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Dane County Parks


Your tax-deductible donation will help ensure that our most precious natural resources are cared for and protected now and for future generations.


Donation Opportunities

Individual Gifts
Individual gifts to the Park Enhancement Fund will help fund updates and improvements to trails and park land throughout the county. Donations will be used to help update park facilities with new and improved amenities. Choose to support a specific project or donate to the general fund.

Merchandise Fundraiser Online Store
Help us raise money for park programs! We have created a few unique items that you can select as thank you gifts when you donate to our natural areas or dog park programs. 

Memorial or Tribute Gifts
Honor a loved one or commemorate a special event with a memorial or tribute gift. Gifts include tree or prairie plantings or plaques on benches, tables, or kiosks.

Planned Legacy Gifts
Planned giving allows you to help protect our natural resources and influence how land will be used into the future. There are many ways to make a planned gift to Dane County Parks, including charitable bequests, gift annuities, life insurance, retirement plan assets, real estate, or easements.  Please contact us at (608) 224-3730 to discuss your legacy gift.

Corporate Giving & Sponsorships
Show the community that your business supports parks and recreational opportunities. 

Foundation for Dane County Parks
The Foundation provides a private source of revenue to support the Dane County Parks system.

Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment Fund
Dane County Parks has an endowment that was established to provide a permanent funding source to support special projects and programs, educational opportunities, interpretation, and volunteerism to a growing and diverse population. The endowment is held and managed by the Madison Community Foundation, a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Donations to the endowment may be made directly to the Madison Community Foundation, or through the Foundation for Dane County Parks.

Natural Areas Art Fundraiser
Dane County Parks manages over 13,000 acres of habitat comprised of prairie, oak savanna, woodlands, and wetlands that support thousands of species of wildlife, many of which have become threatened or endangered with extinction. The Natural Areas Program maintains and restores these habitats and encourages children and adults to explore and appreciate these areas. You can donate to the Dane County Parks Natural Areas Program through our webstore and receive a thank you sticker, magnet or window cling featuring winning artwork from the Natural Areas Art Contest. 

Lussier Family Heritage Center
Support youth programming and other community environmental education by making a donation to the Lussier Family Heritage Center (a Dane County Parks facility). The center hosts Get Outside, Lil’ Explorers, and other community education programs that provide environmental and outdoor education through experiential and hands-on learning.

Ways to Give

Donate over the phone by calling the Parks Office at (608) 224-3730.

Donate by mail by sending a check made out to Dane County Parks and this donation form (PDF) to:

Dane County Parks
5201 Fen Oak, Room 208
Madison, WI 53718