Events & Classes

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Wingra Oak Savanna

    Saturday, August 2 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Meet at the gravel parking lot along Arbor Drive just off Monroe Street.

    Ecological restoration emphasizes creating and managing healthy native plant communities. Saturday work parties are organized as drop-in opportunities (individuals need not register in advance).

    Activities include cutting brush from remnant and restored areas, removing invasive plants, and burn unit preparation. You’ll learn about the Arboretum and its plant communities. Tools and training provided. We encourage volunteers from all backgrounds and experience levels. All tools, equipment, instruction, and refreshments are provided. Participants are advised to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, work gloves and other seasonally appropriate clothing. Insect repellent is also quite useful. Youths 12-17 are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian, with advance arrangements.

    For more information call 265-5214 or mlfarrior@wisc.edu

  • WALKS

    Curtis Prairie

    Sunday, August 3 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    With as many as 14 new species coming into bloom each week, this walk could reveal 28 new species blooming from just two weeks ago.

  • CLASS

    Forest Garden Design

    Tuesday, August 5 • 6 pm – 9 pm

    Learn the basics of how to plant a forest garden, including mushrooms! In this class we will cover site considerations, plant guilds, plant selection, and forest garden designs. We will also discuss how to grow mushrooms for home-scale food production. Plant lists will be provided. Instructors: Marian Farrior and Amy Jo Dusick. Fee: $21 ($18 FOA).

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    Saturday, August 9 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Meet at the front steps of the Visitor Center.

    Ecological restoration emphasizes creating and managing healthy native plant communities. Saturday work parties are organized as drop-in opportunities (individuals need not register in advance).

    Activities include cutting brush from remnant and restored areas, removing invasive plants, and burn unit preparation. You’ll learn about the Arboretum and its plant communities. Tools and training provided. We encourage volunteers from all backgrounds and experience levels. All tools, equipment, instruction, and refreshments are provided. Participants are advised to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, work gloves and other seasonally appropriate clothing. Insect repellent is also quite useful. Youths 12-17 are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian, with advance arrangements.

    For more information: 265-5214 or mlfarrior@wisc.edu.

  • WALKS

    Night Walk: Insect Serenade

    Saturday, August 9 • 8 pm – 9:30 pm

    At this time in the summer, the fields echo with the sounds of insects, including the snowy tree cricket. Join the naturalist to educate your ears.

  • WALKS

    Wingra Oak Savanna Restoration and Monroe Street Environs

    Sunday, August 10 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    This restoration of oak savanna has been a cooperative effort among the Arboretum, the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood and volunteers since 1992. We will visit the restoration and the Wheeler Council Ring, designed by Jens Jensen, as well as two of the springs that made this area a site for Native Americans for at least the last 4,000 years. Meet at the parking lot at the corner of Monroe Street and Arbor Drive.

  • WALKS

    Family Walk: Pond Stuff

    Sunday, August 10 • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Specially designed for families, this hike will introduce participants to the fascinating life in ponds.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Grady Tract

    Saturday, August 16 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot at the southeast corner of Seminole Hwy and the Beltline frontage road.

    Ecological restoration emphasizes creating and managing healthy native plant communities. Saturday work parties are organized as drop-in opportunities (individuals need not register in advance).

    Activities include cutting brush from remnant and restored areas, removing invasive plants, and burn unit preparation. You’ll learn about the Arboretum and its plant communities. Tools and training provided. We encourage volunteers from all backgrounds and experience levels. All tools, equipment, instruction, and refreshments are provided. Participants are advised to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, work gloves and other seasonally appropriate clothing. Insect repellent is also quite useful. Youths 12-17 are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian, with advance arrangements.

    For more information: 265-5214 or mlfarrior@wisc.edu

  • WALKS

    Greene Prairie and the Grady Savanna

    Sunday, August 17 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    With lavender Liatris and yellow coneflowers, the prairies are alive with color that attracts viceroy, monarch and other butterflies. Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot located at the southeast corner of the Beltline and Seminole Hwy intersection.

  • GARDEN TOURS

    Native Plant Garden Tour: Native Grasses

    Wednesday, August 20 • 7 pm – 8:30 pm

    In this summer tour, we will take a closer look at color, size and features of native grasses, from tiny mustache grass to big bluestem. Led by Native Plant Gardener Susan Carpenter. Tour will last until dusk.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    Ecological Restoration Work Party: Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    Saturday, August 23 • 9 am – 12 pm

    Meet at the front steps of the Visitor Center.

    Ecological restoration emphasizes creating and managing healthy native plant communities. Saturday work parties are organized as drop-in opportunities (individuals need not register in advance).

    Activities include cutting brush from remnant and restored areas, removing invasive plants, and burn unit preparation. You’ll learn about the Arboretum and its plant communities. Tools and training provided. We encourage volunteers from all backgrounds and experience levels. All tools, equipment, instruction, and refreshments are provided. Participants are advised to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, work gloves and other seasonally appropriate clothing. Insect repellent is also quite useful. Youths 12-17 are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian, with advance arrangements.

    For more information: 265-5214 or mlfarrior@wisc.edu.

  • CLASS

    Introduction to Rain Gardening

    Saturday, August 23 • 1 pm – 3:30 pm

    This class will cover design, placement, plants, and planting of rain gardens. Instructor: Molly Fifield-Murray. Fee: $18 ($16 FOA). Registration require

  • EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR FAMILIES

    Listen to the Buzzzzz of the Prairie

    Sunday, August 24 • 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

    Join us to listen to the late summer sounds of the prairie and discover birds, grasshoppers, crickets, bumblebees and maybe even the rustle of a snake slithering through the grass. Ongoing drop-in activities at the Visitor Center from 12:30-3:30, naturalist-led hike from 1:30-2:30.
  • WALKS

    Sample of Dane County in 1834

    Sunday, August 24 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Restored prairie, savanna and wetlands near the Visitor Center provide an example of what Dane County looked like in the 1830s. Restoration was an unknown adventure when started here in 1934. Many different experiments have resulted in what is here today.

  • WALKS

    Prairies and Savannas on the Grady Tract

    Sunday, August 31 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    Now is a good time to see the contrast between the sandy, dry West Knoll and wet-mesic Greene Prairie. Meet in the Grady Tract parking lot located at the southeast corner of the Beltline and Seminole Hwy intersection

  • SPECIAL EVENT

    Labor Day – Visitor Center Closed

    Monday, September 1 • 9:30 am – 4 pm

  • SPECIAL EVENT

    Native by Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future

    Sunday, September 21 • 8:45 am – 4:30 pm

    Experts will lead you step-by-step through developing, maintaining, and improving your garden. Beginners through experienced gardeners are welcome. Come with questions, learn from fellow gardeners, and go home with inspiration and practical resources. Lunch provided. Dress for the weather.

    Keynote address by Doug Tallamy, Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, and author of Bringing Nature Home: How you can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants.