Several things are new at our Fall Harvest Hike at Harrington Beach State Park! First and foremost is the date. On Saturday, September 29th from 6pm until 9pm we'll light the tiki torches, open the Ansay Welcome Center, offer free (donations always accepted) chili/soup supper AND music. Tuesday Afternoon, a local, instrumental, high-energy Celtic band will entertain us from 7-8:30pm.
Your smiling face could also be new! Come and simply enjoy an evening at Harrington and/or join our dedicated group of volunteers to help out with one of the following:
If you are interested in any of the areas listed, email us at ,> call the park office at 262-285-3015 or connect with us on our Facebook page, Friends of Harrington.
Did you know that the Friends Board is made up of 8 awesome people who do the lion's share of work to put on the hikes? Did you know that our monthly board meetings held on the 4th Thursday evening of the month are open to the public? Did you know that we are currently seeking additional Board members with the requirement that you are a member of the Friends and love Harrington Beach State Park as much as we do?
Glad to answer your questions! And we'll see you at the hike!
Do you want to keep current with the Harrington Beach State Park naturalist activities and programs? Then click on the events tab on the top home page and check out all our summer events. We also added Northern Cross Science Foundation open Observatory Public Star-Viewing Nights.
In the Park Office Entrance Station kids and kids-at-heart have several choices of self-led activities by borrowing one of four Great Lakes Park packs, Take Smokey Camping pack and Explorer booklets. Doing 5-7 activities in your Explorer booklet earns a free patch. This is a State Park-wide activity if you are visiting other Wisconsin state parks.
Thanks for visiting our Wisconsin State Parks and have a safe, enjoyable summer!
June 28, 2018 - Friends of HB Board Meeting
Call to Order at 7pm at Welcome Center
Park Manager Report - Ken Severn
Treasurer Report - Jim Schmit
Secretary Report - Elaine Stecker-Kochanski
President Report - Nancy Hise
Past Events - Pancake Breakfast, Dutch Oven, Treasures of OZ (Elaine N), Pollinator Program (Phyllis McKenzie)
Up-coming Events - Music in the Park (band Tuesday Afternoon - Nancy), Purple Martin Program (Dave Shaw), other unschedule programs through Phyllis
Fall Harvest Hike:
In August: Advanced flyers and publication of Fall Hike on September 29, confirm String Along String Band
Old Business - Friends Merchandise Pricing and display - All
New Business - Woodshed filling report and future needs - Nancy
Part Time Naturalist - Elaine S-K
Need Pins/Medallion reorder - Bristol - Nancy has info
Need camp site pictures soon/photographer
Friends annual program $$ to the park - clarification of “annual” vs carry over the amount left over in December
Next meeting - Thursday, July 26 @ 7pm in Ansay Welcome Center
Please enter your volunteer hours - link can be found on our website www.friendsofharrington.org
Camping season is here as we open the camp ground TODAY! You will notice hundreds of blue tubes supporting our newest trees. When you spend time at your site, water the new trees. They are burr oak trees which could also be a learning moment for you and your family as you gather facts about these trees. What a fun family together-time.
When you take a walk, visit the beach or circle the campgrounds, take a sack with you and pick up trash. We don't provide trash containers throughout the park as part of a carry-in, carry-out policy in our state parks. Unfortunately, trash can build up on our beaches and trails. Another activity that benefits everyone.
Are you part of or do you lead a civic organization that is looking for a summer project? The Friends are looking for someone with organizational and networking abilities to volunteer to manage our concessions. Concessions is open on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Contact us through our email, or leave a message for us at the park office (262) 285-3015.
Free admittance weekend for Wisconsin State Parks is coming up June 2 & 3. A free fishing clinic will be held on Saturday. Sunday, June 3rd is our annual free pancake breakfast in the park from 8am until noon. For these events and more, check this website and our Facebook page often. Summer programs for visitors is in the works!
See you in the park! And have a safe and fun summer!