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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 2007 to protect, preserve, and restore the beauty, value, and health of Cherokee Marsh and the upper Yahara River watershed.


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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.

This trip is a fundraiser for the Cherokee Marsh Conservation Fund. $17 per person. More information and registration. Field trip guidebook.

Bees and other pollinators

Here are some links provided by Dr. Hannah Gaines Day, the speaker at January’s annual meeting.

Bee conservation

The Xerces Society

Honey bee health

Bee Informed Partnership

Project Apis m

Insect identification

Bug Guide

Discover Life

Citizen Science Projects

The Great Sunflower Project

Bee Spotter