Annual Meeting

Friends of the Madison School Forest

Saturday, June 12, 10 am – Noon

School Forest Campground

1577 Fritz Road, Verona, WI

Please follow the MSCR COVID guidelines for outdoor adult programs:

  • Masks are required when it is not possible to maintain 6 feet of physical distance. Masks are strongly recommended for participants at all other times.
  • Arrive just before the start time and leave promptly at the end of the program.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer when you arrive
  • Give other participants 6 feet of space
  • Bring a water bottle

Any updates to the guidelines will be posted here.

We’re looking forward to getting together with Friends’ members on Saturday, the 12th.

Olson Oak Woods Workday – March 27, 2021

The Upper Sugar River Watershed Association is organizing a spring workday in the Olson Oak Woods State Natural Area, part of the Madison School Forest. The workday is on Saturday, March 27 from 9 am to noon. Volunteers will clear fire breaks and remove invasives – – maybe both at the same time! For more information and to register for the event, click here.

Many thanks to USRWA staff and volunteers for their stewardship of this special part of the Upper Sugar River watershed!


Post by Dave Spitzer, Board Member and Educator

Summer is done, but those kids should still be getting outside!

In fact, seasonal change provides one of the best backdrops for experiencing the range of nature’s cycles. Animal cycles, plant cycles; all driven by weather and climate cycles. Things change outside, especially at Wisconsin latitudes.

Observing and experiencing seasonal change actually has its own scientific term: Phenology. Phenology tunes us to nature’s timings and reminds us of the life cycles that continue to support the planet’s ecological webs.

If children and adults sense and identify the continuing phenological changes they can better appreciate nature’s amazing dynamics. Ideally, they will include themselves as members of the ecological web. Our children, especially, need that natural attachment; this membership. When kids are outside, they’ll see the migrating flocks, smell new apple blossoms, collect acorns and pick hitch-hiker seeds off their pants. It’s phenology!