Cherokee Marsh is the largest wetland in Dane County, Wisconsin. The marsh is located just upstream from Lake Mendota, along the Yahara River and Token Creek (map).
The Friends of Cherokee Marsh formed in 2007 to protect, preserve, and restore the beauty, value, and health of Cherokee Marsh and the upper Yahara River watershed.
All events are free unless indicated otherwise.
Monthly bird and nature walks
Sunday, August 2, 1:30 – 3 pm
Sunday, September 6, 1:30 – 3 pm
First Sunday of every month, ALWAYS 1:30 – 3 pm
Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. Get directions.
Free, family-friendly bird and nature walks. Sponsored by Madison Parks, the Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon Society.
Upper Yahara River paddle trip
Saturday, August 8, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
School Rd. Boat Landing, 5002 School Rd. Get directions.
Bring your own paddle craft to paddle through the fragrant thickets of American Lotus looking for a variety of wetland birds and other wildlife. Sponsored by Madison Parks.
Prairie seed collecting
Tuesday, Aug 18, 9 am – noon
Wednesday, Sept 23, 9 am – noon
Yahara Heights County Park, Caton Ln entrance. Get directions.
Help collect seeds of prairie flowers for use in restorations in county parks. Wear long pants and long sleeved shirt. Bring drinking water. Gloves and pruning shears will be available; bring your own if you prefer. Contact Rhea at 224-3601. Sponsored by Dane County Parks.
Explore the wild lands of Cherokee Marsh (fundraiser)
Saturday, Sept 12, 9 am – noon
Hike off trail through a large, diverse peat wetland to discover scenic sedge meadows, fens, and emergent marshes. Visit an oak savanna island undergoing restoration to benefit red-headed woodpeckers.
Bees and other pollinators
Here are some links provided by Dr. Hannah Gaines Day, the speaker at January’s annual meeting.
Honey bee health
Citizen Science Projects