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

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Monthly Bird and Nature Walk

Sunday, Sept 7, 1:30 – 3 pm
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

Thursday, Aug 14, 9 am – noon AND
Thursday, Sept 18, 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

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