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Environmental Council
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Donate to Support Environmental Grants

Your contribution to the Dane County Environmental Council supports our grant programs (Community Partners and Capital Equipment grants). These programs help local non-profits get conservation or environmental education projects done in Dane County. Grants have leveraged impressive investments by these organizations in the past - for every $1 awarded, organizations have invested an additional $3.82. In addition, funds for the grant programs stay local. Only Dane County projects/organizations are eligible for funding. While Dane County provides $15,000 annually to the programs, the number of worthy applications now far exceeds the Council’s available funding. Your contribution will allow the Council to fund more small projects that make a big difference. 

Donations can be mailed to Dane County Environmental Council, 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison, WI 53718. Please make checks payable to the Dane County Treasurer and add Environmental Council grants in memo line.

Help Care for a Pollinator Garden

The Dane County Environmental Council has been instrumental in establishing pollinator gardens around the county.  These gardens serve both as a resource for pollinators and as a demonstration of what is possible on commercial or residential property.  You can find pollinator gardens (with signage) at the following locations: 

  • Henry Vilas Zoo (two locations)
  • Dane County Fen Oak Resource Center
  • City of Madison Washington Manor Park
  • Centro Hispano
  • Schumacher Farm Park
  • Village of Cross Plains – Zander Park
  • City of Sun Prairie near public library
  • Lakeview Hill County Park
  • Indian Lake Park
  • Anderson Park
  • Silverwood Park
  • Stewart Lake Park (in wooded location)
  • Prairie Moraine Park
  • McCarthy Youth and Conservation Park

The Environmental Council also supports two native prairies at either end of the Prairie Heritage Trail south of Mt. Horeb.

Be Involved/Attend a Meeting

Consult the Dane County Legislative Information Center for information regarding upcoming Environmental Council Meetings. There is a public comment period included in each agenda, and we welcome public input.

Join the Dane County Environmental Council

If you would like to be considered for membership on the Council, please contact the County Executive’s office or see the Dane County website for the application process.