Events & Classes

  • WINTER ENRICHMENT LECTURE

    Global Change Impacts on Species Movement and Persistence

    Thursday, March 5 • 9 am – 11:30 am

    Winter Enrichment lecture with Ellen Damschen, ecologist and conservation biologist, associate professor, Dept. of Zoology, UW–Madison

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    Full Moon Walk

    Thursday, March 5 • 6 pm – 7:30 pm

    The March full moon was called Coon Mating Moon by the Ho-Chunk. Other names include Sap Moon or Worm rising Moon. Pioneers considered the March full moon the last full moon of winter.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Wingra Oak Savanna

    Saturday, March 7 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairie and savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at the Arbor Drive parking lot, off Monroe Street.

  • SPECIAL EVENT

    Special Event: 10th-Annual Madison Reads Leopold

    Saturday, March 7 • 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

    Madison Reads Leopold is a beloved day-long read-aloud celebrating the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold. The free community event features a diverse lineup of celebrities and citizens sharing Leopold’s eloquence from A Sand County Almanac and other works. See “Learn more” link for event details.

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    Walking in Leopold’s Footsteps

    Sunday, March 8 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    See where Aldo Leopold, the Arboretum’s first research director, conducted his famous phenological research from 1935-1945 and where he helped to establish the first-ever restorations of Wisconsin’s natural ecosystems.

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    Family Walk: Mud

    Sunday, March 8 • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Mud isn’t just for pies; it is also a great place to see animal tracks. What is mud anyway, and why is there so much of it in spring? Just maybe not yet.

  • WINTER ENRICHMENT LECTURE

    Silent Night: Wisconsin’s Bats and White-nose Syndrome

    Thursday, March 12 • 9 am – 11:30 am

    Winter Enrichment lecture with Jennifer Redell, cave and mine specialist, conservation biologist, Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    Saturday, March 14 •

    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 Arboretum Visitor Center.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    Saturday, March 14 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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    Nightwalk: Skydance

    Saturday, March 14 • 6:30 pm – 8 pm

    The American woodcock is a funny-looking bird that has an amazing spring ritual for attracting mates. We can never guarantee that wildlife will appear on cure, but we can usually hear and see woodcock performances near the Arboretum Visitor Center.

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    Looking for the Green

    Sunday, March 15 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Could Mother Nature be Irish? She always begins to show some green around this time of year. We’ll search for it!

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    Spring Equinox Night Walk

    Friday, March 20 • 6:30 pm – 8 pm

    Join the naturalist for sunset on the first day of spring, halfway between the winter and summer solstices.

  • CLASS

    Playing with Patterns in Zentangle® and Nature

    Saturday, March 21 • 9 am – 4:30 pm

    In this unique workshop we will observe and explore common patterns found in nature and then draw them using Zentangle® techniques. Instructors: Marian Farrior & Julie Swanson CZT. The fee is $55 ($50 FOA), which includes a $5 materials fee. Preregistration required. Please bring your own lunch.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Grady Tract

    Saturday, March 21 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot at the intersection of Seminole Hwy. and the Beltline south Frontage Road.

  • EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR FAMILIES

    Spring Awakenings

    Sunday, March 22 • 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

    Spring has sprung! Join us for springtime activities: the return of winter migrators, sap running in the trees, buds swelling, and the earliest flowering shrubs. This program is a drop-in event starting at 12:30 and ending at 3:30 p.m. A naturalist-led hike will take place from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

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    Awakening Land

    Sunday, March 22 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    We will look for buds swelling, the return of birds such as sandhill cranes and turkey vultures, and indications of mole and worm activity in the thawed soil.

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    Early Migrants

    Sunday, March 29 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Birds are returning from the south. Neo-tropical migrants spend the winter in Central and South America, then return here to nest.We will look for early migrants, and early nesters among our yearlong residents.