Dane County: Land & Water Resources Department

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Help support the important work of Dane County Parks, the Lussier Family Heritage Center, and the Land and Water Resources Department year-round. Fill in an application sign-up for these volunteer opportunities. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Administrative & Creative Projects

Assist with unique projects and show off your organizational or creative skills! Check back often, as these opportunities vary widely and occur throughout the year. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Office Assistant - Lussier Family Heritage Center 6 7/16/2024 8/20/2024

Community Events & Outreach

These opportunities are perfect for those that love to interact with others and talk about Dane County Parks. Check back often, as these opportunities vary widely and occur throughout the year. 

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Event Tabling: Ride the Drive 1 8/11/2024 8/11/2024

Ecological Restoration: Invasive Tree and Brush Removal

Fall and winter are the seasons when we typically focus on removing invasive brush and trees from prairies and oak savannas. Workdays are led by staff and our Certified Land Stewards. View our Tree & Brush Removal webpage for more information. 

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Independent Volunteer: Invasive Tree and Brush Removal 1 12/31/2023 12/31/2024

Ecological Restoration: Invasive Weed Control

At these summer workdays, we will hand pull or use hand tools to remove herbaceous invasive plants in prairies and oak savannas. These workdays are staff-led and occur during the week, typically on Tuesday and Friday mornings. View our Invasive Weed Removal webpage for more information.  

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Independent Volunteer: Invasive Weed Removal 1 12/31/2023 12/31/2024
Invasive Weed Workday - Festge 1 7/16/2024 7/16/2024
Invasive Weed Workday - Indian Lake 1 7/30/2024 7/30/2024
Invasive Weed Workday - Lake View Hill 1 7/19/2024 7/19/2024
Invasive Weed Workday - Yahara Heights 1 7/26/2024 7/26/2024

Ecological Restoration: Native Seed Program

Our native seed program support initiatives such as Plant Dane and Native Seed Libraries. Volunteer activities include seed collection (August-October), seed processing (September-January), and seed sowing (January-March). View our Native Seed Program webpage for more information. 

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Independent Volunteer: Seed Collection 1 8/1/2023 10/31/2024
Independent Volunteer: Seed Sowing 1 1/1/2024 12/31/2024

Ecological Restoration: Restoration Workdays

These workdays are typically held by our Certified Land Stewards with exception of staff-led Walking Iron Workdays. Specific tasks vary and may include invasive brush removal, invasive weed removal, seed collection, or seed sowing. Workday schedules vary by property and may be held on weekdays or weekends.

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Independent Volunteer: Restoration Work 1 1/1/2024 12/31/2024
Natural Areas Work Day - Schumacher Farm Park 4 8/9/2024 11/8/2024
Remnant Prairie Restoration Workday at Stewart Lake 2 8/3/2024 9/7/2024
Walking Iron Workday 10 7/23/2024 12/10/2024

Friends Groups

We rely on our many Friends Groups and Partners to help support individual properties throughout the system. View our Friends Groups and Partners webpage to learn about who these groups are, what they do, and how you can get involved to help support your favorite park! 

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Friends Group Administration 1 1/1/2024 12/31/2024
Friends of Cherokee Marsh - Board Meetings 6 7/17/2024 12/18/2024
Friends of Silverwood - Board Meetings 2 9/10/2024 11/12/2024

Gardening & Landscaping

Our gardening volunteers are incredibly important in maintaining gardens and green spaces around Dane County. These opportunities typically occur throughout the growing season. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Independent Volunteer: Gardening & Landscaping 1 1/1/2024 12/31/2024
Planting Natives at Stewart Lake 1 6/1/2024 7/31/2024
Pollinator Garden Maintenance at McCarthy 1 5/1/2024 9/30/2024

Park Maintenance & Campgrounds

We rely on our park maintenance volunteers and campground hosts to create a welcoming park environment for everyone! These opportunities primarily occur in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Independent Volunteer: Disc Golf Park Maintenance 1 1/1/2024 12/31/2024
Independent Volunteer: General Park Maintenance 1 12/31/2023 12/31/2024

Wildlife Monitoring & Community Science

These opportunities typically occur during the warmer months of Spring, Summer, and Fall. However, many projects are completed independently. Volunteer opportunities are available for everyone regardless of initial skill level, experience, or time availability.

Activity Shifts Start End
Bumble Bee Monitoring at Lussier Family Heritage Center 1 7/23/2024 7/23/2024
Bumble Bee Monitoring at Nine Springs E-Way 1 8/20/2024 8/20/2024
Bumble Bee Monitoring at WGL Lake Farm 1 9/17/2024 9/17/2024
Independent Volunteer: Wildlife Monitor & Community Science 1 1/1/2024 12/31/2024

About the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

We believe that everyone deserves to live in a community with healthy land and water resources and with access to natural resources. Read our Mission Statement and learn more about our commitment to Equity and Inclusion and our Climate Initiatives.