News from the Park

Message from Nancy

Hi Friends,

(Don’t stop reading if you aren’t on Facebook!). Are you a Facebook user? Would you get the word out on Facebook about our upcoming events by doing two steps?  Go to the Friends Facebook page Friends of Harrington Beach State Park, like 👍 the events, then share them to your own timeline. Three events have been posted recently; March 24 Board meeting, April 28 Annual Meeting and Work Earth Play Day on April 25th.  

If you are NOT a Facebook user, when you talk about your awesome hike accompanied by our deer friends and the scenic views of Lake Michigan at Harrington Beach, be sure your friends and family know about the Friends; a non-profit group of volunteers who provide fun, funds and a future for our park.  AND the funds benefit Harrington Beach exclusively.

Think about how you learned about the Friends. I heard through a neighbor 11 years ago. Yes, word-of-mouth works best!  As friendships developed through Friends activities and meetings, along with 3 seasons employed in the office, I fell in love with Harrington Beach all the more.  

Statewide, many Friends groups are comprised of retirement-aged folks with the time, passion and focus to dedicate to volunteer pursuits.  It’s a great place to be in life.  Inevitably, time marches on to bring health challenges, life changes and moves.  All this to let you know that Harrington Beach Friend’s board has upcoming board vacancies.  If you are the least bit curious about being a part of a non-profit board, join us at our regularly scheduled board meeting on March 24th at 6pm at the Park Office.  No strings attached, no obligation, no pressure.  You are welcome to just observe. 

Thanks to all our Friends and especially my fellow board members as I say "see you later” in April.  The past three years as President has been rewarding as we have built community, worked in the dirt, faced challenges and stuck together to benefit our lovely park, Harrington Beach!

See you around the park!


Upcoming Fall Events!

HH Facebook 1200X900With autumn in full swing, look what the Friends have coming up this Saturday!  Don’t forget that pets are welcome but not in the shelter unless they are a service dog.  (A tip: put glowing lights collar on them for visibility. Keep them on a leash not longer than 6ft.)

Check back often for cancellation due to wet, soggy conditions. We don’t anticipate this but with rain coming Thursday through Saturday, we want you to be prepared. See you at the park!

Fall Harvest Hike

October 12, 2019 • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for food, music and a hike around the park. The Friends will offer soups, chili, hot dogs and dessert treats as well as hot beverages at the Ansay Welcome Center. Some Assembly Required acoustic folk band will be joining us to provide an evening of fun, fantastic music from 6:30 until 8:30pm. All vehicles required to purchase an admittance fee to enter the park. Alternate parking provided at the upper Puckett's Pond lot. Don't forget your flashlights!

Observatory Viewing

October 12, 2019 • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join the Northern Cross Science Foundation for an evening of star gazing. The Plunket's Observatory holds the 20" Panarusky telescope and is located by Puckett's Pond shelter.


Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Park THANK YOU!

THANK YOU to all our faithful volunteers who worked hard to provide a fun and delicious breakfast for our visitors and campers!  Last Sunday was a stellar weather day.  The Friends served about 300 people for breakfast, made several grocery runs to replenish pancakes and sausage, and raised over $600 in donations for Harrington Beach State Park.  

Those donations provide some of the following items: future plans to build a playground, purchase of program materials, donation for a half time naturalist educator.  Need I go on?  

A big shout out to Heritage Printing of Port Washington, Kim and Diane Keller, who donated the Pancake Breakfast sign we can use every year!   Port Washington Bank has been a valuable partner with Friends of HBSP through the years. Thank you, Mark Schowalter!

The Friends was established over 30 years ago.  Through the years, we have received many donations to help support our non-profit organization.  If I were to start to list them, I would embarrass myself by leaving someone out.  So know that you are appreciated and take this big THANK YOU to encourage you to continue your volunteer service.

THANK YOU!   Gracias! Merci! Grazie!Arigato! Danke!

Volunteer Opportunities Update

Summer is finally here in Wisconsin!  How are you spending your time outside of work and home?  Harrington Beach State Park has so many programs to offer family fun, education about our natural resources AND opportunities for you to join the efforts to help out at Harrington.  I've put updates to these volunteer opportunities in italics.

Kite Making Event: This has been scheduled for Saturday, August 3rd from 10am to 12pm. Call Phyllis at the park office - 262-285-3015 if you can help with this event.  Phyllis's description of the event:Kites come in many shapes and sizes. See how a stunt kite flies and create your own kite to fly at the beach or at home. Check in at the office to confirm the program location.Check on our events calendar often for updates and new programs.

Concessions Manager and Volunteer Coordinator: Still waiting on the right person to step up.  This year we would love to open our concessions located at the Ansay Welcome Center.  But without a manager, we can't.  Are you up for a challenge of getting volunteers together, ordering supplies, working a few hours yourself?  Please contact Nancy through our email - .

Soda Machine Stocker and Ordering:  THANKS to new Friends member and volunteer Becky Hall for offering to help Neil with the soda machines this summer!

Wood Transport Crew: Wood Transport Crew needs several more volunteers. Contact us through our Facebook page - Friends of Harrington or our email   

This crew manages a labor of love to transport the wood culled from downed trees and seasoned through the winter from the maintenance shed off of County Rd D to the firewood shed by the Visitor Center.  We sell a lot of wood to campers and day visitors during May through October.  The profits from park wood is money that stays at Harrington Beach State Park. Last year our profits topped $14, 000.  BUT we need willing volunteers and strong backs. Park equipment is available to transport the wood.  

There are many other volunteer needs.  To ask what the park staff needs most, call the office at 262-285-3015.  Thanks and see you at the park!