Events & Classes

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    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.

  • WALKS

    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.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    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.

  • WALKS

    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.

  • WALKS

    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 – 11:30 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.

  • WINTER ENRICHMENT LECTURE

    Jens Jensen: The Living Green

    Thursday, January 8 • 9 am – 11:30 am

    Winter Enrichment film screening and discussion with Carey Lundin, documentary director and co-producer.

  • WALKS

    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.

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    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.

  • WALKS

    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

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

    Thursday, January 15 • 9 am – 11:30 am

    Winter Enrichment lecture with Jennifer Stenglein PhD, wildlife research scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    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.

  • WALKS

    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

    Unraveling Mysteries of Hibernation: From Basic Science to Biomedical Applications

    Thursday, January 22 • 9 am – 11:30 am

    Winter Enrichment lecture with Hannah V. Carey, professor, Dept. of Comparative Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, and director, Biotron, UW–Madison

  • VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

    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

    How Birding Can Change the World

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

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

  • 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. 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.

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

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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