Caring for our Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands 365 Days a Year

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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Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy Restoration Workday

Work parties will meet the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 AM - 12 noon. Volunteers will pull invasives, cut brush, and/or gather seed. 

Time and Place: Volunteers should meet at the Pheasant Branch Dane County Parking lot.  1.2 miles north of Century Avenue on Pheasant Branch Road, unless instructed otherwise. 

Contact:  If you would like to be added to the FOPB email list to receive reminders of work days, or for more info please contactoffice@pheasantbranch.org


Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in an oak savanna near the shore of Lake Wingra.

Time and Place: 9am – noon, Wingra Oak Savanna at the UW Arboretum, meet at the parking lot on Arbor Drive, just off Monroe Street, Madison

Contact: Marian Farrior, mlfarrior@wisc.edu; see http://uwarboretum.org/volunteer/positions/#ecological_restoration for more information.


TU Sugar River at the Falk/Wells Wildlife Area workday

Join us for a fun and friendly way to make a difference. Our 2nd workday of the year will be Saturday, April 4 on the Sugar River at the Falk/Wells Wildlife Area.  We will be continuing our work from where we left off last fall.  Hopefully all the snow will be gone by then.  A map for this location can be found by clicking on this link [Map]  We'll be removing Box Elder, willow and invasive brush to benefit trout stream habitat, and burning brush piles.&n …

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Tour: Water management in the Arboretum

Join us Wednesday April 8th at 5 PM for a tour of the UW Arboretum. We will learn about the challenges of water management in the Arboretum which is bordered by the belt line and includes springs, wetlands and Lake Wingra. What are the problems and solutions? Brad Herrick, Arboretum Ecologist, will lead this tour. Please wear clothing suitable for the weather and especially shoes/boots appropriate for wet ground. For this tour, you need to be mobile, 13+ Limit is 20 people. tions? 

Time and Place: UW Arboretum

Contact: Contact Cindy Rose at 271-6440 or crose5@att.net


Lakeshore Nature Preserve Workday

Join other volunteers to help care for the UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve on the shore of Lake Mendota. Activities include removing invasive plants, planting native species, maintaining trails, collecting trash, and cleaning fire circles. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to work outdoors. Groups and minors are okay with advance notice. Canceled in case of severe rain or wind advisory. Workday runs from 9am-12pm

Time and Place: Meet at Picnic Point parking lot 129 off of University Bay Drive. On the free 80 bus route.

Contact: For more info: Contact Bryn Scriver, 608-220-5560 or bscriver@fpm.wisc.eduOr visit our website: www.lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu

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.