See also "Special Interests -Food" for community gardens and food sustainability projects.
1000 Friends of Wisconsin
Promotes sustainable community development through a number of initiatives including Eco-Municipalities, Smart Growth, Great Neighborhoods and Multi-modal Transportation.
16 N. Carroll St., Suite 810, 53703
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Offers interactive nature programs for families and children, including school, family and scout programs, summer camps, and special events. Trails are open dawn to dusk; center hours are 9 am-4 pm Mon.-Fri.; Family Trailside Backpack program and volunteer opportunities available.
300 Femrite Dr., Monona, 53716
Capitol Water Trails
Trains volunteers and educates citizens in water stewardship, clears waterways for recreational navigation and drainage, improves waterways for fisheries and native habitat. Adopt-a-water-trail program
3806 Atwood Ave., 53714
Center for Resilient Cities
Practices sustainable community development, works to make greener, more resilient cities. Volunteer opportunities at our Resilience Research Center, 501 E. Badger Rd.
200 N. Blount St., 53703 (business office)
20-acre Nature Preserve Green cemetery, a place for natural burial of cremains and of bodies. Public education and networking for greening the end of life.
200 acre nature sanctuary near Blue Mounds for those interested in nature spirituality, ecofeminism, folkways, ecopsychology. Open to visitors at events including the annual Earth Day Festival and multicultural celebrations of the cycles of moon, sun, and seasons. Work includes songbird preservation and research, prairie restoration, wetland conservation, woodlands preservation, and maintaining the green Circle Cemetery.
Box 9, Barneveld, 53507
Advocates for clean air, clean water and healthy communities state-wide; monitors legislature and state agencies in protecting the land, providing consumers with safe and affordable energy, and preventing pollution of air and water.
634 W. Main St. #300, 53703
Nonprofit centered on nature and local food. Develops, manages and stewards Troy Gardens, 26 acres of community gardens, a community-supported farm, youth gardens, handicapped accessible gardens, woodland and prairie restoration, nature trails and edible landscaping. Also sponsors the Capitol veggie garden.
3601 Memorial Dr., Suite 4, 53704
Dane County Conservation League
Protects fish and wildlife and their natural habitats; pheasants and quail raised for later release in the wild. Meetings to discuss farm and conservation issues are the fourth Tuesday at 7 pm at the VFW Hall, 133 E. Lakeside St.
PO Box 44039, 53744
Dane County Parks Volunteer Program
Supports Dane County parks. Habitat restoration, park advocacy, research, special events, campground hosting, Friends groups for specific parks and more.
3101 Lake Farm Rd., 53711
Second Wednesday of each month at Iconi Interiors, 534 West Washington Ave., with drinks by Grant Hurless/Death's Door Vodka, 6-8 pm. Sponsored by Sustain Dane.
Creates Environmental Action Teams in neighborhoods, community groups and workplaces to encourage healthy and sustainable living.
1914 Monroe St., Madison, 53711
Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability
See under "Citizen Action - Peace"
2299 Spring Rose Rd. Verona, 53593
Friends of Cherokee Marsh
Works to protect, preserve and restore the beauty, value and health of Cherokee Marsh and the Upper Yahara River watershed. Paddling and other activities.
PO Box 3390, 53704.
Friends of Lake Wingra
Promotes a healthy Lake Wingra. Events include pontoon boat tours, vegetation restoration, cleanup.
c/o Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Dr., 53711
Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Work parties, restoration, birdwatching, hikes.
PO Box 628242, Middleton, 53562
Friends of Starkweather Creek
Works for a healthy urban stream and to benefit the community through stewardship, education and advocacy.
PO Box 8442, 53708
Friends of the UW-Madison Arboretum
Provides financial and volunteer support to the UW-Madison Arboretum. Lectures, tours, plant sale featuring Wisconsin native plants.
1207 Seminole Highway, 53711
Gathering Waters Conservancy
Protects Wisconsin's land and water resources by strengthening the state land trust movement as a service center providing training, technical assistance and continuing education. Field trips, too.
211 S. Paterson St., Suite 270, 53703
Energy-efficiency program for City of Madison homes and businesses, offering low-interest loans, financial incentives, free personal energy advocates.
Green Madison 431 Charmany Dr., Madison, 53719
Growing Power Madison
Local project office of the Milwaukee-based sustainable agriculture organization based at the Resilience Research Center. Hosts free community dinners on the last Thursday of each month and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Also provides low-cost, fresh-food Market Baskets each week.
c/o Resilience Research Center, 501 E. Badger Road, Madison, 53713
Ice Age Trail Alliance
Volunteer- and member-based nonprofit whose mission is to create, support and protect a thousand-mile footpath tracing Ice Age formations across Wisconsin -- the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
2110 Main St., Cross Plains, 53528
Madison Area Master Gardeners Association
Promotes responsible gardening
through education, volunteer service and fellowship. Separate from, but works together with, the Dane County UW-Extension staff.
P.O. Box 259318, Madison, 53725
Madison Area Master Gardeners, Dane County Extension Office
Specialized horticultural program to become Master Gardener. Classroom training offered in exchange for volunteer service.
1 Fen Oak Ct., 53718
Ann Munson, 608-224-3721
Madison Audubon Society
Preserves and protects wildlife and habitat. Monthly meetings, newsletter, field trips, Madison Audubon Art Fair.
222 S. Hamilton St., Suite 1, 53703
608-255-2473; bird hotline: 608-255-2476
Madison Environmental Justice Organization (MEJO)
Facilitates communities' ability to address pollution and environmental health issues that have a disproportionate impact on the poor and people of color.
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Offers workshops and energy fair to educate people about renewable energy and sustainable living topics.
7558 Deer Rd., Custer, 54423
Natural Heritage Land Trust
Protects and preserves natural areas in and around Dane County through donations, conservation easements, purchases and assistance to private owners.
303 S. Paterson St., Suite 6, 53703
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin works with both the public and private sector to bring attention to priority projects of the DNR and other conservation partners. Through field trips and funds, the foundation engages the public to encourage the knowledge and enjoyment of natural resources.
PO Box 2317, 53701
Natural Step Monona, the
Fosters the creation of a more sustainable community and world through effective education, community action, and collaboration. Green Tuesdays & Thursdays film and lecture series, study circles, public forums, community-wide projects, and more.
Nature Conservancy Wisconsin Chapter
Funds, protects and maintains the earth's rare species and natural communities by preserving the land. Most nature reserves are open to the public for passive recreation. Field trips and other events; see calendar on website.
633 W. Main St., 53703
Volunteers protecting and restoring prairies and oak savannas in the upper Midwest. Local chapter restoring more than 1000 acres at 39 sites. Field trips Apr.-Sept. on a range of topics: grassland birds, butterflies, prairie restoration, free and open to the public--see website for calendar.
Dedicated to expanding use of clean renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and reducing energy waste.
222 S. Hamilton St., 53703
River Alliance of Wisconsin
Helping protect and restore Wisconsin's rivers. Advocacy and field trips.
306 E. Wilson St., Suite 2W, 53703
Sierra Club, Four Lakes Group
Environmental education and conservation. Legislative work related to environmental issues; monthly meetings and outings.
c/o Lacinda Athen, 4909 Sherwood Rd., Madison, 53711
Promotes sustainability. Rain barrel program, lecture and discussion series, annual Bioneers conference, MPower program.
211 S. Paterson, Suite 200, 53703
Featuring the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. Its 1,260 acres also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Open daily 7 am-10 pm; free. Visitor Center open 9:30 am-4 pm weekdays and 12:30-4 pm weekends.
1207 Seminole Hwy., 53711
Wisconsin Environmental Initiative
Works on environmental policy, green building, agriculture and land use. Current programs are: Green Built Home, Main Street Green, Clean Clear Waters and Wisconsin Green Business.
16 N Carroll St., Suite 840, 53703
Wisconsin Wetlands Association
Educational and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting, restoring and promoting wetlands and associated ecosystems.
214 N. Hamilton St., Suite 201, 53703