Welcome to Hoyt Park

Annual Meeting - Friends of Hoyt Park
Thursday April 19 6:45PM

Bethany United Methodist Church, 3910 Mineral Point Road

Program at 6:45 - ALL ARE WELCOME

Jennifer Redell, NHC Conservation Biologist with the DNR, will present a program about Wisconsin's native bat species. She will be bringing some live rehab bats with her. Don't miss your chance for a personal introdution to a bat!

Following the program there will be a break for fellowship and refreshments

After that there will be a brief business meeting for members of the Friends of Hoyt Park and election of new board members.

Additional information: The Wisconsin Bat Program

Updates will be here and on the FHP Facebook page

Volunteer workdays for 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10 AM to noon -- 2018 Earth Day Challenge

  • Meet at 10 AM in the Hoyt Park main parking lot
  • Pull garlic mustard and dames rocket; Pick up trash
  • Wear/bring: work gloves, attire suitable for the weather of the day, enthusiasm for a new spring!
  • Trash bags will be provided
  • WORKDAY LEADER (contact): Tim Astfalk. (timastfalk@yahoo.com)
  • Refreshments!


Future workdays for 2018

  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 Planting milkweed for butterfly habitat.
  • Saturday, June 16, 2018 Hiking trail maintenance.
  • Saturday, July 21, Fireplace and surrounding brush cleaning.
  • Saturday, August 18, Oak tree liberating (brush removal) at overlook.
  • Saturday, September 15, Prairie seed collecting.
  • Saturday, October 20 Clearing fire breaks at prairies for prescribed burn
  • Saturday, November 17, 2018 Brush removal and prairie seeding.
  • Contact for workday information: Tim Astfalk

Information about the UW-Madison study of Urban Red Foxes and Coyotes


This was the subject of the program at our annual meeting in April 2016 and the study is continuing in the Hoyt Park neighborhood.

Summer Photos of Ready Prairie!

These flowers will be back with us soon!

ready prairie summer

Membership Renewal

Please renew your membership to FHP for calendar year 2017 or become a member using our 2018 membership form. Your volunteer and financial support helps maintain the award winning activities of FHP so that you may enjoy a great neighborhood park. We encourage you to check the box for emailing newsletters so more of your donation goes to Park projects.

Holiday Giving

Make your generosity count this holiday season. Please give to The Friends of Hoyt Park. All donations are tax deductible. Mail to: FHP, Inc., P O Box 5542, Madison WI 53705-0542.


View Map

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This is a social media site for biological observations. Record plants and animals you observe in the park to share with others or to ask for help with identification, and see what others have observed. The thumbnail photos are some of the recent observations.

What is iNaturalist?

Getting started using it

Map of Hoyt Park

The map will be available at the information kiosk in the park by the main parking lot, but you may also download a copy of the pdf file here (updated July 23, 2015)

Mark Your Calendar

Volunteer work days scheduled for the third Saturday of each month from 10 AM to Noon

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10 AM to noon -- 2018 Earth Day Challenge

Pull garlic mustard and dames rocket; Pick up trash

Watch the website for additional details about work days.

2018 Board Meetings

Thursday, April 19 - Friends of Hoyt ParkAnnual Meeting

Thursday, May 10

Thursday, June 14

Thursday, July 12

Thursday, September 13

Thursday, October 11

Thursday, November 8

The FHP Board meets every month, except August and December, on the 2nd Thursday of the month in one of the meeting rooms at Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). All members and concerned citizens are welcome. There is a standing agenda item for public comments. Meeting minutes and other documents will be posted on the web site.


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Become a member by filling out a 2018 Membership Form (pdf).

FHP Newsletters

Fall 2017 Newsletter (pdf)

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Fall 2015 Newsletter (pdf)

Spring 2015 Newsletter (pdf)

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Spring 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

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Summer 2009 Newsletter - special edition (pdf 107kb)

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FHP Ranger Reports

Summer 2015 (pdf)

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Summer 2008 (pdf 25kb)

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FHP More Documents

Hoyt Park Area Joint Neighborhood Plan

Historic Hoyt Park: A Future Plan (pdf 249kb) (does not include Appendix 1 and 2 at this time)

FHP Bylaws (pdf 577kb)

2018 Membership Form (pdf)