Green Spaces Action Team

The Green Spaces Action Team concentrates on

• promoting protection and expansion of green areas

• decreasing mowing

• planting more trees in order to help pull carbon emissions out of the atmosphere

• supporting local farmers using sustainable techniques 

• educating homeowners and landowners about the benefits of using sustainable practices on their property

Our Current Action

Promoting Protection and Expansion of Green Areas and Decreasing Mowing

"Why Yards Matter" Garden Tour

Saturday, June 11

9 AM - 11 AM

The Green Spaces Action Team will present a free tour of Baraboo area properties that reduce dependence on lawns and demonstrate the beauty, utility, and practicality of sustainable landscape design. Baraboo Landscape Designer Marcy Huffaker and Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Soil Conservation Technician Serge Koenig will discuss sustainable design techniques that homeowners and landowners can use, and the reasons the landscapes in these locations were converted from typical grass lawns to more sustainable plantings of native plants. Marcy and Serge will also discuss factors people should consider when converting lawns to sustainable or productive space, including plant choices and maintenance. Attendees will travel to the model properties where the techniques have been implemented. Space will be limited. Registration is required.  

Educating Homeowners and Landowners About the Benefits of Using

Sustainable Practices on Their Property

Rain Barrel Workshop

Date and Time to be Announced

This August, the Green Spaces Action Team are planning to present a workshop for the public on making and using rain barrels in their yards. Space will be limited. Registration is required. 

Educating Homeowners and Landowners About the Benefits of Using

Sustainable Practices on Their Property

Compost Bin Workshop

Date and Time to be Announced

This September, the Green Spaces Action Team will present a workshop for the public on making and using compost bins in their yards. Space will be limited. Registration is required. 

Our Past Action

Supporting Local Regenerative Farmers

Saturday, February 26 at 10 AM

The public was invited to a free presentation on Why Farmers Matter to Folks Who Live in Baraboo by Serge Koenig, Soil Conservation Technician with Sauk County Land Resources & Environment Department. He showed how local farmers who grow food using regenerative farming methods provide high value for products for us to consume while protecting our environment. He was joined by Roman Miller, a Sauk County farmer who described his experiences implementing regenerative farming innovations. Attendees at the presentation were eligible for a free give-away of products from local regenerative farms in Sauk County. The Carnegie-Schadde Memorial Public Library of Baraboo, the Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Department, and Powered Up Baraboo co-sponsored this event.

Promoting Protection and Expansion of Green Areas

Decreasing Mowing

Planting More Trees in Order to Help Pull Carbon Emissions Out of the Atmosphere

On September 30, 2021, Mike Hardy, Director of the City of Baraboo Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department, told what makes the trees on City property so important in helping to mitigate the effects of climate change, and how the City manages its urban forest. This presentation was co-sponsored by the Dept. of Parks, Recreation, & Forestry, the Carnegie-Schadde Memorial Public Library, and Powered Up Baraboo.