Volunteer Program

The Lussier Family Heritage Center volunteer program is done in partnership with Dane County Parks and the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area. William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park and Capital Springs Recreation Area make up the largest continuous section of parkland in Dane County.  The Lussier Family Heritage Center is nestled between two of the magnificent Dane County bike trails, the Capital City State Trail and the Lower Yahara River Trail.  The Lussier Family Heritage Center aims to connect our community to our natural resources through education, recreation, and experiences.

Our Mission

Lussier Family Heritage Center is a multi-use, educational & interpretive facility serving a diverse population that provides opportunities for youth & adult learning, volunteerism, outdoor recreation and special events. 


Contact Information
3101 Lake Farm Road
Madison, WI 53711
608-224-3604 or Email Us


Learning About Insects
A main focus at the Lussier Family Heritage Center is to teach youth & adults about the importance of sustaining our natural world.  We hope to inspire our community and future generations to become stewards of the land through hands-on learning and experiences.  Would you like to learn more about environmental education and help us lead activities? Join our education and interpretation team. As a member of this volunteer team you will assist with nature explorations for youth and adults.  Examples of these activities are:
  • Bird/ Wildlife Walks
  • Field Trip Groups
  • Community Education Programs 
  • Homeschool Education Groups
  • Citizen Science Projects - such as...
  • Interpretive Material Development
    • Interpretive Signage
    • Interpretive Nature Trail Development
    • Maps and Handout Updates
  • Photography & Videography 
MAMGA Volunteers
Is spending time outside, removing invasives, gardening, or trail building your style? Join our stewardship team and give back to the 2,500 acres of natural area we have to manage in Capital Springs. Work independently or with the group doing invasive removals, plantings, chainsaw work, seed collection, or prairie burns.  Participate in additional training opportunities with the Dane County Parks Volunteer Program
Ongoing Volunteer Days:
  • Prairie Restoration - 1st & 3rd Fridays (May - October) with Madison Area Master Gardeners Association








Harvest Moon FOCSRA VolunteersAre you not as active out of doors, but you would like to continue to give back? Join our special events team and help by volunteering for one of our events or an event put on in partnership with the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area!  Our special events team assists with event planning, promotion, fundraising, and day-of volunteering. 
Annual Events
Led in partnership with the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area
  • Harvest Moon
  • National Trails Day
  • Explore Nature at Cap Springs 
  • Sustainability Series
  • National Public Lands Day    




Biking the Lower Yahara River Trail
Do you love exploring the great outdoors? Share your love with our community and become part of our recreation team! Assist or lead your favorite recreational activities such as:
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Disc Golf
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Paddling
  • Yoga
  • Tachi
  • Meditation

Meet up with the team and head out on an adventure together. EXPLORE the land & water trails throughout Capital Springs

Area Map


Does your company, scout group or private party want to leave a positive impact on our Youth Service Projectpark area? Setup a private volunteer service day with us! We would love to find an activity that fits your groups abilities and vision of how you can give back to the park.  We offer a variety of options from trail restoration, gardening, Leopold bench building, bird/ bat house building, tree planting, mulching and indoor activities around the Lussier Family Heritage Center. 
Corporate Giving
The Lussier Family Heritage Center welcomes corporate volunteers time and resources. Through corporate giving we are able to increase our reach, improve our programming, and facility amenities.  
Scout Projects
We have a variety of scout or youth-group specific projects. If you have an idea that is not on that list, let us know! 
  • Owl/Bat House Building
  • Trail Building
  • Leopold Bench Making
  • Mobile Picnic Table Building 
  • Tree/ Bush Planting
  • Mulching 
  • Invasive Removal
  • Kiosk Building 
  • Trail Signs 
  • Free Little Library 

Our volunteer teams also work closely with the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area (FOCSRA).  For more information on all the amazing work this group does, visit their website: 

FOCSRA Website


Interested in volunteering in a different park or natural area? Join the Dane County Parks Volunteer Program:

Volunteer Program