CELEBRATING OUR LAKES, RIVERS, & WETLANDS
Caring for our Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands 365 Days a Year

CELEBRATING OUR LAKES, RIVERS, & WETLANDS
Caring for our Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands 365 Days a Year


About Take a Stake

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For more than 25 years, Take a Stake volunteers have been working to protect and improve the lakes, streams and wetlands of Dane County. Join in the celebration by participating in the wide range of activities and events happening in and around Dane County lakes, rivers and wetlands all year long.

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Events

7/24/2014
Jul
24

Cruise the lakes with MSCR!

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 Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds' Watershed Management Coordinator Sue Jones and DNR Chief  for Water Resource Monitoring Tim Asplund for a fun and educational afternoon. Pre-registration required. $15; course #44905

Trips run from 5:30-7 pm  & 7:15-8:45 pm

Time and Place: All boat trips are driven by trained volunteers. Trips begin at Tenney Boat Pier (1615 Sherman Avenue).

Contact: For information call (608) 204-4581 or lroosmalen@madison.k12.wi.us


7/26/2014
Jul
26

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,


7/26/2014
Jul
26

Clean Lakes Festival

Join Clean Lakes Alliance and other area partners in celebration of our lakes and waters! Event includes Water Ski Lessons, Lake Monona Heritage Boat Tour, Loop the Lake Bike Ride, Crazy4Lakes Discovery Center, Rentals from Wingra Boats, Live Music, Kids’ Activities Area, Games, bounce house & more! The festival strives to raise public awareness about opportunities for recreation on the lakes, highlight the importance of lakes to local quality of life, and offer non-lake use …

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7/26/2014
Jul
26

Level 1 Water Action Volunteer Training

The event is free and lunch will be provided. Please bring hip waders if you have them. A limited number of waders will be available for use. All other supplies will be provided. Please be prepared to provide contact information and to sign a waiver exempting LSRWA and the WAV program of liability. Trainees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the exemption form.The Lower Sugar River Watershed Association in partnership with the UW-Extension and WI Department of Natural Resou …

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8/2/2014
Aug
2

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 r …

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Aquatic Debris Collection

The annual Take a Stake in Our Waters (formerly Take a Stake in the Lakes Days) shoreline trash and aquatic debris collection by Dane County Lakes Management barges begins on June 10 for Lakes Mendota and Kegonsa and on June 17 for Lakes Monona and Waubesa. Barges will make ONE pass around the lakes. Shoreline residents should have debris from their pier area on their pier by 6 am Monday so they don’t miss the collection. It may be a few days until they get to each pier. Pier pickup of aquatic debris is not an option for homeowners where barges cannot access piers. Only aquatic vegetation (lake weeds, algae), debris washed up on shore (trash, dead fish, etc.) will be picked up by barges. Yard waste or brush (grass clippings, leaves, tree limbs), household waste (garbage, pet waste, etc.) will not be collected. Call Rhea at (608) 224-3601 with questions. 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.

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