Contribute to the Cherokee Marsh Conservation Fund

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 2006 to protect, preserve, and restore the beauty, value, and health of Cherokee Marsh and the upper Yahara River watershed.

Join the Friends, renew your membership, or donate

Facebook and email group



Monthly Bird and Nature Walk

Sunday, Oct 5, 1:30 – 3 pm

First Sunday of every month, 1:30 – 3 pm

Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit

Free, family-friendly bird and nature walks. Sponsored by Madison Parks, the Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon Society.

Prairie seed collecting

Monday, Oct 13, 9 am – noon
Thursday, Oct 30, 9 am – noon
Yahara Heights County Park, Caton Ln entrance

Help collect seeds of prairie flowers for use in restorations in county parks. Wear long pants and long sleeve shirt. Bring drinking water. Gloves and pruning shears will be available but bring your own if you prefer. Be prepared for mosquitoes. Sponsored by Dane County Parks.

Evening at Cherokee Marsh – South Unit

Wednesday, October 15, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, South Unit -
meet at the corner of Wheeler Rd. and Ilene Ln.

View the fall colors and learn about recent restoration efforts. Sponsored by Madison Audubon, Madison Parks, and the Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

Hayrides and Hikes + Walk with a Doc

Saturday, Oct 18, 9 am – noon
Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park North Unit. Directions

9 am – noon, Hayrides and Hikes. The Friends of Cherokee Marsh are leading nature hikes (no charge), and Madison Parks is providing hayrides ($2/person). No reservations needed. Hayrides and hikes will start periodically from 9 am to around 11:15 am.

9 – 10 am, Walk with a Doc. Join Dr. Lee Wilke, Director of the UW Health Breast Center, for a brisk, Saturday morning walk through Cherokee Marsh North Unit. Dr. Wilke will speak about the basics of breast cancer, with opportunities for you to ask questions.

Sponsored by the Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Parks.

Reserve a group hayride

With a campfire and s’mores. For up to 24 people. Offered by Madison Parks. Details.

Madison Nonprofit Day

Tuesday, Oct 21, 6 – 8 pm
FEED Kitchens, 1219 N. Sherman Ave.

Stop by and see us and find out how you can volunteer your time to help the Friends and the marsh. $10 donation requested, to be shared by participating nonprofits. This event REQUIRES RSVP and registration with Yelp.

Year of the Fox: Wildlife Photos by Stephen Lang

Saturday, Nov 8, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Lakeview Branch, Madison Public Library, 2845 N. Sherman Ave.

Stephen Lang has been photographing Wisconsin wildlife for the past 35 years and will present a selection of his Madison wildlife photos,including those of the fox family currently living in the Cherokee Park neighborhood. Sponsored by the Friends of Cherokee Marsh.