Braiding Sweetgrass

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Celebrate the summer solstice by joining Friends of Silverwood Park and United Women in Faith in reading Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass.

In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on "a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise" (Elizabeth Gilbert).Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons,even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.

The discussion will occur on Thursday, June 20th.  We will meet on the porch of the Stone House, 771 Silver Lane, Edgerton, WI  at 7:00 pm.  Enjoy the discussion then stay later (optional) to watch the sunset over the prairie at Silverwood Park.  Refreshments provided. 




Mushroom Log Event

The Mushroom Inoculation Workshop is back!

Join us on one of these days and times:

April 4, 7 and 14 -  12pm -2pm

April 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 - 10am to 2pm

Contact Rita for more info. Also, looking for volunteers!

See pics here! Click here 

What's going on at Silverwood Park?

Volunteer on Saturdays to work with Rita on woods restoration work this winter and spring. Meet in the parking lot or call Rita at 715-623-7277 to find the work location after 9. Bring water, and snacks, dress appropriately for the day's weather, and wear your work gloves. 



Get outside and enjoy your local earth!

COVID-19 Update: Dane County restrictions have been lifted. Please stay safe while you enjoy activities in the park.

Visit our Announcements page for up-to-date information about volunteer activities and more.

Many of our trails are wide enough to accommodate horses and farm vehicles. Choose these for safely distanced walks.


Classes and workshops, community events, celebrations, self-guided activities--Silverwood Park is a great venue for events of all kinds!

This is a picture of a summer school class lesson at Silverwood Park.

An Edgerton School District summer school class in action.

Self-guided activities: With about 300 acres and a mix of fields, woods, and shoreline, there’s a lot to do here. See our Recreation page.

This is a picture of the Stone House at Silverwood Park

Hold your event here: The Friends of Silverwood Park welcome public use of available buildings for civic, cultural, educational and public information meetings of organizations serving the residents of Dane County and the area. Buildings available for rent include the North Shed and the Stonehouse Visitors’ Center. See the Building Use Agreement here. For more information or to make a reservation, contact us.

Photography guidelines: Photography is a wonderful way to enjoy this park and share its beauty with others. We encourage you to take casual photographs of your visit for your personal use. You are welcome to share photos of the park on your social media. The prairies, woods, and historic farm buildings make a beautiful backdrop for professional photography. Professionals who make images in exchange for money are welcome here, but we ask that you help us fund protection of the park’s beauty. Please become a Partner Member of the Friends of Silverwood Park. Find membership information here.

For specific upcoming events, check the sidebar to the left.