Clean Lakes Volunteer Days

Join us and volunteer

Our Volunteer Day program is one of the many ways Clean Lakes Alliance works with partners, supporters, and community members to build awareness and take action for our lakes. Running from spring to fall each year, this near-weekly program connects interested businesses and organizations with a location around the Yahara Watershed for a few hours of hands-on, lake-benefiting work.

We partner with local organizations that act as host-site partners to facilitate this volunteerism and connect those who want to come together to make a positive difference in the health of our lakes. Host site partners include Dane County Parks, City of Madison Parks, City of Middleton, Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Holy Wisdom Monastery, UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve, and the UW-Madison Arboretum.

2023 accomplishments

In 2023, we worked with 23 businesses and organizations at more than a dozen different project locations around the Yahara chain of lakes. Projects included: 

  • Beach and litter cleanups at Olbrich Park, Vilas Park, and San Damiano 
  • Native pollinator planting at Warner Park 
  • Seed collections at Holy Wisdom Monastery, Lake Farm County Park, Pheasant Branch Conservancy, and Badger Prairie County Park 
  • Invasive species removal at the UW-Madison Arboretum, UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve, Warner Park, Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Cherokee Marsh, and Marshall Park 

Clean Lakes Alliance is always working to make our lakes the center of our community, and these volunteer events can have far-reaching benefits for the health and wellness of both our lakes and the people that live, work, and play around them. A huge thank you to our volunteers and host site partners for their dedication to our lakes and being a part of our Volunteer Day program! 

For individual volunteer opportunities, please see our general volunteering page

CG Schmidt Volunteer Day

How to sign up

We kindly request that all participating businesses, organizations, and municipalities become donating Lake Partners. 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 Engagement Specialist, Caitlin McAleavey, to learn more about participating in a Volunteer Day.

Lands' End Volunteer Day at Pheasant Branch Conservancy, August 2023
Lands’ End Volunteer Day at Pheasant Branch Conservancy in August 2023

Thank you to our 2023 participants and host-site partners!

Participating businesses and organizations: Alliant Energy Foundation, American Family Insurance, American Transmission Company, Baker Tilly US, CG Schmidt, Destination Madison, Edgewater Resources, Exact Sciences, Greater Madison Area Postal Customer Council, Heartland Credit Union, Hovde Foundation, Hydrite Chemical Company, Illumina Inc., Johnson Financial Group, Lake Ridge Bank, Lands’ End, Leidos, National Guardian Life Insurance Company, Perkins Coie LLP, Shive-Hattery Inc., Sprinkman Real Estate, Yahara Software, and many other volunteers!

Participating host-site partners: Dane County Parks, City of Madison Parks, City of Middleton, Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Holy Wisdom Monastery, UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve, UW-Madison Arboretum, Monona Parks Department, and Wild Warner.

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