Upcoming events

    • August 17, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
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    Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail

    ADA Accessible

    Free to PLATO Members and Guests

    Registration Will Open August 1st

    Introducing Walk Leader

    Hans Hilbert is one of the co-presidents of the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy.

    The Walk and Talk

    The walk and talk will focus on the history of the waterway and how it has been changed over the last 75 years by weather events
    and the impact it has made to the Yahara Chain of Lakes.

    We will also hear what the City of Middleton and Dane County are planning to do to reduce the impact of future exceptional storms.

    This will be a 2 1/2 mile walk along the Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail.  The paved, two-lane trail is ADA-accessible and suitable for hiking and biking. Users will find benches along the way. The wide, gently rolling trail will allow us to walk at a comfortable pace with stops for information. 

    COVID-19 Safety Protocols

    We will follow Dane County COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the time of the walk.  By registering for this event, you:

    • Agree to wear a mask if you are unvaccinated.  Fully vaccinated participants do not need to wear masks unless they feel more comfortable doing so.
    • Acknowledge that going on the walk is voluntary and a personal decision. PLATO recommends full compliance with safety standards: masks, social distancing, and handwashing. We are not responsible for enforcing public health orders. 

    Microphone

    Our leaders will have directional microphones to assist in delivering the message clearly as possible.  The microphones have added greatly to the quality of the conversations as we walk and make informational stops along the way.

    Length, Difficulty & Pace of Walk

    A two to three mile walk along a wide paved trail following the creek through gently rolling corridor at a  moderate pace with informational stops.  The walk will take about 2.5 hours.

    On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is very  steep, the trails are rated 2.0.

    Handicap Accessibility?

    The trails are said to be ADA accessible as i winds down the creek corridor and uses hardwood bridges over the water.  Please call Mike at 608 257-9164 to further evaluate the trails.

    Driving and Parking Information

    We will be using the Parmenter Street entrance to the Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail.  There is parking available just north of the trail head in the parking lot of an office building at 2501 Parmenter Street. 

    To find the parking lot at 2501 Parmenter Street, click on Google Maps and enter your beginning location with 2501 Parmenter Street as the ending location.

    Facilities

    There are no bathroom facilities on the walk.

    General Guidance

    PLATO has the right to cancel any event if it is apparent that the activity itself does not comply with the current guidelines.  PLATO can also cancel any activity if there is an increase in COVID cases (or hospitalizations or deaths), which would increase an infection risk for the participants.

    Questions?  Contact trip leader Mike Dilorio at mdiiorio1234@gmail.com












    • September 01, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Dane County parking lot at 10712 Amenda Rd Mazomanie, WI 53560
    • 25
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    Walking Iron Wildlife Area

    Free to PLATO Members and Guests

    Registration Will Open August 17th

    Introducing Dennis Connor, Guide

    Dennis Connor is the Land Manager for a number of County Parks and Wildlife Areas including Indian Lake County Park. 

    The Walk

    The 1255-acre Walking Iron Wildlife Area is a public hunting area located north of Walking Iron County Park and the Village of Mazomanie and south of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. Walking Iron Wildlife Area offers multiple trails through 898 acres of land  hosting waterfowl, deer and turkey.  Lands east of CTH Y are being restored to prairie.   Lands south of Amenda Road are being restored to oak savanna and offer excellent opportunities for deer and turkey viewing.  Cone with us to see a large riverine area before it has implemented the conservation plans.

    This will be a two and 1/2 mile walk along several trails through mostly flat  with some rolling terrain at a  moderate pace with stops for information.

    COVID-19 Safety Protocols

    We will follow Dane County COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the time of the walk.  By registering for this event, you:

    • Agree to wear a mask if you are unvaccinated.  Fully vaccinated participants do not need to wear masks unless they feel more comfortable doing so.
    • Acknowledge that going on the walk is voluntary and a personal decision. PLATO recommends full compliance with safety standards: masks, social distancing, and handwashing. We are not responsible for enforcing public health orders. 

    Microphone

    Our leaders will have directional microphones to assist in delivering the message clearly as possible.  The microphones have added greatly to the quality of the conversations as we walk and make informational stops along the way.

    Length, Difficulty & Pace of Walk

    A two to three mile walk along wide trails recently mowed through mostly flat terrain at a  moderate pace with informational stops.  The walk will take about 2.5 hours,

    On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is very  steep, the trails are rated 1.0.  

    Handicap Accessibility?

    The trails are not handicap accessible.  Please call Mike at 608 257-9164 to further evaluate the trails.

    Driving and Parking Information

    Starting from Madison, take Campus Dr. and University Ave to US-14 West in Middleton.  Continue on US-14W until reaching Mazomanie

    Look for the Dane County Parks sign on the right side of the road.  We will be using parking area located at

    10712 Amenda Rd
    Mazomanie, WI 53560

    To find how to get to10712 Amenda Rd from your location, click on Google Maps and enter your beginning location.

    Portable Toilet

    There are no bathroom facilities on the walk.

    General Guidance

    PLATO has the right to cancel any event if it is apparent that the activity itself does not comply with the current guidelines.  PLATO can also cancel any activity if there is an increase in COVID cases (or hospitalizations or deaths), which would increase an infection risk for the participants.

    Questions?  Contact trip leader Mike Dilorio at mdiiorio1234@gmail.com












    • October 19, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • Aztalan State Park
    • 25
    Registration is closed

    Aztalan State Park

    Free to PLATO Members and Guests

    Registration Will Open  September 28th

      The Walk



      Introducing Dr. Robert Birmingham



      COVID-19 Safety Protocols

      We will follow Dane County COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the time of the walk.  By registering for this event, you:

      • Agree to wear a mask if you are unvaccinated.  Fully vaccinated participants do not need to wear masks unless they feel more comfortable doing so.
      • Acknowledge that going on the walk is voluntary and a personal decision. PLATO recommends full compliance with safety standards: masks, social distancing, and handwashing. We are not responsible for enforcing public health orders. 

      Microphone

      Our leaders will have directional microphones to assist in delivering the message clearly as possible.  The microphones have added greatly to the quality of the conversations as we walk and make informational stops along the way.

      Length, Difficulty & Pace of Walk

      A two to three mile walk along several trails through mixed hilly and flat terrain at a  moderate pace with stops for information.  The walk will take about 2.5 hours, but will depend on the informational stops we make along the way. 

      There will be opportunities to shorten or lengthen the walk, depending on group interests and abilities.

      On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is very  steep, the trails are rated 2.5.  

      Handicap Accessibility?

      The trails are not particularly handicap accessible.  They may be manageable with someone to assist you.  Please call me at 608 257-9164 to further evaluate the trails.

      Driving and Parking Information

      We will meet at Frautschi Point parking lot to start our walk.  There is a new path from the Frautschi Point parking lot that will give us quick access to the Preserve and Picnic Point.  The following directions will guide you to the trail parking lot.


      From University Avenue, take University Bay Drive at light at Farley St., go up the hill, and sharp left at the top of the hill onto continuation of University Bay Drive (Highland Ave. continues straight). Continue down along soccer fields, then take left onto Lake Mendota Drive, across from soccer fields. Turn left onto Lake Mendota Drive, drive about 0.2 miles up hill to where Lake Mendota Drive curves sharply to the left. The Frautschi Point parking area is on the right at the curve.

      Additional parking is available near the University housing, across the road.

      To find how to get to Frautschi Point from your location, click on Google Maps and enter your beginning location with Frautschi Point as the ending location.

      To learn more about Lakeshore Preserve Nature Area, go to the following website:  https://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/visit/places/picnic-point/

      General Guidance

      PLATO has the right to cancel any event if it is apparent that the activity itself does not comply with the current guidelines.  PLATO can also cancel any activity if there is an increase in COVID cases (or hospitalizations or deaths), which would increase an infection risk for the participants.

      Questions?  Contact trip leader Mike Dilorio at mdiiorio1234@












      • October 26, 2021
      • 9:00 AM - 11:30 PM (CDT)
      • Lodi - Springfield Road Entrance
      • 25
      Registration is closed


      Free to PLATO Members and Guests

      Registration Will Open October 12th


      What to expect on the walk:

      • The Eastern Lodi Marsh segment of the Ice Age Trail transitions from a Trail Community to a beautiful ridge top natural area with outstanding restored prairies and stunning views. 
      • A 3.2 mile walk over somewhat challenging hills (rated a 4 on a scale of 1 to 5).  The footing is decent (rated as a 2 on a scale of 1 t0 5).  This walk is one of the more challenging we will be on this Spring and not suitable for using a walker.
      • This segment traverses till-covered ridges of Prairie du Chien dolomite.  While glaciers partially shaped the landscape into drumlin forms, the north-south-trending ridge that the trail follows in its central section is bedrock.  From this segment you will have excellent views of Lodi Marsh, which is in a glacial tunnel channel.  You will also see disturbed land from former gravel mining near the railroad grade just west of highway 113.
      • The marsh formed after the last glaciation as wetland vegetation slowly filled a shallow pond in part of the valley.  The valley is a tunnel channel which formed beneath the glacier, water under pressure flowed beneath the ice, cutting a deep valley in the bedrock..

      COVID-19 Safety Protocols

      We will follow Dane County COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the time of the walk.  By registering for this event, you:

      • Agree to wear a mask if you are unvaccinated.  Fully vaccinated participants do not need to wear masks unless they feel more comfortable doing so.
      • Acknowledge that going on the walk is voluntary and a personal decision. PLATO recommends full compliance with safety standards: masks, social distancing, and handwashing. We are not responsible for enforcing public health orders.
      Microphone:

      Our leader will have a microphone along to assist in delivering her message clearly as possible.

      Driving and Parking Information

      To be described in early June once the best route has been agreed upon.

      • We will meet at:

      Trail access and parking will be announced in early August and will be one of the field  parking lots on Lodi-Springfield Road. 

      General Guidance

      PLATO has the right to cancel any event if it is apparent that the activity itself does not comply with the current guidelines.  PLATO can also cancel any activity if there is an increase in COVID cases (or hospitalizations or deaths), which would increase an infection risk for the participants.

      Questions?  Contact trip leader Mike Dilorio at mdiiorio1234@gmail.com

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