Friends of Mirror Lake WPED 2014

Friends of Mirror Lake WPED 2014

Mirror Lake State Park Work Play Earth Day

LocationMirror Lake State Park is named for its centerpiece, a lake which often is so calm that not a ripple marks its surface. The lake reflects a wooded shoreline with cliffs up to 50 feet high, a swimming beach, and wetlands that are home to a variety of wildlife. The park's 2,200 acres includes several picnic areas, wooded campsites, summer rentals, and a cabin for people with disabilities.

The Friends of Mirror Lake began in the late 1990’s with a small group of volunteers who over the next 20 years has grown to a group of 25+ volunteers making a big difference for the guests and campers at Mirror Lake State Park, located in Baraboo, Wisconsin. As a result of their commitment, hard work, and dedication, the group was awarded the Hero Award from the State organization Friends of Wisconsin State Parks  as the Outstanding Friends Group in 2011 and were awarded one of three Friends Group of the year awards in 2013 by the DNR.

MLSP_WPED_amphitheaterMore than 30 volunteers turned out for a Work*Play*Earth Day event at Mirror Lake State Park on Saturday, April 19, 2014, to  clean up the park’s new amphitheater built, thanks to contributions from the Friends of Mirror Lake State Park. The amphitheater will be formally dedicated at a ceremony June 12 at the park.

On this warm, beautiful spring day, the volunteers divided into groups and  another successful group effort was underway. Each of the groups worked to ready the park for the upcoming season. In addition to cleaning the amphitheater, the volunteers worked on cleaning up the boat landing, raked campsites.

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After a morning of work, the volunteers “played”. The Mirror Lake State Park Ranger, Ryer Will prepared brats, hot dogs, and salad for the hungry volunteers. 

Each of the volunteers received small tokens of appreciation from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, who are sponsoring this event in 13 additional parks, and trails throughout Wisconsin during the remainder of April and May. For a complete list of activities in which you, to, can participate see fwsp.org.

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*Photos courtesy of:

Paul Holtan

DNR News & Outdoor Report Editor

Public Affairs Manager - Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Trails and Recreation

Work Play Earth Day–Live on WPR

Wisconsin Public Radio recently interviewed Roger Putnam III, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks president. The program, co-hosted by Veronica Rueckert and Rob Ferrett, is called Central Time. Click on this link to listen to the interview or click on the interview below.
People can celebrate Earth Day while helping out and enjoying Wisconsin state park, forest, trail and wildlife properties during the sixth annual Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteer events are sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and Department of Natural Resources properties. The events will be held April 19, 26 and May 3, 2014.


Volunteers can join DNR staff, local friends group members, and people from nearby communities to help repair and enhance park, forest and trail properties. Activities include planting trees and shrubs, installing benches, removing invasive plants, painting picnic tables and other structures, raking and cleaning up leaves and picking up litter. Refreshments will be provided and Friends of Wisconsin State Parks will also provide appreciation gifts for volunteers.
"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," said Patty Loosen, friends coordinator for the state parks program.

Work*Play*Earth Day–2014*

bildePeople can celebrate Earth Day while helping out and enjoying Wisconsin state park, forest, trail and wildlife properties during the sixth annual Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteer events are sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and Department of Natural Resources properties. The events will be held April 19, 26 and May 3, 2014.
Volunteers can join DNR staff, local friends group members, and people from nearby communities to help repair and enhance park, forest and trail properties. Activities include planting trees and shrubs, installing benches, removing invasive plants, painting picnic tables and other structures, raking and cleaning up leaves and picking up litter. Refreshments will be provided and Friends of Wisconsin State Parks will also provide appreciation gifts for volunteers.
"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," said Patty Loosen, friends coordinator for the state parks program.
Loosen says during the 2013 Work *Play* Earth Day events, more than 700 volunteers donated more than 2,500 hours cleaning up and maintaining parks and trails, planting more than 500 trees, doing invasive species work and building bird houses, planting native plants and repairing picnic tables.
Volunteers should check with the park, forest, trail or recreation area where they would like to participate for event start times and details. Volunteers should wear work boots or athletic shoes, long pants and bring their own work gloves. Come and be part of the 2014 Work*Play*Earth Day events at these Wisconsin state properties!
To find out more about the parks listed below, search the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for "find a park."
Saturday, April 19, 2014
- Big Foot Beach State Park - Lake Geneva - 262-248-2528
- Kohler-Andrae State Park - Sheboygan - 920-451-4080
- Mirror Lake State Park - Baraboo - 608-254-2333
- Newport State Park - Ellison Bay - 920-854-2500
- Stower Seven Lakes State Trail - Amery - 715-485-9294
Saturday, April 26, 2014
- Buckhorn State Park - Necedah - 608-565-2789
- Hank Aaron State Trail - Milwaukee - 414-263-8559
- Harrington Beach State Park - Belgium - 262-285-3015
- High Cliff State Park - Sherwood - 920-989-1106
- Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit - Campbellsport - 262-626-2116
- Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit - Eagle - 262-594-6200
- Lakeshore State Park - Milwaukee - 414-274-4280
- Lapham Peak State Forest - Delafield - 262-646-3025
- Perrot State Park - Trempealeau - 608-534-6409
- Pike Lake State Forest - Hartford - 262-670-3400
- Richard Bong State Recreation Area - Kansasville- 262-878-5600
- Whitefish Dunes State Park - Sturgeon Bay - 920-823-2400
Saturday, May 3, 2014

- Devil's Lake State Park - Baraboo - 608-356-8301
- Hartman Creek State Park - Waupaca - 715-258-2372
- Merrick State Park - Fountain City - 608-687-4936
- Roche-A-Cri State Park - Friendship - 608-339-6881
-Cadiz Springs SRA 9Am-Noon (Rain date – May 10)
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*reprint from http://www.wisconsinoutdoorfun.com/article/20140411/WOF08/140410023/DNR-21-Work-Play-Earth-Day-events-scheduled

Friends Announce Spring Newsletter

Clipboard01The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have announced the publication of the Spring newsletter – Between Friends.  The newest publication is all about springing into action – on a bike!
  • Roger Putnam, III, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks reviews the first of four Regional Friends Summit and what will be happening this summer.
  • Bong Naturalist Association is hi-lighted in this issue.
  • The main page is all about jumping on a bike and enjoying the nearly 750 miles of bike trails found in Wisconsin
  • Lists the parks, trails, and forests taking part in Work, Play, Earth Day.  Find one near you and enjoy the fun.
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks mission is to enhance, preserve, protect, restore, and promote Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.  The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks welcomes the support of individuals and businesses who share a commitment to conserving, protecting, and enhancing the natural and recreational areas of our state. Help keep Wisconsin's parks and forests places that all can enjoy, forever. By becoming a member of a friends group, you can support conservation and education in Wisconsin’s State parks, forests and recreation areas.
Click here for Spring Newsletter 2014  PDF

SOMMERS SUBARU–Share the Love

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The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks  has received a donation from the Subaru corporation through Sommers Subaru in Mequon for the money donated during the “Share the Love” promotion at the end of 2013.  Each time a person purchased or leased a new vehicle during the promotion at Sommers Subaru – the person could choose among 5 non-profits for a donation to that charity of $250.  During the promotion,The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks received $6,166 by being selected.
Thank You SOMMERS SUBARU for your contribution to Friends of Wisconsin State Parks from the "Share the Love" promotion!
This will help us in our mission to "Preserve, Protect, Promote and Enhance" the Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas!   http://www.sommerssubaru.com/index.htm