Arboretum News

Explore the Wetlands and Wildlife of the Mississippi by Riverboat

TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014 :: FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM

The Friends offer meaningful, well-planned trips geared toward travelers who appreciate the beauty and complexity of nature and are eager to learn more from experts carefully selected to guide the tours. We are now accepting reservations for a Mississippi River Fall Migration Cruise. Choose either November 5 or November 11 and ... Read more »

  • Native Gardening Conference Teaches Benefits and Use of Native Plants in Home Landscapes

    THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014 :: PRESS RELEASES

    The 2014 Native Gardening Conference, “Native by Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future,” will be September 21, with expert-led demonstrations, workshops, tours, practical tips, information, and inspiration. Register by September 15. Read more »

  • Special Event: Living a Land Ethic book reading with author Stephen Laubach

    TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014 :: FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM

    Stephen Laubach, who works at the Arboretum in the Earth Partnership program and does regional watershed conservation consulting, has recently published a book about the Leopold Memorial Reserve. Read more »

  • Friends 2015 Annual Meeting is June 6

    MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014 :: FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM

    The Friends will celebrate another year of providing interesting and enlightening programs, activities and trips for our members and financial and volunteer support for the ... Read more »

  • Curtis Prairie and Teal Pond Wetlands

    SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    As a direct result of scouting for and leading this tour, and with the help of two different experts, I solved two mysteries – one ... Read more »

  • Greene Prairie and West Grady Knoll

    SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    This windy, sunny, Sunday afternoon before the 4th of July we were treated to a spectacular display of flower fireworks on the Grady prairies. Over ... Read more »

  • Invasive Asian Earthworm Found at Arboretum

    THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014 :: ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Amynthas agrestis, an invasive earthworm from temperate regions of Asia, was found in limited areas near the Visitor Center in fall 2013. The Arboretum is ... Read more »

  • Curtis Prairie Walk

    SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    Things change. Over the past several years, I have boasted about how well prairie plants can handle the dry, hot weather. This summer I’m impressed ... Read more »

  • Greene Prairie and West Grady Knoll

    SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    Dark threatening clouds moved rapidly across the western sky shortly before our tour began. But as we walked past the Evjue pines and the Grady ... Read more »

  • Generous funding makes way for three new graduate assistantships!

    TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014 :: EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR SCHOOLS

    Earth Partnership is delighted to have three graduate assistants beginning new positions for the 2014–2015 academic year! Claire Shaller will be changing roles from Earth Partnership ... Read more »

  • Curtis Prairie Walk

    SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    In anticipation of walking through the narrow trails that cut diagonally across Curtis Prairie, I noted at the beginning of our Sunday tour that there ... Read more »

  • Grady Tract and Greene Prairie

    FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    The stars of Sunday’s tour were lupines and lady’s slippers. The West Grady Knoll is currently carpeted with the former – empurpled, you might ... Read more »

  • Update on Arboretum Director Search

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014 :: ANNOUNCEMENTS

    University Communications released an update on 6/3/14 about the Arboretum director search: “Donna Paulnock will continue her service as interim director of the UW Arboretum, ... Read more »

  • West Curtis Prairie and Noe Woods Walk

    SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    Our tour on Sunday afternoon was nearly as notable for the things we DIDN’T see as for those we did. The prairie is waking ... Read more »

  • Spring on the Grady Tract Savanna and Greene Prairie

    SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    It was a sunny, inviting spring day to take a walk through the Grady Tract. We started out by discussing and identifying several of the ... Read more »

  • Wlidflowers and Magnolias for Mother’s Day

    SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    After making it through an extraordinarily cold winter and waiting out a very slow spring, it was quite a treat to take a walk on ... Read more »

  • Latino Earth Partnership Travels to Nicaragua!

    TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014 :: EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR SCHOOLS

    Latino Earth Partnership (Colaboración Ambiental) is now in Nicaragua! This spring, Rick Hall and Maria Moreno of Earth Partnership traveled down to the Central American ... Read more »

  • Earth Partnership Presents at Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference

    TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014 :: EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR SCHOOLS

    Earth Partnership was honored to be a presenter at the eighth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, held on April 22nd at the Monona Terrace ... Read more »

  • Earth Focus Day Camp Registration

    THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014 :: ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Registration is open for Earth Focus Day Camp Download registration form Now in its 23rd year, Earth Focus Day Camp creates outstanding summer nature programs for ... Read more »

  • Friends’ Nature Photography Group Presents Reflections on a Wetland

    TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014 :: FRIENDS OF THE ARBORETUM

    Jack and Holly Bartholmai invite you to join them on a virtual tromp in the swamp as they present a slide program entitled “Reflections on ... Read more »

  • For Love of the Earth

    SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    The three most exciting things that happened on our Easter Sunday tour were finding a Pasque flower in bloom, standing amidst a great ensemble of ... Read more »

  • Transitions

    SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    Our walk began as it remained for the rest of the afternoon – warm, sunny and beautiful. Early on, the larger group of nearly ... Read more »

  • Call for Artists EXTENDED DEADLINE Arboretum Steinhauer Trust Gallery Exhibits 2015

    SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014 :: ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The Arboretum is now accepting proposals for artwork to hang in the Visitor Center gallery in 2015. Deadline: April 28, 2014. A juried committee will ... Read more »

  • Early Spring Migrants

    SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    What a long cold and snowy winter! Today could be the first 60 degree day since last October, almost five months of cold. Not only ... Read more »

  • End of Winter

    SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    Although the vernal equinox, an occurrence symbolizing rebirth and fertility, happened just three days ago, today’s temperature hovered just above 30 degrees Fahrenheit and the ... Read more »

  • Looking for the Green

    SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    On Sunday’s walk, WE SAW A PILEATED WOODPECKER AND A BARRED OWL!!! What else is there to tell, really?? But seriously. Here’s more of the story: ... Read more »

  • Phenology and Signs of Spring – Really

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    This winter has been so cold that we might find ourselves questioning if spring really will come. Before we headed out on our hike ... Read more »

  • 9th Annual Madison Reads Leopold
    is March 1, 2014

    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014

    As part of the Madison area’s celebration of Aldo Leopold Weekend, the UW–Arboretum will host its 9th annual free public reading of Leopold’s work. Read more »

  • Life in Winter

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    Holding true to this winter’s weather trends, the day was cold, but we did have the sun shining during this tour. The much-appreciated brightness ... Read more »

  • UW-Madison Arboretum Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014 :: ANNOUNCEMENTS

    In late November 2013, the presence of Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed on the city of Madison’s north side. Anticipating the Emerald Ash Borer’s arrival, ... Read more »

  • Halfway to Spring

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    Don’t say we didn’t warn you! “It may not feel much like spring yet,” said the tour description. And indeed it didn’t – ... Read more »

  • Glacial Geology of the Arboretum

    SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    The Ice Age of the past 1.5 million years had a huge hand in shaping and defining the landscape of Dane County. Read more »

  • Animal Signs

    SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    There is no program I enjoy teaching more than Animal Signs. Whenever I go outside to look for animal tracks, I feel like I ... Read more »

  • Phenology

    SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 2014 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    WARNING: These notes contain references to blood, guts, excrement, and death. Sensitive readers may wish to close this document now. Still with me? ... Read more »

  • Summer 2013 Institute Highlights!

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014 :: EARTH PARTNERSHIP FOR SCHOOLS

    Have you seen these stories and photos from our latest round of EPS Summer Institutes? Read more »

  • Snow

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    A local news channel started off with us for Sunday’s tour – with a local interest story about why in the world people would go ... Read more »

  • Winter Sampler

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2013 :: NATURALISTSNOTES

    I was at the Arboretum and ready to give a tour on Sunday, but the nearly 7” of snow that had fallen overnight must have ... Read more »

  • Skiing and Snowshoeing at the Arboretum

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013 :: ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The Arboretum is prepared for snow and the skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking season. We have designated over 10 miles of ski trails for winter. ... Read more »

  • Arboretum Research Highlighted in Scientific American, December 2013

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013 :: ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Wetlands serve important roles as nature’s filters and protective buffers. Loss and degradation of wetlands continue to be of major global concern, and wetland restoration ... Read more »

  • 5th-annual Arboretum Local Products Fair Offers Wisconsin-made Gifts

    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013 :: PRESS RELEASES

    The UW–Madison Arboretum will host the fifth-annual Arboretum Local Products Fair on Sunday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Arboretum Visitor ... Read more »