Arboretum News (News)

Arboretum Is Recruiting Volunteer Restoration Team Leaders


Restoration team leaders are an essential corps of land care volunteers. They teach and supervise other volunteers at weekly restoration work parties. Apply by March 16 – the Arboretum’s extensive training program begins in late March. Read more »

  • Call for Artists: Arboretum Steinhauer Trust Gallery Exhibits 2016


    The Arboretum is now accepting proposals for artwork to hang in the Visitor Center gallery in 2016. The deadline is March 15, 2015. A juried ... Read more »

  • UW-Madison Arboretum Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan


    UPDATED 2/5/15. In February 2015, Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed on the south side of Madison, including in areas neighboring the Arboretum’s west side. Field staff continue to monitor the property for signs of the insect. Read more »

  • Arboretum Hiring a Curator for Longenecker Horticultural Gardens

    FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015

    The UW–Madison Arboretum is hiring a curator for Longenecker Horticultural Gardens! LHG is Wisconsin’s premier collection of woody ornamental plants – an unparalleled resource for teaching, study, and public enjoyment. Read more »

  • Land Care Report: Why We Are Seeing More Woody Species in Curtis Prairie


    Over the last few years we have fielded many questions regarding woody vegetation on Curtis Prairie. Unfortunately, the increase represents a global trend that has become apparent to ecologists and land managers over the last 10–15 years. Read more »

  • Research Brief: Surprises in Forest Succession


    Studying how forests change is a long-term commitment. Forest succession is the natural replacement of trees that do not tolerate shade with those that do. ... Read more »

  • Arboretum Presents “Living with the Land” Reading Series

    MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014

    The Arboretum Bookstore is proud to announce the “Living with the Land” reading series, featuring appearances by local authors this fall. The fee for each ... Read more »

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

    TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014

    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 »

  • Invasive ‘Jumping Worm’ Found at Arboretum

    THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014

    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 »

  • Update on Arboretum Director Search

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014

    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 »

  • Earth Focus Day Camp Registration

    THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014

    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 »

  • Skiing and Snowshoeing at the Arboretum

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013

    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


    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 »

  • Brush and Tree removal at Marion Dunn Pond this Summer

    FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

    Ten years ago, this stormwater detention pond was dredged and new outlets to West Wingra Marsh were installed. Since that time, brush and trees have ... Read more »

  • Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature

    FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013

    Join us on Saturday June 8 1:30 p.m. to meet the Author. Professor William Tishler, author of “Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature” will give ... Read more »

  • Blooming Times Delayed by Cool Weather

    THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

    Blooming times in the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens and native plant restorations are later than average, in fact, nearly the latest ever for some things. Lilacs will ... Read more »

  • An Illustrated Native Plant Garden

    MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013

    This month, an illustrated Gardening with Natives column finds a temporary home here on the website, as we honor Arboretum volunteers in the March Friends ... Read more »

  • Rocks and Water at Lake Mendota shore and beyond


    I find rocks and water fascinating, because of the juxtaposition of something static and something dynamic. In some of the photographs, moving water was captured ... Read more »

  • New Entrance for Longenecker Horticultural Gardens

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2012

    Construction is nearly finished on an entrance feature highlighting Longenecker Horticultural Gardens and the generosity of the Friends of the Arboretum. A stone wall ... Read more »

  • American Transmission Company Begins Work Along Arboretum Property


    The American Transmission Company (ATC) will be erecting power lines along the eastbound beltline near the Arboretum starting this summer. To accommodate the new power ... Read more »

  • Winter Trail Use


    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 Featured In Aerial Artistry Project

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011

    Wisconsinites often claim they love the state’s four seasons, including autumn in all its glory. Those in the UW–Madison community often claim they study, live ... Read more »

  • Arboretum Corps of Discovery Exhibit opened Saturday July 2 at the Arboretum Visitor Center.

    SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011

    The Arboretum Corps of Discovery consists of a group of dedicated volunteers who have been trained to provide an esthetic documentation of the natural ... Read more »

  • Storm Water Work Begins along Manitou Way

    MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

    A stormwater detention pond is being built near Manitou Way in the Arboretum. This new facility will intercept urban storm water sediment that is filling ... Read more »

  • Learning from the Land: Leopold’s Legacy in Action

    THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011

    In a new summer youth leadership experience at the Arboretum, students will develop skills to restore, preserve, and protect local ecosystems. Through hands-on activities, field ... Read more »

  • Enjoy a Quiet Time naturalist-led tour on Sunday Dec. 26


    The Visitor Center will be closed for State designated Holidays on December 24 and 25. We will be open as usual on Sunday, December 26 ... Read more »

  • Arboretum Celebrates 75 Years

    THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2010

    Restoring Land and Enriching Lives since 1934 As the Arboretum prepares to conclude its 75th anniversary celebration, it’s clear that our anniversary year (June 2009-June 2010) ... Read more »

  • Trails Closed Because of Heavy Rain

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2009

    Two trails are closed beginning September 25. G5-G6 in Gallistel Woods have dangerous trees overhanging the trails that tipped-up from the excess moisture. We ... Read more »

  • White-winged crossbills, pine siskins and redpolls sighted in Arboretum

    MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009

    Many bird-watchers are reporting white-winged cross bills, (Loxia leucoptera) in spruce trees in Longenecker Gardens or along McCaffrey Drive at the Arboretum. People are also ... Read more »