Friends of Harrington Beach

Summertime in the Park

Can you believe it's the middle of June?  Camping, swimming, beach-sitting, picnicking, family and friend gathering, fishing, photo taking - the list of activities is endless.  Have you checked out the Events tab to keep current on activities offered at Harrington Beach?

Have you purchased your park entry sticker to ALL Wisconsin state parks?  

Do you know why the Friends concession stand remains closed this year?  We are in need of a volunteer manager.  Contact  for more details.

Our Facebook page gives you up-to-date news of our activities plus valuable, interesting links to related activities.  This Saturday, June 17 is Treasures of OZ Eco-Tour of Ozaukee county.  Harrington Beach State Park is included as a tour site.  Organizations like Treasures of OZ inform and expand your knowledge and interest in Ozaukee County's natural features.

Another organization we feature is Northern Cross Science Foundation.  This organization is the group behind our fantastic observatory located within Harrington Beach.  Look closer at the "shed" by Puckett's Pond because it is an observatory in disguise.  NCSF schedule of events at Harrington are on the Events tab.  Or for their full schedule, go to

Every 4th Thursday of the month, the Friends board meets to plot a course for future activities and discuss park needs with manager Ken Severn.  We have several projects in discussion for the future.  But these projects takes hands, feet and heads.  Do you have time to attend our hour-long meeting once a month that is open to the public?  Are you interested in becoming a Friend member?  Do you have talents and interests that would add value as a volunteer to our non-profit organization?  Then we want to hear from you!  Call the park office at 262-285-3015 with your contact information or email us at . 

Contact us through our Facebook page Friends of Harrington.  

Have a fun and safe summer!

2017 Annual Meeting Minutes


Friends of Harrington Beach SP Annual Meeting ~ April 27, 2017

Welcome - Dinner at 6:00pm

Call to Order: President, Tara Kos called the meeting to order after a catered meal from Bernies Meats in Port Washington generously donated by Bob Burant. Kos’s provided the owl cake!

Roll Call: 27 people were in attendance; 20 members (4 absentee ballots); out of 53 total members. 38% of our membership was present to vote.

Review of 2016 Annual Meeting Minutes: Diane Keller made a motion to accept the April 2016 minutes, Glenn Weichman seconded and all approved. No discussion

Financial Report: Jim Schmit, Treasurer, handed out the past year financial report. We carry a balance of $27,415.08. The accessible cabin is paid in full and is property of the DNR. The Friends per DNR requirements carry a $3,000 cabin maintenance fund. Firewood continues to be the biggest percentage of our revenue. Neil Kraemer made a motion to accept the treasurers report for fiscal April 2016 through April 2017. Elaine Nulph seconded the motion and all approved.

Election of Officers: Open positions for President, Vice-President, Secretary and open board membership was published in the annual meeting invitations. Tara Kos stepped down from the president. Nancy Hise was nominated for a 2 year term as President, Elaine Stecker-Kochanski moved to Secretary. Vice-President is open. David Shaw was nominated to board member. There were no nominations from the floor. Voting was done for these nominations all at once and passed.

Volunteer Recognition: Tara recognized all the volunteers present including staff. Stan Schielke, Head Maintenance, was recognized upon his retirement in May. Many hours and hands are needed to support the efforts at Harrington. The accessible cabin donors plaque is in progress.

Upcoming Programs: Ranger Robin Miller reported that several programs coming up will need volunteers including the Work/Play/Earth/Day on April 29, Pancake Breakfast on June 3, Sandcastles on July 1st, Kite Flying on July 8th and Monarch Butterfly event on September 2nd.

Park Report: In Ken Severn’s absence, Carolyn Morgen, Superintendent, reported that volunteerism is alive and well at both Kohler-Andrae and Harrington. Without volunteers, the parks would be struggling to offer programs and facility/grounds maintenance. She thanked each and everyone who volunteers at Harrington.

Owl Talk: Because of wet, cold weather we were unable to follow Ranger Robin on an owl hike in the park. She presented some facts and some different owl hoots that we may hear in the park around dusk.

Adjorn: Bob Burant made a motion to adjourn and Diane Keller seconded. Next regular board meeting is May 25th in the Welcome Center at 7pm.


April Events at the Park


Our annual Friends meeting is open to all.  RSVP required to or call Nancy Hise at 920-915-1595 by April 20th.  A catered meal by Bernie Meats of Port Washington is planned.  We will eat at 6pm with the business meeting starting at 6:30pm.  After the meeting, Ranger Robin Miller has agreed to lead an owl walk in the park.


Saturday, April 29th is Harrington's Earth/Work/Play day (Arbor Day) starting at 9am.  Even though there is no plan to plant trees this year, we will be making up for that next year.  This year is all hands on deck to clear brush and debris and pick up trash.  The Friends will be providing a hot dog lunch at the Ansay Welcome Center at noon.  To provide the Friends with a lunch count, please call the park office at 262-285-3015 to register and ask questions about the work day.  

Remember, the next Wednesday, May 3rd is the start of first-come, first serve camping.  We need every able body to help with completing the campground cleanup.  See you in the park!!

February Friends Happenings



FEBRUARY VALENTINES HIKE:  Better late than not, I say.  Tomorrow, Saturday, February 11th the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park are hosting a Valentine’s Hike in the Park.*  The Ansay Welcome Center will be open from 10am until 2pm.  We are serving up hotdogs, chips, hot beverages and special treats for all Valentines in your life.  Guess how many candies are in the jar and win a certificate for a Friends t-shirt.  The Shuttle road condition is clear of ice to the left hand side but patches around Quarry Lake trail may be icy.

              *Vehicle entry fee is required for admittance to the park.


ANNUAL BOARD MEETING, April 27:  Not just your ordinary business meeting!  We are celebrating volunteerism at Harrington Beach and offering a free catered meal. Hear from folks who have been involved in satisfying work projects, park partnership projects and plans, and just plain social fun for all ages and stages.  We have several opportunities for you to serve on the Friends Board.  We fill board vacancies from nominations from our membership prior to the annual meeting.  Would you like to be a member of the Friends?  Check out our membership brochure on the home page.  For as little as $25 per year per individual, you receive many benefits as well as opportunities to support the programs, projects and purpose of Harrington Beach State Park.


CONNECTION:  There are many ways you can connect with the Friends.  This website, our Facebook page - Friends of Harrington, monthly board meetings open to the public on the 4th Thursday of the month and emails.  At the February hike, give us your contact information and a Friends member will be available to answer questions you have about the Friends non-profit organization.  We’d love to hear from you!


See you in the park!

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Upcoming Events

5 Jan
Winter Ski/Hike
01/05/2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
January Ski/Hike with the Welcome Center open to serve hot dogs, chips, desserts and hot beverages.
24 Jan
Friends Board Meeting
01/24/2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Open to the public monthly board meeting. Meet at the Entrance Station/Visitor Center
9 Feb
Valentine Ski/Hike
02/09/2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
February Ski/Hike with the Welcome Center open to serve hot dogs, chips, desserts and hot beverages.
28 Feb
Friends Board Meeting
02/28/2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Open to the public monthly board meeting. Meet at the Entrance Station/Visitor Center
28 Mar
Friends Board Meeting
03/28/2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Open to the public monthly board meeting. Meet at the Entrance Station/Visitor Center