Talk

Lake Mendota historian and Betty Lou Captain Don Sanford, presents a glimpse into the history of the Bernard Boathouse, located on the east end of James Madison Park. Mendota Rowing Club will be on hand to offer a glimpse of what is going on in there nowadays.  Don is the author of On Fourth Lake, the Social History of Lake Mendota scheduled for publication this summer. FREE 

Time and Place: noon-1pm, Sequoyah Branch Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison

Contact:(608) 266-6385

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Using and Wasting Less Water

The Mayor and City of Fitchburg Staff have made water conservation a top priority for 2014. Learn about existing groundwater supplies in Dane County, how to fix your toilet, and outdoor water wise landscaping. The event will feature speakers from the Wisconsin Geologic and Natural History Survey, Benjamin Plumbing, and the City of Fitchburg Department of Public Works. Check out FACTv for updated Water Conservation announcements from Mayor Pfaff!

Time and Place: 6:30 pm, Fitchburg Public Library, 5520 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI

 

Contact: , 608-729-1763walker.evans@fitchburgwi.gov

Friday, April 04, 2014

Beyond the Water's Edge

The Lussier Community Education Center is highlighting winning photos and accompanying poetry from Beyond the Water’s Edge, a creative investigation of Dane County lakes, rivers and wetlands that was developed through a partnership of Dane County Lakes & Watershed Commission, the Center for Photography at Madison, and Verse Wisconsin. Attendees can view the work of 15 photographers and 20 local poets whose creative talents were tapped in the “Beyond the Water’s Edge” contest celebrating the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission's 25th anniversary. Lussier Community Education Center (LCEC) Executive Director Paul Terranova said, “We love the idea of bringing the beauty of Dane County waters into the Center through photography and poetry. I am honored to have a poem included in the exhibit along with three other poets with direct connections to the LCEC.” The exhibition is free and open to the public through April 30, 2014 during regular Center hours (Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 7:00 pm; Sat 10:00 am to 4:00 pm). The exhibition also features a map and descriptions of 25 special, water-related places in Dane County for area resident exploration and enjoyment (online at http://tinyurl.com/DC25places).

Time and Place: program at 6:00 pm, gallery walk until 7:30pm, Lussier Community Education Center, 55 S. Gammon Road, Madison

Contact:, Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commissionjones.susan@countyofdane.com Sue Jones, 608-224-3764,

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in an oak savanna near the shore of Lake Wingra. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the parking lot on Arbor Drive, just off Monroe Street; Wingra Oak Savanna at the UW Arboretum; 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Capitol Water Trails Work Day: Maunesha River Bank Clearing

Volunteer days are at the heart of Capitol Water Trails' mission. These volunteer days include a variety of duties, from pulling logs from the bottom of a stream to picking up trash along the shoreline. All these tasks involve ensuring clear access for paddlers and maintaining a clean, healthy environment for plants and wildlife. There are no skills required to attend a volunteer day however we'd suggest that you wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. If you have a canoe, you're welcome to bring it along. It may or may not be needed, depending on the number of volunteers present and what jobs we're trying to accomplish for the day. We'll be happy to provide trash bags, rubber gloves, cold water, and a rewarding experience.

 

 

Time and Place: 10am-2pm, Langer Park Canal Road, Marshall, WI

Contact:http://www.capitolwatertrails.org/calendar.php, cwt@capitolwatertrails.org

Holy Wisdom Monastery Community Workday

Restore the land and renew your spirit. Volunteers of all ages have helped return over 100 acres of land to native prairie, wetlands, and woodlands at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Become part of the tradition and enjoy some time outdoors. Work projects may include collecting prairie seed; maintaining rain gardens, green roofs and nature trails; pulling invasive weeds; staining nature trail signs; splitting firewood; picking apples and cleaning inside our eco-friendly building. Pre-registration required.

Time and Place: 8am-1pm, Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 Cty Rd M, Middleton, WI

Contact:, 608-836-1631, x108jcarlson@benedictinewomen.orgJill Carlson at , http://benedictinewomen.org/support-our-work/community-workday/

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Garlic Mustard Pull at Cherokee Marsh

Make room for wildflowers by helping to pull invasive garlic mustard. No experience necessary. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Madison Area Weed Warriors and Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

Time and Place: noon - 3 pm, Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit. 6098 N. Sherman Ave., Madison. Follow N. Sherman Ave. north to the parking lot at the end of the gravel road.

Contact:www.CherokeeMarsh.org, info@cherokeemarsh.org

Monthly Wildlife Walk at Cherokee Marsh

Free, family-friendly bird and nature walks the first Sunday of every month. Sponsored by Madison Parks, Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon Society.

Time and Place: 1:30-3 pm, Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit

Contact:http://cherokeemarsh.org

Concrete Canoes at UW Madison

Part of UW-Madison's 2014 Science Expeditions, see concrete canoes!

Time and Place: 3-4pm, Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Dr, Madison

Contact:http://www.science.wisc.edu/sciexpeditionsschedule2014.htm

Guided Hiking Tour of Picnic Point

Join the Friends of the Lakeshare Nature Preserve for a guided hiking tour of Picnic Point, part of UW-Madison's 2014 Science Expeditions.

Time and Place: 2pm, Lot 129, 2004 University Bay Dr, Madison

Contact:http://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Prescribed Burn

Help with a prescribed burn. Rain date April 9. Registration required. Wear fire-safe clothing (no nylon). Bring drinking water and a hat.

Time and Place: 10 am, Yahara Heights County Park, Caton Lane entrance, Madison

Contact:www.co.dane.wi.us/lwrd/parks/volunteer, stangel-maier@countyofdane.com Rhea Stangel-Maier, (608) 224-3601,

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Free Paddling Basics Class

Before you head out on the water, be sure to learn the paddling basics. This class offers you an overview of info on kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Our expert staff will cover equipment, apparel, trip planning and transportation.

Time and Place: 6:30 pm, Fontana Sports Westside Location, 231 Junction Rd., Madison

Contact:http://www.fontanasports.com/misc_content/events

Public Trust Doctrine Teleconference

The public trust doctrine is a body of law that provides that the state holds title to navigable waters in trust for public purposes. Find out more about this legal concept, current developments, and its bearing on Wisconsin Communities.

Time and Place: 10:30am-noon, teleconference

Contact:www.lgc.uwex.edu 608-262-0810,

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cherokee Marsh Art Show

Raising Crane: Impressions of Cherokee Marsh. Sponsored by Northside Artists Groupa nd Friends of Cherokee Marsh, open April 1 through May 31

Time and Place: Reception, 6-8 pm, Lakeview Branch Library, 2845 N Sherman Avenue, Madison

Contact:http://cherokeemarsh.org

Woodcock Walk

Observe the courtship flight of the wookdcock and snipe. See cranes and spring migrants. Sponsored by Madison Audubon and the Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

Time and Place: 6:30-8:30 pm, Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit

Contact:http://cherokeemarsh.org

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Nationwide Flash Mob Dance on the Shores of Lake Monona

Water is the lifeblood of Earth. We are blessed with a beautiful network of lakes, streams, rivers and wetlands in our area, but the health of our waters is increasingly compromised. Join in a nationwide project using simultaneous site-specific community dance to bring attention to the fragility of our waters, encouraging a local and national water ethic. Attend as many rehearsals as you can:  3/29 @ 11am at Tapit Studio 1957 Winnebago St; 4/2 @ 7p James Reeb Unitarian Bldg 2146 E Johnson St; 4/7 @ 6p James Reeb Unitarian Bldg 2146 E Johnson St; 4/9 @ 7pm, Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa.

Time and Place: 3:00 pm, Olbrich Park, 3527 Atwood Avenue, Madison

Contact:movingfromwithin@gmail.com; www.movingfromwithin.net

Friends of Monona Bay Monthly Shoreline Cleanup

Help Monona Bay! Pick up trash along the shoreline of the bay and in Brittingham Park.

Time and Place: 10am –noon Meet at the Brittingham Beach House, 701 West Brittingham Place, corner of Proudfit and West Brittingham Place

Contact:; FOMB Monthly Shoreline Cleanup on facebook; Nina Emerson, 608-698-9708http://friendsofmononabay.blogspot.com/p/cleanups.html

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Milkweed Transplant Party

Help transplant several species of milkweed from seedlings germinated in flats into two-inch pots for distribution to schools and other monarch projects.

Time and Place: RSVP for time and location

Contact:www.wildones.org/chapters/madison

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy April Conservancy Day

Birds, birds and more birds--and American Woodcock! Back again this spring Conservancy Day program is sure to be a treat for anyone who enjoys seeing birdsusher in the warm seasons. Seeing the acrobatics of the woodcock along is worth the hike! Mike McDowell, guide. RSVP requested. Family friendly, about a mile hike.

Time and Place: 6:30-7:30pm, meet at the parking lot at 4864 Pheasant Branch Rd, Middleton

Contact:, 608-767-2394education@pheasantbranch.org

Screen Stream Samples for New Zealand Mudsnails

The New Zealand Mudsnail, a tiny invader that could potentially have big impacts on our waters, was found in Black Earth Creek near Cross Plains. To determine if the snail has spread further around the state, Wisconsin  Dept. of Natural Resources biologists have been collecting steam samples and delivering them to the Fitchburg DNR Service Center on Fish Hatchery Road to be screened by staff and volunteers. That’s where you come in! Volunteers are needed to help screen the samples. No previous experience is necessary. Three two-hour sessions per day are currently scheduled with more on the horizon. Respond to the Doodle Poll at the link below for the times that work for you. It’s ok to choose more than one in case one choice fills up and you have optional times that also work. You also need to send your contact information to Jeanne Scherer so that the finalized schedule and any updates can be sent to you.

Doodle Poll: http://doodle.com/q6sy3d37drfkk4gx More info on the snail at:  http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/invasives/fact/newzmsnail2012.html

 

 

 

 

April 17thand April 22nd

Time and Place: Varying times, DNR South Central Region Office, 3911 Fish Hatchery Rd, Fitchburg

Contact:Jeanne Scherer, Water Resources Management Specialist, AIS/Watercraft Inspections, 608-275-3283, jeanne.scherer@wisconsin.gov,

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Cleaning and Tree Walk

The City has challenged Madison residents to pick up their gloves and trash bags to do some spring cleaning in our 260 parks. The Friends of Lake Wingra (FoLW) will take up the City of Madison’s Earth Day Challenge with a clean up and guided “tree walk” in Vilas. While other groups work near the beach and playground, FoLW volunteers will tidy up the “hidden” area of Vilas Park above the zoo, which is known locally as “Dinosaur Park.” This tucked-away gem is the home of the Annie Stewart Memorial Fountain and the Vilas Park Mound Group. We’ll also celebrate Earth Day by going on a guided “tree walk” in the area. Call to sign up. Children are welcome with an adult, but please, no dogs. Bring your work gloves. We’ll provide the snacks and garbage bags! Community partners supporting the clean up and tree walk: City of Madison Earth Day Challenge;  https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/earthdayChallenge.cfm); Friends of Lake Wingra (http://lakewingra.org); Arboretum Cohousing (http://www.arboretumcohousing.org); Partners in Place (http://www.partnersinplace.com); Urban Tree Alliance (http://www.urbantreealliance.org)

 

 

Time and Place: 9:00-11:30 am; guided tree walk at 10:30am; Vilas Park, park in either the zoo parking lot at 702 S Randall or on neighborhood streets near the corner of Erin and Wingra streets. Map: https://plus.google.com/105767249131612774767/about?gl=us&hl=en 

Contact:http://lakewingra.org, ecklund.karen@gmail.com Karen 608-957-4251, 

Black Earth Creek Stream Clean Up

 Black Earth Creek Watershed Association and Trout Unlimited clean up the stream. Brief presentation at 9 AM by River Alliance of ways to prevent spread of New Zealand Mud Snail (NZMS) followed by clean up crews moving out.

Time and Place: 9 am, at Salmo Pond, Hwy 14 Cross Plains, WI

Contact:http://www.becwa.org/events/

Starkweather Creek Spring Clean Up

Assist in cleaning up the mighty Starkweather Creek--Madison's hardest working creek on Madison's east side! Bring gloves and hip waders if you have them. This annual event works from both the shore and from canoes. Hosted by Friends of Starkweather Creek.

Time and Place: 10am, meet at the boat launch near the Olbrich Garden's Thai Temple on Starkweather Creek

Contact:jakevv@gmail.com, Lance Green 608-957-3183 or Jake Vennie-Vollrath, 608-628-7386, www.starkweatherfriends.org

Earth Day Shrub Planting

Help plant native shrubs in the recently acquired Fifth Addition at the south end of the park. Sponsored by Madison Parks and Friends of Cherokee Marsh. Free, but registration required.

Time and Place: 10 am- noon, Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, main parking lot at the end of the gravel road, North Unit, 6098 N Sherman Avenue, Madison

Contact:www.cherokeemarsh.org; www.surveymonkey.com/s/EarthDayVolunteer2014

Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Grady Tract of the Arboretum. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon; Grady Tract at the UW Arboretum; meet at the parking lot on the corner of Seminole Highway and the West Beltline Frontage Road

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Sugar River Clearing Trail

Capitol Water Trails is teaming up with the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association for a variety of duties, from pulling logs from the bottom of a stream to picking up trash along the shoreline. All these tasks involve ensuring clear access for paddlers and maintaining a clean, healthy environment for plants and wildlife. There are no skills required to attend a volunteer day however we'd suggest that you wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. If you have a canoe, you're welcome to bring it along. It may or may not be needed, depending on the number of volunteers present and what jobs we're trying to accomplish for the day. We'll be happy to provide trash bags, rubber gloves, cold water, and a rewarding experience.

 

 

Time and Place: 10am-2pm, Meet in Paoli Park, Hwy PD, Paoli, WI

Contact:http://www.capitolwatertrails.org/calendar.php, cwt@capitolwatertrails.org

Earth Day Challenge

Madison Parks is hosting the 18th annual Earth Day Challenge on April 19, 2014. Each year in honor of Earth Day hundredsd of local citizens gather to conserve and beautify Madison parks through environmental service and clean-up projects hosted city-wide at various Madison parks, including invasive specie removal, trash clean up, planting flowers, dog park clean up and more! Host a specific project or volunteer.

Time and Place: city parks throughout Madison

Contact:, parksvolunteer@cityofmadison.comhttp://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/earthdayChallenge.cfm

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day Trivia Game with Fontana and River Alliance

River Alliance of Wisconsin is hosting environmental trivia at Fontana's downtown location in celebration of Earth Day! It will be a fun 30-minute event where you have the chance to win some sweet, fun outdoor prizes! Everyone in attendance will get a prize before the game even begins. There are 20 spots available. This is a free event but registration is required. 

Time and Place: 6:00 pm, Fontana Sports Downtown Location, 216 N. Henry St., Madison

Contact: Elizabeth at 608.662.9706 to reserve your space. http://www.fontanasports.com/misc_content/events

Earth To Be Determined

8th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, "Earth to be Determined: Ecology, Economy and Justice in a Rapidly Changing World."  We've entered a new geologic epoch called the Anthropocene -- "the age of humans" -- requiring new strategies for conservation and prosperity. Earth: To Be Determined will explore challenges and opportunities presented by rapid, large-scale changes in the global environment, including implications for energy and climate, human health, natural resources, the economy, urban development, the demographics of the environmental movement and more. Exhibits, student and alumni awards, and panel discussions on a variety of topics. Registration fee.

Time and Place: 9am-5pm, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison

Contact:, 608-263-9289acoulson@wisc.eduhttp://www.nelson.wisc.edu/events/earth-day/

Screen Stream Samples for New Zealand Mudsnails

The New Zealand Mudsnail, a tiny invader that could potentially have big impacts on our waters, was found in Black Earth Creek near Cross Plains. To determine if the snail has spread further around the state, Wisconsin  Dept. of Natural Resources biologists have been collecting steam samples and delivering them to the Fitchburg DNR Service Center on Fish Hatchery Road to be screened by staff and volunteers. That’s where you come in! Volunteers are needed to help screen the samples. No previous experience is necessary. Three two-hour sessions per day are currently scheduled with more on the horizon. Respond to the Doodle Poll at the link below for the times that work for you. It’s ok to choose more than one in case one choice fills up and you have optional times that also work. You also need to send your contact information to Jeanne Scherer so that the finalized schedule and any updates can be sent to you.

Doodle Poll: http://doodle.com/q6sy3d37drfkk4gx More info on the snail at:  http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/invasives/fact/newzmsnail2012.html

 

 

 

April 17thand April 22nd

Time and Place:   Varying times, DNR South Central Region Office, 3911 Fish Hatchery Rd, Fitchburg

Contact:Jeanne Scherer, Water Resources Management Specialist, AIS/Watercraft Inspections, 608-275-3283, jeanne.scherer@wisconsin.gov

Lower Wisconsin Riverway Planning Process

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is kicking off its Lower Wisconsin River master plan process with two open houses to gather input from the public on ways to improve the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. The meeting will be an open house format; informational displays at various stations will be available and staff will be present for one-on-one questions. A short presentation on the Lower Wisconsin and the master planning process will be made at 6:30.
 

Time and Place: 4-7:30 p.m., Sauk City Public Library, 515 Water Street, Sauk City

 

Contact

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/MasterPlanning/LowerWisconsin/

Earth Day Heritage Celebration

Hear the backstory about a forthcoming Earth Day CD, then listen to the master recording of the music. Wisconsin composer John Harmon's EARTH DAY PORTRAIT is a symphonic setting of eco-moral texts of John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Earth Day Founder Sen. Gaylord Nelson. Their words were recorded by their descendants:
* William (Muir) Hanna, great-grandson
* Nina Leopold Bradley, daughter
* Gaylord Jr. and Kiva Nelson, son and grand-daughter
Patty Loew recorded the narration that weaves together the Muir, Leopold, and Nelson quotations. Loew is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. The Madison Youth Choir performed the call-and-response section at the end of the recording. For the forthcoming Earth Day CD, Harmon's composition will be paired with HYMN TO THE EARTH, by American composer Edward Joseph Collins (1886-1951). This secular cantata was inspired by the beauty of Wisconsin's Door County, where Collins composed many of his works. Written in 1929,  HYMN TO THE EARTH seems to be the first English-language classical composition to refer to our home planet as “Mother Earth.” Both Earth Day works were performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and (for HYMN TO THE EARTH) Chorus, with conductor Marin Alsop, a MacArthur "genius." The master recording was produced by EMI/Abbey Road Studio, for international release by Albany Records.

Time and Place: noon-12:45, Capitol Rotunda, meet at the Robert "Fightin Bob" LaFollette bust, East Gallery entry, Madison WI 7:30-8:15pm, Madison Central Public Library Community Room, Madison

Contact:Earth/Art Resources, Inc.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lower Wisconsin River Planning Process

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is kicking off its Lower Wisconsin River master plan process with two open houses to gather input from the public on ways to improve the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. The meeting will be an open house format; informational displays at various stations will be available and staff will be present for one-on-one questions. A short presentation on the Lower Wisconsin and the master planning process will be made at 6:30.

Time and Place: 4-7:30pm, Tuffley Community Center, 104 East Oak Street, Boscobel, WI

 

Contact

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/MasterPlanning/LowerWisconsin/

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

Spring is almost here, which means it's time to quench your garden's thirst with rain harvesting systems and compost bins. Modern, sleek-designed rain "barrels" with high-flow spigots and downspout diverters in 50-200 gallon capacities, and compost bins available in brown, tan and grey. Order online today to ensure you get one! Quantities limited day of; first-come, first served on delivery day of May 17. Pre-order deadline May 6.

Time and Place: Delivery 8-9 a.m., on May 17 at 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison

Contact:www.rainreserve.com/wisconsin

Scientific and Policy Dimensions of Dam Removal

Brownbag seminar featuring Frank Magilligan, professor of geography, Dartmouth College

Time and Place: noon-1pm; 140 Science Hall, UW-Madison Campus

Contact:http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/events/event.php?e=1952

Governance and Sustainability: Insights from Watershed Management

Nelson Institute Lecture/Seminar/Talk Governance issues deal with how society organizes itself to make and implement decisions. The complexity of science, engineering, and institutional structures around sustainability for natural resources and environmental management presents many challenging governance questions. For example, how do we integrate, synthesize, and otherwise make sense of information across multiple disciplines and perspectives? Ultimately, how do we engage an appropriate range of interests and information resources to develop workable approaches that are effective at local, regional, and global scales? This talk will use ongoing challenges in watershed management as a lens for introducing and exploring governance questions for sustainability.

 




 

Time and Place: 4:15-5:15pm, 1106 Mechanical Engineering, UW-Madison Campus

Contact:http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/events/event.php?e=1955

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention

If you care about Wisconsin’s lakes, attend the annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership convention. The convention offers opportunities to learn about lakes management, including workshops, educational displays and exhibits, research presentations, off-site tours and demonstrations, panelsof experts in lake science and networking opportunities. The convention will feature concurrent workshop and session choices Thursday through Saturday. Friday morning’s kickoff panel discussion will focus on “Back to the Point of Lake Management,” featuring research scientist Carl Watras, botanist and aquatic invasive species specialist Susan Knight and Trout Lake Station director Tim Kratz, with moderator Glen Moberg from Wisconsin Public Radio. Saturday’s agenda is focused on those attending the lakes convention for the first time. The morning’s keynote speaker is Tyrone Hayes, an amphibian researcher from the University of California-Berkeley. Tours of UW-Stevens Point’s Schmeeckle Reserve, the campus’ sustainability efforts and local breweries are also offered as part of the convention on Saturday. Walk-ins are welcome for Friday all-day, and Saturday morning sessions. Preregistration is required for workshops and tours. Pricing options depend on days and sessions attended. Early bird pricing is good through Thursday, April 3. Registration fee

Time and Place: All day, Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 1001 Amber Ave, Stevens Point

Contact:http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Pages/programs/convention/2014/default.aspx

Friday, April 25, 2014

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention

If you care about Wisconsin’s lakes, attend the annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership convention. The convention offers opportunities to learn about lakes management, including workshops, educational displays and exhibits, research presentations, off-site tours and demonstrations, panelsof experts in lake science and networking opportunities. The convention will feature concurrent workshop and session choices Thursday through Saturday. Friday morning’s kickoff panel discussion will focus on “Back to the Point of Lake Management,” featuring research scientist Carl Watras, botanist and aquatic invasive species specialist Susan Knight and Trout Lake Station director Tim Kratz, with moderator Glen Moberg from Wisconsin Public Radio. Saturday’s agenda is focused on those attending the lakes convention for the first time. The morning’s keynote speaker is Tyrone Hayes, an amphibian researcher from the University of California-Berkeley. Tours of UW-Stevens Point’s Schmeeckle Reserve, the campus’ sustainability efforts and local breweries are also offered as part of the convention on Saturday. Walk-ins are welcome for Friday all-day, and Saturday morning sessions. Preregistration is required for workshops and tours. Pricing options depend on days and sessions attended. Early bird pricing is good through Thursday, April 3. Registration fee

Time and Place: All day, Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 1001 Amber Ave, Stevens Point

Contact:http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Pages/programs/convention/2014/default.aspx

Pollinators as a "Poster Child" for Diversified Farming Systems

Brownbag Seminar featuring Claire Kremen, co-director of the Berkeley Food Institute; Professor Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, UC-Berkeley

Time and Place: noon-1pm, 140 Science Hall, UW-Madison Campus

Contact:www.nelson.wisc.edu

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Water Conservation Workshops

The Home Depot® is hosting free water conservation workshops covering ten home improvement projects that help conserve the water, such as converting to a dual-flush toilet, switching to EPA WaterSense® labeled showerheads and faucets, installing drip irrigation and rotary nozzle or dual spray sprinklers and more.

Time and Place: 10 a.m., Home Depot Verona Road location

Contact: .workshops.homedepot.com Register at

Friends of the Yahara River Parkway Work Day

Join the Friends as they tack some much needed landscape restoration activities.

Time and Place: 9 am, meet at Wall Family Pavilion, 402 N Thornton Ave

Contact:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-the-Yahara-River-Parkway/284831311757

City of Madison Parks' Earth Day Challenge

The Earth Day Challenge continues! Join others in sprucing up City of Madison parks. Don't see an event in the park nearest you? Start one!

Time and Place: varies depeding on park; see website for details

Contact: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/earthdayChallenge.cfm

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention

If you care about Wisconsin’s lakes, attend the annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership convention. The convention offers opportunities to learn about lakes management, including workshops, educational displays and exhibits, research presentations, off-site tours and demonstrations, panelsof experts in lake science and networking opportunities. The convention will feature concurrent workshop and session choices Thursday through Saturday. Friday morning’s kickoff panel discussion will focus on “Back to the Point of Lake Management,” featuring research scientist Carl Watras, botanist and aquatic invasive species specialist Susan Knight and Trout Lake Station director Tim Kratz, with moderator Glen Moberg from Wisconsin Public Radio. Saturday’s agenda is focused on those attending the lakes convention for the first time. The morning’s keynote speaker is Tyrone Hayes, an amphibian researcher from the University of California-Berkeley. Tours of UW-Stevens Point’s Schmeeckle Reserve, the campus’ sustainability efforts and local breweries are also offered as part of the convention on Saturday. Walk-ins are welcome for Friday all-day, and Saturday morning sessions. Preregistration is required for workshops and tours. Pricing options depend on days and sessions attended. Early bird pricing is good through Thursday, April 3. Registration fee

Time and Place: All day, Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 1001 Amber Ave, Stevens Point

Contact:http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Pages/programs/convention/2014/default.aspx

The Ultimate Pairing: Good Beer and New Zealand Mudsnails

River Alliance is hosting an Earth Day event and need 30 volunteers – that means you! -- to help contain the New Zealand mudsnail to Black Earth Creek, in order to protect other trout streams in Wisconsin from encroachment of this messy invasive. Volunteers will get “earthy” installing an informational kiosk, installing three-sided boot brushers, mounting streamside informational signs, and other possible activities. This is a great way to get actively engaged in the invasive species battle, learn about invasive species, and have some fun. Registration required by April 15

Time and Place: 1-7pm, Festge County Park, 4894 Scherbel Rd, Cross Plains

Contact:http://www.wisconsinrivers.org/events/display/item/beer-and-new-zealand-mudsnails

Volunteer Monitor Training

Learn what's going on biologically and chemically in streams, rivers and sloughs. Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway and DNR/UWEX are holding a water quality monitoring training. Join hundreds of volunteer monitors visiting their stream or river once a month May through October collecting important data. This is a great summer activity for families and friends to help biologists and show your love for your water resources.

Time and Place: 10am-2pm, Hwy 23 Canoe Landing Parking area, Spring Green, WI

Contact:admin@wisconsinriverfriends.org Phil Kerckoff,

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Lakeshore Nature Preserve Volunteer Event

Volunteers are needed to help care for the natural areas on the UW-Madison campus. Activities include woody invasive plant removal, planting and seeding, seed collecting, maintaining trails, cleaning firepits. Great way to learn more about local plants and animals, restoration ecology, and land management. Meet new people, get exercise, and have fun outdoors! Tools and training provided. Bring your own drinking water. Long pants and closed-toe shoes highly recommended. Canceled in case of rain. Groups and minors ok with advance notice.

Time and Place: 9am-noon, Lakeshore Nature Preserve, UW-Madison Campus

Contact:, Bryn Scriver, 608-220-5560 http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/events/event.php?e=1910

UW Arb Earth Partnership for Families: Springtime at Teal Pond

Free program for families. Come celebrate the end of Earth Week by dipping a net into the pond and learning about the wetland habitat. What animals are stirring about in the pond? Explore with us the awakening of water critters. Ongoing drop-in activities inside the Visitor Center.




 

Time and Place: 12:30-3:30pm, naturalist-led hike from 1:30-2:30 p.m. UW Madison Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/events/event.php?e=1932, info@uwarboretum.org

Monday, April 28, 2014

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

 

Spring is almost here, which means it's time to quench your garden's thirst with rain harvesting systems and compost bins. Modern, sleek-designed rain "barrels" with high-flow spigots and downspout diverters in 50-200 gallon capacities, and compost bins available in brown, tan and grey. Order online today to ensure you get one! Quantities limited day of; first-come, first served on delivery day of May 17. Pre-order deadline May 6.

Time and Place: Delivery 8-9 a.m., on May 17 at 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison

Contact:www.rainreserve.com/wisconsin

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

Spring is almost here, which means it's time to quench your garden's thirst with rain harvesting systems and compost bins. Modern, sleek-designed rain "barrels" with high-flow spigots and downspout diverters in 50-200 gallon capacities, and compost bins available in brown, tan and grey. Order online today to ensure you get one! Quantities limited day of; first-come, first served on delivery day of May 17. Pre-order deadline May 6.

Time and Place: Delivery 8-9 a.m., on May 17 at 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison

Contact:www.rainreserve.com/wisconsin

Friday, May 02, 2014

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

Spring is almost here, which means it's time to quench your garden's thirst with rain harvesting systems and compost bins. Modern, sleek-designed rain "barrels" with high-flow spigots and downspout diverters in 50-200 gallon capacities, and compost bins available in brown, tan and grey. Order online today to ensure you get one! Quantities limited day of; first-come, first served on delivery day of May 17. Pre-order deadline May 6.

 

Time and Place: Delivery 8-9 a.m., on May 17 at 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison

Contact:www.rainreserve.com/wisconsin

Saturday, May 03, 2014

City of Madison's Annual Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

Spring is almost here, which means it's time to quench your garden's thirst with rain harvesting systems and compost bins. Modern, sleek-designed rain "barrels" with high-flow spigots and downspout diverters in 50-200 gallon capacities, and compost bins available in brown, tan and grey. Pre-order deadline April 23.

Time and Place: 10am-2pm, Alliant Energy Center, Olin Avenue parking lot

Contact:www.rainreserve.com/madison

Lakeshore Nature Preserve Volunteer Event

Volunteers are needed to help care for the natural areas on the UW-Madison campus. Activities include woody invasive plant removal, planting and seeding, seed collecting, maintaining trails, cleaning firepits. Great way to learn more about local plants and animals, restoration ecology, and land management. Meet new people, get exercise, and have fun outdoors!
Tools and training provided. Bring your own drinking water. Long pants and closed-toe shoes highly recommended. Canceled in case of rain. Youth and groups ok with advance notice.

 




 

Time and Place: 9am-noon, Lakeshore Nature Preserve, UW-Madison Campus

Contact:http://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/, 608-220-5560, bscriver@fpm.wisc.edu Bryn Scriver,

Bugs by the Creek

Trout Days in Cross Plains. Black Earth Creek Watershed Association will have display in morning and offer “Bugs by the Creek” at 1:00 PM with Dr. Bobbi Peckarsky to identify aquatic life in Black Earth Creek.

Time and Place: 1pm, meet back of Ice Age Trails building.

Contact:http://www.becwa.org/events/

Holy Wisdom Monastery Community Workday

Restore the land and renew your spirit. Volunteers of all ages have helped return over 100 acres of land to native prairie, wetlands, and woodlands at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Become part of the tradition and enjoy some time outdoors. Work projects may include collecting prairie seed; maintaining rain gardens, green roofs and nature trails; pulling invasive weeds; staining nature trail signs; splitting firewood; picking apples and cleaning inside our eco-friendly building. Pre-registration required.

Time and Place: 8am-1pm, Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 Cty Rd M, Middleton, WI

Contact:, 608-836-1631, x108jcarlson@benedictinewomen.orgJill Carlson at , http://benedictinewomen.org/support-our-work/community-workday/

Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in an oak savanna near the shore of Lake Wingra. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the parking lot on Arbor Drive, just off Monroe Street; Wingra Oak Savanna at the UW Arboretum; 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Capitol Water Trails Volunteer Day: Six Mile Creek Clearing Trail

Volunteer days are at the heart of Capitol Water Trails' mission. These volunteer days include a variety of duties, from pulling logs from the bottom of a stream to picking up trash along the shoreline. All these tasks involve ensuring clear access for paddlers and maintaining a clean, healthy environment for plants and wildlife. There are no skills required to attend a volunteer day however we'd suggest that you wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. If you have a canoe, you're welcome to bring it along. It may or may not be needed, depending on the number of volunteers present and what jobs we're trying to accomplish for the day. We'll be happy to provide trash bags, rubber gloves, cold water, and a rewarding experience.

 

 

 

Time and Place: 9am-1pm, Meet at Westport Town Hall, Mary Lake Road, Waunakee, WI

Contact:http://www.capitolwatertrails.org/calendar.php, cwt@capitolwatertrails.org

Monday, May 05, 2014

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

Spring is almost here, which means it's time to quench your garden's thirst with rain harvesting systems and compost bins. Modern, sleek-designed rain "barrels" with high-flow spigots and downspout diverters in 50-200 gallon capacities, and compost bins available in brown, tan and grey. Order online today to ensure you get one! Quantities limited day of; first-come, first served on delivery day of May 17. Pre-order deadline May 6.

 

Time and Place: Delivery 8-9 a.m., on May 17 at 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison

Contact:www.rainreserve.com/wisconsin

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

Spring is almost here, which means it's time to quench your garden's thirst with rain harvesting systems and compost bins. Modern, sleek-designed rain "barrels" with high-flow spigots and downspout diverters in 50-200 gallon capacities, and compost bins available in brown, tan and grey. Order online today to ensure you get one! Quantities limited day of; first-come, first served on delivery day of May 17. Pre-order deadline today, May 6.

 

Time and Place: Delivery 8-9 a.m., on May 17 at 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison

Contact:www.rainreserve.com/wisconsin

Rock River Coalition Annual Meeting

RRC is welcoming two new chapters, one of which is the Maunesha watershed, found in the northeast corner of Dane County. $15 Registration deadline May 2. The Rock River Recovery Process – the need to reduce phosphorus throughout the Rock River Basin by Mark Riedel, DNR Rock River Basin TMDL Planner and Outreach Coordinator. 

Time and Place: 5-8pm, CamRock Cafe and Sport, 217 W Main Street, Cambridge

Contact: http://rockrivercoalition.org/events/event/annual-meeting-of-members/

Resilient Wisconsin Day!

. Registration will open on February 24th.Wisconsin’s Climate and Energy Future and Waters of WisconsinJoin scientists, managers, planners, communicators and other committed citizens to explore strategies for a resilient Wisconsin. Morning panel presentations will discuss key needs and opportunities for safeguarding Wisconsin’s freshwater ecosystems and for charting a practical path for Wisconsin’s response to a rapidly changing climate. Afternoon workshops will engage participants in developing ideas and plans for our state's future. This public forum will feature recommendations emerging from the Wisconsin Academy’s initiatives, 

Time and Place: 8:30am to 5:00pm, UW–Madison Union South,  1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53715

Contact:http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/events/resilient-wisconsin-day

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in an oak savanna near the shore of Lake Wingra. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the parking lot on Arbor Drive, just off Monroe Street; Wingra Oak Savanna at the UW Arboretum; 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Friends of Monona Bay Monthly Shoreline Cleanup

Help Monona Bay! Pick up trash along the shoreline of the bay and in Brittingham Park.

Time and Place: 10am –noon Meet at the Brittingham Beach House, 701 West Brittingham Place, corner of Proudfit and West Brittingham Place

Contact:; FOMB Monthly Shoreline Cleanup on facebook; Nina Emerson, 608-698-9708http://friendsofmononabay.blogspot.com/p/cleanups.html

Friends of the Yahara River Parkway Work Day

Joini the Friends of the Yahara River Parkway in mulching the Rose Garden and park path along Riverside Drive and removing invasives. The FYRP provides gloves, tools and refreshments.

Time and Place: 9am-noon, meet at Rutledge Street Bridge at S Thornton Ave, Madison

Contact:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-the-Yahara-River-Parkway/284831311757

Wingra Clean Up & Mother's Day Butterfly Garden Planting

Join the Friends of Lake Wingra, Wingra Boats, UW Arboretum and Take a Stake in Our Waters volunteers in a team effort to ready Lake Wingra and the UW Arboretum woods near Wingra Boats for summer! Volunteers can choose to paddle canoes to work along the shoreline, work along the woodland edges near the parking area for Wingra Park, work along the woodland trails pulling invasives, picking up trash or clearing trails of fallen branches. Come join the fun and check out the native plants that will also be springing up at last! Toward the end of the morning, volunteers will plant the area around Wingra Boats with milkweed to help struggling monarch butterflies. Wear your Take a Stake t-shirt if you have one, or get one on the 10thalong with a couple other tokens of appreciation. Wear long pants and sturdy, closed toe shoes. Tools, training, gloves, and snacks are provided. Pre-registration required by May 5thby emailing Jeanne at jsch802@outlook.com. Bring completed waiver (available from Jeanne) with you on May 10 for any volunteers under 18. No dogs please.

Time and Place: 9:00 to 11:30 AM, Meet at Wingra Boats, 824 Knickerbocker Street, Madison

Contact:jsch802@outlook.comJeanne , http://www.wingraboats.com/Camps-2.html

Lakeshore Nature Preserve Volunteer Event

Volunteers are needed to help care for the natural areas on the UW-Madison campus. Activities include woody invasive plant removal, planting and seeding, seed collecting, maintaining trails, cleaning firepits. Great way to learn more about local plants and animals, restoration ecology, and land management. Meet new people, get exercise, and have fun outdoors! Tools and training provided. Bring your own drinking water. Long pants and closed-toe shoes highly recommended. Canceled in case of rain. Groups and minors ok with advance notice.

 




 

Time and Place: 9am-noon, Lakeshore Nature Preserve, UW-Madison Campus

Contact:http://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/, 608-220-5560, bscriver@fpm.wisc.edu Bryn Scriver,

2104 Madison Bird and Nature Festival

Bring the family outdoors for a beautiful May celebration of birds and nature! Enjoy birds and nature recreation. Learn about local natural areas. Help support nature and urban habitat and groups that help sustain and preserve it. This family friendly festival features a variety of indoor and outdoor events and activities including a bird puppet parade, music, a scavenger hunt, birding scopes, nature walks and educational displays and activities. Pick up your passport and visit other sites around Madison participating in the celebration. Free and open to the public.

Time and Place: 10am-2pm, Olin-Turville Park, 1156 Olin-Turville Court, Madison

Contact:paul_noeldner@hotmail.com Paul Noeldner, 608-698-0104,

25th Friends of the Arboretum Native Plant Sale

A tradition established by the Friends of the Arboretum, the Native Plant Sale celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014! The sale takes place the Saturday before Mother's Day each May, offering a large crowd of enthusiastic gardeners more than 100 species of native plants suitable for a variety of soil and light conditions. No plants are dug from the wild. All are native to the area and, once established, require minimal care. During the sale, experts are available to answer questions.

Time and Place: 9am-2pm, large tents next to the Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact: http://uwarboretum.org/foa/native_plant_sale.php

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Yahara 2070 Launch

What kind of future do we want for our region? Join a discussion of our region’s future at the launch of Yahara 2070, part of the UW-Madison’s Water Sustainability and Climate Project, a five-year interdisciplinary project funded by the National Science Foundation. An endeavor to explore possible futures for the people, lakes, and ecosystems of the Yahara Watershed, the region that shares Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa, the project combines rigorous science, public input, and “out-of-the-box” thinking to create a set of scenarios for the Yahara Watershed in the year 2070. The scenarios give snapshots of potential future human and ecosystem well-being based on four distinct paths the region could choose to take. Scenarios are fictitious but plausible stories about the future that explore the question "what if...?" These snapshots can help communities and decision makers envision and plan for a desirable and conceivable future. This event is the official introduction of a suite of research results that will emerge over the course of 2014 and 2015. Come learn about Yahara 2070 and be a part of a conversation about our region’s future. This event is free and open to the public but registration is strongly encouraged. Following the presentation, a panel of local leaders will discuss the region’s future. Presenters: Chris Kucharik, Lead Principal Investigator and Associate Professor, Agronomy and Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, UW-Madison, and Steve Carpenter, Principal Investigator and Director, Center for Limnology, UW-Madison

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Time and Place: 3:00-5:00 pm, reception to follow, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, H.F. DeLuca Forum, 330 N. Orchard St. Madison

Contact:,     https://wsc.limnology.wisc.edu/yahara-2070-launch

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Warbler Walk

Join the Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon to look for colorful warblers and other migrating birds.

Time and Place: 6-8am, Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit

Contact:http://cherokeemarsh.org

A Better Home for Northern Pike

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy's May Conservancy Day Program. More details soon.

Time and Place: 2-4pm, Marina Drive, Middleton

Contact:education@pheasantbranch.org

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

Spring is almost here, which means it's time to quench your garden's thirst with rain harvesting systems and compost bins. Modern, sleek-designed rain "barrels" with high-flow spigots and downspout diverters in 50-200 gallon capacities, and compost bins available in brown, tan and grey. Order online today to ensure you get one! Quantities limited day of; first-come, first served if you didn't pre-order by May 6. 

 

Time and Place: Delivery 8-9 a.m., 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison 

Contact:www.rainreserve.com/wisconsin

Maunesha River Spring Cleaning

Celebrate a fun-filled day with the Maunesha River Alliance and food, work, prizes, presentations, and more. Over 50 people attended last year!

Time and Place: 9am, Waterloo Firemen's Park (rain date June 7), Waterloo

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/#!/mauneshariveralliance

Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Grady Tract of the Arboretum. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon; Grady Tract at the UW Arboretum; meet at the parking lot on the corner of Seminole Highway and the West Beltline Frontage Road

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Capitol Water Trails Volunteer Day: Six Mile Creek Clearing Trails

Volunteer days are at the heart of Capitol Water Trails' mission. These volunteer days include a variety of duties, from pulling logs from the bottom of a stream to picking up trash along the shoreline. All these tasks involve ensuring clear access for paddlers and maintaining a clean, healthy environment for plants and wildlife. There are no skills required to attend a volunteer day however we'd suggest that you wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. If you have a canoe, you're welcome to bring it along. It may or may not be needed, depending on the number of volunteers present and what jobs we're trying to accomplish for the day. We'll be happy to provide trash bags, rubber gloves, cold water, and a rewarding experience.

 

 

Time and Place: 9am-1pm, Meet at Westport Town Hall, Mary Lake Road, Waunakee, WI

Contact:http://www.capitolwatertrails.org/calendar.php, cwt@capitolwatertrails.org

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Evening at Cherokee Marsh

View spring wildflowers and learn about recent restorationn efforts. Sponsored by Madison Audubon, Madison Parks and Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

Time and Place: 6:30-8:30pm, Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit

Contact:http://cherokeemarsh.org

Saturday, May 24, 2014

World Fish Migration Day

We’re sure you’ve already got it circled on the calendar but, just in case, May 24th is World Fish Migration Day. We here at the Center for Limnology are partnering with places like The Nature Conservancy and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium on some excellent freshwater fish-related outreach for the event. Stay tuned!

Time and Place: TBA

Contact:http://limnology.wisc.edu/blog/fish-fry-day-3-reasons-fishes-matter/

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

 

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in an oak savanna near the shore of Lake Wingra. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the parking lot on Arbor Drive, just off Monroe Street; Wingra Oak Savanna at the UW Arboretum; 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Capitol Water Trails Volunteer Day: Yahara River DeForest

Volunteer days are at the heart of Capitol Water Trails' mission. These volunteer days include a variety of duties, from pulling logs from the bottom of a stream to picking up trash along the shoreline. All these tasks involve ensuring clear access for paddlers and maintaining a clean, healthy environment for plants and wildlife. There are no skills required to attend a volunteer day however we'd suggest that you wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. If you have a canoe, you're welcome to bring it along. It may or may not be needed, depending on the number of volunteers present and what jobs we're trying to accomplish for the day. We'll be happy to provide trash bags, rubber gloves, cold water, and a rewarding experience.

 

Time and Place: 9am-1pm, meet at Veterans' Park, Main Street, DeForest, WI

Contact:http://www.capitolwatertrails.org/calendar.php, cwt@capitolwatertrails.org

Wingra Creek Clean Up

Both paddlers and walkers are invited to help clean up Wingra Creek. Sponsored by Friends of Lake Wingra, Strand Associates, Bay Creek neighborhood Association

Time and Place: 9 am-noon, meet at Strand Associates parking lot on Plaenert Drive, located at the steel pedistrian bridge midway between Park Street and Fish Hatchery Rd, Madison

Contact:David Liebl, 265-2360

Holy Wisdom Monastery Community Workday

Restore the land and renew your spirit. Volunteers of all ages have helped return over 100 acres of land to native prairie, wetlands, and woodlands at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Become part of the tradition and enjoy some time outdoors. Work projects may include collecting prairie seed; maintaining rain gardens, green roofs and nature trails; pulling invasive weeds; staining nature trail signs; splitting firewood; picking apples and cleaning inside our eco-friendly building. Pre-registration required.

Time and Place: 8am-1pm, Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 Cty Rd M, Middleton, WI

Contact:, 608-836-1631, x108jcarlson@benedictinewomen.orgJill Carlson at , http://benedictinewomen.org/support-our-work/community-workday/

Madison Scuba's Annual Monona Terrace Clean-Up Dive

Divers will collect cans, bottles, 55-gallon drums, chairs from the terrace, fishing poles, anchors and more! Bring a mesh bag for collecting, lift bags and a light. Lunch will be served after the first dive. A second dive is optional after lunch. Bring your c-card! Complementary air tanks will be provided by MadisonScuba. If you need gear, gear is available compliments of Madison Scuba, but you must reserve yours by stopping by the shop the week before the event. Rental gear will be available at the truck starting at 9 am. Pre-registration is required and be sure to include which dives you will participate (morning, afternoon or both) and if you will have lunch with us.

 

Time and Place: 10-4p, Law Park, Madison

Contact:http://www.madisonscuba.com/all-events/annual-monona-terrace-clean-dive

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Learn About the Lakes!

Come ride the Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR) pontoons and learn how stormwater runoff, invasive species and changes to the shoreline affect our lakes. Join DNR Chief fo Water Resource Monitoring Tim Asplund for a fun and educational afternoon. Pre-registration required. $15; course #44905

Time and Place: 1-4pm, Tenney Boat Pier, North Sherman Avenue, Madison WI

Contact:lroosmalen@madison.k12.wi.us, course #44905, (608) 204-4581 or http://www.mscr.org/our-programs/outdoor-adventures/pontoon-programs/59-pontoon-program

Lakeshore Nature Preserve Volunteer Event

Volunteers are needed to help care for the natural areas on the UW-Madison campus. Activities include woody invasive plant removal, planting and seeding, seed collecting, maintaining trails, cleaning firepits. Great way to learn more about local plants and animals, restoration ecology, and land management. Meet new people, get exercise, and have fun outdoors! Tools and training provided. Bring your own drinking water. Long pants and closed-toe shoes highly recommended. Canceled in case of rain. Groups and minors ok with advance notice.

 




 

Time and Place: 9am-noon, Lakeshore Nature Preserve, UW-Madison Campus

Contact:http://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/, 608-220-5560, bscriver@fpm.wisc.edu Bryn Scriver,

Saturday, June 14, 2014

National Get Outdoors Day

National Get Outdoors Day is a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Participating partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.

Time and Place: Various events across the county and nation

Contact:http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Friends of Monona Bay Monthly Shoreline Cleanup

Help Monona Bay! Pick up trash along the shoreline of the bay and in Brittingham Park.

Time and Place: 10am –noon Meet at the Brittingham Beach House, 701 West Brittingham Place, corner of Proudfit and West Brittingham Place

Contact:; FOMB Monthly Shoreline Cleanup on facebook; Nina Emerson, 608-698-9708http://friendsofmononabay.blogspot.com/p/cleanups.html

Friday, June 20, 2014

Hasler Lab 2014 Open House

Modern limnology (the study of lakes) was born right here at UW-Madison. Scientists from around the world conduct freshwater research on the shores of Lake Mendota on issues such as invasive species, fisheries, algae and more. Tour the science of freshwater research and how it's helping to understand, protect and improve Wisconsin's lakes, rivers and streams. Ride on the Limnos (first come, first served) and take a turn using lake research tools. "Meet" fish living just off the lakeshore path. Family fun with a kids' craft station.

Time and Place: 2-6pm, Hasler Lab, 680 N Park St, Madison; park in the Helen C White library ramp or the State Street Campus ramp.

Contact:http://limnology.wisc.edu/blog/save-the-date-hasler-lab-2014-open-house/

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Lakeshore Nature Preserve Volunteer Event

Volunteers are needed to help care for the natural areas on the UW-Madison campus. Activities include woody invasive plant removal, planting and seeding, seed collecting, maintaining trails, cleaning firepits. Great way to learn more about local plants and animals, restoration ecology, and land management. Meet new people, get exercise, and have fun outdoors! Tools and training provided. Bring your own drinking water. Long pants and closed-toe shoes highly recommended. Canceled in case of rain. Groups and minors ok with advance notice.

Time and Place: 9am-noon, Lakeshore Nature Preserve, UW-Madison Campus

Contact:http://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/, 608-220-5560, bscriver@fpm.wisc.edu Bryn Scriver,

Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Grady Tract of the Arboretum. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

 

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon; Grady Tract at the UW Arboretum; meet at the parking lot on the corner of Seminole Highway and the West Beltline Frontage Road

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Sugar River Trail Clean Up

Capitol Water Trails and the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association are teaming up for a variety of duties, from pulling logs from the bottom of a stream to picking up trash along the shoreline. All these tasks involve ensuring clear access for paddlers and maintaining a clean, healthy environment for plants and wildlife. There are no skills required to attend a volunteer day however we'd suggest that you wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. If you have a canoe, you're welcome to bring it along. It may or may not be needed, depending on the number of volunteers present and what jobs we're trying to accomplish for the day. We'll be happy to provide trash bags, rubber gloves, cold water, and a rewarding experience.

 

 

Time and Place: 9am-1pm, Meet at Paoli Park, Hwy PD in Paoli, WI

Contact: http://usrwa.org/eventscalendar/, http://www.capitolwatertrails.org/calendar.php, cwt@capitolwatertrails.org

Monday, June 23, 2014

Citizen Based Monitoring in the Classroom

Join scientists and educators from DNR for a week of citizen science.  Learn about citizen-based monitoring programs from dragonflies to bird-feeders to stream health and how you and your students can get involved.  Spend time in the field learning about monitoring programs and identifying plants and animals.  Inside, you'll experience classroom activities and discussing how to integrate into your program. Teachers as well as youth group leaders are welcome.  Cost:  $50.  Two free credits plus a variety of equipment will be supplied thanks to a generous grant from the Dutton Foundation.  Limited to 30 participants.

Time and Place: June 23-27,  UW-Waukesha Field Station, Waukesha

Contact:.Carrie.Morgan@wisconsin.govor 608-267-5239  Carrie Morgan at

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Butterflies of Cherokee Marsh

Sponsored by Madison Audubon, Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association and the Friends of Cherokee Marsh

Time and Place: 10am-noon, Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit

Contact:http://cherokeemarsh.org

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in an oak savanna near the shore of Lake Wingra. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the parking lot on Arbor Drive, just off Monroe Street; Wingra Oak Savanna at the UW Arboretum; 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Friends of Monona Bay Monthly Shoreline Cleanup

Help Monona Bay! Pick up trash along the shoreline of the bay and in Brittingham Park.

Time and Place: 10am –noon Meet at the Brittingham Beach House, 701 West Brittingham Place, corner of Proudfit and West Brittingham Place

Contact:; FOMB Monthly Shoreline Cleanup on facebook; Nina Emerson, 608-698-9708http://friendsofmononabay.blogspot.com/p/cleanups.html

Sugar River Trail Clean Up

Capitol Water Trails and the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association are teaming up for a variety of duties, from pulling logs from the bottom of a stream to picking up trash along the shoreline. All these tasks involve ensuring clear access for paddlers and maintaining a clean, healthy environment for plants and wildlife. There are no skills required to attend a volunteer day however we'd suggest that you wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. If you have a canoe, you're welcome to bring it along. It may or may not be needed, depending on the number of volunteers present and what jobs we're trying to accomplish for the day. We'll be happy to provide trash bags, rubber gloves, cold water, and a rewarding experience.

 

 

Time and Place: 9am-1pm, Meet in Paoli Park, Hwy PD in Paoli, WI

Contact:http://usrwa.org/eventscalendar/, http://www.capitolwatertrails.org/calendar.php, cwt@capitolwatertrails.org

Holy Wisdom Monastery Community Workday

Restore the land and renew your spirit. Volunteers of all ages have helped return over 100 acres of land to native prairie, wetlands, and woodlands at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Become part of the tradition and enjoy some time outdoors. Work projects may include collecting prairie seed; maintaining rain gardens, green roofs and nature trails; pulling invasive weeds; staining nature trail signs; splitting firewood; picking apples and cleaning inside our eco-friendly building. Pre-registration required.

Time and Place: 8am-1pm, Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 Cty Rd M, Middleton, WI

Contact:, 608-836-1631, x108jcarlson@benedictinewomen.orgJill Carlson at , http://benedictinewomen.org/support-our-work/community-workday/

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stream Biology Field School

In-class education, hands-on field experience and opportunities in the laboratory to learn about basic biology, identification and interactions among native aquatic plants, mussels, fish of Wisconsin.

Time and Place: July 16-18, Trees for Tomorrow, Eagle River, WI

Contact:or 608-265-3887kfstepenuck@wisc.eduKris Stepenuck,

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Grady Tract of the Arboretum. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

 

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon; Grady Tract at the UW Arboretum; meet at the parking lot on the corner of Seminole Highway and the West Beltline Frontage Road

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in an oak savanna near the shore of Lake Wingra. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the parking lot on Arbor Drive, just off Monroe Street; Wingra Oak Savanna at the UW Arboretum; 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Holy Wisdom Monastery Community Workday

Restore the land and renew your spirit. Volunteers of all ages have helped return over 100 acres of land to native prairie, wetlands, and woodlands at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Become part of the tradition and enjoy some time outdoors. Work projects may include collecting prairie seed; maintaining rain gardens, green roofs and nature trails; pulling invasive weeds; staining nature trail signs; splitting firewood; picking apples and cleaning inside our eco-friendly building. Pre-registration required.

Time and Place: 8am-1pm, Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 Cty Rd M, Middleton, WI

Contact:, 608-836-1631, x108jcarlson@benedictinewomen.orgJill Carlson at , http://benedictinewomen.org/support-our-work/community-workday/

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Friends of Monona Bay Monthly Shoreline Cleanup

Help Monona Bay! Pick up trash along the shoreline of the bay and in Brittingham Park.

Time and Place: 10am –noon Meet at the Brittingham Beach House, 701 West Brittingham Place, corner of Proudfit and West Brittingham Place

Contact:; FOMB Monthly Shoreline Cleanup on facebook; Nina Emerson, 608-698-9708http://friendsofmononabay.blogspot.com/p/cleanups.html

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Arboretum Grady Tract Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Grady Tract of the Arboretum. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed.

 

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon; Grady Tract at the UW Arboretum; meet at the parking lot on the corner of Seminole Highway and the West Beltline Frontage Road

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Summer Flora of the Cherokee Marsh State Natural Area

Registration opens March 25 at noon for this special field trip to the Cherokee Marsh State Natural Area sponsored by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and the Friends of Cherokee Marsh. This trip is a fundraiser for the Cherokee Marsh Conservation Fund. Cost is $17/person. One person per group (up to six people) must be a member of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin ($25). Hike off trail to discover the high-quality fen, sedge meadow and wet prairie that are protected within this largest wetland in Dane County. Spy blooming blazing stars and swamp milkweed and see rare wildlife that inhabit these seldom-visited reaches of the marsh. Tour leaders will be Nate Fayram and Kevin Doyle (DNR) and Janet Battista (Friends of Cherokee Marsh). Don't delay as the trip will be limited to 20 participants.

Time and Place: 9a-noon, location details will be sent to registrants

Contact:http://www.wisconservation.org/ Details and registration at

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

USRWA Paddle and Pig Out

The annual date has been set--check back for more information soon. Food, paddling, information and other ways to get involved. Always a great time!

Time and Place: 9am-4pm, Paoli Park, Hwy PD, Paoli, WI

Contact:www.usrwa.org; usrwa@usrwa.org

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Learn About the Lakes!

Come ride the Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR) pontoons and learn how stormwater runoff, invasive species and changes to the shoreline affect our lakes. Join DNR Chief fo Water Resource Monitoring Tim Asplund for a fun and educational afternoon. Pre-registration required. $15; course #44906

 

Time and Place: 1-4pm, Tenney Boat Pier, North Sherman Avenue, Madison WI

Contact:lroosmalen@madison.k12.wi.us, course #44905, (608) 204-4581 or http://www.mscr.org/our-programs/outdoor-adventures/pontoon-programs/59-pontoon-program

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Holy Wisdom Monastery Community Workday

Restore the land and renew your spirit. Volunteers of all ages have helped return over 100 acres of land to native prairie, wetlands, and woodlands at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Become part of the tradition and enjoy some time outdoors. Work projects may include collecting prairie seed; maintaining rain gardens, green roofs and nature trails; pulling invasive weeds; staining nature trail signs; splitting firewood; picking apples and cleaning inside our eco-friendly building. Pre-registration required.

Time and Place: 8am-1pm, Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 Cty Rd M, Middleton, WI

Contact:, 608-836-1631, x108jcarlson@benedictinewomen.orgJill Carlson at , http://benedictinewomen.org/support-our-work/community-workday/

Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in an oak savanna near the shore of Lake Wingra. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the parking lot on Arbor Drive, just off Monroe Street; Wingra Oak Savanna at the UW Arboretum; 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater  for the Lake Wingra watershed. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact:www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,

Friends of Monona Bay Monthly Shoreline Cleanup

Help Monona Bay! Pick up trash along the shoreline of the bay and in Brittingham Park.

Time and Place: 10am –noon Meet at the Brittingham Beach House, 701 West Brittingham Place, corner of Proudfit and West Brittingham Place

Contact:; FOMB Monthly Shoreline Cleanup on facebook; Nina Emerson, 608-698-9708http://friendsofmononabay.blogspot.com/p/cleanups.html

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