Welcome to Hoyt Park

hoyt sunset

Annual Summer Picnic, June 24

Noon to 2:30.  We will eat at 12:15

Roys Shelter (lower shelter). 

Roys shelter

Gate (northwest corner of parking lot, near playground) will be open so people can drive down to drop someone off.  There is NOT a parking area by the shelter so you will need to return to the main parking lot to park.

Pot luck - bring a dish to pass

Plates, cups, napkins, plastic utensils and beverages will be provided

ALL are welcome!

NEXT volunteer work day, Saturday, July 15 - 10AM-noon

WORKDAY LEADER (contact):    Tim Astfalk. (timastfalk@yahoo.com)

WORKDAY ACTIVITY:  Clean & clear vegetation around fireplaces

MEET: Main Parking Area at 10:00 a.m.

WEAR/BRING:  Work gloves, wheelbarrows, shovels AND enthusiasm!

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided


Bat update

It's certainly warm enough for bats to be out and about but now the days are so long that bat-friendly dusk comes pretty late. We will reschedule when it gets dark a little bit earlier.  Watch for updates.

Of interest:

Information about the UW-Madison study of Urban Red Foxes and Coyotes. This was the subject of the program at our annual meeting in April 2016

Summer Photos of Ready Prairie!

These flowers will be back with us soon!

ready prairie summer

Membership Renewal

Please renew your membership to FHP for calendar year 2017 or become a member using our 2017 membership form. Your volunteer and financial support helps maintain the award winning activities of FHP so that you may enjoy a great neighborhood park. We encourage you to check the box for emailing newsletters so more of your donation goes to Park projects.

Holiday Giving

Make your generosity count this holiday season. Please give to The Friends of Hoyt Park. All donations are tax deductible. Mail to: FHP, Inc., P O Box 5542, Madison WI 53705-0542.


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This is a social media site for biological observations. Record plants and animals you observe in the park to share with others or to ask for help with identification, and see what others have observed. The thumbnail photos are some of the recent observations.

What is iNaturalist?

Getting started using it

Map of Hoyt Park

The map will be available at the information kiosk in the park by the main parking lot, but you may also download a copy of the pdf file here (updated July 23, 2015)

Mark Your Calendar

Volunteer work days scheduled for the third Saturday of each month from 10 AM to Noon.

Sat. July 15 -- Clean & clear vegetation around fireplaces.

Sat. Aug 19

Sat. Sep 16

Sat. Oct 21

Sat. Nov 18 (weather permitting)

Watch the website for additional details about work days.

2017 Board Meetings

Thursday, July 13
Thursday, September 14
Thursday, October 12
Thursday, November 9

The FHP Board meets every month, except August and December, on the 2nd Thursday of the month in one of the meeting rooms at Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). All members and concerned citizens are welcome. There is a standing agenda item for public comments. Meeting minutes and other documents will be posted on the web site.


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Become a member by filling out a 2017 Membership Form (pdf).

FHP Newsletters

Fall 2016 Newsletter (pdf)

Fall 2015 Newsletter (pdf)

Spring 2015 Newsletter (pdf)

Fall 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

Spring 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

Fall 2013 Newsletter (pdf)

Spring 2013 Newsletter (pdf 536kb)

Fall 2012 Newsletter (pdf 167kb)

Spring 2012 Newsletter (pdf 360kb)

Fall 2011 Newsletter (pdf 207kb)

Spring 2011 Newsletter (pdf 285kb)

Fall 2010 Newsletter (pdf 171kb)

Spring 2010 Newsletter (pdf 438kb)

Fall 2009 Newsletter (pdf 216kb)

Summer 2009 Newsletter - special edition (pdf 107kb)

Spring 2009 Newsletter (pdf 534kb)

Fall 2008 Newsletter (pdf 191kb)

Spring 2008 Newsletter (pdf 1.7mb)

Fall 2007 Newsletter (pdf 258kb)

Spring 2007 Newsletter (pdf 260kb)

Fall 2006 Newsletter (pdf 190kb)

Spring 2006 Newsletter (pdf 278kb)

Fall 2005 Newsletter (pdf 188kb)

Spring 2005 Newsletter (pdf 241kb)

Fall 2004 Newsletter (pdf 173kb)

Spring 2004 Newsletter (pdf 364kb)

FHP Ranger Reports

Summer 2015 (pdf)

Summer 2014 (pdf)

Summer 2013 (pdf)

Summer 2012 (pdf 324kb)

Summer 2011 (pdf 119kb)

Summer 2010 (pdf 129kb)

Summer 2009 (pdf 67kb)

Summer 2008 (pdf 25kb)

Summer 2007 (pdf 56kb)

Summer 2006 (pdf 75kb)

FHP More Documents

Hoyt Park Area Joint Neighborhood Plan

Historic Hoyt Park: A Future Plan (pdf 249kb) (does not include Appendix 1 and 2 at this time)

FHP Bylaws (pdf 577kb)

2017 Membership Form (pdf)