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

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Events

All events are free unless indicated otherwise.

Monthly bird and nature walks

Sunday, June 7, 1:30 – 3 pm
Sunday, July 5, 1:30 – 3 pm
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First Sunday of every month, 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.

Pontoon cruise: Cherishing Cherokee Marsh (fundraiser)

Saturday, June 13, 10 am – 2 pm

Venture by pontoon barge into the wilds of Cherokee Marsh. Learn how fish and fowl habitat has been restored and carp controlled. See a variety of birds and enjoy this peaceful place nestled inside an urban setting.

This trip is a fundraiser for the Cherokee Marsh Conservation Fund. Adults $25, children $19. More information and registration. Field trip guidebook.

Tour the North Unit restoration

Wednesday, June 17, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. Get directions.

Diverse natural habitats in a large landscape provide a mecca for birds and other wildlife. Walk through a large oak savanna restoration which attracted 3 nesting pairs of red-headed woodpeckers in 2014. Sponsored by Madison Parks.

Tour the marsh by canoe

Saturday, June 27, 9 am – noon

Take a quiet, relaxing trip through Cherokee Marsh. Enjoy wildlife and a possible trip to Token Creek or the upper Yahara River. Ages 16 and older. Canoes provided. Cost $30. Sponsored by Madison School & Community Recreation. More information and registration.

Butterflies of Cherokee Marsh

Saturday, June 27, 10:00 am – noon
Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. Get directions.

Observe and learn about butterflies, those small but exquisitely beautiful creatures that dance about our ankles in summer. Observe a variety of butterflies as they take nectar from wildflowers, and learn about their identification, behavior, and lifestyle. Bring binoculars if you have them, but a few extra pairs of binoculars will be available. Sponsored by the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association, Madison Audubon Society, and Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

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.

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