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 will be the bright red Badger Trolley, which pulls up to the Arboretum’s Visitor Center at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13 and 20 for free tours of the Arobretum narrated by Arboretum naturalists.

The Badger Trolley tours, sponsored by the Friends of the Arboretum are especially valuable for those unable to walk long distances on Arboretum trails. However, the trolley is not wheelchair accessible.

It’s a great opportunity to see the Arboretum in bloom and learn about various restored areas in Arboretum. Arboretum naturalists will narrate the tours and talk about the Arboretum’s focus on research, education and land care, along with its rich history.

Although the tours are free, passengers need to pick up a ticket inside the Arboretum Visitor Center prior to the tour. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis. The Badger Trolley has heat and air conditioning and holds approximately 44 passengers.

The Arboretum Visitor Center is open from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on weekends.

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.