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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! Check out our 2018 Printable Calendar

Apr
27
Sat
Bird watching at Sunnyside
Apr 27 @ 6:00 am – 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.

Note: This event is 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.

PARKING

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.

Jun
1
Sat
Stream Bugs and Monitoring Tour at Dakin Creek
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Stream Bugs and Monitoring at Dakin Creek

Ever wonder what classifies a stream as healthy or unhealthy? Or what impact our streams have on larger bodies of water like Big Green Lake? Join the Green Team on this stream tour and use your detective skills to discover the answers for yourself through a hands-on exploration fit for all ages!

Learn about stream health through a sampling session with Tom Wagner on Dakin Creek. This tour will include an exploration of the creepy crawly critters that live in streams and tell us a thing or two about stream health.

GEAR TO BRING:

Participants should wear hip waders or knee-high boots if planning to go in stream. Otherwise, wear sturdy hiking shoes.

PARKING:

Participants should park on Maug Road, near the intersection of Skunk Hollow Road, on the east side of Green Lake.

Jun
8
Sat
Paddle and Hike at Tichora
Jun 8 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Paddle and Hike at Tichora

Saturday, June 9, 8:30-10:30 AM

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.

This leisurely tour is good for all skill leveled paddlers and hikers. Go your own pace, race your friends and meet other Green Lake nature enthusiasts on this tour of Tichora.

GEAR TO BRING:

Bring your kayaks/canoes, equipment, life vests, drinks, and good walking shoes.

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.

Jun
29
Sat
Mitchell Glen Tours 8am & 10am
Jun 29 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Mitchell Glen Tour (Two tour times available)

Saturday, June 29, 8:00-10:00 AM or 10:00-12:00 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 about 80 steep, steps into and out of 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. Participants will enjoy a short bus ride to Mitchell’s Glen. Meeting info will be given upon reservation.

 

 

Jul
13
Sat
Moonlight Paddle and Bonfire at Tichora
Jul 13 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

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.

Aug
24
Sat
History Tour at Green Lake Conference Center (Exact Date & Time TBD)
Aug 24 all-day

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.

PARKING:

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.

 

Oct
5
Sat
Mitchell Glen Tours 8am & 10am
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Mitchell Glen Tour (Two tour times available)

Saturday, June 29, 8:00-10:00 AM or 10:00-12:00 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 about 80 steep, steps into and out of 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. Participants will enjoy a short bus ride to Mitchell’s Glen. Meeting info will be given upon reservation.

 

 

Oct
19
Sat
Native Prairie Seed Collection
Oct 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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

Nov
1
Fri
Buckthorn Cleanup on Conservancy Properties (Exact Date TBD)
Nov 1 all-day

Buckthorn Cleanup on Conservancy Properties

October-November TBD

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.

 

NOTES:

If you think you can make a Saturday morning or have any questions, please contact Jerry Specht at jjspecht@aol.com or by phone at 920-229-4468 so the team can plan accordingly!

Dec
11
Wed
Citizen Science Speed Talks (Exact Date TBD)
Dec 11 all-day

Citizen Scientist Speed Talks

DATE: TBD-Fall/winter

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 rst6138@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!