'Work Play Earth Day' events to be held around state

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- People will have multiple opportunities to celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 22, while helping out and enjoying a Wisconsin State Park System property during the 11th annual "Work Play Earth Day" events held around the state.

Photo credit: DNR

Several different locations are hosting events on April 22, 27 and May 4 and 11, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

This year the Wisconsin State Park System is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Friends Group partnership program. The formal program to encourage volunteers and outline how citizens can form groups to support the park system properties started in 1989.

Last year 950 volunteers participated donating more than 3,240 hours at 28 different events.

In addition to tree planting, other activities taking place around the state include installing benches, removing invasive plants, painting picnic tables and other structures, raking and cleaning up leaves and picking up litter. Lunches or refreshments are often provided by the many park friends groups that help sponsor these events, according to the DNR.

Hours vary by event, but most begin by 10 a.m. and run through noon or early afternoon. For complete details, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for "Work Play Earth Day."

2019 "Work Play Earth Day" Events

Monday - April 22

MacKenzie Center - Poynette, 608-635-8105, Details
Saturday - April 27

Amnicon Falls State Park - South Range, 715-398-3000
Buckhorn State Park - Necedah, 608-565-2789
Devil's Lake State Park - Baraboo, 608-356-8301

Hank Aaron State Traill - Milwaukee, 414-263-8559
Harrington Beach State Park - Belgium, 262-285-3015
High Cliff State Park - Sherwood, 920-989-1106
Interstate State Park - St. Croix Falls, 715-483-3747
Kettle Moraine State Forest- Southern Unit- Eagle, 262-594-6200
Lakeshore State Park, Milwaukee, 414-274-4281
Newport State Park - Ellison Bay, 920-854-2500
Point Beach State Forest, Two Rivers, 920-794-7480
Rib Mountain State Park - Wausau, 715-842-2522
Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600,
Stower Seven Lakes State Trail - Amery, 715-485-9294
Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sturgeon Bay, 920-823-2400
Wildcat Mountain State Park, Ontario, 608-337-4775

Saturday - May 4

Hartman Creek State Park - Waupaca, 715-258-2372
Havenwoods State Forest - Milwaukee, 414-527-0232
Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit- Campbellsport, 262-626-2116
Merrick State Park - Fountain City, 608-687-4936
Roche-A-Cri State Park - Friendship, 608-339-6881

Saturday - May 11

Copper Falls State Park - Mellen, 715-274-5123
Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit - Delafield, 262-646-3025,