Aug
5
Movies in the Park - Disney Nature Wings of Life

Come to the Lussier Family Heritage Center for an outdoor screening of Disney Nature's Wings of Life, sponsored by Festival Foods!  Please bring your own chairs and blankets and set-up 6 ft. from other movie viewers.  Gates will open at 7:00 and the movie will start at 8:00 PM.  Come early and participate in a fun actvivity put on by the "Healthy Parks, Healthy You" partnership between the Foundation for Dane County Parks, Dean/SSM Health, and Dane County Parks .  Dogs are allowed but must be on leash and not disruptive. 

Movies are free with a suggested donation of $5/person. 

Local author, Dineo Dowd, will have a table at this event selling diversity outdoor children's books and recreation park scratch off posters.

Refreshments:
Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase and 10% of all sales will come back to the parks to support our youth programing so come prepared for snacking!

Karben4 Brewing:

  • Beer, lemonade, apple juice, chocolate milk, root beer, and carbonated water.
  • Marcus Cinema popcorn & cotton candy, chips, beef jerky and candy.

Sign up requested. 

 

Aug
6
Fishing Adventure - Catch a Good Time!

Fishing Friday's at Jenni & Kyle Preserve - $5/ person/ session

Age: Kindergarten - 8th Grade. This activity is also open to all persons with permanent disabilities. 
Cost: $5/person

Is your child interested in learning how to fish? This is the program for them. Learn how to cast, bait, and catch fish along the shore or on one of our fishing piers. Staff will assist participants with removing fish and releasing them back into the water. Learn to identify common Wisconsin fish. Fishing equipment is provided. This activity is also open to all persons with permanent disabilities. 

The Jenni and Kyle Preserve is a unique park that is intended to serve children and persons with disabilities, and provides accessible fishing and picnic areas, trails, wheelchair swings and a shelter building around two spring-fed ponds containing trout and panfish.

A parent/chaperone is required to attend the activity (the chaperone is a free attendee and does not need to register). 

Registration is required

Have a large group? This event is also offered as a field trip!

Aug
6
Prairie Stewardship Work Days

Join us as we work on native plant gardens and prairie restoration at the Lussier Family Heritage Center.  Tasks include planting, watering, mulching, raking, loping, and more!

These work days are hosted by Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area, Madison Area Master Gardeners Association, Dane County Parks, and the Lussier Family Heritage Center. 

Parking is available onsite, and there is access to indoor restrooms.  Please bring your own gloves and drinking water.  All other tools are provided. 

Ages 15 and up are welcome.  No registration or signup is needed.  

Cancelled work days are posted at www.friendsofcapitalsprings.org  one hour prior to the start of the work day. Please check this web site for cancellations and updates.  

Questions? Contact the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Areas Naturalist Clare Carlson at Carlson.Clare@CountyofDane.com

Aug
8
Art in the Park - Sunflower

Join us for Art in the Park at the Lussier Family Heritage Center! No artistic talent needed, just the desire to have fun! We take the time to guide you step by step to complete your very own take home masterpiece.

All canvases come pre-traced by our artist instructor. If you would like a blank canvas, please mention that in the comments box at checkout. If meeting a friend(s) please list the name(s) of attendee(s) in the comments section so we can seat you together.

BYOB! Bring your own beverage to sip on while we paint in the park! Don't forget cups and to dress for the weather. Please arrive 20 minutes early so you have time to settle in and pour yourself a drink, class will start promptly at the start time.

Cost is $42/person and the class runs for 2 hours. This event will be located in the Lower Patio of the park.

**Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash and not disruptive. 

Registration is required. 

Aug
10
Story Time

Join us every Tuesday at 9 AM under our gorgeous Heritage Oak tree for a story, activity and/or craft! These are free and there is no need to register in advance.  Select Tuesdays will feature a bilinugal story told in both English and Spanish thanks to our friends at Dane County Library Service!  Spanish Storytime dates are: July 13th and 27th, August 10th and 24th. 

 

Time: Every Tuesday from 9 - 10 AM 

Cost: Free! 

Aug
11
Bumble Bee Brigade: Citizen Science Survey Team

This is a free event.

Throughout the summer, Friends naturalist, Clare Carlson will lead surveys in different locations in the Capital Springs Recreation Area located from Lake Waubesa west to Fitch Hatchery Road.  Older children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. See specific dates and locations below.

Photos will be submitted to DNR’s Bumble Bee Brigade, a state-wide program that aids in bumble bee conservation. 

What we will do:  Attendees will walk a small prairie area around the Heritage Center and in other park units to find bumble bees and take photos of them.

What to bring:  Please bring your own camera (cell phone cameras work great), water, and sun protection.  

Please sign up by emailing Clare at Carlson.Clare@CountyofDane.com  See specific dates and locations below.

Inclement Weather:  If a survey is cancelled, attendees will be emailed one hour prior to the start of the survey.

DATES & LOCATIONS:

  • 6/9 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 6/23 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 1, Libby Rd, 9am
  • 7/13 @ Lewis E-Way parking area, Moorland Rd, 9am

 

  • 7/22 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 8/11 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 8/24 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 3, Libby Rd, 9am
  • 9/8 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, 9am
  •  9/21 @ Lewis E-Way parking area, Moorland Rd, 9am
  • 10/6 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 3, Libby Rd, 9am
Aug
11
Kids Bike Adventure - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Join us for a bike ride through William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park on the Lower Yahara River Trail. This trail features the longest inland boardwalk bridge constructed solely for non-motorized transportation in North America! Enjoy a break along Lake Waubesa followed by a trip up to the top of our tower overlook. This gentle bike ride with minimal hills is fun for all ages and ability levels. Training wheels are available. Use our bikes and helmets or bring your own. Helmets are required to be used during the program. 

*A parent/chaperone is required to attend the activity (the chaperone is a free attendee). 

Age: K-8. Cost: $5/person

Location: Meet at the Red Barn, Lussier Family Heritage Center 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison, WI 53711

Date: Offered Weekly in the Summer

Registration is required

Aug
12
Presentations in the Park - Community Gardens

The Lussier Family Heritage Center will be hosting a variety of speakers throughout the summer, this week's presentation is curtesy of Elsa Caetano.  

Gates open at 5:30 PM and the presentation starts at 6:00 PM.  Please bring your own chairs or blankets and set up 6 ft. from other attendees.  Arrive early to get some dinner from a local food truck and drinks from Delta Beer Lab.

**Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash and not disruptive. 

Have you ever wanted to become involved with a community garden?  In this presentation Elsa Caetano will explain the communal and health benefits of community gardens and how it changes people's lives socially, mentally, physically and financially. 

Aug
13
Fishing Adventure - Catch a Good Time!

Fishing Friday's at Jenni & Kyle Preserve - $5/ person/ session

Age: Kindergarten - 8th Grade. This activity is also open to all persons with permanent disabilities. 
Cost: $5/person

Is your child interested in learning how to fish? This is the program for them. Learn how to cast, bait, and catch fish along the shore or on one of our fishing piers. Staff will assist participants with removing fish and releasing them back into the water. Learn to identify common Wisconsin fish. Fishing equipment is provided. This activity is also open to all persons with permanent disabilities. 

The Jenni and Kyle Preserve is a unique park that is intended to serve children and persons with disabilities, and provides accessible fishing and picnic areas, trails, wheelchair swings and a shelter building around two spring-fed ponds containing trout and panfish.

A parent/chaperone is required to attend the activity (the chaperone is a free attendee and does not need to register). 

Registration is required

Have a large group? This event is also offered as a field trip!

Aug
15
Yoga in the Park

Wishing Tree Studio instructors are excited to once again offer yoga in the park! These 60-minute classes are suitable for all skill levels and a great way for families to practice together in this lovely space, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.  We’ll move and breathe together and we’ll be sure to offer something for everyone. Please bring your own yoga mat.  Blocks and other props are optional, so please bring whatever makes you comfortable and enhances your practice.  Single ticets are $10 and can be purchased online.  For $15 you can bring a friend, or you can bring your whole family for $25. Tickets and more info can be found on thw Wishing Tree website. 

To ensure your spot, please register ahead of time on Wishing Tree Studio's website.  Please make sure you scroll to the correct date you wish to register for. 

Aug
16
Monday Morning Summer Walks Series

This is a free event.

Walk dates: June 7, June 28, July 12, August 16, August 23 | 10:00 – 11:30am | No sign up necessary.

We will explore the following areas within the Capital Springs Recreation Area:  Lewis Nine Springs E-Way, Capital City State Trail, Lower Yahara River Trail, W.G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Wildlife Observation Area

Routes will generally be easy, however please bring water and sun protection. We follow Public Health Madison and Dane County: publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus .

Cancellation policy:  If we must cancel, notice will be posted at www.friendsofcapitalsprings.org by 9am the morning of the walk. 

Aug
17
Story Time

Join us every Tuesday at 9 AM under our gorgeous Heritage Oak tree for a story, activity and/or craft! These are free and there is no need to register in advance.  Select Tuesdays will feature a bilinugal story told in both English and Spanish thanks to our friends at Dane County Library Service!  Spanish Storytime dates are: July 13th and 27th, August 10th and 24th. 

 

Time: Every Tuesday from 9 - 10 AM 

Cost: Free! 

Aug
18
Kids Bike Adventure - Lussier Family Heritage Center

Join us for a bike ride through William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park on the Lower Yahara River Trail. This trail features the longest inland boardwalk bridge constructed solely for non-motorized transportation in North America! Enjoy a break along Lake Waubesa followed by a trip up to the top of our tower overlook. This gentle bike ride with minimal hills is fun for all ages and ability levels. Training wheels are available. Use our bikes and helmets or bring your own. Helmets are required to be used during the program. 

*A parent/chaperone is required to attend the activity (the chaperone is a free attendee). 

Age: K-8. Cost: $5/person

Location: Meet at the Red Barn, Lussier Family Heritage Center 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison, WI 53711

Date: Offered Weekly in the Summer

Registration is required

Aug
19
Presentations in the Park - Stormwater Pollution and Solutions

Did you know that leaves in the street can increase phosphorus and algae blooms in our lakes? Have you ever wondered what is so great about rain gardens? Have you noticed murals painted around stormdrains in town and wondered what they were all about?

Join us for this Stormwater Pollution and Solutions presentation with Christal Campbell, Stormwater Education Coordinator with the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership  (MAMSWaP) to learn about these topics and more! Christal will provide a brief stormwater overview talking about some of the main water pollution threats in Dane County as well as what you can do to help keep our lakes, rivers, and streams clean.

Christal will use a tabletop rainfall simulator to demonstrate what happens when it rains on different types of surfaces, such as lawn grass, prairie, and pavement and what impact that can have on our water resources. She will also let you know about several different programs and tools available to help you take easy actions that can make a Ripple Effect on our waters. Some of these programs include Plant Dane, Leaf-free Streets, Stormdrain Murals and Wisconsin Salt Wise.

Gates open at 5:30 PM and the presentation starts at 6:00 PM.  Please bring your own chairs or blankets and set up 6 ft. from other attendees.  Arrive early to get some dinner from a local food truck and drinks from Delta Beer Lab.

**Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash and not disruptive.

The Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership  (MAMSWaP) is coalition of Dane County municipalities and organizations working together to promote practices that reduce and improve stormwater runoff into Dane County lakes, rivers and streams.  Learn about the importance of healthy stormwater and

 

Aug
20
Prairie Stewardship Work Days

Join us as we work on native plant gardens and prairie restoration at the Lussier Family Heritage Center.  Tasks include planting, watering, mulching, raking, loping, and more!

These work days are hosted by Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area, Madison Area Master Gardeners Association, Dane County Parks, and the Lussier Family Heritage Center. 

Parking is available onsite, and there is access to indoor restrooms.  Please bring your own gloves and drinking water.  All other tools are provided. 

Ages 15 and up are welcome.  No registration or signup is needed.  

Cancelled work days are posted at www.friendsofcapitalsprings.org  one hour prior to the start of the work day. Please check this web site for cancellations and updates.  

Questions? Contact the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Areas Naturalist Clare Carlson at Carlson.Clare@CountyofDane.com

Aug
22
Art in the Park - Busy Bee Buzz

Join us for Art in the Park at the Lussier Family Heritage Center! No artistic talent needed, just the desire to have fun! We take the time to guide you step by step to complete your very own take home masterpiece.

All canvases come pre-traced by our artist instructor. If you would like a blank canvas, please mention that in the comments box at checkout. If meeting a friend(s) please list the name(s) of attendee(s) in the comments section so we can seat you together.

BYOB! Bring your own beverage to sip on while we paint in the park! Don't forget cups and to dress for the weather. Please arrive 20 minutes early so you have time to settle in and pour yourself a drink, class will start promptly at the start time.

Cost is $42/person and the class runs for 2 hours. This event will be located in the Lower Patio of the park.

**Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash and not disruptive. 

Registration is required. 

Aug
23
Monday Morning Summer Walks Series

This is a free event.

Walk dates: June 7, June 28, July 12, August 16, August 23 | 10:00 – 11:30am | No sign up necessary.

We will explore the following areas within the Capital Springs Recreation Area:  Lewis Nine Springs E-Way, Capital City State Trail, Lower Yahara River Trail, W.G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Wildlife Observation Area

Routes will generally be easy, however please bring water and sun protection. We follow Public Health Madison and Dane County: publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus .

Cancellation policy:  If we must cancel, notice will be posted at www.friendsofcapitalsprings.org by 9am the morning of the walk. 

Aug
24
Bumble Bee Brigade: Citizen Science Survey Team

This is a free event.

Throughout the summer, Friends naturalist, Clare Carlson will lead surveys in different locations in the Capital Springs Recreation Area located from Lake Waubesa west to Fitch Hatchery Road.  Older children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. See specific dates and locations below.

Photos will be submitted to DNR’s Bumble Bee Brigade, a state-wide program that aids in bumble bee conservation. 

What we will do:  Attendees will walk a small prairie area around the Heritage Center and in other park units to find bumble bees and take photos of them.

What to bring:  Please bring your own camera (cell phone cameras work great), water, and sun protection.  

Please sign up by emailing Clare at Carlson.Clare@CountyofDane.com  See specific dates and locations below.

Inclement Weather:  If a survey is cancelled, attendees will be emailed one hour prior to the start of the survey.

DATES & LOCATIONS:

  • 6/9 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 6/23 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 1, Libby Rd, 9am
  • 7/13 @ Lewis E-Way parking area, Moorland Rd, 9am

 

  • 7/22 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 8/11 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 8/24 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 3, Libby Rd, 9am
  • 9/8 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, 9am
  •  9/21 @ Lewis E-Way parking area, Moorland Rd, 9am
  • 10/6 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 3, Libby Rd, 9am
Aug
24
Story Time

Join us every Tuesday at 9 AM under our gorgeous Heritage Oak tree for a story, activity and/or craft! These are free and there is no need to register in advance.  Select Tuesdays will feature a bilinugal story told in both English and Spanish thanks to our friends at Dane County Library Service!  Spanish Storytime dates are: July 13th and 27th, August 10th and 24th. 

 

Time: Every Tuesday from 9 - 10 AM 

Cost: Free! 

Aug
29
Yoga in the Park

Wishing Tree Studio instructors are excited to once again offer yoga in the park! These 60-minute classes are suitable for all skill levels and a great way for families to practice together in this lovely space, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.  We’ll move and breathe together and we’ll be sure to offer something for everyone. Please bring your own yoga mat.  Blocks and other props are optional, so please bring whatever makes you comfortable and enhances your practice.  Single ticets are $10 and can be purchased online.  For $15 you can bring a friend, or you can bring your whole family for $25. Tickets and more info can be found on thw Wishing Tree website. 

To ensure your spot, please register ahead of time on Wishing Tree Studio's website.  Please make sure you scroll to the correct date you wish to register for. 

Aug
31
Story Time

Join us every Tuesday at 9 AM under our gorgeous Heritage Oak tree for a story, activity and/or craft! These are free and there is no need to register in advance.  Select Tuesdays will feature a bilinugal story told in both English and Spanish thanks to our friends at Dane County Library Service!  Spanish Storytime dates are: July 13th and 27th, August 10th and 24th. 

 

Time: Every Tuesday from 9 - 10 AM 

Cost: Free! 

Sep
2
Presentations in the Park - Scaly Friends in Your Backyard: Wisconsin's Native Reptiles

The Lussier Family Heritage Center will be hosting a variety of speakers throughout the summer, this week's presentation is curtesy of Sam Massey from the Madison Area Herpetological Society. 

Gates open at 5:30 PM and the presentation starts at 6:00 PM.  Please bring your own chairs or blankets and set up 6 ft. from other attendees.  Arrive early to get some dinner from a local food truck and drinks from Delta Beer Lab.

**Due to the nature of this presentation and the live animal guests, dogs will not be allowed at this presentation. 

Take some time out of your day to learn about some of Wisconsin’s 37 native reptile species, how they benefit our environment, and the best ways to view and interact with our wild friends. Reptiles play an important role in our ecosystem and it’s possible to peacefully coexist with the critters that live in our communities. Join us for an informative digital presentation with live animal examples!

 

Sep
3
Prairie Stewardship Work Days

Join us as we work on native plant gardens and prairie restoration at the Lussier Family Heritage Center.  Tasks include planting, watering, mulching, raking, loping, and more!

These work days are hosted by Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area, Madison Area Master Gardeners Association, Dane County Parks, and the Lussier Family Heritage Center. 

Parking is available onsite, and there is access to indoor restrooms.  Please bring your own gloves and drinking water.  All other tools are provided. 

Ages 15 and up are welcome.  No registration or signup is needed.  

Cancelled work days are posted at www.friendsofcapitalsprings.org  one hour prior to the start of the work day. Please check this web site for cancellations and updates.  

Questions? Contact the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Areas Naturalist Clare Carlson at Carlson.Clare@CountyofDane.com

Sep
5
Art in the Park - White Heron

Join us for Art in the Park at the Lussier Family Heritage Center! No artistic talent needed, just the desire to have fun! We take the time to guide you step by step to complete your very own take home masterpiece.

All canvases come pre-traced by our artist instructor. If you would like a blank canvas, please mention that in the comments box at checkout. If meeting a friend(s) please list the name(s) of attendee(s) in the comments section so we can seat you together.

BYOB! Bring your own beverage to sip on while we paint in the park! Don't forget cups and to dress for the weather. Please arrive 20 minutes early so you have time to settle in and pour yourself a drink, class will start promptly at the start time.

Cost is $42/person and the class runs for 2 hours. This event will be located in the Lower Patio of the park.

**Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash and not disruptive. 

Registration is required. 

Sep
7
Story Time

Join us every Tuesday at 9 AM under our gorgeous Heritage Oak tree for a story, activity and/or craft! These are free and there is no need to register in advance.  Select Tuesdays will feature a bilinugal story told in both English and Spanish thanks to our friends at Dane County Library Service!  Spanish Storytime dates are: July 13th and 27th, August 10th and 24th. 

 

Time: Every Tuesday from 9 - 10 AM 

Cost: Free! 

Sep
8
Bumble Bee Brigade: Citizen Science Survey Team

This is a free event.

Throughout the summer, Friends naturalist, Clare Carlson will lead surveys in different locations in the Capital Springs Recreation Area located from Lake Waubesa west to Fitch Hatchery Road.  Older children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. See specific dates and locations below.

Photos will be submitted to DNR’s Bumble Bee Brigade, a state-wide program that aids in bumble bee conservation. 

What we will do:  Attendees will walk a small prairie area around the Heritage Center and in other park units to find bumble bees and take photos of them.

What to bring:  Please bring your own camera (cell phone cameras work great), water, and sun protection.  

Please sign up by emailing Clare at Carlson.Clare@CountyofDane.com  See specific dates and locations below.

Inclement Weather:  If a survey is cancelled, attendees will be emailed one hour prior to the start of the survey.

DATES & LOCATIONS:

  • 6/9 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 6/23 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 1, Libby Rd, 9am
  • 7/13 @ Lewis E-Way parking area, Moorland Rd, 9am

 

  • 7/22 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 8/11 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 8/24 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 3, Libby Rd, 9am
  • 9/8 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, 9am
  •  9/21 @ Lewis E-Way parking area, Moorland Rd, 9am
  • 10/6 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 3, Libby Rd, 9am
Sep
9
Presentations in the Park - Wisconsin Geology and Paleontology

The Lussier Family Heritage Center will be hosting a variety of speakers throughout the summer, this week's presentation is curtesy of Brooke Norsted from the UW Geology Museum. 

Gates open at 5:30 PM and the presentation starts at 6:00 PM.  Please bring your own chairs or blankets and set up 6 ft. from other attendees.  Arrive early to get some dinner from a local food truck and drinks from Delta Beer Lab.

**Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash and not disruptive. 

Travel through deep time to discover some surprising stories of Wisconsin's geological past featuring volcanoes, tropical seas, and mastodons! We will focus on three very different times in our state's history and examine rocks and fossils which help us piece together how very different it used to be here. 

Sep
12
Yoga in the Park

Wishing Tree Studio instructors are excited to once again offer yoga in the park! These 60-minute classes are suitable for all skill levels and a great way for families to practice together in this lovely space, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.  We’ll move and breathe together and we’ll be sure to offer something for everyone. Please bring your own yoga mat.  Blocks and other props are optional, so please bring whatever makes you comfortable and enhances your practice.  Single ticets are $10 and can be purchased online.  For $15 you can bring a friend, or you can bring your whole family for $25. Tickets and more info can be found on thw Wishing Tree website. 

To ensure your spot, please register ahead of time on Wishing Tree Studio's website.  Please make sure you scroll to the correct date you wish to register for. 

Sep
14
Story Time

Join us every Tuesday at 9 AM under our gorgeous Heritage Oak tree for a story, activity and/or craft! These are free and there is no need to register in advance.  Select Tuesdays will feature a bilinugal story told in both English and Spanish thanks to our friends at Dane County Library Service!  Spanish Storytime dates are: July 13th and 27th, August 10th and 24th. 

 

Time: Every Tuesday from 9 - 10 AM 

Cost: Free! 

Sep
16
Presentations in the Park - Pollution Prevention

The Lussier Family Heritage Center will be hosting a variety of speakers throughout the summer, this week's presentation is curtesy of Emily Jones from Madison Metropolitian Sewer District. 

Gates open at 5:30 PM and the presentation starts at 6:00 PM.  Please bring your own chairs or blankets and set up 6 ft. from other attendees.  Arrive early to get some dinner from a local food truck and drinks from Delta Beer Lab.  Delta will be donating 10% of sales back to the Dane County Parks department for youth programming and education. 

**Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash and not disruptive. 

Join Emily Jones, a Pollution Prevention Specialist, from Madison Metropolitian Sewer District for a presentation about pollution, what is done to prevent it, and what is done when it occurs.  

Sep
17
Prairie Stewardship Work Days

Join us as we work on native plant gardens and prairie restoration at the Lussier Family Heritage Center.  Tasks include planting, watering, mulching, raking, loping, and more!

These work days are hosted by Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area, Madison Area Master Gardeners Association, Dane County Parks, and the Lussier Family Heritage Center. 

Parking is available onsite, and there is access to indoor restrooms.  Please bring your own gloves and drinking water.  All other tools are provided. 

Ages 15 and up are welcome.  No registration or signup is needed.  

Cancelled work days are posted at www.friendsofcapitalsprings.org  one hour prior to the start of the work day. Please check this web site for cancellations and updates.  

Questions? Contact the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Areas Naturalist Clare Carlson at Carlson.Clare@CountyofDane.com

Sep
21
Bumble Bee Brigade: Citizen Science Survey Team

This is a free event.

Throughout the summer, Friends naturalist, Clare Carlson will lead surveys in different locations in the Capital Springs Recreation Area located from Lake Waubesa west to Fitch Hatchery Road.  Older children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. See specific dates and locations below.

Photos will be submitted to DNR’s Bumble Bee Brigade, a state-wide program that aids in bumble bee conservation. 

What we will do:  Attendees will walk a small prairie area around the Heritage Center and in other park units to find bumble bees and take photos of them.

What to bring:  Please bring your own camera (cell phone cameras work great), water, and sun protection.  

Please sign up by emailing Clare at Carlson.Clare@CountyofDane.com  See specific dates and locations below.

Inclement Weather:  If a survey is cancelled, attendees will be emailed one hour prior to the start of the survey.

DATES & LOCATIONS:

  • 6/9 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 6/23 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 1, Libby Rd, 9am
  • 7/13 @ Lewis E-Way parking area, Moorland Rd, 9am

 

  • 7/22 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 8/11 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 8/24 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 3, Libby Rd, 9am
  • 9/8 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, 9am
  •  9/21 @ Lewis E-Way parking area, Moorland Rd, 9am
  • 10/6 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 3, Libby Rd, 9am
Sep
21
Story Time

Join us every Tuesday at 9 AM under our gorgeous Heritage Oak tree for a story, activity and/or craft! These are free and there is no need to register in advance.  Select Tuesdays will feature a bilinugal story told in both English and Spanish thanks to our friends at Dane County Library Service!  Spanish Storytime dates are: July 13th and 27th, August 10th and 24th. 

 

Time: Every Tuesday from 9 - 10 AM 

Cost: Free! 

Sep
23
Presentations in the Park - Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitation: Caring for Sick and Injured Animals

The Lussier Family Heritage Center will be hosting a variety of speakers throughout the summer, this week's presentation is curtesy of Jackie Sandberg from the Dane County Humane Society's Wildlife Center.  

Gates open at 5:30 PM and the presentation starts at 6:00 PM.  Please bring your own chairs or blankets and set up 6 ft. from other attendees.  Arrive early to get some dinner from a local food truck and drinks from Delta Beer Lab.

**Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash and not disruptive. 

Jackie Sandberg is the Wildlife Training Supervisor at Dane County Humane Society’s Wildlife Center (DCHS), helping to manage a program that treats over 4,000 sick, injured or orphaned wild animals each year. Daily tasks include triaging phone calls from the public, performing physical exams and medical diagnostics for incoming patients, and training interns, apprentices, and volunteers. She is a certified wildlife rehabilitator who holds a master’s degree in conservation biology and sustainable development (UW-Madison) in addition to advanced state and federal wildlife rehabilitation licenses. Suggested blurb: The Lussier Family Heritage Center invites members to a free PowerPoint presentation titled, “Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitation: Caring for Sick and Injured Animals,” presented by Jackie Sandberg, Wildlife Training Supervisor at Dane County Humane Society’s (DCHS) Wildlife Center. Learn about wildlife rehabilitation in Wisconsin and how professional staff at DCHS's Wildlife Center help over 4,000 sick and injured wild animals every year.”

 

Sep
26
Art in the Park - Bandit the Raccoon

Join us for Art in the Park at the Lussier Family Heritage Center! No artistic talent needed, just the desire to have fun! We take the time to guide you step by step to complete your very own take home masterpiece.

All canvases come pre-traced by our artist instructor. If you would like a blank canvas, please mention that in the comments box at checkout. If meeting a friend(s) please list the name(s) of attendee(s) in the comments section so we can seat you together.

BYOB! Bring your own beverage to sip on while we paint in the park! Don't forget cups and to dress for the weather. Please arrive 20 minutes early so you have time to settle in and pour yourself a drink, class will start promptly at the start time.

Cost is $42/person and the class runs for 2 hours. This event will be located in the Lower Patio of the park.

**Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash and not disruptive. 

Registration is required. 

Sep
26
Yoga in the Park

Wishing Tree Studio instructors are excited to once again offer yoga in the park! These 60-minute classes are suitable for all skill levels and a great way for families to practice together in this lovely space, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.  We’ll move and breathe together and we’ll be sure to offer something for everyone. Please bring your own yoga mat.  Blocks and other props are optional, so please bring whatever makes you comfortable and enhances your practice.  Single ticets are $10 and can be purchased online.  For $15 you can bring a friend, or you can bring your whole family for $25. Tickets and more info can be found on thw Wishing Tree website. 

To ensure your spot, please register ahead of time on Wishing Tree Studio's website.  Please make sure you scroll to the correct date you wish to register for. 

Sep
28
Story Time

Join us every Tuesday at 9 AM under our gorgeous Heritage Oak tree for a story, activity and/or craft! These are free and there is no need to register in advance.  Select Tuesdays will feature a bilinugal story told in both English and Spanish thanks to our friends at Dane County Library Service!  Spanish Storytime dates are: July 13th and 27th, August 10th and 24th. 

 

Time: Every Tuesday from 9 - 10 AM 

Cost: Free! 

Oct
1
Prairie Stewardship Work Days

Join us as we work on native plant gardens and prairie restoration at the Lussier Family Heritage Center.  Tasks include planting, watering, mulching, raking, loping, and more!

These work days are hosted by Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area, Madison Area Master Gardeners Association, Dane County Parks, and the Lussier Family Heritage Center. 

Parking is available onsite, and there is access to indoor restrooms.  Please bring your own gloves and drinking water.  All other tools are provided. 

Ages 15 and up are welcome.  No registration or signup is needed.  

Cancelled work days are posted at www.friendsofcapitalsprings.org  one hour prior to the start of the work day. Please check this web site for cancellations and updates.  

Questions? Contact the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Areas Naturalist Clare Carlson at Carlson.Clare@CountyofDane.com

Oct
6
Bumble Bee Brigade: Citizen Science Survey Team

This is a free event.

Throughout the summer, Friends naturalist, Clare Carlson will lead surveys in different locations in the Capital Springs Recreation Area located from Lake Waubesa west to Fitch Hatchery Road.  Older children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. See specific dates and locations below.

Photos will be submitted to DNR’s Bumble Bee Brigade, a state-wide program that aids in bumble bee conservation. 

What we will do:  Attendees will walk a small prairie area around the Heritage Center and in other park units to find bumble bees and take photos of them.

What to bring:  Please bring your own camera (cell phone cameras work great), water, and sun protection.  

Please sign up by emailing Clare at Carlson.Clare@CountyofDane.com  See specific dates and locations below.

Inclement Weather:  If a survey is cancelled, attendees will be emailed one hour prior to the start of the survey.

DATES & LOCATIONS:

  • 6/9 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 6/23 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 1, Libby Rd, 9am
  • 7/13 @ Lewis E-Way parking area, Moorland Rd, 9am

 

  • 7/22 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 8/11 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, Lake Farm Rd, 9am
  • 8/24 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 3, Libby Rd, 9am
  • 9/8 @ Lussier Family Heritage Center, 9am
  •  9/21 @ Lewis E-Way parking area, Moorland Rd, 9am
  • 10/6 @ W.G. Lunney Lake Farm Park, shelter 3, Libby Rd, 9am
Oct
15
Monster Dash 5K run-walk-roll and Movie

Join us at sunset for 5K run, walk or roll along the Lower Yahara River Trail and through our haunted prairie and forest. CAUTION! Monsters may be lurking along the trail. 

If you survive, your reward will be a bonfire with s'mores, beverages, and food available for purchase from Delta Brew Lab and the Vengan Pa’Ka food truck and an outdoor movie. Once the sun has fully set snuggle up for an outdoor screening of Beetlejuice (bring a chair or blanket to sit on).  

Early bird registration costs $20 and includes access to the 5K, bonfire, and admission to the outdoor movie.  Registration fee will increase to $30 after September 1st. 

Costumes are heavily encouraged.

Registration fees help support youth education and outdoor recreation programs at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, a Dane County Parks facility. 

Please note: The Monster Dash 5K is open to all ages, however there will be monsters lurking along the race route so it might not be suitable for all. Our monsters will be warned to hang back when people with strollers or very young kids are passing by but they will still be visible so please use your best judgement. Not into thrills and chills?  Skip the haunted forest and join us at 7:30 p.m. for just the outdoor movie. No need to register for this in advance. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person if you are just attending the movie. 

Learn more about the event at: https://lussierheritagecenter.com/Monster-Dash

Dec
12
Workshop: Volunteer to Grow Native Plants

Native plants have tremendous water quality benefits and increase habitat and food sources for pollinators. Because of this, the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department has started a native plant growing program to provide a source of free native plants for schools and community groups. This training will provide an overview of native plants and teach you everything you need to know to grow the plants - no prior experience is needed.

Dane County will provide all of the supplies except the potting mix which the volunteers are asked to purchase themselves. The entire growing system is outdoors so no indoor space or growlights are needed. Volunteers need a sunny, outdoor space to grow the plants. Volunteers will transplant their plants in the spring and water them over the summer as they grow. They will bring them back to be distributed in August. Volunteers are welcome to grow plants for themselves at the same time using this growing system.