2019 Calendar of Events
Order an Oak Tree
“Order an Oak” before Aug 15 as part of the #GenevaLakeConservancy #OakRecoveryProgram and do what you can to address concern over vanishing oak forests and savannas that once covered #WalworthCounty . Offering three varieties from native acorns in 5 or 7 gallon pots, GLC will use these proceeds to fund the restoration work being done at its own Hansen Preserve. Click here to order an oak tree online.
Oak Heritage Contest
Enter the #GenevaLakeConservancy #HeritageOakContest by September 15 to win one hour of free consultation for your beloved tree from our oak expert! A winner will be chosen from each of three categories. Oldest Oak, Most Beautiful Oak and Best Story Oak trees will be judged with winners announced September 26. Visit GLC website for information and contest entry. www.genevalakeconservancy.org
#savetheoaks #prairierestoration #oaksavanna #nativeplants #mylakegeneva #WalworthCounty
Click here for a printable version of the oak tree order form and Oak Heritage Contest submission form. Please mail to:
GLC Heritage Oaks Contest
PO Box 588
Fontana, WI 53125
Thursday, September 26, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
GLC’s FALL FUNDRAISER: CRAZY ABOUT CRANES – This special event will be held on a Geneva Lake estate where the Conservancy holds a Conservation easement. You can stroll through the grounds of the estate and join us for a wonderful dinner while learning more about the sandhill cranes and other cranes that inhabit Walworth County from the International Crane Fou. Learn what this foundation is doing to protect these beautiful birds and their habitat. For GLC members only. Registration is not yet open.
Saturday, December 7, 5 p.m. to midnight · $150
HOLLY BALL 2019 –The Holly Ball is always held on the first Saturday of December to welcome in the holiday season. Expect a spectacular setting and meal at Big Foot Country Club. The evening’s program will include presentation of the GLC’s Conservation Stewardship and Conservation Leadership Awards. You can dance the night away or shop our silent auction full of unique gifts. Tickets are $150. For more information, call 262-275-5700. Registration is not yet open.
Saturday, December 21, 6 p.m. to midnight · $5 suggested donation
WINTER SOLSTICE BONFIRE – Back by popular demand, the Friends of the White River County Park and the Conservancy will again offer candlelight hikes, bonfires, and stories told by a Native American whose tribe once lived in Walworth County. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available. Come celebrate this special time of the winter solstice when the Sun is in the most northern part of the Sky making it the shortest day in the calendar year. A $5 donation to the White River County Park is requested, but all are welcome.
2019 Past Events
Monday, March 11, 10 a.m. to noon · FREE
GLACIAL OAKS TOUR –The best oak trees to plant in Walworth County are those that are grown from native acorns! Come see how Joe and Mary McClelland at Glacial Oaks Nursery outside Harvard have developed a nursery that grows oaks, hickories and other trees native to the glacial plains landscapes of Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois. Meet at the GLC Mill House at 10:00 a.m., the event is free. Optional stop for lunch at additional cost.
KETTLE MORAINE BIRD FESTIVAL & SPRING LUNCHEON – Drive into the countryside to see one of Walworth County’s most beautiful and important bird habitats in LaGrange. Known as Bromley Woods, the 32-acre property is globally important to migrating birds. Partnering with birders from Lakeland Audubon Society, we will look for warblers and other forest-interior nesting birds on our bird walks at 8, 9 or 10 a.m. Then join us at the historic LaGrange Methodist Church for lunch and a presentation by renowned bird expert Craig Thompson with the DNR’s Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation. Tickets for the bird festival are $5 with the lunch and presentation an additional $20.
KEEPING IT BLUE: REDUCING PHOSPHORUS IN OUR LAKES –Partnering with the Geneva Lake Environmental Agency, we will be offering seminars for all lakefront property owners and homeowners associations, farmers and citizens concerned about phosphorus runoff in Walworth County. Through a series of presentations from scientists, county officials and conservationists, attendees will learn proven techniques that they can use to help reduce phosphorus runoff into lakes, streams and other waterways. Assistance in grant writing and information on soil testing will also be provided. The event is $20 per person.
Saturday, June 22, 5 to 9 p.m. · $165
GLC SUMMER FUNDRAISER: Shining the Light on Hackmatack – Come ready to enjoy the view from this new South Shore Lake Geneva home where the GLC has invited the leaders of Hackmatack to tell us about the progress currently being made in creating the Hackmatack Wildlife Refuge just south of Lake Geneva. The bi-state wildlife refuge dedicated its first Wisconsin property in 2018 and the GLC is working with area landowners to identify more property for protection. An elegant dinner and wine auction will also be featured on this weekend of the Summer Solstice. Tickets are $165. For more information, call 262-275-5700.
Wednesday, June 26, 4 to 7 p.m.
J.MCLAUGHLIN SUMMER TRUNK SHOW – We are so excited to have the opportunity to host a J.McLaughlin Trunk Show for GLC in Lake Geneva. J.McLaughlin will donate 15% of the proceeds to the Conservancy. Our gracious host, Laura Mau, will be hosting on Wednesday, June 26thfrom 4-7 PM in her beautiful new home at W4272 Cresent Drive, Lake Geneva. We hope you can come to see the beautiful merchandise from J.McLaughlin for both men and women. If you cannot attend, feel free to call the Lake Forest store at 224-544-5399 and those proceeds will go to the conservancy as well. We appreciate your support.
Friday, July 5, 10 a.m.
AMPHIBIAN POND OPENING– The new Helen Rohner Children’s Fishing Park has added an amphibian pond where kids can see frogs, toads and other amphibians and reptiles. The Frog Lady will be on hand to tell us stories about our amphibian friends. There will also be a Butterfly House where children can walk among dozens of monarchs and other butterflies and learn about their life cycle. You can also peek inside our new nature center and run across our extended boardwalk. Fun for all ages. No registration necessary. The park is located at 159 Elkhorn Road in Williams Bay, adjacent to Kishwaukétoe Nature Conservancy.
Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. · $10 Plus Lunch
GLC POLLINATOR HIKE AND PRAIRIE WALK –Join noted gardener Kathleen Renowden of Delavan Lake for a tour of her pollinator garden in full bloom. There will also be information from a variety of vendors on how you can create your own pollinator garden. Then visit White River County Park where Master Naturalists from Friends of White River County Park will lead you through part of the 100-acre prairie restoration currently being planted in our newest Walworth County park. A picnic lunch and barbecue will be available at the park. $10 donation per person, lunch is extra.
Fridays, July 17, July 26, August 2 & August 9
Yoga at the Mill House
8:30 to 9:45 am at the Mill House with Suzette Rowe
June – August, a variety of nature and fishing classes will be offered at the Helen Rohner Children’s Fishing Park.
All times and details presented here are subject to change.