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

9/19/2014
Sep
19

Cherokee Marsh Wetland Restoration

Join the Friends of Cherokee Marsh and help bundle, cut, and treat Phragmites (giant reed grass), which is invading the rich wetlands of the Cherokee Marsh State Natural Area. Phragmites spreads quickly through a network of underground and aboveground stems, choking out native vegetation. This project will stop its spread and allow native sedges, grasses, and flowers to persist. The workday runs from 9am-12pm

Time and Place: We will meet at the VFW Truax Longmire Post 8483, 5737 County Road CV in Madison.  From downtown Madison, head east on E. Johnson St. Continue onto Pennsylvania Ave. Continue onto Packers Ave. and stay in the right lane to continue onto County Rd CV.  In 1.5 miles, the VFW will be on your left. Look for the airplane at the curve. Park towards the back of the lot. The work area is a 1/3 mile walk from the parking lot. Volunteer leaders will be on site to help direct you.

Contact: Contact simonson.nikolas@countyofdane.com with all involvement related questions!


9/20/2014
Sep
20

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,


9/23/2014
Sep
23

Renew the Blue Volunteer Day

Join Clean Lakes Alliance in another "Renew the Blue Volunteer Work-day." Volunteers have the option of working the morning or afternoon shift (or both).  Activities will include collecting native seeds and removing invasive woody shrubs from the Picnic Point area

Time and Place: UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve (2004 University Bay Dr. Madison, WI 53705) - Shoreland Restoration.9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact: Volunteers must RSVP by emailing kathryn.vangheem@cleanlakesalliance.com before 9/22/14


9/27/2014
Sep
27

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,


10/11/2014
Oct
11

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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