Madison Parks offers 20 uniquely managed conservation parks with educational events and passive recreational opportunities. The primary purpose of a conservation park is to preserve Madison's native landscapes, plants and animal populations for the careful use and enjoyment of visitors. This mindful and meticulous management by staff and volunteers includes restoring native plants and animal communities and controlling invasive species through fire and other means.
List of Conservation Parks
History of Conservation Parks
In the late 1960s, the City of Madison began purchasing land in what is now Cherokee Marsh. This large and diverse wetland needed to be preserved for future generations. Since formally establishing a Conservation Parks Program in 1971, the City has acquired and manages over 1600 acres of conservation parkland. Conservation parkland is our past, present and future. We need to preserve this land, restore it to its original state now for future generations to have a window to our past.