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

2022 Maple Program Recap

This letter is for maple program volunteers, but the information about how the program went in 2022 may be of interest to others.

 

Dear Maple Volunteers,

Maple season has come to a close, and we cannot thank you enough for all of your time, energy, enthusiasm, and guidance through the first Maple Education season since COVID. For most of our staff, this was our first Maple Season, and we could not have put this together without the guidance and leadership of the Friends of MacKenzie and our dedicated volunteers. So, from all of us, THANK YOU!!! We had so much fun putting this together, and are so glad that we got to be a part of this program.

To show our appreciation, we are excited to announce a Volunteer Thank You Barbecue, on Saturday, May 21st, 2022.  We did not get the chance to thank you with food on clean-up day, but we’d love to see you in May for a day of fun and food! This event is possible thanks to the Friends of MacKenzie’s hard work and funds!

This year’s Maple Program exceeded our expectations in every way. With the bussing troubles, new variants, and general hesitation for field trips this year, we were not sure what to expect! But, after calling all of you, and on our Maple Call-In Day, we were blown away, and the season continued to surprise us. Maple 2022 brought in more students than many of our staff have seen since starting here! We also met so many people who care so much for MacKenzie and about Environmental Education, and are so grateful to everyone who made Maple so amazing. For those of you who like to see numbers, here are our stats from Maple 2022:

  • 1,013 students came to Maple this year!
  • Maple Fest drew 838 people!
  • 54 Volunteers came together to make this happen!
  • Those 54 Volunteers gave 2,095 hours total to the maple program, for an average of 38 hours per person!
  • The volunteer with the most time, volunteered 99.25 hours of their time this year!
  • In total, our students and guides tapped 102 trees, and a total of 113 trees were tapped this year!
  • Over the season, over 1,800 gallons of sap were collected!
  • The average sugar content of the sap was 4.0 % Brix, with a high of 4.7% on March 30th!
  • 337 Pints of MacKenzie Gold, in total, were produced.

 

Again, thank you all for such a wonderful season. Please save the date for May 21st, when we will host our Volunteer Thank You Breakfast!

 

Sincerely,

The MacKenzie Center Staff and the Friends of MacKenzie

Reminders to Volunteers for Maple Fest 2022

Reminders for the week of Maple Fest

Set up for the fest will be Friday, April 1 at 9:00.  Meet by the Finishing House to plan out jobs.

Maple Fest   Saturday, April 2    8:00 – 200

  • Volunteers should report about 7:30. (Or, about 20 minutes before your afternoon shift)
  • Parking for volunteers will be behind the fence beyond the Administration Building.
  • Sign in near the Finishing House.  Get your name tag, donut, and coffee or hot chocolate.

If you are bringing cookies for the bake sale, they can be taken to the Finishing House on Friday from 9-1 or to the bake sale table on Saturday after 7:30.

Clean up will be on Tuesday, April 5 at 9:00. All the buckets and spiles have to be washed, all the tents put away, and everything from Maple Fest tucked away for another year. Then the syrup will be passed out to those who have earned it.

Again, Thank you all so much for your dedication to the Maple Program, and we cannot wait to see everyone this weekend!

Sincerely,

MacKenzie Staff and the Friends of MacKenzie

Call for Maple Festival Volunteers

It takes many volunteers to help make Maple Festival a success.  You can help out with things like concessions, greeting, parking, guiding, selling raffle tickets, and more.  Shifts for most positions are 8 am – 11 am or 11 am – 2 pm on Saturday, April 2, 2022.  If this sounds like something you might like to do, contact Austyn Long of the MacKenzie Center education staff at austyn.long@wisconsin.gov  Thanks!

Volunteers and Bakers needed for Maple Festival on April 2, 2022

Maple Fest is coming up soon — Saturday, April 2, 2022.  We are in need of bakers and volunteers.  We will be having a baked goods table with individually wrapped items to sell for $1.00.  If you could help out by baking cookies, bars or cake, we would really appreciate it.  Items need to be in a zip lock bag or wrapped.  Several small cookies, one large brownie or bar, or a piece of cake would be perfect. You can drop off your baked goods on Friday, April 1, or on the morning of Maple Fest (April 2).  We are also looking for volunteers to work on the day of Maple Fest.  If you are interested, please email or call Sue Brockel at rbrockel@centurytel.net or (608)846-4145.  Thanks so much!

2022 MacKenzie Quilt Raffle

This beautiful handmade quilt (49.75″ x 64″) named “On Eagle Wings” will be raffled on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at noon as part of Maple Festival as a benefit for the Friends of MacKenzie.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

“On Eagle Wings”

2022 Friends of MacKenzie Calendar available

The Friends of MacKenzie has a new calendar with MacKenzie Center pictures and dates for planned events in 2022. Although you have probably heard that shopping may be difficult this year because of problems with the supply chain, our 2022
calendar has been produced and printed right here in Wisconsin, and we can fill your order right away. Our calendar can be used as a belated stocking stuffer for Christmas or simply as a gift to yourself. The net proceeds from the calendar sales will support the Friends’ renovation of the Wildlife Area at the MacKenzie Center and will help us continue to encourage environmental and outdoor education at the MacKenzie Center.

Each calendar provides you with:
● Seasonally appropriate, color photos taken at the MacKenzie Center.
● Tentative dates for MacKenzie Center events (subject to changes).
● Quotations to ponder for each month from poets, philosophers, and fictional authors.
You get all this for just $15.00 per copy plus $3.00 for shipping and handling. All you need to do is connect to our Friends website or Facebook page by clicking on the link below, get out your credit card, tell us how many copies you want, and select the “Add to Cart” button. To maintain security, all online payments are through PayPal. We’ll send your calendar(s) via the US Postal Service within three days of receiving your order. And Wolfie’s back. He especially likes the picture on the calendar for the month of January, and he says, “Thanks for your support, and don’t forget you can include an additional donation for the Friends of MacKenzie when you send in your calendar order.”
Link: http://friendsofmackenzie.org/product/2022-calendar/

Best wishes for Hayley in her new career!

Hayley Parsons has been an Educator and Wildlife Technician at the MacKenzie Center for over five years, but is now moving on to be a high school science teacher. Her energy, creativity, hard work, and great personality and attitude have brought so much to the MacKenzie Center and really made a difference.  We will miss her very much, but wish her the best and know she will be a great teacher.

Hayley with her goodbye/congratulations cake.

Friends President Carl Bujanowski presents Hayley with a card/gift from the Friends of MacKenzie.

Good luck in all your future endeavors, Hayley!

MacKenzie Center Property Updates

The MacKenzie Center is open Sunday-Saturday from dawn to dusk.  THe Wildlife Exhibit, Museums, and Administration Building Restrooms are open from 10 am – 4 pm daily.  Museum and indoor restrooms are now open!  There are also four new kiosks around the property to aid visitors during their exploration of the MacKenzie Center.

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