Get Involved and Have Fun! Join Us! (All formal group meetings or activities are on hold until May 2021 under all Dane County Parks guidelines.)
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 (2021)
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 2022. Click here for more information!. Tentative deadline is March 15, 2022.
Oregon Area Food Pantry Garden (2021)
Most of us have a dose of “cabin fever”. Too much snow and indoor activities. Paging through seed catalogues can help alleviate this “closed-in” feeling. What do APF volunteers do? We read those same catalogues.
Our APF garden leadership team has been doing just that-reading seed catalogues. We are organizing our strategies for the 2021 Food Pantry Garden. This includes ordering and purchasing seeds as well as starting seedlings at the Oregon High School greenhouse.
Goals for this year include increasing the pounds of fresh produce and increasing the variety of produce for local pantries. Last year APF volunteers raised 1,200 pounds. The goal this year is over 2,000 pounds. In 2020 we raised 9 types of vegetables. This year will grow over 14 varieties with a 2-growing season strategy. Beets to Zucchini are on our mind.
The garden will support the pantries in Oregon, Belleville, and Verona.
Donations are needed to meet our goal of $2,000. Go to the APF Member & Donation page. Select the other category and indicate a donation with your credit card.
We want to recognize Jung’s Garden Center for their donation to the pantry garden. It is appreciated and very timely. Other donations are still needed.
Join us by going to https://www.andersonparkfriends.org/volunteer.
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. (Opened in November 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 quarterly newsletter, web site maintenance, fundraising, community outreach, event planning (i.e. Global Youth Service Day, Arbor Day, Earth Day, etc.) and more! All event held in accordance with Dane County Parks guidelines.
Check out our calendar for a listing of events.