Welcome to Hoyt Park

Saturday June 23

Friends of Hoyt Park Annual Picnic - Roys Shelter (lower shelter)

Join the Friends of Hoyt Park for our annual picnic!

  • Saturday June 23 Noon - 2:30 pm
  • We’ll eat about 12:15
  • Bring a dish to share
  • Plates, cups, napkins, plastic utensils, beverages will be provided
  • Roys Shelter – down the hill and into the woods from the main shelter
  • Gate (northwest corner of parking lot, near playground) will be open so people can drive down to drop someone off. There is NOT a parking area by the shelter so you will need to return to the main parking lot to park.
  • After we eat, we'll take a hike with the ranger to view some of the interesting features of our park

Next Volunteer Work Day, Sat., July 21 from 10 AM to noon - Milkweed planting for butterfly habitat

  • meet in the main parking lot
  • bring work gloves, trowels or SMALL shovels, insect repellant
  • we’ll be planting 4 species of milkweed throughout the park
  • join us in our efforts to help monarchs complete their breeding cycles and fuel up for their long trip south in the fall

 

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, July 21, Planting milkweed for butterfly habitat.
  • 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

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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, July 21

Planting milkweed for butterfly habitat.

Saturday, August 18

Oak tree liberating (brush removal) at overlook.

Saturday, September 15

Prairie seed collecting at Pheasant Branch Conservancy in Middleton, NOT Hoyt Park

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

Like Friends of Hoyt Park on Facebook

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

FHP Newsletters

June 2018

Featuring:

  • A word from the chair
  • FHP PICNIC JUNE 23
  • 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)