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the MacKenzie Center property.
new outdoor skills and participate in environmental education.
a day program or overnight field trip to the MacKenzie Center. (Educator materials)
Contact information
For more information about the MacKenzie Center, contact:
MacKenzie Center
W7303 County Highway CS
Poynette WI 53955

MacKenzie Center Volunteer opportunities

The Friends of MacKenzie [exit DNR] and volunteers generously donate thousands of hours of their time throughout the year to benefit the MacKenzie Center.

Maple syrup program

Volunteers help lead programs throughout the year, such as the annual maple "sugarbush" festival.

Friends of MacKenzie

The Friends of MacKenzie [exit DNR] raise funds to support education activities, help with the Maple Education Program and other annual events, teach classes, assist educators and perform maintenance throughout the facility. To get involved with the Friends, check out their membership form or contact the President of the Friends of MacKenzie.

Year-round volunteering needs include:

  • developing educational materials and conducting programs and activities;
  • conducting outdoor skills workshops;
  • restoring native prairies and controlling invasive plants;
  • maintaining trails, exhibits and facility grounds;
  • assisting in fundraising efforts and award scholarships;
  • selling gift shop items;
  • participating in special events and more!

Maple Syrup Education Program and Festival

Volunteers are needed to help lead school groups in our annual Maple Syrup Education Program. MacKenzie serves over 1,200 fourth grade students during the month of March. Training and lesson plans are provided. Responsibilities include leading a group of 10-15 students and teaching tree identification, how to tap a tree, Native American and pioneer history and more. Training occurs in February and the program is held Tuesdays through Thursdays during March. Contact us at or 608.635.8112 to sign up.

Volunteers are also needed to help staff and run the Maple Syrup Festival annually on the first Saturday in April; a celebration concluding our month long maple syrup education program. Volunteers are needed to assist with maple tours, horse-drawn wagon rides, sell concessions, syrup sales, pancake breakfast, traffic control and more.

Other opportunities

The MacKenzie Center is often in need of volunteers for daily maintenance, trail work, and educational programs. We also have internships available throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering at the property, please contact the MacKenzie Center office at 608.635.8105 or email us at

Current needs:

Last revised: Friday December 27 2019