2016 Calendar of Events

Friends of Starkweather Creek
2016 Calendar of Events

CONTACT US at info@starkweatherfriends.org if you want to volunteer to help at our listed events or if you’d like to lead a bike/hike/canoe tour. 


11th:    Tree Walk led by Sean Gere. 10:00 am. Walking Tour of Starkweather Creek led by certified arborist Sean Gere of Gere Tree Care. Meet at Olbrich Park near the beach.

15th:  Goodman Summer Camp begins (featuring tours of the creek for the campers)

19th: Solstice Bonfire.  5:00 – 10:00 pm.  Friends of Starkweather Creek and the Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara Neighborhood Association are going back to basics with the 14th annual Starkweather Summer Solstice Celebration on Sunday, June 19th from 5 – 10 pm. This free event, held below the sledding hill at Olbrich Park on Lake Monona, features free canoe rides starting at 5 pm, music, drumming, singing, and dancing all finishing with a bonfire lighting before dusk. Bring thoughts to forget and lose in the fire ash and wishes to ascend with the smoke as we celebrate the beginning of Summer. For information: madsolstice dot org or 608-251-1893.

21st:  Board Meeting, 7-8 pm, Goodman Center

28th:  Earth Partnership for Schools tour of Starkweather Creek

FSC Board Activities:  Creek Monitoring, Watershed Wanderers Camp in partnership with Goodman Center


19th:  Board Meeting, 7-8 pm, Goodman Center

30-31:  Table at Atwood Fest.  Learn more about Starkweather Creek at our table.  VOLUNTEERS TO BE AT THE TABLE ARE NEEDED.  To volunteer, send us a message at info@starkweatherfriends.org

FSC Board Activities:  Creek Monitoring, Watershed Wanderers Camp in partnership with Goodman Center


16th:  Board Meeting, 7-8 pm, Goodman Center

TBD:  Bike Tour

FSC Board Activities:  Creek Monitoring



20th:  Board Meeting, 7-8 pm, Goodman Center

TBD: Canoe Tour

FSC Board Activities:  Creek Monitoring



Annual Meeting:  TBD


18th:  Board Meeting, 7-8 pm, Goodman Center

FSC Board Activities:  Creek Monitoring



Dec 21st:  Winter Solstice Celebration at Olbrich Gardens.  Meet at the baseball diamond near the lake for a parade and BONFIRE.

FSC February Agenda

Friends of Starkweather Creek Board

February 16, 2016

7 pm, Goodman Community Center


  1. Water Quality Monitoring – Laura Rozumalski, P.E., President, FreshWater Engineering LLC
  2. Carpenter Ridgeway Neighborhood improvements – Melissa Denman
  3. Budget – Doug Johnson
  4. Outreach – Watershed wanderers update
  5. Quarterly Meeting with City of Madison – agenda items discussion
  6. Voit Property Redevelopment Plan – update and discussion
  7. Trailer & canoe transportation – Dave
  8. Lowell Grounds Rebuild Project – Lance

Next Meeting: March 15: Board Meeting, 7-8 pm, Goodman Center

Our Waters Our Future: Writing Contest

What’s your vision of a positive future for water and people in south-central Wisconsin?


The “Our Waters, Our Future” Writing Contest seeks inspiring short stories that can fuel conversations and actions to ensure healthy waters and vibrant communities for generations to come. The winning story will be published in Madison Magazine. Top finalists will receive other awards. Submit your story by February 1, 2016. The contest is open to all Wisconsin residents and students ages 18 and up.

For complete details, visit wsc.limnology.wisc.edu/writing-contest.

The following organizations have teamed up to tap your creativity: UW-Madison’s Water Sustainability and Climate Project and Center for Limnology, Madison Magazine, Sustain Dane, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. 

Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Membership Meeting Report

Goodman KidsWe welcomed attendees to our annual membership meeting with food from the Willy Street Coop and presentations by the kids from the summer Goodman Camp, and by Paul Noeldner about his bird nature walks in the parks. We also presented about our 2015 activities and thanked the many volunteers that make Friends of Starkweather Creek a vibrant and welcoming group. At our business meeting we re-elected two board members, Dea Larsen Converse and David Pulkowski, and elected one new member, Dane Wudel. We look forward to tackling new challenges in the coming year. Come join us on the creek!

Water Advocacy