Upcoming training in April for Caterpillars Count monitors!
 See table below

One of the missions of the Friends group is to maintain a conservancy for nature study and environmental education, using the natural habitats of the park as an outdoor classroom. Community science monitoring programs are a means to collect information about natural phenomena occurring on park grounds and landscapes. Information collected will contribute to broad-scale ecological research efforts within state and regional networks. If you like to spend time outside, learn and contribute to scientific discoveries and make connections with the natural world, this is the program for you!

The table below shows some of the typical citizen science projects we undertake at the park. Contact the park office to learn about how to get involved. No experience necessary. Training, data sheets, and supplies will be provided. Ideal activity for Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, classes, families, service groups and scout troops.

Project Frequency Time Equipment Training*
Caterpillars Count monthly or bi-monthly 1 hour sampling sheet, ID cards, beat sheet

Minimal; April 30, 2021
4 - 5 pm

Monarch Larvae Monitoring weekly or bi-monthly from May to September any; dependent on # of plants surveyed sampling sheets, ID cards Some; learn data sheet & caterpillar larvae stages
Great Sunflower Project 3 or more times during growing season at least 5 minutes each time sampling sheets, insect ID cards Minimal
Lost Ladybug Project any any camera (phone is fine), ladybug ID cards, photo upload form Minimal
WI First Detector Network Invasive Plant Species Reporting monthly; depending on target species 1 hour, depending on plant species phone with EDD Maps app installed (free) Moderate; learn target plant ID & phone app (user-friendly)

*Unless indicated, contact the park office for individual or group training times.



Left: Volunteer, Kevin Dupuis, collects data on insects (Photo credit: Amy Jo Dusick)
Middle: Children investigate prairie seeds and insect galls. (Photo credit: Travis Steuber) 
Right: Gae Bergmann leads a search for monarch caterpillar eggs. (Photo: Rona Neri-Bergmann)