News from the Park

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!

Volunteer Opportunities Ahead

We have a small crew of faithful volunteers.  They would like to share the workload with you with a variety of volunteer opportunities.  

An immediate response is needed on the first one.  Phyllis, our new Naturalist Educator and the face you see first at the Visitor Center has this opportunity for you.  

FROM PHYLLIS: I'm reaching out to you to see if any of you would be interested and available to help with a kite making and flying program this summer. I have a friend who flies a stunt kite. She's also a naturalist and educator. She'd love to help with a program, so I am looking for extra hands to help kids make kites that they can then fly on the beach or elsewhere in the park.

The dates we're considering are Saturday, June 8th, or Saturday, August 3rd. I know that kite-making programs can be a big draw, so I'm looking for helpers. I'll settle on a date once I see how much help I can get. Please let me know in the next few days if you're up for helping or if you know of others who might lend a hand!  Call Phyllis at the park office - 262-285-3015.

 

Concessions Manager and Volunteer Coordinator:  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: Our faithful friend, Neil is looking for someone to help with soda machine stocking, ordering and cash collection.  He typically opens and stocks the machines by the Welcome Center, Office and Campgrounds prior to the start of May 1st camping season.  He is willing to show you the ropes.  Contact us asap through our email if you want to find out more about this volunteer opportunity -

Wood Transport Crew: 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.  All that is required is for you to watch a short video for equipment safety.  Park equipment is available to transport the wood.  Many hands make light work, so contact us today and we'll put your name on a list for future volunteer opportunities.

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!

Spring Comes to Harrington Beach SP

Today I saw a robin out in the yard.  Not one robin but a big flock were in the empty lot by my yard.  Spring is here when the robins come north. And the geese are making their way back.

Coming up is our annual dinner/business meeting on Thursday, April 25th.  The Friends will provide dinner at 6PM and the business meeting starts at 6:30PM.  Invitations are going out soon with more details. This meeting is open to the public and members are encouraged to attend. We will be taking nominations for officers of the board ahead of the meeting by contacting us through our email at . If you have questions about the requirements for board members, call Nancy Hise at 920-915-1595 or send us an email.  

Check back often for updates on our upcoming programming and events at the park. Or check out our FaceBook page. Friends of Harrington

Enjoy the robins and warmer temps!  See you at the park.