Rotary Winter Wonderland has provided over 550,000 food items to food pantries in Marshfield and the surrounding area since its beginning in 2006. The project requires the valuable help of volunteer organizations from across the Marshfield area. It is located at Wildwood Park & Zoo in Marshfield, WI!
Here are a few of the ways you can get involved!
SET UP and TAKE DOWN
- Set-Up will be Saturday Oct 20th & 27th and Nov 3rd & 10th (8AM-3PM)
- Take-Down dates are TBD in January, depending on weather
- Individuals 12 years and older are preferred. Younger children will need to be very closely supervised by an adult.
- No special skills are needed. We will provide training and do our best to find tasks for all skill levels.
- Hot lunch will be provided around noon each Saturday.
We need groups to greet guests and collect food donations each night the park is open (Friday, November 23rd through Monday, December 31st). Children are welcome but must be supervised by an adult. Please contact us as soon as possible regarding a date as they go fairly quickly and are given on a first come, first served basis. Nights are split into the following shifts:
- Weeknights (Sun-Thurs) – two shifts, (4:45 – 7 p.m. and 6:45 – 9 p.m.), for up to two organizations each weeknight. Groups need to have 8-10 volunteers available during their shift.
- Weekends (Fri & Sat) – these nights will need to be staffed 4:45-9 p.m. and require a large group of about 12-15 people.
- A list of available collection nights (updated often, but not real-time) are listed at www.rotarywinterwonderland.com/2018-food-collection-nights.
The Gingerbread Jamz
Gingerbread Jamz is a new addition to Rotary Winter Wonderland as of 2017! The Gazebo (in the middle of the Zoo) has been turned into a Gingerbread House and will be the host of live acoustic music Thursdays-Sundays. Below is a list of acts that are lined up this far. If you or someone you know would be interested in donating their talents, please contact Danielle at email@example.com or by phone at 715-316-8009!
SPECIAL OLYMPICS COLLABORATION
Winter Wonderland could not survive without the continued support we receive from the Marshfield Area Special Olympics. Each year in February and March over many weekends, the Special Olympians sort, test and wrap our lights and extension cords for the next year.
This is a huge undertaking to handle over 1,000,000 lights and we are so very grateful for their continued support. Their hard work allows Special Olympics to enjoy the lights when they are in the Zoo the following year and know that they are helping give back to the community by preparing for next year’s event.
AREA SCHOOLS COLLABORATION
Marshfield High School Computer Science students developed the “Light Rhapsody” light show you see in the center of the Zoo. Students utilize this service project to enhance their computational thinking skills, employing critical problem solving skills with the power of computing. This year we have over 50 songs developed by MHS students. This is a long way from the 3 songs we first learned to program in the early years of Winter Wonderland!
Each student chooses a song to automate and is given several hours to practice and improve their algorithmic thinking while gaining confidence in dealing with complexity, tolerance for ambiguity, and the ability to communicate and work with others to achieve a common goal or solution. The display has over 300 different light channels that need to be programmed for every second of the song. This is a tremendous amount of work and we are so happy to have them on our team.
OPPORTUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER COLLABORATION
The great people at ODC also help with the sorting, testing and wrapping of lights for next year’s event. In February and March we drop off totes filled with last year’s lights. They sort through all of the items and return the totes of lights ready to go for next season. We are so happy and appreciative of all their hard work.