Events & Classes

  • SPECIAL EVENT

    Living with the Land Reading Series – Richard Quinney,CANCELLED

    Saturday, October 25 • 2 pm – 3 pm

    Quinney’s books combine photography with autobiographical writing. Registration fee may be applied toward the purchase of A Sense Sublime in the Arboretum Bookstore on the day of the event.

  • EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR FAMILIES

    Bats, Spiders, and the Wise Old Owl

    Sunday, October 26 • 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

    Join us to learn about the animals associated with the dark nights of Halloween. Explore their habitats and discover the hidden stories of nature’s mysterious creatures. Drop in for activities in the Visitor Center. Naturalist led walk at 1:30.

  • WALKS

    Autumn Woodlands

    Sunday, October 26 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Fallen and falling leaves, mushrooms and other delights are possible this time of year.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Wingra Oak Savanna

    Saturday, November 1 • 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 608.265.5214 or mlfarrior@wisc.edu. Work parties are cancelled in bad weather.

  • CLASS

    All About Owls

    Saturday, November 1 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    Naturalist Sylvia Marek will share insights to the world of owls.

  • WALKS

    Tour of the Lost City

    Sunday, November 2 • 1 pm – 3:30 pm

    While we always tour this area around Halloween, there is really nothing spooky about this abandoned dream of a Venice of the North. Learn more about this failed 1920s residential area and how understanding the land can be important for proper development. Program starts indoors with a brief overview of the Lost City project

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    Saturday, November 8 • 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 608.265.5214 or mlfarrior@wisc.edu. Work parties are cancelled in bad weather.

  • CLASS

    Living with the Land Reading Series – Michael A. Miller, Field Guide to Wisconsin Streams

    Saturday, November 8 • 2 pm – 3 pm

    Field Guide to Wisconsin Streams “is the ultimate companion for learning about the animals and plants in Wisconsin streams,... accessible to anglers, teachers and students, amateur naturalists, and experienced scientists alike.” Co-author Michael A. Miller is a stream ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources whose professional interests include watershed and stream ecology and management. Registration fee may be applied toward the purchase of Field Guide to Wisconsin Streams in the Arboretum Bookstore on the day of the event.

  • WALKS

    Night Walk

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

    The waning moon will light the way for this night walk. We will listen for animal activity and enjoy the night sky.

  • WALKS

    Autumn Woodlands

    Sunday, November 9 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Fallen and falling leaves, mushrooms and other delights are possible this time of year.

  • WALKS

    Family Walk: Preparing for Winter.

    Sunday, November 9 • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Join the naturalist on this short walk to see how the natural world is preparing for winter.
  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Grady Tract.

    Saturday, November 15 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Meet at the parking lot at the southeast corner of Seminole Hwy and the Beltline frontage road.For more information see page 6.

  • WALKS

    The CCC and the Arboretum

    Sunday, November 16 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    In 1935 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) arrived to set up the only CCC camp on a university campus. More than 200 men served here until the camp closed in 1941. Learn about their extraordinary efforts to restore the landscape of Wisconsin.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    Saturday, November 22 • 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 608.265.5214 or mlfarrior@wisc.edu. Work parties are cancelled in bad weather.

  • CLASS

    Creating with Patterns from Nature.

    Saturday, November 22 • 9 am – 3 pm

    Using patterns found in nature we will create holiday ornaments and gifts.
    Learn about the science and function of these patterns while having fun. Bring your own lunch. Materials will be provided. Registration required. Instructors: Marian Farrior and Amy Jo Dusick

  • EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR FAMILIES

    Wonders of the White-tailed Deer

    Sunday, November 23 • 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

    Come discover some fascinating facts about the white-tailed deer that live in our woods and prairies. Take a hike through their habitats and look for signs of their presence. Drop in for activities in the Visitor Center beginning at 12:30. Hike with naturalist at 1:30.

  • WALKS

    Thinking Like an Arboretum

    Sunday, November 23 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Aldo Leopold’s essay “Thinking Like a Mountain” is the basis for this tour about the relationship between predators and prey, and the diversity of ecosystems.

  • WALKS

    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.