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 email@example.com 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.
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. The spring tour on May 6th is currently full, contact the Green Lake Sanitary District to reserve your spot for the fall tour.
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgSIGN 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, June 3, 9:00-11:00 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 the United States Geological Survey, witness the transformation of a restored stream system, and explore the macroinvertebrate world that calls our streams home.
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.
It’s been a busy year at the Green Lake Association, and we are excited to tell you all about it! Join us for this opportunity to learn how the GLA is leveraging our financial resources and aligning strategic partnerships in this unprecedented organizational response aimed at improving water quality.
This is a chance for GLA members to meet staff, our Board of Directors and neighbors to learn more about our work and activities. We will briefly review our previous year’s financial records and vote for new board members. Afterwards, we will highlight major GLA priorities and initiatives.
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, July 8, 9:00-11:00 AM
What’s the buzz all about? A free beekeeping tour with the Green Team!
We learned about the birds on earlier Green Team outings, and now we’ll learn about the bees! And yes, this is children rated! Learn about the life cycle of bees on this guided beekeeping and prairie tour, Saturday, July 15th from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Participants will have the opportunity to tour the prairie and learn about the ways the bees and prairie depend on one another.
Stay up to date on these event details by checking out the Events Calendar of the Green Lake Association at www.greenlakeassociation.com.
Saturday, July 8, 8:30-10:30 PM
Join the Green Team on this adventurous nighttime paddle through the Silver Creek Estuary and up through Silver Creek. Bring your canoe or kayak as we paddle by moonlight, observing the creatures of the night and the splendor of the stars above! The team will be making a pit stop during the paddle for a small bonfire, participants can choose to enjoy the fire or keep on paddling. Want to bring a snack to roast over the fire? Go ahead!
WHAT TO BRING
Bring your kayaks/canoes, equipment, life vests and drinks. The outing will be subject to weather and wind conditions. A flashlight or head lamp is recommended for getting in and out of the water. Once in the water, the Green Team will provide boaters with Glow Sticks in order to provide visibility in the water without jeopardizing the group’s night vision.
PARKING AND LAUNCH SITE
The launch site will be at N5506 County Highway A (also known as Indian Point) at the east end of the lake. Indian Point is private property owned by Deb and Andy Zeratsky, who have permitted us to launch from this point for this year’s moonlight paddle. If you see them, give them a big THANK YOU! If the lawn is soft due to rain, we will park on the circular drive and carry our boats to the shore.
This event is weather dependent. In the event that conditions are unsuitable for the event, the event will be rescheduled with more details on this page.