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Friends of Wisconsin State Parks at Lapham Peak

September 16, 2023

On Saturday, 9/16/23, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks held their monthly meeting at Lapham Peak’s Hausmann Nature Center, hosted by Lapham Peak’s Property Manager, Colton Kelly, and the Friends of Lapham Peak’s, president, John Hillmer.  We were able to provide information and updates on a number of our current and planned programs and projects.  This helped the FWSP better understand the types of challenges and the progress that our specific Friends group is working …

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Butterfly Garden is in full bloom!

September 14, 2023

Come see our Butterfly Garden and Memorial Brick Pathway.  The flowers are in full bloom, and we are seeing lots of butterflies every day.  See pictures of the garden and a nice article by Kris Gould (Sept 11, 2023) on “A Wealth of Nature’s” website.  For more information, see our Butterfly Garden web page

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Nemahbin Spring – New Boardwalk

August 13, 2023

In 2023, we requested several grants that would be matched by the Friends of Lapham Peak, to replace a wooden walkway to the Nemahbin Spring at Lapham Peak with Ice Age Trail style elevated boardwalk. The Nemahbin Spring and trail are on the west side of Lapham Peak, on the far north end of the Park, on a spur trail off the Ice Age Trail.  This Spring is a historical feature at the Park, that …

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Fire Pits & Firewood now available in the Park

June 27, 2023

Thanks to Freddy Hertneky and his Eagle Scout project, and our “Buckthorn Busters” we now have a new firepit and firewood rack at Homestead Hollow’s Trecker Lodge. The Buckthorn Busters also just added a firepit and firewood rack at the Mike Fort Shelter.   These two, plus a fire pit at Evergreen, and at our Backpack Campsite – both also with stocked firewood racks, provide a number of options for picnics, and gatherings, and campers, to …

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2023 June 24 10:00 Feel the Burn 5K Run/Walk

June 24, 2023

“Feel the Burn” is the major fundraiser for Lapham Peak State Park’s prairie management. “Feel the Burn” is limited to 175 participants; therefore, registering early is encouraged.  There will be day of registration at Evergreen shelter. Participants will receive a short sleeve T-shirt.  An awards ceremony will be held in Evergreen Shelter after last runner finishes. Wisconsin State Park sticker or $5 special event fee required.  A Food truck will be at the event as …

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Friday the 13th and Fright Hike

June 7, 2023

Friday the 13th is coming to Lapham Peak this October! Test your luck on 1+ mile of dimly lit, forest trail, and see if you can spy all 13, static, iconic, horror characters along the way. Unlike our annual Fright Hike, held later this month, there will be no live actors or jump scares on Friday the 13th. This new, one night only, event might provide a milder opportunity to introduce older children to their …

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Friends of Lapham Peak donate future Lapham Lodge to DNR

May 31, 2023

The Friends of Lapham Peak have been raising funds and developing plans for the new Lapham Lodge, to be located at the Evergreen Trailhead in the Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Fundraising and design have reached the point where the Friends were able to donate the future building to the DNR at the May Natural Resources Board meeting in Madison. The DNR graciously accepted the donation, to be effective in late …

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May 2, 4-7pm, Culvers in Wales, Fundraiser for the Eagle Scout Project

April 29, 2023

Eat at Culvers in Wales, May 2, 4-7pm, and help us raise money for an Eagle Scout Project that will put a new fire pit and ring in at Lapham Peak at Homestead Hollow.  10% of sales will go to this project, something we have needed for a long time.

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April 2023 Newsletter

April 29, 2023

Below is our spring newsletter. Just a shout out to our Work Day, Saturday, May 6th. We need to plant 25 Buttonbushes along the warm up loop, work on the backpack shelter area, get wood chips on the trails and work on trail erosion. Lunch will be served – but please RSVP by May 3rd to Rita Keber if you plan on attending lunch  Check out the newsletter for more details. Hope to see you …

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2023 Bird Watching Hikes in May!

April 25, 2023

Paul Keber will lead bird watching hikes again this year, on the first 3 Sundays in May: 7, 14 and 21.  Meet at the Evergreen Parking lot.  More details will be published in the Friend’s upcoming Newsletter, and will be updated here (times, etc)

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