Contact(s): Patty Loosen, DNR Parks Program Friends Coordinator, 608-264-8994; Paul Holtan, Communications, 608-235-2126
MADISON - People will again have additional opportunities to celebrate Earth Day while helping out and enjoying a Wisconsin state park, forest, trail, recreation area or wildlife property during the ninth annual Work*Play*Earth Day events that will be held around the state.
This year there are 31 properties holding events, up from 28 in 2016. Volunteer events are sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and Department of Natural Resources properties. This year events will be held April 21, 22, 29 and May 6.
Volunteers can join DNR staff, local friends group members, and people from nearby communities to help repair and enhance park properties.
"We've seen continued growth in both number of events and the numbers of participants at our Work*Play*Earth*Day events," said Patty Loosen, friends coordinator for the state parks program. "Last year we had 825 volunteers participate donating more than 2,640 hours."
In addition to tree planting, other activities taking place around the state include installing benches, removing invasive plants, painting picnic tables and other structures, raking and cleaning up leaves and picking up litter. Refreshments are often provided by the property's friends group.
Hours vary by event, but most begin either at 9 or 10 a.m. and run through noon or early afternoon. For details search the Department of Natural Resources website for "Work Play Earth Day."
"When the work is done, volunteers join staff in hiking or biking park trails, visiting nature centers or interpretive displays, or enjoying any of the recreational opportunities available at the different properties," Loosen said.
Friday - April 21
Mirror Lake State Park - Baraboo, 608-254-2333
Saturday - April 22
Big Foot Beach State Park - Lake Geneva, 262-248-2528
Buckhorn State Park - Necedah, 608-565-2789
Governor Nelson State Park - Waunakee, 608-831-3005
Hank Aaron State Traill - Milwaukee, 414-263-8559
Heritage Hill State Historical Park - Green Bay, 920-448-5150
High Cliff State Park - Sherwood, 920-989-1106
Kohler-Andrae State Park - Sheboygan, 920-451-4080
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit - Delafield, 262-646-3025
Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit- Campbellsport, 262-626-2116
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake Unit - Hartford, 262-670-3400
Kettle Moraine State Forest- Southern Unit- Eagle, 262-594-6200
Lakeshore State Park - Milwaukee, 414-274-4280
MacKenzie Center - Poynette, 608-635-8105
Newport State Park - Ellison Bay, 920-854-2500
Perrot State Park - Trempealeau, 608-534-6409
Point Beach State Forest, Two Rivers, 920-794-7480 -
Potawatomi State Park - Sturgeon Bay, 920-746-2890
Saturday - April 29
Harrington Beach State Park - Belgium, 262-285-3015
Mead/McMillan State Wildlife Area - Milladore, 715-457-6771
Merrick State Park - Fountain City, 608-687-4936
Peninsula State Park - Fish Creek, 920-868-3258
Richard Bong State Recreation Area - Kansasville, 262-878-5600
Stower Seven Lakes State Trail - Amery, 715-485-9294
Whitefish Dunes State Park -Sturgeon Bay, 920-823-2400
Saturday - May 6
Devil's Lake State Park - Baraboo, 608-356-8301
Hartman Creek State Park - Waupaca, 715-258-2372
Havenwoods State Forest - Milwaukee, 414-527-0232
Rib Mountain State Park - Wausau, 715-842-2522
Roche-A-Cri State Park - Friendship, 608-339-6881
Rock Island State Park, - Washington Island, 920-847-2235