Harvest Moon Festival 2017

Thank you for the generous donations to our successful event!

JCPenney West Towne Grandma Jo Swenson Matt & Clare Carlson
Capitol Kids Hilton Hotels - Madison Monona Terrace Milio’s Monona
Christy's Landing The Hermanson Family Nancy & Liz Howard
K & A Greenhouse Jeanie Sieling Off Broadway Drafthouse
Darren Marsh The Schiller Family Touch of Class Hairstyling
Elaine Staley Judie Pfeifer & Bill Lunney Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective
Ellen Hansen Mike & Carla Dilorio Trader Joes
Kevin & Anita Connors Rhea Stangel-Maier John E. Adams -
Fontana Sports Linda Mittnacht
Costco Wholesale Cranberry Creek Cafe & Catering
Culver's of Verona Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
Dane County Parks Department Madison Navy League
Clasen's European Bakery Michael Best & Friedrich
Gaylord Catering Service, Inc. Grandma Jo Swenson
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
WI Raptors: Red-Tailed Hawk, DNR Jack Pace WI Frogs and a Toad, Brad Bates, DNR Bats: Citizen Science at Capital Springs, Andria Blattner
Animal Eye Shines, DNR Brad Bates Skins & Skulls: Nature Net, Aldo Leopold Nature Center Sheep to Shawl: Marshall Pleasant Spinners
Live Music: The Poor Hearts Uncle Butzie the Turkey Vulture, Lisa Hartman Outdoor All-Terrain Wheelchair: Access Ability Wisconsin, Tom Thoresen
Dane County Parks Department Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area Insect Ambassadors: UW-Madison Entomology Dept.
Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Rock River Coalition Smokey Bear
WI Pollinators and Prairie Restoration: Madison Area Master Gardeners & Dane County Environmental Council West Waubesa Preservation Wisconsin Bike Federation
WI State Parks, DNR Kids' Tree Climb: Dane County Tree Board UW Space Place: Universe In the Park
Modern Harvest: Bob Uphoff's Ham & Bacon Farm Mad City Disc Golf Zoo to You: Henry Vilas Zoo Education
International Crane Foundation The Wildlife Society, UW-Madison Forest and Wildlife Ecology Dept. Owl Calls: Madison Audubon Society
AirBoat, Tom Sankey, Dane County Sheriff's Dept. Dane County Historical Society


SEPT 8 – Capital Springs Dog Park Invasive Species Removal10 AM to noon: Please join us for a few work days at the Capital Spring Dog Exercise Area to remove invasive species that are creeping into the restored prairie areas.  Tools and guidance will be provided.  We need your help! 3398 Lake Farm Road, Madison. Questions contact Rhea—608-224-3601 or Ranger Pascual 608- 516-7399 or or See the flyer.

AUGUST 12 – Nature Walk at Lake Farm County Park, shelter #3 on Libby Road, 9 AM – noon: Join naturalist Clare Carlson as we look and listen for birds and blooms in prairies.  Please bring insect spray, sun protection, plenty of water, and binoculars.  The trail is rated easy. See the flyer.

Pollinator Garden Coming to Lussier Family Heritage Center!  Interested in volunteering your time to develop and maintain a garden dedicated to pollinators and education? We’d love your help!  Email Clare to get on the pollinator email list.

TUES, JULY 25 – Weeds & Wildflowers Educational Training Walk, 9 AM to noon, Lake Farm County Park on Libby Road, shelter #2: Join Lars Higdon, Dane County Botanist/Naturalist, for a free guided walk through Lake Farm County Park  followed by an optional stewardship activity.  Participants will learn how to distinguish native plants from pesky weeds and discuss approaches for managing some of our worst invasive species.  Come ready with questions about wrestling weeds or how to promote some of your favorite wildflowers.  Following the walk, we will roll up our sleeves and get experience removing  invasive plants using a tool called the parsnip predator.  Make sure to wear long pants and closed toe shoes and bring plenty of drinking water and mosquito spray.  Come to learn and give back– Join us! Please RSVP so we know who to expect: Rhea Stangel-Maier, Volunteer Coordinator – (608) 224-3601;

FRI, JULY 29 – Bumble Bee Photo Survey and ID Workshop (Citizen Science Opportunity), 1 – 4 PM:  at UW-Arboretum Auditorium  Invite to Dane County Parks volunteers – We can form a Capital Springs Recreation Area team for this project!  If you’d like to participate, but don’t know of other team members, please contact me (Clare Dane County Parks include 12,000 acres, from recreation parks to natural resource areas, and much more. Much of this land provides valuable habitat for plants, wildlife, birds, insects, and people, to name a few.  Did you know that the rusty-patched bumble bee (recently listed as an Endangered Species) lives in some of our parks? We are interested to learn more about this species and other bumble bees–where do they live? and which flowers and habitats do they use?  We use photography to document the bumble bees.  Volunteers and Friends groups will be essential to this effort.
Please join us at this workshop to learn beginning bumble bee ID, tips for documenting bees through photography, and how to share your findings on Bumble Bee Watch. We ask that you conduct at least 3 surveys at Dane County Parks and upload photos, after you complete this training.We will meet at the UW-Arboretum Auditorium, July 28, from 1-4 p.m. workshop is limited to 30 participants. We suggest that 2-3 volunteers from each Friends organization attend together, if possible.  (We will add another workshop at a later date, if interested volunteers cannot attend this onePlease RSVP by noon on Wednesday, July 26 if you’d like to attend.  Register here.

JULY 29, (rain date: July 30) – Sun Observation with Telescope, 1 – 3 PM: Safely view the sun’s surface with a telescope! Join astronomy-enthusiast Bob Terrell as he observes sun spots and solar prominences. Equipment is set up on the gravel parking area at Lake Farm County Park near the Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Road). All are welcome! See the flyer.