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Prairie - Oak savanna at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Saturday, October 20 - Volunteer work day

Preparing fire breaks at the Overlook and at the Ready Prairie

Meet at 10AM in the HOYT main parking lot

  • Come join the Friends of Hoyt Park in preparing fire breaks for the upcoming prescribed burns.
  • The work day is Saturday October 20. We will meet at 10AM at the main parking lot in Hoyt Park.
  • We will be preparing fire breaks at the Overlook and at the Ready Prairie.
  • Bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, hand pruning shears and a rake if you have one.
  • Dress for the weather
  • we will provide drinks and a snack.
  • Come enjoy the Fall air and a morning with your fellow park enthusiasts
  • WORKDAY LEADER (contact): Tim Astfalk. (timastfalk@yahoo.com)
  • We had a GREAT evening with the bats at the annual meeting!

    Thank you Jennifer Redell!

    Did you realize that when you meet a bat face to face, it is really cute! Beautiful brown eyes, very attentive expression, cute wiggling ears . . .

    Additional information: The Wisconsin Bat Program

    Future Volunteer workdays for 2018

    • 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.


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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, October 20

    Clearing fire breaks at prairies for prescribed burn

    Saturday, November 17

    Brush removal and prairie seeding.

    Watch the website for additional details about work days.

    2018 Board Meetings


    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.

    Friends of Hoyt Park "archives" (older minutes and records) are maintained in binders at the Sequoya Branch of the Madison Public Library

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    Become a member by filling out a 2019 Membership Form (pdf).

    FHP Newsletters

    June 2018


    • A word from the chair
    • Improvements at ovelook
    • The return of the ranger
    • Dates of volunteer work days
    • FHP wins grant
    • Bats and butterflies

    Fall 2017 Newsletter (pdf)

    Fall 2016 Newsletter (pdf)

    Fall 2015 Newsletter (pdf)

    Spring 2015 Newsletter (pdf)

    Fall 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

    Spring 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

    Fall 2013 Newsletter (pdf)

    Spring 2013 Newsletter (pdf 536kb)

    Fall 2012 Newsletter (pdf 167kb)

    Spring 2012 Newsletter (pdf 360kb)

    Fall 2011 Newsletter (pdf 207kb)

    Spring 2011 Newsletter (pdf 285kb)

    Fall 2010 Newsletter (pdf 171kb)

    Spring 2010 Newsletter (pdf 438kb)

    Fall 2009 Newsletter (pdf 216kb)

    Summer 2009 Newsletter - special edition (pdf 107kb)

    Spring 2009 Newsletter (pdf 534kb)

    Fall 2008 Newsletter (pdf 191kb)

    Spring 2008 Newsletter (pdf 1.7mb)

    Fall 2007 Newsletter (pdf 258kb)

    Spring 2007 Newsletter (pdf 260kb)

    Fall 2006 Newsletter (pdf 190kb)

    Spring 2006 Newsletter (pdf 278kb)

    Fall 2005 Newsletter (pdf 188kb)

    Spring 2005 Newsletter (pdf 241kb)

    Fall 2004 Newsletter (pdf 173kb)

    Spring 2004 Newsletter (pdf 364kb)

    FHP Ranger Reports

    Summer 2017 (pdf)

    Summer 2015 (pdf)

    Summer 2014 (pdf)

    Summer 2013 (pdf)

    Summer 2012 (pdf 324kb)

    Summer 2011 (pdf 119kb)

    Summer 2010 (pdf 129kb)

    Summer 2009 (pdf 67kb)

    Summer 2008 (pdf 25kb)

    Summer 2007 (pdf 56kb)

    Summer 2006 (pdf 75kb)

    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)