Events & Classes: Walks

  • Grady Grasslands: West Knoll Oak Savanna and Greene Prairie

    Sunday, September 28 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    We will look for the five species of gentian that grow here as well as asters and goldenrods. Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot located at the southeast corner of the West Beltline and Seminole Highway.

  • Night Walk: Under the Autumn Moon

    Saturday, October 4 • 6:30 pm – 8 pm

    On a night of the waxing gibbous moon, join the naturalist to enjoy nature in late fall.

  • Woodlands

    Sunday, October 5 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Return to the restored woodlands with the naturalist to observe the beginning of fall color.

  • Woodlands

    Sunday, October 12 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Enjoy what is usually the peak for fall color in the restored woodlands of the Arboretum.

  • Family Walk: Why do Leaves Change Color?

    Sunday, October 12 • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Families can learn how to appreciate and understand the wonder of fall color in native trees and prairie grasses.

  • Red Lanterns

    Sunday, October 19 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Blackberry leaves turn bright red this month; according to Aldo Leopold, these show the best place to look for woodcock and grouse when hunting. We don’t have grouse here, so we will look for fall color, migrating white–throated sparrows and other fall delights.

  • Autumn Woodlands

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

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Autumn Woodlands

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

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.