2014 Winter Enrichment

Since 1968, the UW Arboretum has offered lectures for naturalists in the greater Madison area. Originally coordinated by Rosemary Fleming for Arboretum naturalists, the programs are now open to Arboretum volunteers, friends, and interested public as space allows.

The 2014 series will begin on January 9 and continue through March 13. We meet on Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Arboretum Visitor Center auditorium. Coffee will be available starting at 8:30; programs will begin promptly at 9.

Cost: 10 lectures for $70 per person (Friends of the Arboretum rate: $60 per person). You can also register for individual lectures ($10 per person each; $8.50 FOA). Download and mail in the 2014 Winter Enrichment Registration Form (PDF).

Register online for the series. Links to register for individual sessions are included below. Sessions are also listed on our Events page. (Note: To narrow the event listing results, check the boxes for "Winter Enrichment Lecture" and the months of January, Febrary, and March in the left sidebar.)

Please note: Space is limited. Please sign up early and carpool to events.


January 9: “Landscape Design as Ecological Art.” Darrel Morrison, Adjunct Faculty Member in the Master of Science in Landscape Design program, Columbia University, and Ecological Landscape Design and Management Consultant. Register for this session

January 16: "Wildlife Conservation in China." Dajun Wang Ph.D., Wildlife Biologist, School of Life Science, Peking University, Beijing, China. Visiting Professor, Van Deleen Lab, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Register for this session

[Please note: this is a change from the original lecture announced for 1/16, "Population Dynamics and Survival of Gray Wolves in Wisconsin.”]

January 23: “Earthworms, Invasive Plants and Other Factors in the Life and Health of the Forest.” Bernadette Williams, Invasive Species Conservation Biologist, Forestry Division / Forest Health, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Register for this session

January 30: “Wingra Watershed Management Opportunities and Challenges.” Jim Lorman, Professor of Biology and Academic Program Director of the Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program at Edgewood College, and founding member and past chair of Friends of Lake Wingra. Register for this session

February 6: “WeBIRD: Connecting People to Birds Through Mobile Technology.” Mark E. Barres, Assistant Professor of Avian Biology, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Department of Animal Sciences. Register for this session

February 13: “Science Day: An Annual Research Symposium.” Current Research at UW–Arboretum. Students and faculty will present findings of research projects conducted on Arboretum land over the past year. No fee and no registration required. Visit the Science Day page for more information.

February 20: “Plant Genetics and Evolution” Scott Woody, PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Assistant Scientist, Department of Biochemistry. Register for this session

February 27: “What Controlled the Composition and Pattern of the pre-European Vegetation of Wisconsin?” David Mladenoff, Professor of Conservation, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. Register for this session

March 6: “Birds, The Inside Story” Chuck Henrikson, PhD, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Department of Comparative Biosciences. Register for this session

March 13: “Archaeology” Robert “Ernie” Boszhardt, PhD, President of the Wisconsin Archaeological Society, Independent archaeologist, Professor, Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at UW–La Crosse (1982–2010). Register for this session