Events & Classes

  • SPECIAL EVENT

    Arboretum Local Products Fair

    Sunday, November 30 • 10 am – 4 pm

    Sixth annual Local Products Fair features art, edibles and gifts at the Visitor Center. More than 40 vendors will be selling recycled art and locally produced goods. Free parking.

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    Effigy Mounds in the Arboretum

    Sunday, November 30 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    Meet at the Wingra Springs Parking Lot. The Arboretum contains rare, intact mound groups remaining out of the hundreds built in our area more than 1,000 years ago. On this tour, which features the mounds in Wingra and Gallistel Woods, you’ll learn about these ancient earthworks and the cultures that built them.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Wingra Oak Savanna.

    Saturday, December 6 • 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. Contact Marian Farrior at 265-5214 or email mlfarrior@wisc.edu for more information.

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    Night Walk: The Long Night Moon.

    Saturday, December 6 • 6:30 pm – 8 pm

    Also called the Full Cold Moon, tonight’s full moon rises at 5 p.m. and is above the horizon for nearly 15 hours. Without clouds it can easily light the way for this night walk.

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    Naturalist’s Choice

    Sunday, December 7 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    The naturalist will choose the best route for interesting observations and discussion.

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    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    Saturday, December 13 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. For more information: 265-5214 or mlfarrior@wisc.edu

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    Winter Birds

    Sunday, December 14 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays and other birds spend the entire year here. Some species consider our area “south for the winter.” Prepare for the Christmas bird counts on this informative walk.
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    Family Walk: Our Feathered Friends.

    Sunday, December 14 • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Birds are easier to spot when trees are bare of leaves, making winter a good time for youngsters to learn about them.

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    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Grady Tract.

    Saturday, December 20 • 9 am – 12 pm

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

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    Conifers

    Sunday, December 21 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    The Arboretum is home to many species of conifers, and on this tour you’ll be introduced to pines, spruces and firs.

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    Night Walk: Winter Solstice

    Sunday, December 21 • 4 pm – 5:30 pm

    Join us for sunset on the shortest day of the year.

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    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area

    Saturday, December 27 • 9 am – 12 pm

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

    Sunday, December 28 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Follow the last continental glacier’s path through the Arboretum to see how it sculpted the land.

  • SPECIAL EVENT

    Annual New Year’s Eve Walk.

    Wednesday, December 31 • 6:30 pm – 8 pm

    The Visitor Center will be open from 6–8:30 p.m. for the annual celebration. The walk begins at 6:30. Afterward, join us for a cup of hot chocolate and a peaceful welcome to the New Year.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Wingra Oak Savanna.

    Saturday, January 3 • 9 am – 12 pm

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

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    Night Walk: First Bear Moon

    Saturday, January 3 • 6:30 pm – 8 pm

    This moon is named for the birth of bear cubs in winter dens—a reminder that life continues in the coldest months.

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    Phenology Walk

    Sunday, January 4 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Aldo Leopold and his graduate students kept journals to record the timing of natural events (phenology). Start the new year learning to track life cycle events.

  • WINTER ENRICHMENT LECTURE

    Winter Enrichment Series

    Thursday, January 8 – Thursday, March 12 • 9 am – 11:03 am

    This series of 10 lectures is intended to enrich the knowledge of professional naturalists working with area school children and adults. Topics include archeology, natural history, current research and other pertinent topics. You can enroll for the entire series or individual lectures.

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    Family Walk: Animal Tracks

    Thursday, January 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.

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    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    Saturday, January 10 • 9 am – 12 pm

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

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    Looking for Animal Signs

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

    Learn about tracks and many other signs left by the creatures that share our world.

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    Family Walk: All About Snow

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

    Snow comes in many forms, and it is said that no two snowflakes are alike. Come explore the nature of snow even if there is no snow on the ground.

  • WINTER ENRICHMENT LECTURE

    Winter Enrichment—Snapshot Wisconsin: A Citizen-Based Trail Camera Project to Monitor Wildlife

    Thursday, January 15 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Winter Enrichment—Snapshot Wisconsin: A Citizen-Based Trail Camera Project to Monitor Wildlife. Jennifer Stenglein PhD, wildlife research scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Grady Tract.

    Saturday, January 17 • 9 am – 12 pm

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

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    Walk: Winter Water

    Sunday, January 18 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Learn how ponds, wetlands, and springs support wildlife during this time of year.

  • WINTER ENRICHMENT LECTURE

    Winter Enrichment—Understanding Complex Environmental Problems: The Case of Vanishing Honey Bees.

    Monday, January 19 • 9 am – 11:30 am

    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

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    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    Saturday, January 24 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area. Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. 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: Winter Animals.

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

    Learn about active winter animals and tracking with indoor drop-in activities all session. The naturalist-led hike, 1:30–2:30 p.m., will venture out to look for tracks and other animal signs.

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    Walk: Winter Wonders

    Sunday, January 25 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Even when the ground is frozen and the air is cold, beauty and activity abound in the natural world.

  • WINTER ENRICHMENT LECTURE

    Winter Enrichment—How Birding Can Change the World.

    Thursday, January 29 • 9 am – 11:30 am

    Trish O’Kane, PhD candidate, instructor of environmental studies and creator of Nature Explorers Program, Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW–Madison

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    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.

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    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

    Winter Enrichment—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. This program has 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. Groups welcome with advance notice. For more information contact Marian Farrior at mlfarrior@wisc.edu or 265-5214.

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    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.

  • WINTER ENRICHMENT LECTURE

    Winter Enrichment—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

    Dr. Patrick J. Jung, Milwaukee School of Engineering

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    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. Groups welcome with advance notice. For more information contact Marian Farrior at mlfarrior@wisc.edu or 265-5214.

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    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 parking lot. 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.

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    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

    Winter Enrichment—Fungi in a Changing World

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

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

  • 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

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

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

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