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Work*Play*Earth Day events to be held around the state in 2017

Published by Central Office April 11, 2017

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.

Planting trees is one of the many activities offered during Work*Play*Earth*Day events at state properties.
Planting trees is one of the many activities offered during Work*Play*Earth*Day events at state properties.
Photo Credit: DNR

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.

Volunteers clean up the boat launch picnic area at Mirror Lake State Park.
Volunteers clean up the boat launch picnic area at Mirror Lake State Park.
Photo Credit: DNR

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

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Contact information

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James Dick
Director of Communications
608-267-2773