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Parks Volunteer Program
"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
-- Margaret Mead

Volunteer Opportunities

Current Opportunities

 

Certified Pesticide Applicators

Volunteers treat stumps to prevent re-growth, individually or as part of a workday group. Those who want to become Volunteers treat stumps to prevent re-growth, individually or as part of a workday group. Those who want to become Certified Pesticide Applicators must pass the State’s "Right of Way" test as training. The study guide and test costs $50. We will provide a kit with supplies and herbicide. For more information on this training, please visit: UW Certified Pesticide Applicator Training Information

UW Certified Pesticide Applicator Training Information

 

Customized Service Projects

If your group would like to do a service project, we will arrange a project for you that suits your schedule, your group’s age, and Park needs. And if you are just one person with an idea, give us a call and we’ll see how we can work together.

Contact Information

Rhea Stangel-Maier
224-3601
stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Donald Park Habitat Restoration Projects

Donald Park habitat restoration projects are done on Tuesday mornings and on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 8:30-noon throughout the year. Meet at the "bunkhouse" on Sutter Drive in the park. Current projects include: removal of invasive species, prairie planting and seed collection, and developing and maintaining equestrian trails.

Contact Information

Barb Hartman
(608) 437-5210
contact@donaldpark.org

 

Field Work

Field Work involves removing invasive species and non-native plants throughout our Park system. This project could potentially use bow saws, loppers and stump pullers to remove invasive and non-native species, which then allows native plant species to thrive. We provide tools, or you can bring your own. This can be a great project for individuals or groups. Kids 10 years old or older are welcome when accompanied by parent or other adult.

Contact Information

Rhea Stangel-Maier
224-3601
stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Park History

Do you enjoy historical research? Try your hand at researching your favorite County park and help preserve Dane County Parks history. Your written material may be used on park information kiosks, brochures or in future publications.

Contact Information

Rhea Stangel-Maier
224-3601
stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Prairie Seed Collecting

Seed Collecting is a fun project for individuals, families and groups. Volunteers enjoy getting off the trails and wading into the prairies and they always learn something about wildflowers. This project happens in August and September. An information flyer will be posted when specific dates are scheduled.

Contact Information

Rhea Stangel-Maier
stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Summer Prairie Management

Work includes digging and/or cutting parsnip, sweet clover, queen ann’s lace and burdock, cutting and treating or digging out woody invasives, and collecting early prairie seeds such as golden alexander and alum root. This projects runs during June, July and August. An informational flyer will be posted when specific dates are scheduled.

Contact Information

Rhea Stangel-Maier
(608) 224-3601
stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Take a Stake in Our Waters Volunteer Events

There are over 30 water-related groups in the county and they need your help to protect and improve our local lakes, river, streams, and wetlands! Find volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups at www.takeastake.org.

Contact lakes@countyofdane.com or (608) 224-3617 with questions.

 

Tool Maintenance

This volunteer project provides safe, clean, effective and accessible tools and equipment for volunteers. It is suitable for one to five people. We’re looking for people who are familiar with tools and who have an ability to diagnose a problem and fix it.

Contact Information

Rhea Stangel-Maier
(608) 224-3601
stangel-maier@countyofdane.com

 

Volunteer Camp Host

Are you outgoing, love meeting new people, camping and enjoy our Dane County Parks. We have 5 parks with camp grounds and each area has a volunteer camp host who lives in the camp ground. These volunteers provide public relations resources to our park patrons. Want to hear more please contact Rhea 608-224-3601

Contact Information

Rhea Stangel-Maier
608-224-3601
stangel-maier@countyofdane.com