Calling all Green Lake and nature enthusiasts: Green Team is ready to embark on another year of free, fun-filled, educational activities. Are you?
Each year, volunteers and staff from the Green Lake Association, Green Lake Conservancy, Green Lake Sanitary District, and the Green Lake School District plan an action-packed year of events for our communities to enjoy.
Celebrating it’s 10th year, the team’s mission is to get families, community members, and visitors to explore the special, unusual, and often unknown natural features within the Green Lake area.
From water-based activities, like paddling the Puchyan River and Hill Creek stream, to land-based events at various Conservancy sites and local farms, there’s an event fit for every explorer.
Take a sneak peek at some of the activities planned for 2018. To view the complete calendar, register for events, and stay up to date on event details, visit the Green Lake Association’s event page at greenlakeassociation.com/glaw/index.php/calendar-of-events .
Moonlight Walk to Sugar Island (January)
Discover the splendors of a Green Lake winter during a moonlight walk with Green Team. Candles illuminate a path across the ice to Green Lake’s Sugar Island.
Following a short hike, participants can warm up and chat with friends and neighbors in front of a roaring bonfire while sipping hot chocolate. Make the experience complete by bringing along your own sandwiches, s’mores, and hot dogs to cook over the fire.
This event is weather dependent, so check the event page above for more information as the date draws closer.
Tap into Sweetness: Maple Syrup Tour (March)
As temperatures begin to warm, maple sap starts flowing! Experience the process of making maple syrup in the woods with the Green Team. Led by the Roeper Family, this annual process includes tapping Sugar Maple trees and boiling the sap into syrup right in the middle of the woods. Enjoy taste tests of syrups and other maple-syrup treats.
Space is limited and reservations are required. Save your spot by visiting the event page listed above.
Mitchell Glen Tour (Saturday, May 5, and Saturday, October 6)
Explore Mitchell Glen on Saturday, May 5, or Saturday, October 6, for a rare trip when the limited-access property is opened to the public. Local biologist and educator Tom Eddy will lead participants down to the glen that features 12.2 acres of maple-basswood climax forest, unique geological formations, outstanding biodiversity, and spring-fed waters flowing into Green Lake.
Space is limited and reservations are required. Save your spot by contacting the Green Lake Sanitary District at (920) 295-4488.
Moonlight Paddle on County Highway K Estuary (Saturday, July 21)
Join the Green Team on their annual nighttime paddle through the County K Estuary. Paddling by moonlight is a uniquely beautiful and exhilarating experience. Listen to the diverse sounds of nature at nighttime and let a nearly full moon be your guide. Bring your canoe or kayak and wind your way through the estuary with the Green Team.
Alison Niescier is project manager at the Green Lake Association.