Welcome to everyone that we met at events this summer! We're looking forward to a fun and productive fall.
Please mark your calendars for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 7th at the Goodman Community Center's Brassworks building. Come meet your neighbors, watch a presentation about what we did this year, what's new on the creek (including NEW access points), elect new board members, and talk to us about your ideas.
The event is also a social gathering, with snacks and a chance to meet other people who care about the creek. We're stronger together, so we hope you can come! Children welcome.
We have lots of other EXCITING events coming up so please read on...
Find us outdoors (and in)
The Friends of Starkweather Creek hold events around the creek year round, which are open to the general public. For paddling events, we provide canoes, paddles, life jackets and basic instruction. We hope you can join us!
Leaf-free Streets Kickoff
Sunday, September 29th, 11:45 a.m.
Meet at Trinity Lutheran Church
Join Clean Lakes Alliance, SASY, and FSC to canvas the neighborhood for leaf-free streets. Bags provided. Call Heather at 608-571-7598 for more information
Music Makes a Difference presents The Black Lillies // Wes Urbaniak
The Winnebago, 2262 Winnebago St.
7 p.m. doors & 8 p.m. music, October 5th
Concert benefitting the Friends of Starkweather Creek (Tickets $12 / $15)
Fall Color Paddle with Carl
Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m.
Starkweather Creek boat launch, 3402 Atwood Ave Paddle the creek (canoes, paddles, and lifejackets provided) during peak fall color with Friends of Starkweather Creek board member Carl.
Bird & Nature Outing - Native Plant Workshop with Jeff
Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m.
Meet at the Carpenter-Ridgeway kiosk, at the end of Melvin Ct.
Attendees will be provided with materials and guided in collecting native plant seeds to create and take home a DIY "mini-greenhouse" (FREE), with FSC board member Jeff.
Bird & Nature Outing - Fall Adventure with Theresa
Saturday, November 16th, 10 a.m.
Starkweather Creek boat launch, 3402 Atwood Ave
For the cold-weather enthusiasts - dress warmly and meet for a late-fall paddle or walk, weather-depending, and hot cocoa to follow! Wear warm socks and shoes... if the weather (and water) cooperates, we hope to take a short paddle up the east branch.
Bird & Nature Outing - Shortest Day Walk
Saturday, December 21st, 10 a.m.
Let go of the challenges of the last year and welcome the new year as the sun starts to return.
Advocate for the creek with city and county officials
Lead free canoe, bike, and walking tours all year long
Work with Goodman Community Center and Madison Friends of Urban Nature (FUN) to get people out on the creek
Volunteer as creek water quality monitors for the Wisconsin DNR
Provide a place for community members to share their concerns and plan projects around the creek
Work with experts on projects to promote a healthy creek ecosystem
Work to keep creek navigable using low-impact techniques
Share news about the creek via our regular email newsletter, the Trickle
Feel free to join us at our monthly board meetings and learn more about us and our activities, or share your ideas. All are welcome. We meet at the Goodman Community Center, Ironworks building mezzanine, from 7-9 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.
Do you value what we do for the creek? Please consider joining us as a member at one of the following annual donation levels. Because we are a volunteer-run group, your support goes a long way.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting our work to revitalize Starkweather Creek by participating in our canoe tours and creek cleanups, by lending your expertise, and, especially, with your membership.
If you have not yet had a chance, please take a moment now to renew your membership and consider making a donation to help us continue our work.
Please make checks out to Friends of Starkweather Creek and mail to Friends of Starkweather Creek, Post Office Box 8442, Madison, WI 53708-8442 or contribute via our webpage athttps://starkweatherfriends.org/membership/.