Welcome to April, 2021! Each month, the Healthy Parks Healthy You initiative will feature four Dane County Parks on our partners social media pages, so that our community can learn about the many special places that make up the County Parks system. One of the featured parks each month will host a Story Walk that families can read while exploring the park.
If you visit any of the Dane County Parks in April, share a picture from your visit on Facebook (make sure your post audience is set to 'public') by April 30st, using #HealthyParksHealthyYou for a chance to win a gift card!
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Prairie Moraine County Park
Featuring a segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, this 160 acre park provides an excellent opportunity to experience Wisconsin's glacial history. A Scenic overlook shows the moraine, the restored oak savannah & surrounding landscapes. Download the free Geo Tourist all and select Prairie Moraine County Park trail to learn more. Along the trail, find numbered sign posts and enjoy the story about each site. There is also an award-winning 79-acre dog park.
Activities: Dog park* & hiking
Schumacher Farm Park
This 117-acre outdoor museum represents local farm life during the 1920-30's and features a 10-acre prairie restoration, farmstead, and the Center for Rural History.
Story Walk: Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney (available through April 30th)
Festge County Park
This park contains 155 acres of beautifully wooded parkland with hiking trails winding through a mature stand of hickory and oak trees. Other features include two shelters, play equipment and shaded areas for family picnics. A history marker explains the area's glacial geology.
Activities: Scenic overlook & hiking
Nearly 80 acres and offers a mile of loop of hiking trails, and a reservable shelter. The area has been restored from a former Dane County Sheriff shooting range to a managed forest of primarily oak and hickory. The shelter, kiosk, and bathroom were all built from wood harvested on-site.
*Permit required. Dogs are allowed in Dane County Parks but they must have a permit and be leashed.