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Volunteers are needed to help collect native plant seeds. This is a great way to experience the beauty of the prairie up close, learn the species, and help collect for future prairie plantings. Please arrive early and be ready to volunteer by 9:00 am. All tools and training will be provided. No previous experience necessary. We may drive or walk from the meeting location to a different area in the park. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, and closed-toe shoes. Bring drinking water, work gloves,Read more
Help Friends of Cherokee Marsh as they work to stop the spread of phragmites (giant reed grass) that is threatening to choke out the diverse native sedges, grasses, and flowers in the Cherokee Marsh State Natural Area. They need volunteers to help bundle and cut the stalks of phragmites. No experience needed; they will provide tools and supplies and train you on site. In addition to help combat the spread of phragmites, you will also likely see fringed gentians and other special wetland pRead more
Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world.
Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate.
Time and Place: 9am – noon, Contact Marian for the location
Contact: Marian Farrior, email@example.com; see https://arboretum.wisc.edu/get-involved/volunteer/work-parties/ for more information
Join other volunteers to help care for the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Activities include removing invasive plants, planting native plugs, seed collecting, maintaining trails, and collecting trash. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to work outdoors; long pants and closed-toe shoes required. Groups and minors require advance notice. Cancelled in case of steady precipitation or severe weather--high winds, thunder/lightning, or temperatures above 100F with heat index or below 0 degrees with wind chiRead more
Do you enjoy working with others while taking care of the Earth? If so, we encourage you to become a Restoration Team Leader. You will develop professional ecological skills, practice the land ethic, and give back to your community. Team leaders play a critical role in restoring Arboretum prairies and savannas by supervising other volunteers at Saturday morning ecological restoration work parties. They also gain invaluable personal and professional experience as they learn about native ecosysteRead more
The annual Take a Stake in Our Waters shoreline trash and aquatic debris collection by Dane County Lakes Management barges begins on:
Lakes Mendota & Kegonsa
Monday, July 24, 2017
Lakes Monona & Waubesa
Monday, July 31, 2017
YES: Aquatic vegetation (lake weeds, algae), debris washed up on shore (trash, dead fish, etc.)
NO: Yard waste or brush (grass clippings, leaves, tree limbs), household waste (garbage, pet waste, etc.)
Barges will make ONE pass around the lake. Have debris on your pier by 6 am Monday so you don’t miss the collection. It may be a few days until they get to your pier. If the water adjacent to your pier is too shallow to allow our access from the water, we may not be able to pick up debris from your pier.
Questions about this shoreline cleanup? Call John Reimer at (608) 224-3612. For all other questions about Dane County waters, visit https://olw-lwrd.countyofdane.com.
If you don't currently reside at your lakefront property, please make sure that those who live there are aware of this shoreline debris collection.