Get Involved and Have Fun! Join Us! (All group meetings or activities are on hold)
Volunteering is a great way to get some "outdoor" exercise, develop new friendships, learn new skills, ensure students are connected to "the land," preserve our agricultural heritage, and help the community develop a new unique park.
Community Garden Project (New)
Anderson Park Friends, Inc. (APF) is partnering with Dane County Parks (DCP) and Rooted to create a “large-size” garden opportunity for interested individuals, churches, nonprofits, and/or businesses. Interested organizations can apply now to be considered for one of the plots. Certain limitations will apply during this 2020 pilot project. Click here for more information!. Act before April 27, 2020.
Oregon Area Food Pantry Garden
APF partners with the Oregon Area Food Pantry to operate a fresh produce garden. The garden provides vegetables to those in need for 10 months out of the year. Typical vegetables are onions, squash, tomatoes, beans, peas, lettuce, broccoli, and more. The garden is approximately .5 acres in size and is organic (no herbicides) in nature. The garden also supports the Belleville Food Pantry and the Badger Prairie Needs Network (Verona).
All Board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Town of Oregon Hall, 1138 Union Road, Oregon, WI. They start at 7:00 p.m. and are always done by 9:00 p.m. (No long meetings for this group!) All planning is conducted at the meetings in conjunction with the Dane County Parks Division. The annual 2020 membership meeting is September 16, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. (Zoom format).
The regular workday is the second Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (or later if you wish to stay).
Custom or special work events are organized on an ad hoc basis and meet the special needs of groups interested in volunteering. Businesses, school groups, 4-H, and churches are just some of the many groups who volunteer at the park.
Volunteer experiences are between 2 to 2.5 hours in length. Leadership is provided by APF members. Work and safety equipment is provided. Safety glasses, hats, full-length pants, and leather shoes are common clothing for work projects. Tool orientations also provided. Dress for the weather. Workdays always include fellowship time and snacks-a time to meet your neighbors.
Access to work projects is through the parking lot at 914 Union Road, Oregon, WI.
Volunteer opportunities within projects include:
- Planning and restoring the Arthur Sholts Memorial Woods
- Creating and maintaining a 5-acre prairie: planting native plants and harvesting prairie seeds
- Creating and maintaining a 40-acre dog park and prairie. (Opening in late summer 2021). Dog Park Map for more information.
- Creating and maintaining a food pantry garden
- Creating and maintaining trails-hiking, equestrian riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing
- Planning and developing market garden farm plots (organic and sustainable) and an agricultural center (2020)
- Planning and coordinating education programs for K-12, community college, and university students
- Building signs, kiosks, and a park shelter
- Creating bird habitat and a bluebird trail
Volunteers are covered by insurance after registering via a "signed" volunteer waiver form. People under the age of 18 need the consent of a parent. Please print and fill out either the individual waiver form or the group waiver form and bring it to our next event. Also, please review a summary of the waiver guidelines.
Other activities include semi-annual newsletter, web site maintenance, fundraising, community outreach, event planning (i.e. Global Youth Service Day, Arbor Day, Earth Day, etc.) and more!
Check out our calendar for a listing of events.