Ecological Restoration: Restoration Workdays - Walking Iron Workday

Restoration Workdays - Walking Iron Workday

Join Dane County Park staff at Walking Iron County Park on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month throughout the season to restore and enhance a special remnant prairie and adjoining project sites. Learn more about remnant prairies here!

This remarkable sand prairie remnant harbors a colorful and diverse collection of native plants, wildlife, and rare prairie invertebrates. Because we hold these workdays year-round, our activities tend to change with the seasons. 

  • Summer (Mid May - August): Primary focus on herbaceous invasive species removal (spotted knapweed, sweet clover), with potential opportunity for seed collection or seeding.
  • Autumn (September - October): Native seed collection
  • Late autumn/winter (November - March): Invasive brush and tree removal and pile burning. We may also seed native species. 


Walking Iron County Park - Beckman Rd. entrance

6064 Beckman Rd., Mazomanie 53560 

  • There's a small gravel parking lot off of Beckman Road with a Walking Iron County Park sign. Volunteers can drive through the open gate and down the grassy road leading into the park to meet us in the field near the park's information kiosk, or feel free to park in the gravel lot and walk down.
  • We begin promptly at 9am, those arriving late can call Lars or Shane to get to directions to our working area.

How to Prepare: 

What to Know:

  • All tools and training are provided.
  • Bring drinking water, a snack, and sunscreen or bug spray if desired.
  • In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and/or phone to participants who have signed up.

What to Wear: 

  • All Seasons:
    • Closed-toe shoes (boots are recommended, sneakers are okay options). 
    • Clothing appropriate for the weather and that you don't mind working outside in.
  • Summer: we will be walking off trail in tall vegetation potentially encountering poison ivy, wild parsnip, mosquitos or ticks. 
    • A ballcap or wide-brimmed hat to protect from the sun.
    • Breathable, loose-fitting clothing is best.
    • Long pants and long sleeves are recommended.
  • Winter: we will be working in cold (and potentially snowy) conditions and may be burning brush piles. 
    • Wear layers and clothing you may not mind getting holes in.
    • Brush piles spew embers that can burn clothing. Leave your puffy jacket at home!
    • Sturdy shoes/boots that will protect your feet from the snow/cold. 
    • A warm hat, if you need.
    • Thick work gloves are recommended. 


  • Volunteers should be comfortable with walking on uneven terrain.
  • View our Open Restrooms webpage for bathroom availability. If there is no bathroom at a workday site, either use one before the workday or ask staff to suggest a nearby public location.



Schedule Summary

This activity has the following schedule

Date Start Time End Time
Tuesday, July 23, 2024 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Tuesday, August 13, 2024 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Tuesday, August 27, 2024 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Tuesday, September 10, 2024 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Tuesday, September 24, 2024 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Tuesday, October 08, 2024 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2024 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Tuesday, November 12, 2024 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Tuesday, November 26, 2024 9:00 AM 12:00 PM
Tuesday, December 10, 2024 9:00 AM 12:00 PM