• Thursday, February 22

    Restoration Stories: Behind the Scenes at the Arboretum
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Marian Farrior, restoration work party manager and Michael Hansen, land care manager, UW–Madison Arboretum. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by February 19.

  • Saturday, February 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. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, February 25

    Signs of Spring
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Even in the February cold, plants have buds and birds and mammals prepare for a warmer season. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, February 25

    All About Snow
    Family Nature Program

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, one of the first people to photograph snowflakes, said “every crystal is a masterpiece of design.” He will inspire our exploration of snow. Naturalist-led walk, 1:30–2:30 p.m., indoor activities, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Thursday, March 1

    Birds and Climate Change
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Benjamin Zuckerberg, Associate Professor, UW–Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by February 26.

  • Friday, March 2

    "Green Fire" Brown Bag Lunch
    Special Event

    11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    We’ll kick off Leopold Weekend watching the Aldo Leopold documentary over lunch, followed by a discussion. Bring your own lunch and beverage. Please register for this free event at green-fire-brown-bag.eventbrite.com by February 26. Meet at the Visitor Center. Presented for Aldo Leopold Weekend.

  • Saturday, March 3

    Madison Reads Leopold
    Special Event

    9:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

    13th-annual free public reading from "A Sand County Almanac" and other works by conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Arboretum’s first research director. Celebrities and citizens alike will share Leopold’s eloquent statements about humans’ relationship to the natural environment. Come for your favorite essays or stay all day. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. Presented for Aldo Leopold Weekend.

  • Sunday, March 4

    In Leopold’s Footsteps
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn where conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Arboretum’s first research director, conducted famous phenological research from 1935–45 and established the first restorations of Wisconsin’s natural ecosystems. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. Presented for Aldo Leopold Weekend.

  • Sunday, March 4

    Celebrating Aldo Leopold
    Family Nature Program

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    As a young boy, Aldo Leopold read a lot and explored the land. He kept detailed notes and drew sketches. Following Leopold’s example, we will investigate the Arboretum and create journals for observations and sketches. Naturalist-led walk, 1:30–2:30 p.m., indoor activities, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. Presented for Aldo Leopold Weekend.

  • Thursday, March 8

    Citizen Scientist to PhD: A Story of Dragonflies, Helicopters, and Climate Change
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Ami Thompson, University of Minnesota. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by March 5.

  • Thursday, March 15

    Adapting to Climate Change in Wisconsin
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Daniel Vimont, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Director, Center for Climatic Research, Nelson Institute, and Co-director, Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), UW–Madison. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by March 12.

  • Saturday, March 17

    Pollinator-friendly Gardening
    Class

    1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    Explore the life histories of Wisconsin’s native bees and other pollinators and how they fare in our gardens and landscapes. Learn gardening practices that create and enhance pollinator habitat and promote conservation. Indoors, with brief garden walk if weather permits. Instructor: Susan Carpenter, Arboretum native plant gardener. Fee: $30. Register by March 12.

  • Saturday, March 24

    Phenology
    Class

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Phenology is the study of periodic occurrences in nature, especially as they link to climate and weather. The March equinox is the perfect time to think about spring unfolding. We’ll explore literary and scientific approaches to monitoring the natural year. Instructor: Kathy Miner, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $20. Register by March 20. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, April 21

    All About Bluebirds
    Class

    9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

    Walk the Arboretum’s 25-year-old bluebird trail in Longenecker Horticultural Gardens and learn about the fascinating bluebird, its behavior, reasons for its decline, and current restoration efforts. Dress for the weather. Instructor: Sylvia Marek, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $20. Register by April 16. Meet at the Visitor Center.