Work Play Earth Day - 2016

2016 WPED Poster-page-001Celebrate Earth Day while helping out and enjoying Wisconsin state park, forest, trail and wildlife properties during the seventh 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 16, 22, 23,30, and May 7 .  (Click on image for PDF poster)
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 2015 Work Play Earth Day, more than 975 volunteers donated more than 3.000 hours cleaning up and maintaining parks and trails, planting more than 100 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 2016 Work*Play*Earth Day events at these Wisconsin state properties!
To find out more about the parks listed below, search the DNR website for "find a park."
Saturday – April 16, 2016

  • Harrington Beach State Park – Belgium
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest –
  • Northern Unit – Campbellsport
  • Mead/McMillan State Wildlife Area – Milladore
Friday– April 22, 2016
  • Mirror Lake State Park – Baraboo
Saturday – April 23, 2016
  • Big Foot Beach State Park – Lake Geneva
  • Buckhorn State Park – Necedah
  • Governor Nelson State Park – Waunakee
  • Hank Aaron State Trail – Milwaukee
  • High Cliff State Park – Sherwood
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest –
  • Southern Unit – Eagle
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park – Sheboygan
  • Lakeshore State Park – Milwaukee
  • Lapham Peak State Forest – Delafield
  • Newport State Park – Ellison Bay
  • Perrot State Park – Trempealeau
  • Pike Lake State Forest – Hartford
Saturday – April 30
  • Devil’s Lake State Park – Baraboo
  • Hartman Creek State Park – Waupaca
  • Merrick State Park – Fountain City
  • Potawatomi State Park – Sturgeon Bay
  • Stower 7 Lakes State Trail – Amery
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park – Sturgeon Bay
Saturday – May 7
  • Amnicon Falls State Park – South Range
  • Havenwoods State Forest – Milwaukee
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area – Kansasville
  • Roche-A-Cri State Park - Friendship