Events & Classes: Walks

  • Night Walk: Skydance

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

    The American woodcock is a funny–looking bird that has an amazing spring ritual for attracting mates. We can never guarantee that wildlife will appear on cue, but we can usually hear and see woodcock performances near the Arboretum Visitor Center.

  • Transitions

    Sunday, April 5 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    Early spring can have variable weather, influencing plant awakenings and animal behavior. Walk with the naturalist to areas where changes are most evident.

  • Effigy Mounds in the Arboretum

    Sunday, April 12 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    The Arboretum contains rare, intact mound groups built 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 humans who built them

  • Family Walk: All About Frogs

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

    In April frogs emerge from their winter homes and start calling from local ponds. Join us as we learn which frogs are active in the Arboretum.

  • For Love of the Earth

    Sunday, April 19 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    This week marks Earth Day, and John Muir’s birthday. Eighty years ago today, the first lilacs were planted at the Arboretum. Join the naturalist to search for signs of spring and renewal.

  • Woodland Wildflowers

    Sunday, April 26 • 1 pm – 2:30 pm

    As spring progresses, more flowers emerge. We will look for windflower, troutlily, rue–anemone, and Virginia bluebells along the trails of our restored woodlands.

  • Spring Wildflowers on the Grady Tract

    Sunday, May 3 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    Naturalist–led hike to look for wildflowers in the oak openings and prairies of the Grady Tract. Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot.

  • Night Walk: Sunset Serenade

    Sunday, May 3 • 7:30 pm – 9 pm

    Naturalist–led hike to take in the sights and sounds of a late spring evening. Moon rises at 7:42 p.m., sun sets at 8:01. Meet at Visitor Center.

  • Mother’s Day Walk: Spring Sampler

    Sunday, May 10 • 1 pm – 2 pm

    Naturalist–led hike exploring the Arboretum’s woodlands, wetlands and prairie. Bring mom to see the wildflowers!

  • Family Walk: Spring Is Here

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

    Naturalist–led hike tailored to families with young children. We’ll explore the prairies, woodlands, or wetlands near the Visitor Center

  • Springtime on the Grady Tract

    Sunday, May 17 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    Naturalist–led hike to look for wildflowers on the former Grady and Henderson land. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy and the West Beltline.

  • West Curtis Prairie and Noe Woods

    Sunday, May 24 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    The western portion of the Curtis Prairie is the site of the first–ever prairie restoration, begun by the Civilian Conservation Corps 80 years ago. Noe Woods has been studied since the 1930s to document changes in woodlands.

  • Early Summer on the Grady Oak Savannas and Greene Prairie

    Sunday, May 31 • 1 pm – 3 pm

    Explore the mosaic of grasses dotted with color from phlox, blue-eyed grass, yellow star grass and up to 30 other species. Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy and the West Beltline.