Check out our awesome Earth Week opportunities! These are family friendly events that we encourage you to participate in. Pitch in and help!
International Crane Foundation,
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Join us in our effort to save the world’s crane species and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. Visit the world headquarters of the ICF, hike our nature trails, visit our gifts shop, and view the cranes of the world. Register to volunteer with ICF by contacting Cully Shelton at 608-356-9462 ext. 114.
Mirror Lake Clean Up
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Come pitch in and help clean up Mirror Lake State Park. Some activities include campsite clean-up, invasive species removal, litter removal, and picnic table painting. Feel free to bring a pair of work gloves. Please check in at the park office and help keep our parks looking their best! Contact Steve Sorenson at 355-3245 for more information.
Witwen Wayside Clean Up
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Join the Happy Hustlers 4-H Club to help with the annual clean-up of the Witwen Wayside. Volunteers will be raking, cutting branches and brush, highway clean-up and other spring clean-up at the wayside. The wayside is located just south of the intersection of Hwy O and Hwy E in Witwen. For more information, contact Shalome Ullomann of the Happy Hustlers 4-H Club at 524-2009.
City of Baraboo Conservancy Dedication
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Come for the dedication of the Maxwell Potter Conservancy, a new park in Baraboo, and the acceptance of the Tree City USA Growth Award. The dedication will take place at the park which is located on Hill Street and Mill Race in Baraboo. Contact Mike Hardy at the Baraboo Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at 355-2760 for details.
MATC Presents “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold & a Land Ethic for our Time”
Wednesday, April 22rd, 2015
MATC-Reedsburg will be offering a public screening of the Emmy-Award winning movie "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time". Please RSVP to Kathy Clisch at (608)524-7836 by Monday, April 20 if you plan on attending.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Upham Woods 4-H Camp and Outdoor Learning Center welcomes your family and friends for a lively afternoon of giving back to nature . This opportunity to explore the great outdoors while becoming a land steward. Service projects may range from hiking trail repair to invasive species removal to grounds beautification. Equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring your own tools. It is highly encouraged to wear gloves, sturdy footwear, long pants and sleeves, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle. Call 254-6461 for questions!
5K Fun Run/ Walk
Saturday, April 25, 2015
8:00am Registration, 9:00am Start Time
Come run or walk along the beautiful Baraboo River, to celebrate Sauk County Earth Week. There is a registration fee of $15.00 per adult 18 years and over and includes a tshirt; 17 and under can participate free-of-charge, but must pre-register and pay if wanting a t-shirt. For more information, contact Lynn Zick at 355-3500.
Tree Planting at Baxter's Hollow Preserve
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Come get your hands dirty and help us plant oak trees at Baxter’s Hollow Preserve! The trees we’ll be planting will provide important future habitat for many songbirds that visit the Baraboo Hills to nest and raise their young.
What to Bring: Those attending should dress for the weather in old clothes (layers are good) and footwear that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. The planting area will likely be a little soggy, so please wear boots or old shoes that can get wet and muddy - and you may want to bring a change of shoes for the ride home too. Please bring a hat and work gloves, a lunch, and plenty of water and snacks. We’ll be hiking about ½ mile from the parking location to the planting area, so please bring a backpack or sturdy bag to carry your water and supplies for the day. We plan to plant rain or shine, unless there is lightning or other severe weather.
Directions: From the junction of Hwy 12 and County Hwy C (~7 mi south of Baraboo, WI), proceed north on Hwy 12 for 1.4 mi and turn west (left) onto King’s Corner Road. Take the first right turn (north) onto New Haven Rd, then left onto Groth Rd. Follow Groth Road 0.8 mi up the hill (road becomes gravel surface) until you see signs for parking.
Coordinates of parking location: 43.382802, -89.783490
Devil’s Lake Garlic Mustard Pull-A-Thon
April 13– May 31, 2015
We challenge you to a Garlic-Mustard-Pull-A-Thon! Keep track of how many bags you fill of this invasive and the winner(s) will receive a prize. You can pick up bags, maps and an information about how to ID and dispose of the plant at the North Shore Visitor & Nature Center. For more information, contact Sue Johansen at 356-8301. Good luck!
Join us this Earth Day by attending the 16th annual Sauk County Earth Day Celebration! The public is invited to this free event on Sunday, April 26, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., rain or shine, at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, 1006 Connie Road, Baraboo. Admission and parking are free. With a plethora of exhibits, mini-workshops, kids’ activity stations, live music, and an art competition, there truly is something for everyone.
The Sauk County Earth Day Celebration will feature a number of activities suitable for children of all ages. Children Are the Hope and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-Devil's Lake State Park are coordinating the activity center; participants can enjoy creating their very own water-themed craft to take home, drawing, storytelling and more! All activities are offered at no charge.
- Come and decorate our Earth Day banners! Sign the banners with your name and draw or write a meaningful message. One banner will be sent to Ankara, Turkey and the other to the Northern District of Rwanda in partnership with Children Are the Hope.
- Learn about the Caddis Fly then make a Caddis Fly House and take it home!
- Skype with author Laura Salas as she reads "Water Can Be..." at 12:45pm and 2:00pm
- Can't make the Skype date? Join us for informal readings of "Water Can Be..." throughout the event.
- Visit with local Girl Scouts. The Scouts will be leading songs, poetry readings and more promoting arts, music and movement!
- Children Are the Hope
- Children Are the Hope reaches across barriers to nurture children's knowledge and sensitivity to nature and their global peers by integrating academics, environmental education, cultural connections and creative expression to inspire stewardship of the earth and respect for each other. Come learn about this amazing organization. See examples of art created by youth in Wisconsin and Cuba.
- Devil's Lake State Park
Sauk County Earth Day will offer mini-workshops free to the public during the event. Local presenters will lead 30 minute talks to inform and present new information on water resources in the area. The workshops take place in the gym at UW-Baraboo and all are welcome to attend. Please see our list of 2015 presenters below: