• Sunday, July 5

    Curtis Prairie
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    As many as 14 new species come into bloom each week, and 28 new species may be blooming since the walk two weeks earlier.

  • Wednesday, July 8

    Summer Highlights
    Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour

    7 p.m.

    Led by Jeff Epping, director of horticulture at Olbrich Gardens, this tour will include summer flowering cultivars.

  • Saturday, July 11

    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. For more information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, July 12

    Prairies and Savannas on the Grady Tract
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    If it is a warm, sunny day, you may see many species of butterflies throughout the prairie and savannas. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Road.

  • Sunday, July 12

    Butterflies Flutter By
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    This naturalist-led family walk explores the prairies and gardens looking for beautiful native butterflies.

  • Wednesday, July 15

    Native Gardens for Pollinators
    Native Plant Garden Tour

    7 p.m.

    This tour will feature summer-blooming species and highlight plants and gardening practices that support essential pollinators in urban/suburban landscapes.

  • Saturday, July 18

    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 Road. For more information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, July 19

    A Prairie Birthday
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    We will walk the trails of Curtis Prairie to see blazing stars, prairie grasses, and many sunflower species in bloom.

  • Saturday, July 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. For more information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, July 26

    Squirrel Day
    Special Event

    12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about squirrels and how to participate in the Squirrel Mapper citizen science project. Presenter: Alyse Krueger, research assistant, Zukerberg Climate Change Ecology Lab at UW–Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.

  • Sunday, July 26

    Greene Prairie and Grady Knolls
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Prairie dock is prolific on Greene Prairie. Its bright-yellow blooms and broad, rough leaves dominate the vista. A closer look brings dozens of other species into view. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Road.

  • Saturday, August 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 Drive parking lot, off Monroe Street. For more information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, August 1

    Insect Serenade
    Night Walk

    7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

    The fields echo with the sounds of insects, including the snowy tree cricket.

  • Sunday, August 2

    Curtis Prairie
    Walk

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    We will look for complementary colors from blazing stars, silphiums, and sunflowers.

  • Saturday, August 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. For more information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, August 9

    Wingra Oak Savanna Restoration and Monroe Street Environs
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    This oak savanna has been a cooperative restoration with the Arboretum, Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood, and volunteers since 1992. We will visit the restoration, Wheeler Council Ring designed by Jens Jensen, and two springs Native Americans relied on for centuries. Meet at the Arbor Drive parking lot, off Monroe Street.

  • Sunday, August 9

    Pond Stuff
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    This naturalist-led hike introduces participants to the fascinating life in ponds.

  • Wednesday, August 12

    Native Grasses
    Native Plant Garden Tour

    7 p.m.

    12 Wednesday, 7–8:30 p.m. We will take a closer look at color, size, and features of native grasses, from tiny mustache grass to big bluestem.

  • Saturday, August 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 Road. For more information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, August 16

    The CCC and the Arboretum
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    This date marks the 80th anniversary of the establishment of Camp Madison, with 200 men who helped create the Arboretum. We will see some of the ecosystems they planted and visit the remaining camp buildings.

  • Sunday, August 23

    Exploring Nature through Art
    Earth Partnership for Families

    12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Drop in for an afternoon to draw, paint, and make art inspired by nature. Weather permitting, we will set up in the native plant garden where family members can create masterpieces.

  • Sunday, August 23

    Sample of Dane County in 1834
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Restored prairie, savanna, and wetlands near the Visitor Center provide an example of what Dane County looked like in the 1830s. Restoration was an unknown adventure when it started here in 1934 as experiments.

  • Saturday, August 29

    On the Full Moon
    Night Walk

    7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

    Called Corn Popping Moon by the Ho-Chunk. Late summer haze can make this full moon rise red in color.

  • Sunday, August 30

    Prairies and Savannas on the Grady Tract
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    This is a good time to see the contrast between the sandy, dry West Knoll and wet-mesic Greene Prairie. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, at the southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Road.

  • Sunday, September 20

    Native by Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future
    Native Gardening Conference 2015

    8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Using the Arboretum's Native Plant Garden as an outdoor classroom, this one-day conference offers workshops, take-home tips, & living examples to help you develop, maintain, & improve a native plant garden. Keynote: "Wild Gardening with Art and Purposefulness," Nancy Aten from Landscapes of Place, LLC. Registration required by Sept. 10.