Events & Classes: 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.
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.
Sunday, December 7 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm
The naturalist will choose the best route for interesting observations and discussion.
Sunday, December 14 • 1 pm – 2:30 pmChickadees, 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.
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.
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.
Night Walk: Winter Solstice
Sunday, December 21 • 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Join us for sunset on the shortest day of the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walk: Winter Water
Sunday, January 18 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Learn how ponds, wetlands, and springs support wildlife during this time of year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.