Friends of Harrington Beach

Introducting Robin Miller

Introducing Robin Miller - Ranger at Harrington Beach State Park

Robin Miller is the newest member of Harrington Beach State Park hired in September 2012.  She graduated Concordia University with a BA in Criminal Justice.  Her primary interest at Harrington is to promote educational interpretive programming highlighting unique features of the park.  She will also be an active law enforcement ranger this summer. 

Her passion to provide educational programming in 2013 will focus on a capture, tag and release program that tracks the movements of Monarch butterflies.  She is already working to schedule experts to teach park visitors and campers about Wildlife, Stonehaven Quarry History and many other popular programs held in the past. 

The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park welcome Robin and encourage you to stop in the office and get to know the newest member of the park staff. 

In the future we will highlight members of the staff giving you an opportunity to know more about the people that make your park an engaging and fun place to visit!

February 2, 2013 Candlelight/Ski Hike

Snowfall today just for the hike this Saturday!!!  Please join us at Harrington Beach State Park Welcome Center!!!

Candlelight Ski/Hike:  Join us Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Ansay Welcome Center for an evening of skiing and hiking along trails lit by hundreds of tiki torches. The 2-mile long skiing trail will be groomed according to snow conditions and the 1.25-mile long trail around Quarry Lake will be available for hiking.  After an evening of crisp winter air, warm up next to the fieldstone fireplace while sipping a warm beverage in the Welcome Center.  Northern Cross Foundation will be out with telescopes if the sky is clear. Well worth a stop at Puckett's Pond! Don't forget to stop in the Welcome Center for a bowl of chili, cup of hot apple cider or cocoa, hot dog and great homemade bars and cookies!!! (The chili/hot dogs are available for a small charge.  Beverages and dessert are free.)  This event will be held regardless of snow conditions. Please, no pets or sleds on the trails.  A daily park entry fee for $7 or annual pass for $25 is required to enter the park.

January 2013 Monthly Updates

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Staff/Volunteer Party:  Invitations are going out for the annual Staff/Volunteer Party.  DATE HAS CHANGED TO JANUARY 19, 2013.  FORMAT HAS ALSO CHANGED AS DINNER WILL BE PROVIDED, NOT A POT LUCK! This year we will be doing a Murder Mystery dinner.  Sorry but this one is invitation only.  Do you want to be invited to the 2014 party?  There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and be added to the invite list for next year.  Be sure to check out joining the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park by opening the Membership Form on the Home or About tab. 

February Candlelight Ski/Hike:  Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Like the January hike, come enjoy a quiet walk around the quarry and the trail lit by Tiki torches.  Stop in the Welcome Center!  The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park will have free coffee, apple cider and cocoa to drink along with bars and cookies.  There will also be chili and hot dogs for sale.  The Northern Cross Science Foundation will have the telescopes up for night viewing at Pucketts Pond if the skies are clear.  If the skies are overcast, members of Northern Cross will be there to answer all your astronomy questions.  If you would like to help, please call Ronnie Morgan at 262-285-3803.  Some volunteer opportunities include:

·   Setup Tiki torches (done late morning or early afternoon)

·   Takedown Tiki torches following the event

·   Bake bars or cookies to be served at the event

·   Serve food

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Annual Meeting:  The annual meeting will be held on April 25, 2013.  Sign in and dinner at 6:30 p.m. with the business meeting at 7 p.m.  

Packer Party/Fundraiser:  Thank you to all who volunteered, donated and/or attended the Packer Party we held December 2, 2012 at the Belgium Community Center.  We raised over $2,000 for our Accessible Cabin.

Treasures of Oz:  Each year Treasures of Oz showcases several unique "treasure sites" in the county, using an open-house format with docents and exhibits at each location. The event is free and open to the public. The event's purpose to engage people in learning about the natural gems of the area and encouraging them to fall in love with Ozaukee's natural resources.
Quarry Lake will be one of the featured sites for the event on Saturday, June 15th, 2013. The Friends of Harrington Beach will be providing history and stories about this wonderful place. Other treasure opportunities this year include the Cedarburg Bog Field Station's boardwalk, Blue Heron Wildlife Preserve, and five more, some never opened to the public before 2013.

Treasures of Oz's website is an adventure in itself. Under "treasures" is not only a listing of all of Ozaukee's parks and preserves, but maps to get there, photos and more. You can find outdoor activities listed by types, or by locations under "recreation." There are water trails as well as hiking trails mapped out. There are links to and information on all of the environmental organizations and recreational opportunities in the county as well as a full calendar of events. The photo galleries are outstanding. Go explore the site at www.treasuresofoz.org.

Financial Update:  Speaking of the cabin, we now have $75,000 in donations and grants for the construction of the cabin.  We are waiting to hear on a grant application submitted in November and continue to fund raise.  If you would like to give toward this project we have made it easy for you.  Just click on the “Donate” button on our website.  We are a nonprofit organization.

Our next scheduled board meeting is February 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center.   Our meetings are open to membership at large so we hope to see you there!

January 2013 Event Updates

Candlelight Ski/Hike:  Join us Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Ansay Welcome Center for an evening of skiing and hiking along trails lit by hundreds of tiki torches. The 2-mile long skiing trail will be groomed according to snow conditions and the 1.25-mile long trail around Quarry Lake will be available for hiking.  After an evening of crisp winter air, warm up next to the fieldstone fireplace while sipping a warm beverage in the Welcome Center.  Northern Cross Foundation will be out with telescopes if the sky is clear. Well worth a stop at Puckett's Pond! Don't forget to stop in the Welcome Center for a bowl of chili, cup of hot apple cider or cocoa, hot dog and great homemade bars and cookies!!! (The chili/hot dogs are available for a small charge.  Beverages and dessert are free.)  This event will be held regardless of snow conditions. Please, no pets or sleds on the trails.  A daily park entry fee for $7 or annual pass for $25 is required to enter the park.

Date Change: Saturday, January 19, 2013 will be the annual staff and volunteer appreciation dinner.  It will be held at the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center.  More details will soon follow! Friend's Members, you won't want to miss this unique gathering! 

Financial Update:  We continue to actively fundraise for the accessible cabin.  We have applied for a second $20,000 Knowles-Nelson Grant and have recently received a couple of generous donations.  It is exciting to see us getting closer to our goal while continuing to provide other services to the park.

Board Meeting:  Board meetings are normally held on the 4th Thursday of each month.  Due to the holidays we do not hold them in November and December.  Our next scheduled board meeting is Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center.   We will resume our 4th Thursday of the month starting February 28, 2013.  Our meetings are open to the membership so we hope to see you there!

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