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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.

Annual member meeting

Saturday, Jan 9, 10 am – 12 noon
Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr, Madison 53704

At 10 am, we’ll hold our member meeting – find out what we’ve accomplished in 2016 and what we have on tap for the coming year. Elect directors for 2016-2017.

At 10:30, stay for Bats Live!—Nature’s Nighttime Superheroes with Jennifer Redell, Conservation Biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Bat Program. Accompanying Jennifer will be some live bat ambassadors!

Did you know that bats make up 20 percent of the world’s mammal diversity, and Wisconsin is home to seven species of bats? Learn about bats of the world, the secret lives of your own backyard bats, and the Wisconsin Bat Program’s work. Get the latest updates on white-nose syndrome, a disease that has been killing bats in many locations, including Wisconsin.

Free and family friendly. Everyone is welcome at both events.  Refreshments provided!

Monthly bird and nature walks

Sunday, Dec 6, 1:30 – 3 pm
Sunday, Jan 3, 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.

Candlelight snowshoe

Saturday, January 30, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit. Get directions.

Tour the marsh on snowshoes by candlelight. Then warm up with hot cider by the fire. Bring your own snowshoes. If there is no snow, the event will be a walk. Sponsored by the Friends of Cherokee Marsh. If you have questions or would like to help set up the event (we need volunteers!), contact or call (608) 215-0426.

Bees and other pollinators

Here are some links provided by Dr. Hannah Gaines Day, the speaker at our 2015 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