• Saturday, March 25

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at the Visitor Center. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, March 26

    Early Migrants
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Birds are returning from the south. Neo-tropical migrants spend the winter in Central and South America, then return here to nest. We will look for early migrants and early nesters among our yearlong residents. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, March 26

    Nature Games
    Family Nature Program

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Come play games with a nature theme. There will be outdoor games from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and indoor games from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, April 1

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Wingra Oak Savanna

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at Arbor Dr. parking lot, off Monroe St. More information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, April 2

    Transitions
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Early spring can have variable weather, influencing plant awakenings and animal behavior. Walk with the naturalist to areas where changes are most evident. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, April 8

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at the Visitor Center. More information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, April 8

    Skydance
    Night Walk

    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    The American woodcock is a funny-looking bird that has an amazing spring ritual for attracting mates. We can never guarantee that wildlife will appear on cue, but we can usually hear and see woodcock performances near in Curtis Prairie. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, April 9

    Effigy Mounds in the Arboretum
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    The Arboretum contains rare, intact mound groups built more than 1,000 years ago. On this tour in Wingra and Gallistel woods, you’ll learn about these ancient earthworks and the people who built them. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, April 9

    Frogs
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    This naturalist-led walk will take families to nearby ponds and wetlands to learn about frogs. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, April 15

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Grady Tract

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd. More information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, April 16

    For Love of the Earth
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    The coming week marks both Earth Day and John Muir’s birthday. Join the naturalist to search for signs of spring and renewal. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.