Donations Needed for Fall Festival

Our first ever Friends of MacKenzie Fall Festival is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 22.  We are in need of donations to help with some of the activities and for decorations.  Here is a list of items we will be needing:

-Pumpkins (all shapes and sizes for painting and decoration)

-Straw Bales

-Hay Bales

-Old pants and shirts for scarecrow making

-Twine

-Gourds

-Corn Stalks

-Face Paint

-Soybeans

-Corn

-Craft Supplies

-Pumpkin decorated leaf bags

-Hay Wagons to use for hayrides (with sides)

-Candy

-Batteries (9-volt and AA)

We also need people to help spread the word about the event.  For anyone that wants to hang up flyers in surrounding communities there are copies of the flyers in the lodge at the MacKenzie Center that you can pick up between 8am-4pm on weekdays.  Contact Deb Wearne-Neurohr at friendsofmackenzie@gmail.com or call the MacKenzie Center at 608-635-8105 if you can help or if you have questions.  Thanks!

Friends Fall Festival set for October 22, 2016

Come enjoy the beauty of fall at the MacKenzie Center.  This family friendly event will give you a chance to participate in some of the many activities available at MacKenzie including archery, air guns, compass skills and geocaching, wildlife tours, fire building, hiking, and studying the plant and critter life in our pond.  In addition you can learn about (and touch) real furs and skulls, cut a “wood cookie” using a two-person crosscut saw, make leaf and wildlife track pressings and try other crafts.  Come in costume (if you like) and participate in some of our seasonal activities — pumpkin painting, a hay bale maze, gunny sack races, face painting, scarecrow making, hayrides, and more!  The Rio HS Band will perform at 11 am and the Prairie Thunder Cloggers dance at 1 pm.  The $10/vehicle admission covers all activities.  Food and gift shop items will be available at an additional cost.  Come for an hour or plan to stay all day, there’s something for everyone!  All proceeds stay at the MacKenzie Center to support the facility and its programs!

Save the date and spread the word.  We are also in need of volunteers to help with this event.  In addition to helping with activities, we’ll need people to help with food, parking, greeting and collecting admission, and as crossing guards.  You can work all day (9:30 – 3:30) or take a shift (9:30 – 12:30 or 12:30 – 3:30).  Contact Deb Wearne-Neurohr at friendsofmackenzie@gmail.com or call the MacKenzie Center 608-635-8105.

Good Times at the Volunteer Picnic!

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Next Friends of MacKenzie Board Meeting to Be Held in the Evening So More Members May Be Able to Attend!

Our September 13th Friends of MacKenzie Board meeting will be held in the Badger Den at 6:30 pm.  Board meetings are open to all and we hope that by holding this one in the evening, some of our members who can’t make our usual morning meeting time may be able to join us.  We’d love to have more input from the membership and we hope that some of you may consider becoming more active with our activities and events and may even consider joining the Board after you have a chance to see what our meetings are like.  Light refreshments will be served.  Hope to see you then!

If this goes well, we are considering having an evening meeting once each quarter with our annual meeting (Thursday, January 19, 2017) being the next opportunity.  Send an email to friendsofmackenzie@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Chance to Have Input in DNR Planning — Let Your Voice Be Heard!

To MacKenzie Membership:

There is an opportunity to provide input on the comprehensive outdoor rec plan for WI. This survey is for anyone or groups interested in sharing information on their recreation pursuits, perspectives and concerns.  You can mention MacKenzie in your comments on various sections within the survey and learn more about SCORP from the website.http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/scorp/

What is a SCORP? (Wisconsin Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan)
SCORPs are intended to evaluate outdoor recreation trends and issues and set forth ideas about recreation’s future role in the state. Put simply, they are the blueprint for outdoor recreation in the state and provide broad guidance to governments at all levels, communities, businesses and organizations on recreation needs and opportunities. States are required to complete SCORPs every five years to be eligible to participate in the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State Assistance Program.

Volunteers Hard at Work

On Friday, June 29, a group of MacKenzie volunteers took down an old oak tree and “bucked it up” so that it can be split and become fire wood to help turn maple sap into MacKenzie Gold.  Thanks for your hard work!Bucking old oak tree

Friends Volunteer Picnic, August 21

Each year we gather at the picnic shelter at the MacKenzie Center to thank everyone who helps to make this such a great place.  This year’s picnic will be Sunday, August 21.   We’ll gather at noon for conversation and refreshments.  Lunch begins at 12:30.  The Friends will provide brats, burgers, chicken, beverages, and eating utensils.  Please bring a dish to pass, based on your last name:  A-G appetizer, H-M dessert, N-Z salad.  You should have received a post card with this information.  Please RSVP to Don Lucke (920-992-3999 or 920-988-3914 or heartshare@centurytel.net) by August 15 to make planning easier.  This is a great time to come together and have fun as we celebrate all the hard work the staff and volunteers do through out the year.  You may even learn about other volunteer opportunities that you never knew about.  If you don’t receive a post card by early August, and have helped out in any way, please email friendsofmackenzie@gmail.com.  We’re hoping for a great turnout!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers needed to help in the Education Program — Training Provided

When groups visit the MacKenzie Center for day trips or over night, one of the highlights is participating in our many education programs.  Here’s your chance to help out!  Chris Tall, MacKenzie DNR Lead Educator, is offering training so that you can learn to teach some of our most popular programs.  This is a perfect opportunity for anyone who loves kids, nature and the MacKenzie Center.  Email Chris at DNRMacKenzieCenter@wisconsin.gov if you’re interested in attending any of the following training sessions.  If the times don’t work for you, email him to set up an individual training.

Learn to Teach…

Pond Study — August 22, 10 am – noon

Geocaching — August 22, 1 – 3 pm

Wildlife Tours and Museum Tours — August 24, 9 am – noon

Survival Skills (Shelter and Fire Building) — August 24, 1 – pm

 

May 23 Work Day Report

On Monday, May 23rd, Friends volunteers helped pull the invasive species garlic mustard. Then they helped get the electric fence for the goat enclosure installed. Now we’re hoping the goats will do more of the invasive species control work and volunteers will be freed up to do other projects!

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Images from the Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo (MOHEE)

Some of the buses that brought participants to MOHEE.

Some of the buses that brought participants to MOHEE.

Kids using new water station.

Kids using new water station.

MOHEE Friends Tent

Logging MOHEE

Deb at MOHEE set-up 5-17-16

Not your ordinary slide!

Not your ordinary slide!

Learning to put out a brush fire.

Learning to put out a brush fire.

Tree stand safety.

Tree stand safety.

Animal pelts are always a hit with kids!

Animal pelts are always a hit with kids!

A favorite spot for nearly all of the kids -- climbing in and on the big tree stump!

A favorite spot for nearly all of the kids — climbing in and on the big tree stump!

Don Lucke, Don Jackson, and Gordon Dunn help out with deliveries.

Don Lucke, Don Jackson, and Gordon Dunn help out with deliveries.

Gordon Dunn, Friends volunteer, help deliver lunches to volunteers at MOHEE.

Gordon Dunn, Friends volunteer, help deliver lunches to volunteers at MOHEE.

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Some of MOHEE's sponsors.

Some of MOHEE’s sponsors.

Neil Bishop, Larry Hahn, and Steve Wearne help set up the Friends tent for MOHEE.

Neil Bishop, Larry Hahn, and Steve Wearne help set up the Friends tent for MOHEE.

Sue Brockel staffs the Friends of MacKenzie sales and information tent.

Sue Brockel staffs the Friends of MacKenzie sales and information tent.

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