Friends of Harrington Beach

Fall Harvest Hike Announcement

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:

  • Set up tiki torches, 4 people needed for a total of 4 hours prior to the event and 1 hour after
  • Greet our visitors and give directions and answer questions - need 3 people
  • Help serve chili or refresh the serving line items - need 4 people
  • Parking and traffic attendants - 3 people under Park Staff supervision
  • Shuttle rider after dark -  1 person to assist the shuttle driver with on/off traffic
  • Band runner - 1 person to assist music band set up and take down
  • Donate dessert items - 3 people to supply 2 dozen cookies or bars

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!

Events for July through October Updated

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.  

So join us for one or all of our park programs this summer.  If you have suggestions about future program topics or areas of interest, please contact the park office at 262-285-3015 or email the .

Thanks for visiting our Wisconsin State Parks and have a safe, enjoyable summer!

Friends Board Meeting Agenda, June 28th @ 7pm at Harrington Beach Welcome Center

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

Adjourn

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 

It's Camping Season at Harrington Beach

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!

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Upcoming Events

27 Sep
Friends Board Meeting
09/27/2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Office/Entry Station location - open to members and interested public.
28 Sep
Public Star-Viewing Night
09/28/2018 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Meet at the Observatory east of Puckett's Pond Shelter
29 Sep
Fall Harvest Hike
09/29/2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Details for our fall hike will be coming in a future update. Please note the change of weekends from October hike to September!
29 Sep
Public Star-Viewing Night
09/29/2018 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Meet at the Observatory east of Puckett's Pond Shelter
12 Oct
Public Star-Viewing Night
10/12/2018 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Meet at the Observatory east of Puckett's Pond Shelter