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Arboretum Public Talks

Fall Lectures 2022

Fall lectures will take place 7 to 8:30 p.m. on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings in October. Talks are held in the Visitor Center auditorium. One speaker will present remotely. Fall lectures are free and open to the public, no registration required.

Tuesday, October 11
Relationship and Connection – Community and Ecological Restoration. Kate Morgan, senior public engagement specialist, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). From micro-local to larger landscapes, integrating people and community with ecological restoration is critical for success and restores not only ecosystems but also the relationships of people to those ecosystems. This presentation focuses on MMSD efforts to foster these relationships. Free, no registration required. Meet at Visitor Center.

Thursday, October 20
Restoring Healthy Food Connections on Madison’s South Side. Robert Pierce, owner and farmer, Neighborhood Food Solutions. NFS was founded to engage community members in learning about the economic, social, health, and environmental impacts of food, and to promote participation in implementing development strategies that create food-related economic opportunities. This presentation will explore two programs and how they work to restore Madison communities. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Tuesday, October 25
Dream of Wild Health. Jessika Greendeer, farm director, Dream of Wild Health (DWH). DWH is an intertribal, independent nonprofit that serves the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Native American community. Their 30-acre farm in Hugo, Minnesota, provides educational programs that reconnect the urban Native American community with traditional Native plants and their culinary, medicinal, and spiritual use. Remote speaker. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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.