Samantha Haas is a writer and photographer with a background in journalism and nonprofit communications. She is a marketing and community outreach specialist with Mad City Dream Homes, which led her to getting involved with the Foundation for Dane County Parks as newsletter editor and blog writer and photographer. In her free time she enjoys biking, hiking, birdwatching, and exploring new places -- especially in our beautiful Dane County Parks!

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Samantha Haas


Foundation Supporter Spotlight: Neil Heinen

Neil Heinen, who recently retired from WISC-TV and Madison Magazine as editorial director, has highlighted the Foundation many times in his work over the years, and he shares with us why he continues to support the parks.


Foundation Supporter Spotlight: The Erdmans

Foundation supporters Dan and Natalie Erdman enjoy exploring Dane County Parks and seeing the transformation in nearby Pheasant Branch Conservancy thanks to the support of volunteers.


Thank you for celebrating Bill Lunney’s conservation legacy

Bill Lunney retired in 2019 after several decades of service to the Parks Commission and conservation leadership.


Volunteer Networking Summit celebrates ‘golden age of parks’

Approximately 60 Dane County Parks staff, Foundation for Dane County Parks members, and Park Friends and Partners group members attended the Dane County Parks Volunteer Networking Summit on March 7, 2020, at Lussier Family Heritage Center.


Foundation Supporter Spotlight: Gary Werner and Melanie Lord

Gary Werner and Melanie Lord have been active volunteers in the county parks for many years, and enjoy the connections to people and the parks system that volunteering creates.


Friends groups collaborate with Ho-Chunk Nation on park projects

Friends groups at McCarthy Park and Capital Springs Recreation Area have collaborated with the Ho-Chunk Nation on various educational and interpretive projects in the parks.