Our Event Calendar
There’s always something to do in Green Lake! Whether you’re looking for a scenic bike trail or kayak launching point, these helpful maps highlight Green Lake’s favorite natural areas and the roads that will take you there!
Saturday, April 22, 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Celebrate Earth Day by joining the Green Team as they improve natural areas for our communities to enjoy! This year, the team is splitting into two groups to spread the Earth Day love.
SITE ONE: MITCHELL GLEN
Volunteers interested in heavier work can assist with boardwalk and wooden stair repair at Mitchell Glen. This will primarily include hauling wood up and down hilly terrain.
*If you are interested in volunteering at Mitchell Glen, please contact Alison at (920) 294-6480 or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive driving instructions.
SITE TWO: GUSKEY-MILLER CONSERVANCY
Good for all ages, join the team as they pick up trash along the north side of Silver Creek in the Guskey-Miller Conservancy. The site consists of restored tallgrass prairie with some riparian forest along Silver Creek. The native grassland buffer filters and absorbs surface water runoff before it enters Green Lake’s main tributary.
The Conservancy is located to the north of the City of Ripon’s wastewater treatment facility. From HWY 23, take County Trunk FF past the Ripon City Landfill/Recycling site. There will be a Green Team sign at the Guskey-Miller Conservancy entrance, follow the path to a designated parking area.
GEAR TO BRING:
Participants should wear solid shoes, long pants, long sleeves and good work gloves for the clean-up.
Saturday, April 29, 6-7:30 am
Start your day early with the Green Team and discover the sights and sounds of Green Lake’s birds. Birder Tom Schultz will share bird watching tips, and the group will look for resident and migrant species that utilize these woods and stream side habitats. Participants will walk the trails through this 40+ acre Conservancy Partnership property located along the Silver Creek Inlet and several dug channels.
This event will be a part of the Green Lake Bird Festival, with additional festival activities taking place at Town Square immediately after this bird hike.
GEAR TO BRING:
Be sure to bring your binoculars for better views and bird guides for reference.
Participants can park in the parking lot off of Lakeview Drive (south of Sunnyside Road). Please contact Tom Schultz for more information at (920) 960-1796.
Saturday, October 7 | 8-10 AM or 10 AM-12 PM
Explore Mitchell Glen for the first time or revisit this popular Green Lake Conservancy Partnership Property with the Green Team! Local biologist and educator, Tom Eddy, will lead participants down to the glen that features 12.2 acres of maple-basswood climax forest, unique geological formations, outstanding biodiversity and spring-fed waters flowing into Green Lake. This tour includes walking steep, descending steps into the ravine.
Space is very limited and reservations are required by calling the Green Lake Sanitary District at (920) 295-4488. Please call if you need to cancel to make room for others to attend. Contact the Green Lake Sanitary District to reserve your spot.
Saturday, May 13, 8-11 AM
Calling all volunteers! Help tidy-up Green Lake parks and shoreline on Saturday, May 13 from 8-11 AM in a community-wide effort led by 1st National Bank.
The crew will be meeting at Deacon Mill Park that morning before dividing into groups to clean up Green Lake. Participating volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves and a rake. In the event of rainfall, the clean-up will be cancelled.
Pre-registration for this event is preferred, however walk-in volunteers are welcome! Please register by contacting Kristen Hermanson at (920) 354-4070 or by emailing email@example.comSIGN ME UP
Saturday, May 20, 9:00-11:00 AM
If you haven’t witnessed the majesty of a herd of bison, now is your chance! The Green Team is thrilled to participate on a bison tour at 4M Bison Farm located just outside of Green Lake.
4M Bison Farm, LLC is a third generation farm committed to providing locally raised, tasty, healthy red meat for Ripon, WI and the surrounding communities. Originating as a diary operation, the farm transitioned to raising bison in 1997.
Bison are easy on the land and have a diet that conveniently consists of native grasses allowing the farm to use rotational grazing– a system that is good for the land AND the livestock. Join the Green Team on this unique tour of 4M Bison Farm!
4M Bison Farm is located at: 5702 Spaulding Hill Rd, Ripon, WI 54971
Saturday, May 27 | 7 AM | White River Marsh
Join the Wisconsin Young Birders Club (WYBC) for the first ever collaboration between the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and the WYBC!
This field trip is open to all bird lovers under 19 years old and their chaperones. Meet at the parking lot by the cattail marsh along White River Road, about 4.3 miles east of Hwy. D, north of Princeton in Green Lake County. Bring a sack lunch and plenty of water!
We will be birding at White River Marsh SWA for several hours. Bird observations at White River Marsh: https://goo.gl/JyYHSP
Admission is FREE, but this trip REQUIRES a RSVP: submit yours to firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact email@example.com with any questions, concerns, or if you would like to borrow an extra pair of binoculars.
Sunday, May 28 | 7 AM – 5 PM | Deacon Mills Park
The Green Lake watershed is a wonderful boundary to ride. Bright green hills frame the farmland, fields, forests and prairie grassland. Green Lake is the deepest natural inland lake in the State of Wisconsin with a maximum depth of 236 feet and we are here to celebrate the beauty and land with which it is fed.
The Green Lake 100 is neither a race nor a test of stamina (well, maybe stamina). It is intended all participants ride at their own pace and in a safe and responsible manner. You may choose to ride any of our four course lengths after registration: 22, 44, 77 or 100 mile courses. All rides start and end at Deacon Mills park by the Wharf.
When you end your ride you can choose to continue around Green Lake and follow our “Loop the Lake” route!
Routes will be marked and support vehicles will be available to assist riders. Rest stops with food, beverages, and support are spaced throughout each route. Each rider receives a free dinner with their ride registration. Friends and family are welcome!
Learn more about the Green Lake watershed by visiting the Green Lake Association’s VIRTUAL WATERSHED TOUR.REGISTER HERE
Saturday, June 3, 8:30-10:30 AM
Ever wonder what classifies a stream as healthy or unhealthy? Or what impact our streams have on larger bodies of water like Big Green? Join the Green Team on this stream tour of all stream tours and discover the answers for yourself through a hands-on exploration fit for all ages!
Learn about stream sampling with Green Lake County Land Conservationist, Derek Kavanaugh, and explore the macroinvertebrate world that calls our streams home.
GEAR TO BRING:
Participants who want to get in the water can bring waders or hip boots. Sampling can be done from the shore as well.
Participants can park on Mill Street next to the Mill Pond Dam. The group will be meeting at the dam and walking across the street to the Puchyan River.
Saturday, June 3 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Tea House
Have you battled buckthorn? Nurtured native shoreline plants? Supplied hot cocoa for our snowy moonlight walk?
However you helped, we want to thank you. The Green Team (GT) is hosting a brat and burger brunch to thank all volunteers who gave their time during a GT event in 2016-2017.
Join fellow volunteers and munch on an early day brat, burger, sweet treat, fruit and drink– we want to show our appreciation of YOU! The Brat Fry Brunch will be held at the Tea House located near Hammer’s Trail within the Green Lake Conference Center.
Come early and witness the fruits of GT volunteer labor by strolling through Hammer’s Trail (with far less buckthorn!) or check out how the first year of the shoreline restoration plants are coming along. Families are welcome!
Saturday, June 10, 8:30-10:30 AM
Start your morning with a relaxing trip on the water with the Green Team! Take a trip around Spring Lake by kayak or canoe and learn about the rich history behind this small, but important ecosystem. Keep your eyes open for Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike as you glide through the lake’s shallow water.
This event is weather dependent. In the event that conditions are unsuitable for the event, the event will be rescheduled. Please visit our Event Calendar for the latest updates.
GEAR TO BRING:
Bring your kayaks/canoes, equipment, life vests and drinks.