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Arboretum Public Talks

Fall Lectures 2021

Exploring the Future of Ecosystem Restoration

For the 2021 fall lecture series, we explore the global movement to restore ecosystems. We will learn about international and local efforts and how environmental health and social justice intersect with restoration projects and community well-being.

Tuesday, October 5, 7–8:30 p.m.
Virtual talk: The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
Hazel Thornton, Programme Officer for the United Nations (UN) Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre. 2021 marks the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration – a ten-year effort to prevent, halt, and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. Join us as we explore the how, what, where, when, and why of this global movement that aims to tackle poverty, combat climate change, and prevent mass extinctions through the restoration of degraded ecosystems. Free. Register by October 1.

Registration closed.

Tuesday, October 12, 7–8:30 p.m.
Virtual talk: Building an Ecosystem of Equity: Advancing Climate Justice to Protect People and Create a Prosperous Planet
Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome, founder of Empowering a Green Environment and Economy, LLC. Dr. White-Newsome will discuss how not leading with equity and justice can contribute to degraded ecosystems, climate, and public health. She will outline seven simple principles practitioners and community leaders can follow to prevent, halt, and reverse ecosystem degradation. Free. Register by October 8.

Registration closed.

Tuesday, October 19, 7–8:30 p.m.
Virtual talk: Lindsay Heights: An Urban Restoration Story
Francesca Dawson, community advocate and mentor. Poverty, predatory lending, food deserts, and low unemployment created community challenges in this Milwaukee neighborhood. Learn how people of all ages organized to reclaim and redevelop their community and address the most pressing economic, environmental, and health issues. Free. Register by October 15.

Registration closed.

Tuesday, October 26, 7–8:30 p.m.
Virtual talk: Re-Indigenizing the UW–Madison Campus
Daniel Cornelius, outreach specialist and deputy director, Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center, UW–Madison Law School. Since 2019, cross-campus collaborations have resulted in the establishment of an Indigenous Research Garden and sugarbush at the Arboretum. These collaborations are part of larger efforts to better incorporate Indigenous perspective and practices into the campus landscape and course curriculum. Free. Register by October 22.

Registration closed.

Annual Learning Programs

Native Gardening Conference

Held every September at the Arboretum, the Native Gardening Conference promotes sustainable gardening practices and use of native plants in home landscapes. We inspire and inform gardeners, homeowners, and landowners to create and maintain native gardens or small-scale restorations on their own property. The program welcomes people with a range of interests and experience.

Winter Enrichment

The Arboretum’s long-running Winter Enrichment series offers lectures for naturalists in the greater Madison area as well as for volunteers, friends, and community members as space allows. The ten-week series runs January to March. See the Winter Enrichment page for more information.

Friends of the Arboretum Luncheon-Lectures

The Luncheon-Lectures series, organized by Friends of the Arboretum, presents monthly talks with a catered lunch. Friends receive priority registration, but talks are open to anyone as space allows.