Nov
3
Webinar: Efforts to Reduce Chlorides in Starkweather Creek

Starkweather Creek, an urbanized stream in Madison, is listed as impaired by chloride. Since 2020, the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC) has been working with local stakeholders to monitor chloride concentrations in the creek, identify chloride sources and management measures, and develop an outreach plan to reduce salt use. Mike Rupiper, CARPC’s Director of Environmental Resource Planning will report on lessons learned and next steps.

Nov
5
School's Out, Outdoor Adventure Day at Lussier Family Heritage Center

Outdoor Adventure Days with Dane County Parks - $5/ child/ session

Are you and your child looking for a fun activity to do during early release or no school days? Look no further than our fun outdoor adventure program! This program will be offered at select county parks throughout Dane County depending on schools days off and early release schedules. Students and chaperones can come to enjoy nature hikes, water exploration, scavenger hunts, crafts, and MORE!

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

Age: Kindergarten - 8th Grade

REGISTER NOW (or in-person day of the event)

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.

An email with additional information will be sent to registered workshop participants the week before the workshop.

Jan
11
Volunteer Training Series: Successful Event Planning, Social Media and Communications

Join Dane County Parks staff to learn some social media tips and tricks, how to plan a successful event with parks, and some communications and design tips. Topics covered in this session will include:

  • How to best communicate with the parks division on projects: event planning from start to finish, approvals needed, programing, background checks and waivers, resources available, etc.

  • How to make the best use of social media: facebook and instagram tips and tricks, how parks can help advertise your event

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    Communications: What methods reach the most people, local resources

    Design tips: basic principles of design, overview of friends resources on web, and a quick overview of a free online design tool called Canva

Training Series
This is part of a winter volunteer training series that is open to park Friends groups, watershed groups and other organizations working to improve and protect Dane County land and water resources. These sessions are free and open to all. Please register in advance for planning purposes. Snacks and beverages will be provided by the Foundation for Dane County Parks. For a full list of trainings in this series, visit our Friends Stewardship and Training Resources webpage.

Jan
25
Volunteer Training Series: Friends Group Organization and Incorporation

Join Steve Battenberg, Partner and founding member of Carlson Black O’Callaghan & Battenberg LLP, to learn about best practices to consider when starting or running a 501(c)(3) organization. Topics covered in this session will include:

  • Process of organizing and apply for tax-exempt status
  • Governance issues
  • Ongoing compliance issues 
  • Issues impacting board and/or committee members of a nonprofit
  • Liability of different activities

This session is sponsored by Carlson Black O’Callaghan & Battenberg LLP.

Speaker Bio
Steve is a founding member of the law firm of Carlson Black O’Callaghan & Battenberg LLP in Madison, Wisconsin (founded 2018) after spending 20 plus years at a large law firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Steve focuses his practice in the areas of taxation and general corporate matters with a specific emphasis on nonprofit tax.  Steve also has extensive experience representing nonprofit corporations of varying sizes, having worked closely with tax-exempt entities on organizational and tax compliance issues. He currently serves as general counsel to multiple trade associations and charitable organizations.  Steve lives outside of Waterloo, Wisconsin with his wife (Debbie), one dog, two cats and multiple chickens and beehives (all four of his children have “flown the coop.”)

Training Series
This is part of a winter volunteer training series that is open to park Friends groups, watershed groups and other organizations working to improve and protect Dane County land and water resources. These sessions are free and open to all. Please register in advance for planning purposes. Snacks and beverages will be provided by the Foundation for Dane County Parks. For a full list of trainings in this series, visit our Friends Stewardship and Training Resources webpage.

Feb
8
Volunteer Training Series: Grant Writing Workshop

Join Tom Linfield, Vice President Community Impact with the Madison Community Foundation, to learn about grant writing best practices. 

Whether you’re new to grant writing or looking to hone your skills, this is the perfect opportunity to get you on your way to writing successful grant proposals.  Learn how to take your ideas and put them into a compelling and concise grant format.  Before becoming a foundation program officer, Tom raised more than $15 million in grants for various nonprofits. As a program officer, he has worked on local and national grantmaking programs, including awarding millions in grants for various environmental projects in Dane County.  The workshop will thus focus on both sides of the grantwriting/grantmaking equation.  From best practices, to tips and tricks, to small group work, this fun and interactive session will take you through how to plan a proposal, present your project convincingly, and communicate constructively with funders.  You’ll even write and critique a short proposal.  

This session is sponsored by Madison Community Foundation.

Speaker Bio
Tom is the Vice President of Community Impact at Madison Community Foundation (MCF).  At MCF since 2004, Tom has more than 30 years of experience in the non-profit world, focusing on arts, higher education, public television and community development. In his current role he directs MCF’s annual grantmaking, offers capacity building, counsel and facilitation to non-profits, and serves on the leadership team for the Foundation.  Recent MCF grant projects include food pantry expansion, public library construction, the new Madison Youth Art Center, and expanding online access for K-12 schooling during Covid.  Previous roles include training and grant writing positions at the National Public Television Center for Outreach, Wisconsin Public Television, Edgewood College, and the Massachusetts College of Art.  Tom co-chaired the national community foundation Program Officer’s Network (ProNet) and served on conference committees for Wisconsin Philanthropy Network and CFUnited.  His board service has included the Bolz School of Arts Administration at the UW-Madison, Leadership Greater Madison Alumni Association, The Evjue Foundation, The Henry Vilas Zoo, and Operation Fresh Start.  He is a fellow of The Funders Network PLACES program. Tom is fluent in French and German and is a practicing fine artist, exhibiting his sculpture, mosaics and drawings regularly. He heartily recommends the art book Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page, by Matt Kish, and still wishes that “Bridesmaids” had won an Oscar.

Training Series
This is part of a winter volunteer training series that is open to park Friends groups, watershed groups and other organizations working to improve and protect Dane County land and water resources. These sessions are free and open to all. Please register in advance for planning purposes. Snacks and beverages will be provided by the Foundation for Dane County Parks. For a full list of trainings in this series, visit our Friends Stewardship and Training Resources webpage.

Feb
19
Volunteer Training Series: Volunteer Recruitment, Management and Projects

Join the Dane County Parks Volunteer Coordinator to learn more about the Parks volunteer program and some exciting new opportunities. Topics covered in this session will include:

  • Volunteer recruitment, retention and management
  • How to get involved with Citizen Science activates
  • An introduction and overview of a new Dane County Parks volunteer management database
  • How to connect with park staff and available resources

Training Series
This is part of a winter volunteer training series that is open to park Friends groups, watershed groups and other organizations working to improve and protect Dane County land and water resources. These sessions are free and open to all. Please register in advance for planning purposes. Snacks and beverages will be provided by the Foundation for Dane County Parks. For a full list of trainings in this series, visit our Friends Stewardship and Training Resources webpage.