Outdoor public walks are subject to cancellation due to the following weather conditions: 10 degrees Fahrenheit or less with a wind chill factor, a heat index above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, thunderstorms, or excessively snowy and icy conditions.

  • Saturday, August 20

    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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, August 20

    Dragonfly Monitoring Walk

    12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Join the Arboretum and Wisconsin Dragonfly Society for guided walks to monitor dragonflies, including identifying species and collecting data for the Arboretum’s dragonfly monitoring project. No experience required, but an online training video is available by request (email jwhidden@wisc.edu). This walk focuses on dragonfly photography. Family friendly, recommended for ages 8 and up. Walks take place the first Wednesday and third Saturday monthly through September. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, August 21

    Nature Hike

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, August 27

    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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, August 28

    Garden Stroll

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This gently paced stroll through the gardens is well-suited for a multi-generational outing. Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Routes are wheelchair accessible when weather allows. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, September 3

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Wingra Oak Savanna

    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 Arbor Dr. parking lot, off Monroe St. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, September 4

    Nature Hike

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about Arboretum land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, September 7

    Dragonfly Monitoring Walk

    3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Join the Arboretum and the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society for guided walks to monitor dragonflies, including identifying species and collecting data for the Arboretum’s dragonfly monitoring project. No experience required, but an online training video is available by request (email jwhidden@wisc.edu). Family friendly, recommended for ages 8 and up. Walks take place the first Wednesday and third Saturday monthly through September. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, September 10

    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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, September 10

    Full Moon Night Walk

    8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

    Let your eyes adjust to the moonlight, listen to the night sounds, and experience the darkness on this naturalist-led Arboretum walk. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, September 11

    Waning Summer
    Family Nature Program

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    This program is a fun, fascinating way for families with children elementary age and younger to explore the natural world. Nature walk: 1–2 p.m., nature activities: 2–3 p.m. Adults must attend. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, September 11

    Nature Hike in the Grady Tract

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Learn about Arboretum land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd.

  • Thursday, September 15

    Ecopoetry as Healing Art
    Class

    12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Explore the benefits of nature poetry in our everyday lives. Guest instructor: Troy Hess, On the Yahara Writing Center. Outdoor class, includes a walk to Icke Boardwalk, come dressed for weather. Class takes place except in unsafe weather. Make-up date: September 22. Register by September 11. Fee: $15. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, September 17

    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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, September 17

    Dragonfly Monitoring Walk

    12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Join the Arboretum and the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society for guided walks to monitor dragonflies, including identifying species and collecting data for the Arboretum’s dragonfly monitoring project. No experience required, but an online training video is available by request (email jwhidden@wisc.edu). Family friendly, recommended for ages 8 and up. Walks take place the first Wednesday and third Saturday monthly through September. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, September 17

    Fall in the Native Plant Garden
    Garden Tour

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Color, fruits, seeds, late blooming plants, late-season insects—we will find these and more in the diverse native plant gardens around the Visitor Center. Susan Carpenter, garden curator, will lead this tour. Tours take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, September 18

    Native by Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future
    Native Gardening Conference

    8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    The Arboretum's annual native gardening conference teaches and promotes the use of native plants in home landscapes for biodiversity, habitat, beauty, and sustainability. Expert-led workshops inspire and inform gardeners and landowners to create and maintain native gardens or small-scale restorations. Keynote: “Gardening with Native Plants of the Midwest,” Alan Branhagen, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Fee: $70. Students: $30 with ID. Register by September 8.

  • Sunday, September 18

    Nature Hike

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, September 24

    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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, September 25

    Garden Stroll

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This gently paced stroll through the Arboretum gardens is well-suited for a multi-generational outing. Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take except in unsafe weather. Routes are wheelchair accessible when weather allows. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, October 1

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Wingra Oak Savanna

    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 Arbor Dr. parking lot, off Monroe St. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, October 2

    Nature Hike

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Thursday, October 6

    Building a Northern Fruit Consortium
    Fall Lecture

    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Frank Kutka, Sustainable Agriculture Faculty, College of Menominee Nation. The College of Menominee Nation and Bay Mills Community College have a grant to evaluate wild plum germplasm using a participatory plant breeding approach and to build relationships, grow community engagement, and increase local fresh food by teaming up with community members and regional colleges. Propagating a superior variety of wild plum is a long-term goal. Remote speaker. Free, no registration required.

  • Saturday, October 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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, October 8

    Conifers
    Garden Tour

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    David Stevens, garden curator, will explore the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens’ pinetum—the largest and most diverse conifer collection in the state. Located on a glacial drumlin, the collection presents a diverse array of conifers from around the world. Tours take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, October 8

    Full Moon Night Walk

    8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

    Let your eyes adjust to the moonlight, listen to the night sounds, and experience the darkness on this naturalist-led Arboretum walk. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet outside the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, October 9

    Welcoming Fall
    Family Nature Program

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    This program is a fun, fascinating way for families with children elementary age and younger to explore the natural world. Nature walk: 1–2 p.m., nature activities: 2–3 p.m. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Adults must attend. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, October 9

    Nature Hike in the Grady Tract

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for weather and insects. Walks take except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd.

  • Tuesday, October 11

    Relationship and Connection – Community and Ecological Restoration
    Fall Lecture

    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    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.

  • Friday, October 14

    Following W.S. Merwin – The Well-Being of Poetry in Nature
    Class

    4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    A United States Poet Laureate and recipient of many poetry prizes, W.S. Merwin will be our inspiration for this class. Instructor: Troy Hess, volunteer team leader. Outdoor class, include a walk to Icke Boardwalk, come dressed for weather. Class takes place except in unsafe weather. Make-up date: October 21. Register by October 10. Fee: $15. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, October 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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, October 15

    The Colors of Fall
    Garden Tour

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Join David Stevens, garden curator, for a stroll through Longenecker Horticultural Gardens highlighting sensational seasonal colors and exploring the science behind this natural phenomenon. Tours take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, October 15

    Reading the Landscape – Woodlands
    Class

    1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Explore Gallistel and Wingra Woods during peak fall colors. Learn to identify plants, distinguish the characteristics of different woodlands, and find out about the restoration and management of these communities. Instructor: Sylvia Marek, Arboretum naturalist. Outdoor class, takes place except in unsafe weather. Make-up date: October 22. Fee: $25; Register by October 11. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, October 16

    Nature Hike

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about Arboretum land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Thursday, October 20

    Restoring Healthy Food Connections on Madison’s South Side
    Fall Lecture

    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    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.

  • Saturday, October 22

    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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, October 23

    Garden Stroll

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This gently paced stroll through the gardens is well-suited for a multi-generational outing. Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Routes are wheelchair accessible when weather allows. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Tuesday, October 25

    Dream of Wild Health
    Fall Lecture

    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    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.

  • Sunday, October 30

    Touring the Lost City – tour 1

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    In the 1920s, developers planned a "Venice of the North," to be called Lake Forest. That land is now part of the Arboretum. Hike to the site of the failed subdivision, discovering construction remnants along the way. Tour entails stepping over obstacles. Free, space is limited. Advance registration is required and opens October 1: https://arboretum-lost-city-tour-2022-tour-1.eventbrite.com. Registration closes October 26 or when full. Meet at the Visitor Center. See also November 6 tour.

  • Saturday, November 5

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Wingra Oak Savanna

    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 Arbor Dr. parking lot, off Monroe St. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, November 5

    All About Owls
    Class

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Learn about Wisconsin’s twelve owl species, focusing on the three that nest in Madison, and how to identify these elusive birds of prey. Habitat, calls, courtship, hunting, and eating will be discussed. Instructor: Sylvia Marek, Arboretum naturalist. Indoor class. Fee: $20. Register by November 1. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, November 5

    Full Moon Night Walk

    7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Let your eyes adjust to the moonlight, listen to the night sounds, and experience the darkness on this naturalist-led walk. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, November 6

    Touring the Lost City – tour 2

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    In the 1920s, developers planned a "Venice of the North," to be called Lake Forest. That land is now part of the Arboretum. Hike to the site of the failed subdivision, discovering construction remnants along the way. Tour entails stepping over obstacles. Free, space is limited. Advance registration is required and opens October 1: https://arboretum-lost-city-tour-2022-tour-2.eventbrite.com. Registration closes November 2 or when full. Meet at the Visitor Center. See also October 30 tour.

  • Saturday, November 12

    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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, November 13

    Nature Hike in the Grady Tract

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd.

  • Sunday, November 13

    Loving Nature
    Family Nature Program

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    This program is a fun, fascinating way for families with children elementary age and younger to explore the natural world. Nature walk: 1–2 p.m., nature activities: 2–3 p.m. Adults must attend. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come seasonally prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, November 19

    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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, November 19

    History of the Arboretum’s Lost City
    Class

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Learn about the fascinating history of the failed Lake Forest development project and the land that became part of the Arboretum. This indoor class will explore the personalities involved, why the project didn’t succeed, and the status of the area now. Includes a video tour of the site. Instructor: Kathy Miner, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $20. Register by November 14. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, November 20

    Nature Hike

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, November 26

    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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, November 27

    Garden Stroll

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This gently paced stroll through the gardens is well-suited for a multi-generational outing. Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place except in unsafe weather. Routes are wheelchair accessible when weather allows. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.