See also "Special Interests -Food" for community gardens and food sustainability projects.
1000 Friends of Wisconsin
Promotes sustainable community development through a number of initiatives including Eco-Municipalities, Smart Growth, Great Neighborhoods and Multi-modal Transportation.
16 N. Carroll St., Suite 810, 53703
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Offers interactive nature programs for families and children, including school, family and scout programs, summer camps, and special events. Trails are open dawn to dusk; center hours are 9 am-4 pm Mon.-Fri.; Family Trailside Backpack program and volunteer opportunities available.
300 Femrite Dr., Monona, 53716
Capitol Water Trails
Trains volunteers and educates citizens in water stewardship, clears waterways for recreational navigation and drainage, improves waterways for fisheries and native habitat. Adopt-a-water-trail program
3806 Atwood Ave., 53714
Center for Resilient Cities
Practices sustainable community development, works to make greener, more resilient cities. Volunteer opportunities at our Resilience Research Center, 501 E. Badger Rd.
200 N. Blount St., 53703 (business office)
20-acre Nature Preserve Green cemetery, a place for natural burial of cremains and of bodies. Public education and networking for greening the end of life.
200-acre nature sanctuary near Blue Mounds for those interested in nature spirituality, ecofeminism, folkways, ecopsychology. Open to visitors at events including the annual Earth Day Festival and multicultural celebrations of the cycles of moon, sun and seasons. Work includes songbird preservation and research, prairie restoration, wetland conservation, woodlands preservation, and maintaining the green Circle Cemetery.
Box 9, Barneveld, 53507
Clean Lakes Alliance
Devoted to improving the water quality of the lakes, streams, and wetlands of the Yahara River watershed.
150 East Gilman St., Suite 2600, 53703
Advocates for clean air, clean water and healthy communities state-wide; monitors legislature and state agencies in protecting the land, providing consumers with safe and affordable energy, and preventing pollution of air and water.
634 W. Main St. #300, 53703
Nonprofit centered on nature and local food. Develops, manages and stewards Troy Gardens, 26 acres of community gardens, a community-supported farm, youth gardens, handicapped accessible gardens, woodland and prairie restoration, nature trails and edible landscaping. Also sponsors the Capitol veggie garden.
3601 Memorial Dr., Suite 4, 53704
Dane County Conservation League
Protects fish and wildlife and their natural habitats; pheasants and quail raised for later release in the wild. Meets to discuss farm and conservation issues the fourth Tuesdays at 7 pm at the VFW Hall, 133 E. Lakeside St.
PO Box 44039, 53744
Creates Environmental Action Teams in neighborhoods, community groups and workplaces to encourage healthy and sustainable living.
1914 Monroe St. #101, Madison, 53711
Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability
Farm incubator garden plots, green cemetery. More under "Citizen Action - Peace."
2299 Spring Rose Rd. Verona, 53593
Four Lakes Sierra Club
Environmental education, activism and conservation; outdoor and social outings; legislative work related to environmental issues; and various volunteer opportunities.
c/o Lacinda Athen, 4909 Sherwood Rd., Madison, 53711
Friends of Cherokee Marsh
Works to protect, preserve and restore the beauty, value and health of Cherokee Marsh and the upper Yahara River watershed. Guided tours, field work, and other activities.
PO Box 3390, 53704
Friends of Lake Wingra
Promotes a healthy Lake Wingra. Events include pontoon boat tours, vegetation restoration, cleanup.
c/o Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Dr., 53711
Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Work parties, restoration, birdwatching, hikes.
PO Box 628242, Middleton, 53562
Friends of Starkweather Creek
Works for a healthy urban stream and to benefit the community through stewardship, education and advocacy. Volunteers welcome for projects including invasives removal, field guide and monitoring.
PO Box 8442, 53708
Friends of the UW-Madison Arboretum
Provides financial and volunteer support to the UW-Madison Arboretum. Lectures, tours, plant sale featuring Wisconsin native plants.
1207 Seminole Highway, 53711
Gathering Waters Conservancy
Protects Wisconsin's land and water resources by strengthening the state land trust movement as a service center providing training, technical assistance and continuing education. Field trips, too; check website for schedule.
211 S. Paterson St., Suite 270, 53703
Ice Age Trail Alliance
Volunteer- and member-based nonprofit whose mission is to create, support and protect the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, a thousand-mile footpath tracing Ice Age formations across Wisconsin.
2110 Main St., Cross Plains, 53528
Madison Area Master Gardeners Association
Promotes responsible gardening through education, volunteer service and fellowship. Separate from, but works together with, the Dane County UW-Extension staff.
P.O. Box 259318, Madison, 53725
Madison Area Master Gardeners, Dane County Extension Office
Specialized horticultural program to become Master Gardener. Classroom training offered in exchange for volunteer service.
1 Fen Oak Ct., 53718
Ann Munson, 608-224-3721
Madison Audubon Society
Preserves and protects wildlife and habitat. Monthly meetings, newsletter, field trips, Madison Audubon Art Fair.
1400 E. Washington Ave., Ste. 170, 53703
Midwest Environmental Justice Organization (MEJO)
Facilitates communities' ability to address pollution and environmental health issues that have a disproportionate impact on the poor and people of color.
Campaign to reduce citywide emissions of carbon dioxide; works with businesses and families.
c/o Sustain Dane, 211 S. Paterson St. Ste. 200, 53703
Natural Heritage Land Trust
Protects and preserves natural areas in and around Dane County through donations, conservation easements, purchases and assistance to private owners.
303 S. Paterson St., Suite 6, 53703
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Connects generations to the wonders of our state’s lands, waters, and wildlife through conservation, education, engagement, and giving.
PO Box 2317, 53701
Natural Step-Monona, The
Fosters the creation of a more sustainable community and world through effective education, community action, and collaboration. Green Tuesdays & Thursdays events, study groups, public forums, community-wide projects and more.
Nature Conservancy Wisconsin Chapter
Funds, protects and maintains the Earth's rare species and natural communities by preserving the land. Most nature reserves are open to the public for passive recreation. Field trips and other events; see calendar on website.
633 W. Main St., 53703
Volunteers protecting and restoring prairies and oak savannas in the upper Midwest. Local chapter restoring more than 1,000 acres at 39 sites. Field trips April-Sept. on a range of topics: grassland birds, butterflies, prairie restoration. Free and open to the public; see website for calendar.
Recycling Away From Home
Organizes volunteers to manage recycling efforts at local festivals and other events; works with vendors toward the goal of composting and zero waste. Joint project of the Sierra Club, Marquette Neighborhood Association, Wil-Mar Center and other community groups and activists.
River Alliance of Wisconsin
Helps protect and restore Wisconsin's rivers. Advocacy and field trips.
306 E. Wilson St., Suite 2W, 53703
Nonprofit sustainability resource helping individuals make changes at work, school, and in their neighborhoods. Programs include annual Badger Bioneers conference, MPower Champions, and smART [sustainability + madison + art].
131 W. Wilson St., Ste. 502, 53703
Featuring the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. Its 1,260 acres also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Open daily 7 am-10 pm; free. Visitor Center open 9:30 am-4 pm weekdays and 12:30-4 pm weekends.
1207 Seminole Hwy., 53711
Wisconsin Environmental Initiative
Promotes responsible business practices, sound environmental polices, green building, and water stewardship. environmental policy, green building, agriculture and land use. Programs include Green Built Home, Travel Green Wisconsin, Main Street Green and Clean Clear Waters.
16 N Carroll St., Suite 840, 53703
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
Nonpartisan organization dedicated to electing conservation leaders to the state legislature and encouraging lawmakers to champion conservation policies that protect Wisconsin's public health and natural resources.
133 S. Butler St., #320, 53703
Wisconsin Wetlands Association
Educational and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting, restoring and promoting wetlands and associated ecosystems.
214 N. Hamilton St., Suite 201, 53703