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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com. We’re hoping for a great turnout!
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
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!
Some of the buses that brought participants to MOHEE.
Kids using new water station.
Not your ordinary slide!
Learning to put out a brush fire.
Tree stand safety.
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!
Don Lucke, Don Jackson, and Gordon Dunn help out with deliveries.
Gordon Dunn, Friends volunteer, help deliver lunches to volunteers at MOHEE.
Some of MOHEE’s sponsors.
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.
This fence was recently installed by Friends volunteers Larry Hahn and Don Lucke. It helps make the area near the Sugar House safer and looks terrific. Thanks, guys!
The orchard at MacKenzie looks gorgeous this spring!
The Friends would to say “Thank You” to the following sponsors for their support of the Maple Festival!
Boardman and Clark, LLP
Stepping Stone Learning Center
United Community Bank
Shaklee Distributors Inc.
Shepherds Meadows Golf Course
High Country Electric
Main Street Youngsters
Mr. John Frank
Lake Wisconsin Lions Club
Poynette True Value Hardware
Poynette Veterinary Service
Lodi Canning Co.
Poynette Auto Body
Johnson’s Sausage Shop
Saturday, April 2, 2016 may have been cold, snowy and windy, but that wasn’t enough to keep over 1000 “hardy souls” from coming out and making the best of the day. Read more
Ruth Ann Lee recently left the MacKenzie Center staff to accept a position with the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. During her 10+ years at MacKenzie, Ruth Ann has worked closely with the Friends of MacKenzie as an educator and (for part of her tenure) as the center’s director. We will miss her great organizational skills, educational leadership, and enthusiastic attitude, but wish her much success in this new chapter of her career.
Bill Quackenbush, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, and two other representatives of the Ho-Chunk Nation guided DNR MacKenzie Center staff and Friends of MacKenzie volunteers through the construction of a new Ciporoke in January.
Ciporoke (pronounced Chee-po-tah-kay) means “round-dwelling” in the Ho-Chunk language and is the type of home a Ho-Chunk family would have lived in during maple sugaring season in the 1300s. Ciporokes are still used today, and this Ciporoke will be an important part of the MacKenzie Center’s Maple Education Program, where students learn historic and modern processes of making maple syrup.