Arboretum grounds are open. The Visitor Center remains closed following UW–Madison guidance.

Please join us for virtual and in-person events. In-person events will be held outdoors. Event capacity is limited. Masks and physical distancing between people from different households will be expected.

Most events require registration. Click on the event title for information, including a registration link.

See COVID-19 updates for additional information about Arboretum operations.

  • Sunday, June 20

    Information and Observation Station
    Outdoor Program

    12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    Naturalists will be available in the outdoor classroom to answer questions and share knowledge and stories of the land. Add your trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and get recommendations for self-guided walks. Look for our "Roving Naturalist" to answer questions from the trails and in the gardens. Program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Free. Drop-in; no registration required.

  • Sunday, June 20

    Summer Family Nature Walk
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This walk is a fun and fascinating way for families with children elementary age and younger to learn about the land. Meet in the outdoor classroom 5 minutes before start. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free. Space is limited. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register by June 17 through Eventbrite: go.wisc.edu/90atc6.

  • Tuesday, June 22

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 17 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Tuesday, June 22

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 17 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Sunday, June 27

    Information and Observation Station
    Outdoor Program

    12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    Naturalists will be available in the outdoor classroom to answer questions and share knowledge and stories of the land. Add your trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and get recommendations for self-guided walks. Look for our "Roving Naturalist" to answer questions from the trails and in the gardens. Program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Free. Drop-in; no registration required.

  • Sunday, June 27

    Summer Garden Stroll
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This gently paced stroll through the gardens on wheelchair accessible routes is well-suited for a multi-generational outing. Learn about plants, animals, and fungi; phenology; and ecology. Meet in the outdoor classroom 5 minutes before start. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free. Space is limited. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register by June 24: go.wisc.edu/xb48f0.

  • Tuesday, June 29

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Tuesday, June 29

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Tuesday, July 6

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Tuesday, July 6

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Sunday, July 11

    Information and Observation Station
    Outdoor Program

    12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    Information and Observation Station. Naturalists will be available in the outdoor classroom to answer questions and share knowledge and stories of the land. Add your trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and get recommendations for self-guided walks. Look for our "Roving Naturalist" to answer questions from the trails and in the gardens. Program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Free. Drop-in; no registration required.

  • Sunday, July 11

    Summer Nature Hike
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about the land; plants, animals, and fungi; phenology; and ecological practices and concepts. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Meet in the outdoor classroom 5 minutes before start. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free. Space is limited. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register by July 8 through Eventbrite: go.wisc.edu/xnu8r8.

  • Tuesday, July 13

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Tuesday, July 13

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Sunday, July 18

    Information and Observation Station
    Outdoor Program

    12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    Naturalists will be available in the outdoor classroom to answer questions and share knowledge and stories of the land. Add your trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and get recommendations for self-guided walks. Look for our "Roving Naturalist" to answer questions from the trails and in the gardens. Program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Free. Drop-in; no registration required.

  • Sunday, July 18

    Summer Family Nature Walk
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This walk is a fun and fascinating way for families with children elementary age and younger to learn about the land. Meet in the outdoor classroom 5 minutes before start. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free. Space is limited. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register by July 15 through Eventbrite: go.wisc.edu/7043ca.

  • Tuesday, July 20

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Tuesday, July 20

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Sunday, July 25

    Information and Observation Station
    Outdoor Program

    12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    Naturalists will be available in the outdoor classroom to answer questions and share knowledge and stories of the land. Add your trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and get recommendations for self-guided walks. Look for our "Roving Naturalist" to answer questions from the trails and in the gardens. Program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Free. Drop-in; no registration required.

  • Sunday, July 25

    Summer Garden Stroll
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This gently paced stroll through the gardens on wheelchair accessible routes is well-suited for a multi-generational outing. Learn about plants, animals, and fungi; phenology; and ecology. Meet in the outdoor classroom 5 minutes before start. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free. Space is limited. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register by July 22: go.wisc.edu/www43l.

  • Tuesday, July 27

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Tuesday, July 27

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Tuesday, August 3

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Tuesday, August 3

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Sunday, August 8

    Information and Observation Station
    Outdoor Program

    12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    Naturalists will be available in the outdoor classroom to answer questions and share knowledge and stories of the land. Add your trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and get recommendations for self-guided walks. Look for our "Roving Naturalist" to answer questions from the trails and in the gardens. Program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Free. Drop-in; no registration required.

  • Sunday, August 8

    Summer Nature Hike
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about the land; plants, animals, and fungi; phenology; and ecological practices and concepts. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Meet in the outdoor classroom 5 minutes before start. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free. Space is limited. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register by August 5 through Eventbrite: go.wisc.edu/7gwz2g.

  • Tuesday, August 10

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Tuesday, August 10

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Sunday, August 15

    Information and Observation Station
    Outdoor Program

    12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    Naturalists will be available in the outdoor classroom to answer questions and share knowledge and stories of the land. Add your trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and get recommendations for self-guided walks. Look for our "Roving Naturalist" to answer questions from the trails and in the gardens. Program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Free. Drop-in; no registration required.

  • Sunday, August 15

    Summer Family Nature Walk
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This walk is a fun and fascinating way for families with children elementary age and younger to learn about the land. Meet in the outdoor classroom 5 minutes before start. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free. Space is limited. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register by August 12 through Eventbrite: go.wisc.edu/gtko4s.

  • Tuesday, August 17

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Tuesday, August 17

    Summer Explorations: Outdoor Activities for Families
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Take a walk, share stories, play games, create nature art, and explore in the nature play area. Keep track of your observations in a nature journal. Naturalists will lead outdoor activities and provide supplies. Designed for families with children of preschool and elementary ages. Adults must attend. Free. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register in advance. Space is limited. Register by June 24 with this form: go.wisc.edu/03ssym.

  • Sunday, August 22

    Information and Observation Station
    Outdoor Program

    12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    Naturalists will be available in the outdoor classroom to answer questions and share knowledge and stories of the land. Add your trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing, and get recommendations for self-guided walks. Look for our "Roving Naturalist" to answer questions from the trails and in the gardens. Program is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice. Free. Drop-in; no registration required.

  • Sunday, August 22

    Summer Garden Stroll
    Outdoor Program

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This gently paced stroll through the gardens on wheelchair accessible routes is well-suited for a multi-generational outing. Learn about plants, animals, and fungi; phenology; and ecology. Meet in the outdoor classroom 5 minutes before start. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free. Space is limited. Due to COVID restrictions, all participants must register by August 19: go.wisc.edu/hao6c7.