I am sitting in my home on this early March morning listening to the birds outside. So much noise and a sure sign the winter is coming to an end and spring will soon be here. How exciting to have a state park filled with so much beauty this close to my home. I think I will write this recap of our February meeting quickly as a nice walk in the park is on my mind!
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. What is on the agenda? We will be updating you on the cabin project, giving you the opportunity to volunteer for activities that are of interest to you and voting for board members. I think the last item is most important. Our board is made up of people with a desire to do what is best for Harrington Beach State Park and its visitors. Are you one of those people? Please leave your name and number at (262) 285-3015 so we can get together and discuss your desire.
Annual Volunteer Day: I don’t think there is anything more fun that working together with others on something you truly care about. A work day from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday April 27 is planned to plant new hiking trail signs and trees among other property improvement projects. A lunch will be provided to volunteers. Please call Ranger Andrew Krueger at the park office at 262-285-3015 if you plan to work so he will have an accurate count for lunch.
Pancake Breakfast: The annual breakfast in the park will be held on Sunday June 2, 2013. This is also Open House day at the park so a park sticker will not be required to enter the park. Come enjoy pancakes, sausage, apple sauce, coffee and milk. This event is a fundraiser for the accessible cabin.
Treasures of Oz: This year the Quarry at Harrington Beach State Park will be one of the selected stops for the Treasures of Oz event. This will be on June 15, 2013. This will be a day you can enter the park without a state park sticker.
Summer Events: Keep an eye out for this section. Robin Miller has been working on making plans for our summer interpretive programs. I am looking forward to seeing and sharing the schedule with you! I will give you a hint, a request was made to the board for a Monarch Butterfly program. My thought is you will soon hear more!
Financial Update: We currently have $78,539 on deposit. Of this, $56,420 is reserved for the cabin project. With the $20,000 grant we have $76,420 for the construction project and should soon hear back on our request for another $20,000 grant.
Our next scheduled board meeting is March 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center. Our meetings are open so we hope to see you there!
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!
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.
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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!