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2022 Join or Renew your Friends of Vernon Marsh Membership                                   Membership Application


you may have noticed that we've been pretty quiet about your Friends of Vernon Marsh Membership for a while now.  That's because we made a decision in 2020 not to trouble you during the COVID pandemic.  We felt that people had enough to think about with COVID and membership in Friends of Vernon Marsh should not be a priority.  


Well, now that things have improved we are reaching out to you once again.  Will you please join or renew your membership now?  I've attached a membership form that can be used to join or renew.  Your membership is important.  We have a busy few years ahead of us.  Please read our exciting news below!  

  • We are very pleased to announce that in March we received a $20,000 matching grant through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.  These funds and our $20,000 match will allow work to begin on the new trail we're building with the DNR in the Marsh.  The money will be used to build several sections of boardwalk over wet areas along the new trail as well as other trail related work/materials.  

  • Our Spring Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday May 7, 2022.  We'll meet at the Frog Alley Observation area at 9:00 am.  No RSVP is required.

  • We have added another Oral History Interview to our website.  Click here to visit the page and learn about people who've made the Vernon Marsh a part of their lives!  Interviews are in process so make sure you visit again to read more.

  • More later....

Help us protect and enhance our beautiful Vernon Marsh Wildlife Area!   Send in your membership now and we'll extend your membership through the end of 2023!  That's almost two years for the cost of a one year membership!  Please help.  We need you!

2021 Paddle Day

Saturday June 12th 2021 turned out to be a great day for 12 lucky Vernon Marsh paddlers!  We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather.  We met at Fox River Park in Waukesha and after a short orientation and safety review we slid our kayaks into the river.  Water levels turned out to be perfect.  With a decent current and a nice breeze we were on our way!  The trip was a little longer than past trips.  We clocked in at about 4 1/2 hours on the water, resulting in a few sore muscles on Sunday morning I'm sure!  We paddled a total of 11.5 miles, a record for many of us in a single day's paddle! (see map)


During the trip we spotted many birds, blue heron, turtles, fish and even a bald eagle (see pic of nest).   As the last of our paddlers left the river at HWY ES in Waterford, everyone helped load kayaks on our Shuttle bus' trailer.  Then it was back to our put-in spot at Fox River Park and good-byes until next time!  


A great day, a great river, our beautiful Vernon Marsh, and a great group!!  Thanks to everyone!