Enjoying the Great Outdoors with the Green Team

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Provided by Green Lake Association

Calling all nature enthusiasts! Get ready to embark on another year of free, fun-filled activities with the Green Team.

Each year, volunteers and staff from Green Lake Association, Green Lake Conservancy, Green Lake Sanitary District, and the Green Lake School District plan Green Team events for the community to enjoy. Celebrating its 12th year, the team’s mission remains getting families, community members, and visitors to explore the beautiful, natural features within the Green Lake area.

Mitchell Glen Tours
Saturday, May 2, and Saturday, October 3, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
Explore Mitchell Glen for a rare and beautiful trip to this limited-access property. Local biologist and educator Thomas L. Eddy will lead participants down into the glen, which features incredible trees, rock features, and flowing waters. The tour includes walking down and up steep steps, so bring your sturdy shoes.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Save your spot by calling the Sanitary District at (920) 295-4488.

Bison Tour at 4M Bison Farm
Saturday, May 23
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
If you haven’t witnessed the majesty of a herd of bison, now’s your chance! The Green Team is thrilled to participate on a bison tour at 4M Bison Farm, LLC, located just outside Green Lake. 4M Bison Farm is a third-generation farm committed to providing locally raised, tasty, healthy red meat for Ripon and the surrounding communities. Originating as a dairy operation, the farm transitioned to raising bison in 1997. Bison are easy on the land and have a diet that conveniently consists of native grasses, allowing the farm to use rotational grazing.

Photograph provided by Green Lake Association

Daytime Paddle on the Puchyan
Saturday, July 18
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Start your morning with a relaxing waterway trip with the Green Team. Paddle the Puchyan River by kayak or canoe and enjoy this beautiful, thriving ecosystem. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of wildlife, from turtles to cranes to crayfish and more! It’s a leisurely tour that’s good for all skill levels—go at your own pace, race your friends, and meet other Green Lake nature enthusiasts. Participants will paddle from downtown Green Lake to Dartford.

Citizen Scientist Speed Talks
Tuesday, August 4
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Are you a citizen scientist? It doesn’t matter if you collect stream samples or count frogs, we’d love to hear about the work you do to benefit Green Lake’s unique ecosystems. We’ll be following a Pecha Kucha format presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. Presenters must register to participate in speed talks by July 7. For details or to sign up to present, contact Tom Wagner at rst6138@gmail.com.

Many events are weather dependent. For up-to-date information and complete event details, visit greenlakeassociation.com and click on the events calendar.

Jennifer Fjelsted is the communication & project manager at Green Lake Association.

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