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Madnorski Cross Country  Ski Demo
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison, 53711
1-3 PM
Free event

Want to learn how to cross country ski or just need a refresher lesson? Come to the Lussier Family Heritage Center on Saturday, January 14 for free demos by Madnorksi, Madison’s premier Nordic ski club! From 1 – 3 PM, Madnorksi volunteers will provide instruction for all ski levels on Lake Farm County Park’s five miles of groomed trails, accessible just behind the Lussier Center. Next, enjoy a bonfire, treats and warm refreshments provided by event co-sponsors, the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area and Dane County Parks.

Please bring your own ski equipment. A Dane County Trail permit is required for all skiers 16 years and older  – purchase online at or buy your permit at the event. Email Clare at  for more information; RSVP is requested.

Winter Fun Day – Sunday, February 17, 2018
Lake Farm County Park, shelter 1, 4330 Libby Road, Madison, 53711
9 AM – noon
Free event

Get outdoors for a morning of lakeside winter fun! The Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area and Dane County Parks are pleased to sponsor a free winter event, featuring ice fishing and snowshoeing at Lake Farm County Park. Great for families!

At 9:15 AM, Yahara Fishing Club will conduct an ice fishing demonstration on Lake Waubesa, and at 10:30 AM, volunteers will lead a snowshoe hike along Lake Waubesa lakeshore trails through the beautiful Capital Springs Centennial State Park. Also enjoy a roaring bonfire, treats and warm refreshments at shelter 1! The event is free.

A state fishing license is required for visitors 16 years or older; purchase online at A very limited supply of fishing gear will be available for use; please bring your own snowshoes. For more information, contact Clare at

Park Ranger Meet & Greets
January 28, 1-3 PM  Meet & Greet at Capital Springs Dog Park, 3398 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, 53711
February 25, 1-3 PM Pawsome Snowshoe Adventure at Capital Springs Disc Golf Course, 3398 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, 53711
March 18, 1-3 PM Campfire Chat at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, 53711

All events are dog-oriented and family-friendly! Dog permits are required and can be purchased online or at the events. Contact Ranger Lael at for more information.

2018 – 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.

Parks & Trails Unite Festival
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Lake Farm County Park & McDaniel Park

Parks & Trails Unite celebrates the great system of Dane County parks and multi-use trails, with a focus on the newly-constructed Lower Yahara River Trail here at Capital Springs Recreation Area. The highlight of this trail is a mile-long boardwalk bridge over Lake Waubesa, connecting McFarland  to the Capital City Trail and the large network of multi-use trails in Madison.

A free, day-long, family-friendly festival,  will offer a wide-variety of activities, including pontoon rides and paddling excursions, many interactive games and demonstrations, food carts, a biergarten, live music, nature and cultural history walks, and bike rides on the new  trail. All sponsorships and donations raised will help build capacity for Dane County volunteers and the sixteen friends groups that provide critical support for individual parks. Hope to see you there!

BioBlitz at Lake Farm County Park
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Lake Farm County Park, shelter 2,  4330 Libby Road, Madison, 53711
10 AM to 3 PM

The Milwaukee Public Museum is sponsoring the very first BioBlitz in Dane County at Lake Farm County Park!  Over one hundred scientists from many different fields of study will identify as many plant and animal species as they can within a 24-hour period.

Spiders, insects, mammals, plants, fish, reptiles and many other species will be identified. Come and see what they discover!  Use microscopes, see live critters and interact with the scientists!  This event is free and open to the public – a great family event! Event sponsors are the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area and Dane County Parks.

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