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!
Moonlight Paddle and Bonfire at Tichora
Saturday, July 13, 8:30-10:30 PM
Join the Green Team on a nighttime paddle to Tichora Conservancy. Paddling by moonlight is a uniquely beautiful and exhilarating experience. Listen to the diverse sounds of nature at nighttime and let a nearly full moon be your guide. Bring your canoe or kayak and paddle your way over to Tichora for a bonfire!
Acquired in 2018 by the Green Lake Conservancy, this 40 acre parcel of undeveloped land was formerly operated as Camp Grow. Located along Green Lake’s unspoiled south shore in Dickinson Bay, it also borders Spring Lake to create a riparian habitat for a large diversity of wildlife. An exceptionally scenic property with sandstone cliffs, shallow caves and towering trees, Tichora features hiking and other allowable uses under the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant program.
GEAR TO BRING:
Bring your kayaks/canoes, equipment, life vests, drinks and good walking shoes. Glow-Sticks will be provided at the event so the group can safely make their way to Tichora from Spring Lake without ruining their night vision. A flashlight is recommended for getting in and out of the water.
PARKING AND LAUNCH SITE:
The event will start and end at Spring Valley County Park located at the east end of Spring Lake. To get to the launch site turn north from CO K onto Lakeview RD. Once on Lakeview Rd in a short distance you will turn left at the Spring Valley Park sign onto Spring Lake Rd. The park and launch site are located at the end of Spring Lake Rd.
This event is weather dependent. In the event that conditions are unsuitable for the event, the event will be rescheduled. Please check back for the latest updates.
WHEN AND WHERE
August 3, 2019 4:30-10:00 PM
Shoreline Boat Center Showroom
750 South Street, Green Lake WI
TICKETS- Will be available soon!
Tickets will be $75 before July 6th and $85 after July 6th. Enjoy cocktails at an open bar and savory cuisine for dinner. There will be live music from the Bluewater Kings, a live auction, project pledge, and bucket raffles.
ATTIRE- BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
Shine bright like the stars in the sky in your best evening attire.
Landowners in the Green Lake area have a lot to be proud of. That is what a multi-organizational group representing farmers, shoreline owners and the public plans to highlight at the Land & Lake Family Field Day on Saturday, August 17 in Markesan, Wisconsin.
The Land & Lake Family Field Day is a free event to showcase these practices to a broad audience – for farmers and landowners to consider on their own property, or for the public to gain a deeper appreciation for what is being done to improve soil and downstream water resources.
Attendees will hear multi-generational farmers speak about how conservation practices have helped them to overcome challenges. Attendees will also see how farm equipment has changed over the years and corresponding managed field plots, as well as a rainfall simulator showing how soil samples from these plots differ in infiltration rates.
The event will also have FREE lunch, a band in the barn, children’s activities and vendor/educational booths offering information on everything from cover crops to lawn management.
The Land and Lake Family Field Day is on Saturday, August 17th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Dukelow Farm, W2026 County Rd B Markesan, WI 53946. Event is FREE and open to the public but attendees are encouraged to RSVP by calling the Green Lake Association at (920) 294-6480.
History Tour at Green Lake Conference Center
Saturday, August TBD, TBD
The Green Lake Conference Center’s history dates back to the early 1800s. Winnebago Indians, Pioneer Settlers, a wealthy Chicago couple, a Chicago development company, American Baptist visionaries and religious leaders of today are all part of this special place.
One of the more famous moments in the Conference Center’s history is known as the Lawson Era. Learn about Victor and Jessie Lawson and how they influenced the landscape – from paved roads to unique buildings to several towers – on the Green Team’s historic tour!
GEAR TO BRING:
Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing to hike in.
The Green Lake Conference Center entrance is located at W2511 WI-23, Green Lake, WI 54941. Follow entrance road (Lawson Drive) all the way to the lake and park in general parking lot.
Mitchell Glen Tour (2019 Now Full)
Saturday, June 29, 8:00-10:00 AM or 10:00-12:00 PM
***THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL. Space is no longer available for 2019’s summer or fall tour. If you’d like to reserve a spot for tours in 2020, call the Green Lake Sanitary District at (920) 295-4488. ****
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 about 80 steep, steps into and out of the ravine. Please call if you need to cancel to make room for others to attend. Participants will enjoy a short bus ride to Mitchell’s Glen. Meeting info will be given upon reservation.
Native Prairie Seed Collection
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:30AM – Noon
Lisa Reas will be leading volunteers on a late morning (to avoid morning dew/frost) prairie flower and grass seed collection event at Dawson Prairie in the Green Lake Conference Center. We will be collecting seed from a variety of native plants such as purple coneflower, blazingstar, compass plant, milkweed, asters, little bluestem, Indian grass, and prairie dropseed. Seed collection is a popular event among gardeners as participants will be discussing prairie plants and their function in the ecosystem (habitat, erosion control, etc.) and such things as native plant use in garden settings. The seed collected will be dried and used at sites such as Winnebago Trail and Sunnyside as we further work to restore lands once overrun by buckthorn. The event is open to all ages; children are welcome. We will provide paper bags for the seed and refreshments will be provided.
Location: Dawson Prairie in the Green Lake Conference Center
Buckthorn Cleanup on Conservancy Properties
The Green Team is ready to tackle another year of fall buckthorn removal on Saturday mornings. This fall is the team’s 12th year cleaning up various Conservancy properties. Everyone is welcome to participate in the work and the fun!
The team will be working each and every Saturday morning this fall until the weather shuts them down. Work site locations will vary from week to week, so stay tuned for location adjustments.
GEAR TO BRING:
Be sure to wear long pants and sleeves, as well as leather gloves and solid shoes, to each cleanup event. Anyone with access to chainsaws is encouraged to bring them along to aid in the buckthorn removal.
If you think you can make a Saturday morning or have any questions, please contact Jerry Specht at email@example.com or by phone at 920-229-4468 so the team can plan accordingly!
Citizen Scientist Speed Talks
Are you a citizen scientist? It doesn’t matter if you collect stream samples or count frogs, we would love to hear about the work you do to benefit Green Lake’s unique ecosystems! Join the Green Team for a reception on all things citizen science. Come prepared to share your experiences with fellow citizen scientists or those looking to get involved.
Presenters get 10 minutes to share their citizen science work with the group and can present with PowerPoint, posters, or without a visual aid if preferred. Presenters must register to participate in speed talks. Sign up to present by contacting Tom Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!