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We are in need of more volunteers to help organize the event. It’s also not too late to be a sponsor! Contact us at

June 6, 11 am – 4 pm

The Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area (FOCSRA) is partnering with Madison Audubon to sponsor a Summer Trails Festival on National Trails Day.  All state trails will be free that weekend.

The Festival will be located in the Capital Springs Recreation Area (CSRA) next to the Capital City State Trail across Lake Farm Road from the Lussier Family Heritage Center in Lake Farm County Park.  There will be several tents providing family friendly fun and guided hikes.  There will also be food, beer, and other beverages available for purchase.

We ask for a $5.00 donation as this event, in addition to fun and environmental education, is a fundraiser for both organizations.  This is a perfect opportunity to ride your bike and stop by! Vehicle parking will be limited.

Family Fun includes children’s story tent, nature art (butterfly watercolors) and building bird feeders, as well as first hand encounters with amphibians, turkey vulture, other birds and mammalsMaynard the Mallard will make an appearance courtesy of the Shoebox, and the Madison Audubon Goose is also scheduled to make a visit.  For more information, visit MAS online at

All Capital Springs guided hikes will incorporate natural history of the park including water trails, bird observation, and native wildlife. In addition, the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, which borders Capital Springs, will have a special Nine Springs E-Way Biking Tour of the Nine Springs wastewater treatment plant.  Additional sponsors include Dane County Parks, WI Department of Natural Resources, Wheels for Winners, JUST Coffee Co-op, Fontana Sports, and Dane County Environmental Council.

Join Nine Springs E-Way Biking Tour

Dawley Hub Shelter Dedication to
Summer Trails Festival!

led by
Board Member Rick Eilertson

The Bike Tour leaves the Dawley Hub Shelter (3041 S. Seminole Hwy) at 10:30 am and ends at Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Rd) at about noon.

This Biking Tour provides a connection from the Dawley Hub Shelter Dedication Ceremony (9am) to the Capital Springs Summer Trails Festival  (11am – 4pm).

 The pace will be slow along the rolling hills of the route. Led by Rick Eilertson, Fitchburg’s Environmental Engineer, the Lewis Nine Springs E-Way Tour will make numerous stops to learning laboratories along the new Cannonball Path and Capital City Trail.

For a map and schedule, visit

Families and folks of all ages are encouraged to attend! Hope to see you on the trail June 6.


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About the Friends

The Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area  supports the Capital Springs Recreation Area, a 2,500 acre centennial park located on the urban edge of the City of Madison.  Our mission is to develop and promote educational and recreational opportunities at Capital Springs Recreation Area.

Capital Springs Recreation Area, just south of Madison, Wisconsin, stretches from Fish Hatchery Road east to Lake Waubesa, encompassing the Capital City State Trail, Lake Farm County Park and Campground, Lewis E-Way, Nine Springs Creek and Lussier Family Heritage Center.


Friends of Capital Springs
3101 Lake Farm Road
Madison, WI 53711