Events & Classes

  • WALKS

    Night Walk: The Snow Moon

    Saturday, January 31 • 6:30 pm – 8 pm

    Great horned owls are quiet in February, but barred owls may be calling. If the owls are silent, we will stargaze and listen for other creatures active on a late winter night.

  • WALKS

    Walk: Halfway to Spring

    Sunday, February 1 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Days may be getting longer, but it doesn’t always seem like spring. We will look for natural activity near the Visitor Center.

  • WINTER ENRICHMENT LECTURE

    Science Day: Current Research at the Arboretum

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

    Students and faculty will present research findings from projects conducted on Arboretum land and in the Lake Wingra watershed. No fee.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Wingra Oak Savanna

    Saturday, February 7 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Meet at Arbor Drive parking lot, near Monroe Street. Groups welcome with advance notice. For more information contact Marian Farrior at mlfarrior@wisc.edu or 265-5214.

  • WALKS

    Walk: Winter birds

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

    Returning birds often arrive in February. We will look for red-winged blackbirds, bluebirds, robins, and more.

  • WALKS

    Family Walk: Animal Tracks

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

    Animal tracks are easy to spot in the snow and mud. If neither are present, we will look for trails animals make through the vegetation.

  • WINTER ENRICHMENT LECTURE

    A Geographic Puzzle (with Many Pieces Missing): The Earliest Maps of Wisconsin and the Story of Jean Nicolet

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

    Winter Enrichment lecture with Dr. Patrick J. Jung, Milwaukee School of Engineering

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    Saturday, February 14 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Meet at Visitor Center. Groups welcome with advance notice. For more information contact Marian Farrior at mlfarrior@wisc.edu or 265-5214.

  • WALKS

    Life in Winter

    Sunday, February 15 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    We will look for clues as to how animals survive winter in Wisconsin

  • WINTER ENRICHMENT LECTURE

    Understanding Complex Environmental Problems: The Case of Vanishing Honey Bees

    Thursday, February 19 • 9 am – 11:30 am

    Winter Enrichment lecture with Daniel Lee Kleinman, associate dean, Graduate School, professor, Dept of Community and Environmental Sociology, faculty affiliate, Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, UW–Madison, and Dr. Sainath Suryanarayanan, assistant scientist, Dept of Community and Environment Sociology, UW–Madison

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Grady Tract

    Saturday, February 21 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Meet at Grady Tract lot, Seminole Hwy and Beltline frontage road. Groups welcome with advance notice. For more information contact Marian Farrior at mlfarrior@wisc.edu or 265-5214.

  • EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR FAMILIES

    Earth Partnership for Families: Stories and Games from the Past

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

    Drop in for stories and games first created by people who lived on this land long ago. Join a naturalist-led hike from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

  • WALKS

    Walk: The End of Winter

    Sunday, February 22 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    We can look for signs winter is ending, even if it is still cold—plants are budding, birds and mammals are preparing for spring.

  • WINTER ENRICHMENT LECTURE

    Fungi in a Changing World

    Thursday, February 26 • 9 am – 11:30 am

    Winter Enrichment lecture with Jessie Glaeser, PhD, Plant Pathology, and Karen Nakasone, PhD, botany, U.S. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wis.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core area and Curtis Prairie

    Saturday, February 28 • 9 am – 12 pm

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

  • 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

  • SPECIAL EVENT

    Special Event: 10th-Annual Madison Reads Leopold

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

    Free public reading from A Sand County Almanac and other works by Aldo Leopold, the Arboretum’s first research director. Celebrities and citizens alike will share Leopold’s eloquent statements about humans’ relationship to the natural environment. For information or to sign up to read, email kdminer@wisc.edu.

  • 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