Join us and volunteer
Clean Lakes Alliance coordinates watershed volunteer days for local businesses and organizations. These volunteer events offer rewarding and meaningful opportunities to engage directly with our lakes. Clean Lakes Volunteer Days provide an opportunity for individuals to help clean up our lakes while becoming informed and engaged with issues that affect them.
In recent years, Clean Lakes Alliance has partnered with parks, friend groups, local businesses, and associations to restore shorelines. Volunteers clear invasive plants and trees, plant native seeds, remove algae from waters, and clean up trash along the lakeshore.
Looking back on 2020
Like many organizations, our goals and expectations for the 2020 volunteer season were disrupted by COVID-19. In an effort to adhere to public health guidelines, most of our scheduled volunteer days were canceled. However, we were encouraged to see public interest in volunteering remained high.
In the fall, we were fortunate to host two seed collection efforts in partnership with Dane County Parks and Holy Wisdom Monastery. Additionally, five groups answered the call to lead their own cleanups at various lakeside parks. The value of our lakes and greenspaces is unmistakable as we turned to the outdoors for relief during these difficult months. We are excited to carry that momentum ahead and look forward to working together again in 2021.
- 2 seed collections with lake partners
- 5 self-led small group beach cleanups in partnership with City of Madison Parks
- 39 volunteers
- 7 unique locations visited: James Madison Park, Olbrich Park, Olin Park, Wingra Park, Lake Farm County Park, Vilas Park, Holy Wisdom Monastery
Special thanks to volunteer participants from A Rocha, Sprinkman Real Estate, Hydrite, and UW-Madison’s Alpha Kappa Psi. These lake cleanup efforts demonstrate the commitment of our local businesses and organizations to improve the community and the environment! For individual volunteer opportunities, please see our general volunteering page.
How to sign up
We request that all participating businesses become Lake Partners, our business donors to Clean Lakes Alliance. This helps us continue to facilitate volunteer days as well as fund other important projects in the watershed.
Every year, we create a schedule of available projects, locations, and dates within the community to better allow participating groups to select where, when, and what type of project they’d like to complete. Please contact Clean Lakes Alliance’s Watershed Program Associate Luke Wynn to learn more about participating in a volunteer day.
Past Participants: Adams Outdoor Advertising, Alliant Energy Sustainability Squad, American Family Insurance, American Transmission Company, AssuredLeads, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Breakthrough Dance Company, CG SChmidt, Destination Madison, Fiskars, Foley & Lardner LLP, Hovde, Hydrite, Johnson Financial Group, Lands’ End, Miron Construction, National Guardian Life Insurance Company, Naturalake Biosciences, Phi Gamma Delta, Rotary Club of Madison, Sprinkman Real Estate, State Bank of Cross Plains, Spectrum Brands, State Line Distillery, and The Digital Ring.
Past Partners: Adaptive Restoration, City of Madison Parks, City of Middleton, Dane County Parks, Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Friends of the Yahara River Parkway, Holy Wisdom Monastery, Madison Boats, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, University of Wisconsin-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve, Wild Warner, and Wisconsin DNR.