Victorian Holiday Event at Beckman Mill
Saturdays - December 7 & December 14, 2013
View the Victorian Holiday Flyer (pdf)
Entries must be received no later that 4:00 pm on Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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Poster Featuring Fallen Oak to Raise Money to Plant Trees
Contact: Tracy Hegg | 608-359-7384 |
View the Poster at http://www.ourfavoritetree.com/
On May 2, a stately bur oak that has kept watch over nearby fields and the rumbling traffic on Highway 26 was felled to make way for the new bypass between Milton and Fort Atkinson. The tree, located just north of the Rock-Jefferson county line, was said to be 150 years old.
Tracy Hegg, a local graphic designer who resides in Milton, has been driving by the tree on her way to work for the past 12 years. "I made note of the tree because of its beauty and symmetry," says Hegg. "As an artist, it was an inspiration to drive by it twice a day."
In 2009, Hegg began taking pictures of the tree with the changing of the seasons. "I was anticipating doing some kind of design project with the photos," she says.
Hearing that the tree was to be cut down soon, Hegg was motivated to put the photos to good use. In the days leading up to the tree's demise, Hegg decided to put the pictures in a poster depicting the four seasons of her favorite tree. "The day I created the poster was May 2," she says. "I didn't know it was the tree's last day standing; it just happened that way."
Hegg soon realized that she wasn't the only person who had noticed the beautiful bur oak with its massive crown of almost 100 feet. Lisa Cleaver, a coworker of Hegg's, has been driving by the tree for 20 years on her way into Fort Atkinson from Janesville. "A lot of us were disappointed that the tree was coming down," she says. "We joked about chaining ourselves to it so they couldn't cut it down."
Noting the amount of trees that have been felled along Highway 26 in both Rock and Jefferson Counties for the expansion of the highway, Hegg thought it would be fitting to make her four seasons poster available to the public, with all profits going to plant new trees along the road.
The poster is 24" x 30" and shows the tree in four photographs, one from each season. The poster is titled "Our Favorite Tree" and says "Nature at its finest, you will be missed, 2013" at the bottom. The location of the tree is also noted.
Posters can be purchased at OurFavoriteTree.com. Hegg has also setup a Facebook page (facebook.com/OurFavoriteTree) for the tree, which chronicles the tree and allows people to share photos and stories about the bur oak. Posters are $10 each with $10 for shipping & handling.
"Once my costs are covered, all the profits will be donated," she says.
Hegg would like to split the donations between the Rock and Jefferson County parks departments so they can plant new trees along Highway 26. "Maybe they'll even plant a bur oak or two," she says.
2013 Park Fees
Shelter reservations for family reunions, graduation parties, weddings, or group picnics are made by contacting the Rock County Parks Department. Reservations must be made if you plan to use electricity. If the shelter is not reserved, it is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rentals always take precedent over drop-in users. Please remember that certain sites and dates fill up fast. Reservations for group picnic area and shelters are first accepted after 7:00 AM on the first business day of the calendar year.
A boat launch permit is required at all County boat launches from April 15 to October 31. All users must purchase a single day or seasonal Rock County launch pass. Registration materials are available on site.
View 2013 Park Reservation and Boat Launch Fees
The Rock County Parks Department received a National Park and Recreation Association Take me Fishing grant in 2010, which allows us offer fishing and boating education programs for local schools and youth groups.
Why fishing education? Water is one of the main features in Rock County Parks - thirteen parks have water access on seven different bodies of water. The system includes several canoe landings, boat launches, and fishing piers; so fishing is one of the main ways to recreate in the park system. Rock County Parks believes that it is important for youth and families to get outside and explore nature while staying close to home. The best way to encourage families to do this is by providing them the opportunity to give it a try.
If you are a scout or youth group leader, teacher, or event organizer interested in offering this free program, please contact the Community Coordinator at 608-757-5473 or
Rock River Water Trail
For the past year, the Rock County Parks Community Coordinator has been a part of the Rock River Trail Initiative Council. The Council's mission is to establish and interpret a Rock River Water Trail along the 300-mile river course from the headwaters in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, to the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois, and a separate Rock River Route on roads within the river corridor to provide access for all to the natural resources, recreational opportunities, scenic beauty and historic and cultural assets of the Rock River Valley.
The Council recently completed an inventory of all Rock River access points in Wisconsin and Illinois and wrote a water trail plan that will be presented to the National Park Service at the end of the year for consideration to become National Scenic Riverway.
Rock River Water Trail Inventory, Analysis and Plan
View video about the Rock River Trail Initiative
ADA Assessment and Improvement Plan
The Rock County Parks Division prepared an assessment and improvement plan to document and evaluate park facilities for compliance with applicable state and federal accessibility guidelines. It also identifies needed improvements to bring facilities up to these standards to the maximum extent feasible.
Rock County Parks ADA Assessment and Improvement Plan
Want to try snowshoes before your buy them? Worried if you purchase snowshoes for your children, that they will out-grow them before next year?
Rock County Parks rents snowshoes of all sizes, from youth ~50 pounds to adults up to 250 pounds. Rentals are available for 24 hours or an entire weekend. Reservations must be made in advance during office hours (Monday to Friday from 7 AM to 4 PM) with the Rock County Parks Community Coordinator at 608-757-5473.
Daily (24 hours) $12/adult pair, $6/youth pair
Weekend (Friday - Monday) $16/adult pair, $10/youth pair