Prairie Moraine Friends is seeking “Trail Ambassadors” willing to participate in the maintenance and development of Prairie Moraine Park. “Trail Ambassadors” clean park trails, learn about topics relevant to the park, and share knowledge of the park with others.
Dane County Parks (DCP) estimates that during the week up to 350 people per day visit Prairie Moraine Park. Most of these park users are dog owners who rely on the park’s off-leash exercise area as a way to enjoy hiking in a natural setting with their best friend. DCP also estimates 500 or more visitors, in good weather, use the park on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Many park users have expressed an interest in helping with the maintenance of Prairie Moraine Park. However, personal schedules can sometimes prevent volunteers from assisting with organized work projects in the park.
The intended goal of this project is to create a group of dedicated park users who understand the park as well as its role in creating a safe and healthy place to exercise their dogs. “Trail Ambassadors” lead the way by engaging in three sets of activities on a self-directed schedule, completing these activities at a time and place of their choosing.
“Trail Ambassadors” at Prairie Moraine Park make a commitment to the following three activities (on their own schedule and at their own pace):
For the most part, “Trail Ambassadors” will perform these activities as individual volunteers. Cleaning happens when walking the park; learning occurs through reading, web-browsing, and participating in organized training sessions; and sharing results as a natural outcome of the other activities. In some cases, they may be asked to work in group settings.
A facilitator will meet and work with each “Trail Ambassador” volunteer to provide assistance on an as-needed basis in developing a learning program that fits their interests and schedule.
A “Trail Ambassador” would choose their own learning activity, by themselves or by discussing it with a facilitator. Once decided upon, the facilitator can recommend book titles, DVDs, web sites, or knowledge experts as appropriate. The following topics are provided as examples:
Many park users are already well on their way. You know who you are!
If you'd like to pursue it further, why not join the Prairie Moraine friends and make the commitment within a supportive community of like-minded people?