Arboretum News (Friends of the Arboretum)

Explore the Northern Rockies with Friends


Join Friends members on a tour of geologically carved, mountain encrusted and biologically diverse landscapes of the Northern Rocky Mountains. The wilderness aesthetics alone can give you sensory overload! Join the Friends of the Arboretum September 12-18, 2015 for our “Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes Park Deluxe Tour.” To learn more ... Read more »

  • Travel with Friends and Escape Winter in Wisconsin


    Remember Wisconsin last March when we were visited by the polar vortex? Now imagine warm desert winds, majestic mountains, forests of saguaro cacti and western sunsets ... Read more »

  • Friends Announce 2014 Leopold Restoration Award Winners

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2014

    This year, the Leopold Restoration Awards program bestows four awards that recognize the outstanding contributions of private landowners who have transformed their land, shared what they have learned, and worked with professionals and volunteers to accomplish ecological restoration goals — and a career in ecological restoration that has enhanced land management. Read more »

  • Experience Fall Migration on the Mississippi River

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014

    Don’t miss this opportunity to travel with fellow members of the Friends and explore our area’s natural beauty with like-minded individuals while learning from experienced ... Read more »

  • Friends 2015 Annual Meeting is June 6

    MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

    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 »

  • Friends’ Nature Photography Group Presents Reflections on a Wetland

    TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014

    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 »

  • New book looks at the history of the Arboretum


    Frank Court’s new book, Pioneers of Ecological Restoration: The people and legacy of the University of Wisconsin’s Arboretum, is hot off the press — a scholarly yet ... Read more »

  • 2013 Leopold Restoration Award Winners


    The Friends of the Arboretum honored Don and Donna Justin, Matt Millen, and John Shillinglaw at its twelfth annual Leopold Restoration Awards banquet on October ... Read more »

  • Friends Special Event: An Extraordinary, Garden-Variety Solution to Deforestation and Poverty in Central America

    SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013

    Join us as Florence Reed, president and founder of Sustainable Harvest International, shares a story of hope and success in preserving our planet’s tropical forests ... Read more »

  • Oakwood Chamber Players kick off 2013-2014 concert series at the Arboretum

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012

    The Oakwood Chamber Players are back at the Arboretum for another season of engaging performances. This season’s three-concert series begins September 22, with remaining programs ... Read more »

  • Join our “Recruit a Friend” campaign

    SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012

    Friends of the Arboretum marks 50 years In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Friends of the Arboretum is rolling out a “Recruit a Friend” campaign. For ... Read more »

  • Free tours of the Arboretum on the Badger trolley in May

    FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

    Each spring, the Arboretum’s Longenecker Gardens, Native Plant Gardens, woodlands and prairies come alive with blooming flowers, shrubs and trees. Adding to the colorful landscape ... Read more »

  • Oakwood Chamber Players Celebrate Earth Day at the Arboretum

    SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012

    Join the Oakwood Chamber Players at the Arboretum on Sunday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. for music for winds, strings and piano. The Oakwood Chamber ... Read more »

  • Explore Horicon Marsh

    MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012

    Journey into the heart of the marsh, exploring Wisconsin’s only “Wetland of International Importance” on June 6, 2012 This tour of the largest freshwater cattail marsh ... Read more »

  • Explore Nature in Indoor Comfort

    MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012

    Tour the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium: February 28, 2012 Enjoy a day of independent exploration with dynamic fresh water aquarium and live animal displays, ... Read more »

  • Travel with Friends to Southwest China – May 7-18, 2012

    TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

    Lost in Shangri-La: A Cultural and Natural History Exploration The Friends of the Arboretum offer a unique travel opportunity to the fabled Chinese province of Yunnan. Yunnan, ... Read more »

  • Friends offer a tour of the International Crane Foundation and Leopold Memorial Reserve

    TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

    International Crane Foundation and Leopold Legacy Trip – September 28, 2011 Join the Friends of the Arboretum on this exciting visit to two internationally recognized organizations ... Read more »

  • Annual Meeting: “Morningstar Tapestry” with Debra Morningstar – Saturday, June 4, 2011

    MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

    Please join us as we celebrate another year of providing interesting and enlightening programs, activities and trips for our members and financial and volunteer support for the Arboretum. Read more »

  • School of the Land

    SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011

    A series of presentations and workshops for delving into the history and potential of the land for sustainable living and restoration of native plant communities. Improve ... Read more »

  • 2010-2011 Luncheon Lecture Series

    TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2010

    People and Nature—Exploring a Relationship Established more than 20 years ago, the Friends of the Arboretum’s Luncheon Lecture series features outstanding programs ... Read more »

  • Visit a songbird banding station and tour Anderson Japanese Gardens on September 14

    FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010

    Fall is the perfect time to see a wide variety of migrating birds up-close as you observe experienced volunteers check nets, band and release birds ... Read more »

  • Friends Native Plant Sale is May 8

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010

    More than 100 species of native grasses, prairie plants, ferns, woodland flowers, shrubs, vines and trees will be for sale at the 22nd Annual Friends ... Read more »

  • Winners of the 2009 Leopold Restoration Awards Announced


    While bad news about the environment is easy to find, our Leopold Award winners are success stories that inspire and energize those of us who ... Read more »

  • FOA Board Responds to Proposed ATC Transmission Line

    TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2009

    The Friends of the Arboretum Board has issued a written statement in response to the proposed ATC Rockdale-Middleton transmission line. The Board felt it was ... Read more »

  • Think Spring! Native Plant Sale order form in January NewsLeaf


    Plan Ahead! Get the plants you want Plant orders due March 20, 2009 Read more »

  • The John T. Curtis Award for Career Excellence in Ecological Restoration goes to Jeb Barzen


    On October 9, more than 100 people came to the Arboretum to honor this year’s Leopold Restoration Award recipient. Linda Bochert, FOA Board President emeritus, served ... Read more »

  • 2007 Leopold Restoration Award Winners Announced

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2007

    The Leopold Restoration Awards Judges Committee, after carefully reviewing and considering many outstanding nominations, selected the Leopold Restoration Awards winners for 2007. This year’s Virginia M. ... Read more »

  • Russ Hefty produces impressive results with innovative, low-tech/low-cost techniques


    As Conservation Resource Supervisor in the Madison Parks Division, Russ Hefty oversees 14 conservation parks—a total of 1600 acres. He has restored prairies, ... Read more »

  • Richard Henderson’s career has been dedicated to protecting and restoring Wisconsin’s native heritage


    Walking about the hard-earned oak savanna and other landscapes around his home in Verona, one marvels at the leadership roles assumed by the soft-spoken, unpretentious ... Read more »

  • Bringing the trumpeter swan back to Wisconsin


    The saga of returning trumpeter swans to Wisconsin contains all the elements of a good story: a quest that proved difficult from the start, a ... Read more »

  • Troy Gardens—where people, institutions and good will come together


    It’s cross-cultural, it’s colorful, it’s quietly bustling with children as well as the elderly, and all ages in between—it’s Troy Gardens, a 31-acre ... Read more »

  • Jim and Rose Sime protect and restore Snow Bottom Natural Area


    The Snowbottom Natural Area (SNA), consisting of 20,900 acres of southern Wisconsin forests, pine relics, prairies and savannas, highlights the foresight and energy of Jim ... Read more »