Time to renew your Friends of MacKenzie membership!

Memberships in the Friends of MacKenzie come up for renewal each January, so now is a great time to take care of that.  You can use the form at the end of this post or find one in our brochure.  Even though many of you contribute many volunteer hours (which makes a huge difference in keeping the Center running and enabling the friends to do so many things), you might also wish to become a member.  The dues help fund scholarships for schools and other groups when they come to MacKenzie for day and over night trips (often used for transportation costs).  It also is used directly for materials for projects like replacing the roof on the log cabin museum, safety improvements for our hay wagon, purchasing bird feeding supplies, improvements to the wildlife area, and so much more.  Please consider renewing or becoming a new member today.

Membership form for 2020

2020 Raffle Quilt

Check out the quilt that will be raffled at Maple Festival this year (April 4, 2020).  This year’s quilt is 58″ x 96″ and is called “On Wisconsin”.  It features many scenes of nature and of Wisconsin.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  All proceeds support the MacKenzie Center and its many programs.


Quilt Raffle Still Scheduled for April 4 at noon

Even though Maple Festival 2020 has been cancelled, the current plan is to still hold the quilt raffle on Saturday, April 4, at noon, at the Finishing House (if anything changes it will be posted here).  Tickets have already been sold and would be difficult to get back to people.  Most likely a few people will be present for the drawing (practicing social distancing) and the winner will be called (pick up of quilt to happen at a later date).  If you have ticket stubs and money (preferably in the form of a check made out to Friends of MacKenzie) you can mail them to:

Friends of MacKenzie

W7303 County Hwy CS & Q

Poynette, WI 53955


Maple Festival 2020 CANCELLED!

Due to concerns related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) the Friends of MacKenzie Board has decided to cancel Maple Festival 2020.  We want to do everything possible to help keep the public and our volunteers safe and healthy.

Call for volunteers for the Maple Education Program and Maple Festival

Volunteers Needed for the MacKenzie Center’s Maple Education Program and Festival:

The MacKenzie Center’s annual maple education program begins in March and your help is needed in many areas. Volunteers will be trained to conduct student tours, boil the sap, process the maple syrup, and assist with other “sugarbush” duties.  No previous experience is necessary, but we do caution you that this experience is addicting!

A training session is scheduled for February 13th from 9 am until 3 pm (9 am until 1 pm for returning volunteers).  Maple guides will have additional training on either February 17th, 20th, or 24th.  Volunteers will be needed during the month of March (possibly starting the last week of February, depending on the number of school groups) and for the Friends of MacKenzie’s Maple Festival on April 4th.

Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering by emailing us at christopher.beaver@wisconsin.gov or call (608) 635-8112.

The MacKenzie Center is located two miles east of Poynette on County Road CS.  For more information on the MacKenzie Center please visit us on the web at http://dnr.wi.gov, and search MacKenzie.

Friends Board for 2020 elected at Annual meeting

At the recent annual meeting, the Friends Board of directors for 2020 was elected.  Thanks to these members who are willing to help guide our organization!

Continuing Board members:  Paul Alexander, Carl Bujanowski, Don Jackson, Joanne Johnson, Jon Langsdorf, Tony Schwarz

Newly elected (although several have served on the board in the past):  Amy Berg, Roger Cardoni, Dan Doyle, Reggie Finn, Judy Smith