COVID-19 and Visitor Updates

Recent updates. Arboretum gardens, trails, and parking lots are open. The Visitor Center remains closed as we work through operational needs for providing safe and welcoming access for all staff, volunteers, and visitors. We anticipate it will remain closed for most of the summer. See event listings for… Read More

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All events are free and begin at the Visitor Center unless otherwise indicated.

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Mary-Claire Glasenhardt and Isaac Bailey

Curtis Prairie: A Restoration Gem

The science of restoration ecology traces its beginning to the UW–Madison Arboretum with the first attempt to turn an abandoned field into a tallgrass prairie. That experiment is now known as Curtis Prairie. More than 85 years later, the 72-acre restoration continues to be an important site for research, education,…

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