• Saturday, December 16

    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: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, December 17

    Conifers
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about some of the Arboretum’s cone-bearing trees—including pines, spruces, and firs—how to distinguish them from one another, and their ecological importance. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, December 20

    Solstice
    Night Walk

    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Join us for a naturalist-led sunset walk on the shortest day of the year. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, December 23

    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, December 31

    New Year's Eve
    Night Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Join us for our annual naturalist-led holiday outing, a cup of hot chocolate, and a peaceful welcome to 2018. Meet at the Visitor Center, which will be open during this time.

  • Saturday, January 6

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

  • Sunday, January 7

    Phenology
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Aldo Leopold and his graduate students kept journals to record the timing of natural events (phenology) in Wisconsin and at the Arboretum. Start the new year learning to track annual life cycles and events. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Tuesday, January 9

    Multifunctional Rain Gardens
    Class

    6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Rain gardens help absorb stormwater, recharge ground water, improve pollinator and bird habitat, and provide year-round interest. Learn about rain garden design and plantings. Bring yard plan for discussion. Indoor class. Instructor: Gail Epping Overholt, Arboretum outreach and education coordinator. Fee: $25. Register by December 15.

  • Thursday, January 11

    Preserving the Magic of Monarch Migration—Moving Beyond the Documentation of Declines
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Karen Oberhauser, Director, UW–Madison Arboretum. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by January 8.

  • Saturday, January 13

    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, January 14

    Looking for Animal Signs
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Winter can offer unique opportunities to see tracks and other signs left by animals as they move through the world. Learn what to look for on this naturalist-led walk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, January 14

    The Nature of Snow
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Snow comes in many forms, and it is said that no two snowflakes are alike. We will explore snow ecology even if there is no snow on the ground. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Thursday, January 18

    Ticks and Tickborne Disease in Wisconsin
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Susan Paskewitz, Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology, UW–Madison. Entomology Director, Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Disease. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by January 15.

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

  • Sunday, January 21

    Winter Wonderland
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Even when the ground is frozen and the air is cold, beauty and activity abound in the natural world. Springs remain ice-free and support year-round wildlife. Discover winter’s liveliness on this naturalist-led walk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Thursday, January 25

    Wisconsin Furbearers: Their Role in the Fur Trade, Natural History, and Management
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Chuck Pils, wildlife biologist (retired), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by January 22.

  • Thursday, January 25

    Edible Native Gardening
    Class

    6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    Learn which native plants offer both beauty and flavor. Explore ideas for creating wild edible landscapes small and large, sunny and shady, with samples to taste. Indoor class. Instructor: Judy Kingsbury, Arboretum volunteer coordinator. Fee: $20. Register by January 15.

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

  • Sunday, January 28

    January Thaw
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    It is common in the Midwest to experience a few days of warming later in the month. Learn about the phenomenon and discover what may be stirring in January. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, January 28

    Winter Animals
    Family Nature Program

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Learn about animals that stay in Wisconsin through the winter and how they survive the cold. 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.

  • Wednesday, January 31

    Once in a Blue Moon
    Night Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    We will venture out under the second full moon of the month to stargaze and listen for owls and other animals active on a winter night. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Thursday, February 1

    Restoration and ‘‘Novel Ecosystems’’: Priority Or Paradox?
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Dr. Curt Meine, senior fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation, and contributor, Center for Humans and Nature. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by January 29.

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

  • Sunday, February 4

    Feathered Travelers
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    February often brings the return of early migratory birds, some on their way to more northern breeding grounds. Join a naturalist to look for long-distance flyers. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Tuesday, February 6

    Forest Garden Design
    Class

    6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

    This permaculture technique can help you grow plants for food, fuel, and more. Learn about site considerations, plant guilds, plant selection, mushroom cultivation, and garden designs. Plant lists and resources provided. Bring yard plan for discussion. Indoor class. Instructors: Marian Farrior, Arboretum outreach specialist, and Amy Jo Dusick, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $30. Register by January 22.

  • Thursday, February 8

    Frogs, Karner Blue Butterflies, and Trout: Fifty Years of Citizen Science
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    John Shillinglaw, M.D. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by February 5.

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

  • Sunday, February 11

    Life Underground
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    To survive the cold, animals may travel through tunnels in the snow or sleep in burrows. Join a naturalist to search for signs of life and hear stories of winter adaptations. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, February 11

    Animal Tracks
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Animal tracks are easy to spot in the snow and mud. If neither are present, we will look for animal trails through the vegetation. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Thursday, February 15

    Science Day: An Annual Research Symposium
    Special Event

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Students, faculty, and other researchers will present findings from projects on Arboretum land and in the Lake Wingra watershed. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Thursday, February 15

    Tapping Maple Syrup
    Class

    6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Learn about the history and process of maple syruping, tree selection, tapping and collection equipment, and sap processing and preserving. Indoor class. Instructor: David Stevens, Longenecker Horticultural Gardens curator. Fee: $25. Register by Feb. 9.

  • Thursday, February 15

    New Moon
    Night Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    Since there is no full moon in February, we will walk with no moon in sight. A naturalist will guide you as we explore the night sky and sounds. Bring a small flashlight. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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

  • Sunday, February 18

    Enduring a Woodland Winter
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Explore how people before European settlement survived a harsh winter using the natural resources around them. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • 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.

  • 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.