Events & Classes: Walks

  • Walk: Greene Prairie and the West Grady Knoll

    Sunday, July 27 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    Prairie dock is prolific on Greene Prairie. With its bright-yellow blooms and broad, rough leaves, it dominates the vista. Looking closer brings dozens of other species into view. Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot located at the southeast corner of the Beltline and Seminole Hwy intersection.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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