Events & Classes

  • GARDEN TOURS

    Native Plant Garden Tour: Early Signs of Spring

    Wednesday, April 23 • 7 pm – 8:30 pm

    As trees and shrubs begin to leaf out, Dutchman’s-breeches, anemones and rue-anemones might be blooming in the woodland gardens. In our prairie gardens, we may find Pasque flower, prairie smoke, and bird’s-foot violet.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    Saturday, April 26 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training are provided, and groups are welcome with advance notice. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information contact Marian Farrior at mlfarrior@wisc.edu or 265.5214.

  • EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR FAMILIES

    Spring Time at Teal Pond

    Sunday, April 27 • 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

    Come celebrate the end of Earth Week by dipping a net into the pond and learning about the wetland habitat. What animals have woken up and are stirring about the pond? Explore with us the awakening of the water critters.Drop in activities inside the Visitors Center from 12:30-3:30 pm.
    Naturalist-led hike from 1:30-2:30 pm.
    Meet at the UW-Madison Arboretum Visitors Center

  • EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR FAMILIES

    Earth Partnership for Families: Springtime at Teal Pond

    Sunday, April 27 • 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

    Come celebrate the end of Earth Week by dipping a net into the pond and learning about the wetland habitat. What animals are stirring about the pond? Explore with us the awakening of water critters. Ongoing drop-in activities inside the Visitor Center; naturalist-led hike from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

  • WALKS

    Woodland Wildflowers

    Sunday, April 27 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    As spring progresses, more flowers emerge. We will look for windflower, troutlily, rue-anemone and Virginia bluebells along the trails of our restored woodlands.

  • GARDEN TOURS

    Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour: Early Spring flowering Woody Ornamentals

    Wednesday, April 30 • 7 pm – 8:30 pm

    This tour, led by Professor Emeritus of horticulture and garden curator Ed Hasselkus, will include the yellow and Little Girl Series magnolias, early lilacs and rhododendrons, and other spring flowering plants.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Wingra Oak Savanna

    Saturday, May 3 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training are provided, and groups are welcome with advance notice. Meet at the gravel parking lot along Arbor Drive just off Monroe Street. For more information contact Marian Farrior at mlfarrior@wisc.edu or 265.5214.

  • SPECIAL EVENT

    Badger Trolley Tours

    Sunday, May 4 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    Free narrated tours aboard the Badger Trolley begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. See what’s in bloom in Longenecker Gardens, view our prairies and woodlands in spring color, and learn more about the Arboretum’s history and purpose. Tickets required; Visitor Center opens at 12:30 p.m. FOA sponsored.

  • WALKS

    Spring Wildflowers on the Grady Tract

    Sunday, May 4 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Naturalist-led hike to look for wildflowers in the oak openings and prairies of the Grady Tract. Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy and the West Beltline.

  • GARDEN TOURS

    Flowering Crabapples and Lilacs

    Wednesday, May 7 • 7 pm – 8:30 pm

    Led by Professor Emeritus of horticulture and garden curator Dr. Ed Hasselkus. In this tour, he will concentrate on flowering crabapples, and present highlights in the Gardens’ large lilac collection.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Wingra Oak Savanna

    Saturday, May 10 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training are provided, and groups are welcome with advance notice. Meet at gravel parking lot corner of Arbor Drive and Monroe Street. For more information contact Marian Farrior at mlfarrior@wisc.edu or 265.5214.

  • FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM EVENT

    Friends of the Arboretum Native Plant Sale

    Saturday, May 10 • 9 am – 2 pm

    Come to the big tent for all your native-plant gardening needs. For more information: http://uwarboretum.org/foa/native_plant_sale.php

  • WALKS

    Mother’s Day Walk: Spring Sampler

    Sunday, May 11 • 1 pm – 2 pm

    Naturalist-led hike exploring the Arboretum’s woodlands, wetlands and prairie. Bring Mom to see the wildflowers!

  • SPECIAL EVENT

    Special Event: Badger Trolley Tours

    Sunday, May 11 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    Free narrated tours aboard the Badger Trolley begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. See what’s in bloom in Longenecker Gardens, view our prairies and woodlands in spring color, and learn more about the Arboretum’s history and purpose. Tickets required; Visitor Center opens at 12:30 p.m. FOA sponsored.

  • WALKS

    Family Walk: Spring Is Here

    Sunday, May 11 • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Naturalist-led hike tailored to families with young children. We’ll explore the prairies, woodlands or wetlands near the Visitor Center.

  • GARDEN TOURS

    Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour: Azaleas and Rhododendrons

    Wednesday, May 14 • 7 pm – 8:30 pm

    Horticulturist Dr. Deborah McCown will discuss the care of azaleas and rhododendrons in the Madison area, and show highlights of the Arboretum’s collection

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Grady Tract

    Saturday, May 17 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training are provided, and groups are welcome with advance notice. Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy and the West Beltline. For more information contact Marian Farrior at mlfarrior@wisc.edu or 265.5214.

  • WALKS

    Springtime on the Grady Tract

    Sunday, May 18 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    Naturalist-led hike to look for wildflowers on the former Grady and Henderson land. Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy and the West Beltline.

  • SPECIAL EVENT

    Badger Trolley Tours

    Sunday, May 18 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    Free narrated tours aboard the Badger Trolley begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. See what’s in bloom in Longenecker Gardens, view our prairies and woodlands in spring, and learn more about the Arboretum’s history and purpose. Tickets required; Visitor Center opens at 12:30 p.m. FOA sponsored.

  • GARDEN TOURS

    Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour: Small Ornamental Trees

    Wednesday, May 21 • 7 pm – 8:30 pm

    Dr. Laura Jull, UW Professor of horticulture, will highlight some of the Arboretum’s interesting, and unusual, small ornamentals.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    Saturday, May 24 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training are provided, and groups are welcome with advance notice. Meet at the front steps of the Visitor Center. For more information contact Marian Farrior at mlfarrior@wisc.edu or 265.5214.

  • EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR FAMILIES

    Reasons for the Seasons

    Sunday, May 25 • 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

    As spring turns into summer we watch the browns turn to green. Come join us as we discover some of the reasons behind these changes. Make nature journals to keep track of your summertime explorations. Ongoing activities inside the Visitor Center; naturalist-led hike from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

  • WALKS

    West Curtis Prairie and Noe Woods

    Sunday, May 25 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    The western portion of the Curtis Prairie is the site of the first-ever prairie restoration, conducted by the Civilian Conservation Corps 80 years ago. Noe Woods has been studied since the 1930s to document changes in woodlands.