• Saturday, December 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.

  • Saturday, December 10

    Effigy Mound Culture
    Class

    1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    For hundreds of years earthen mounds, including effigies of animals and conical and linear shapes, were built by native people in southern Wisconsin. Learn about the mounds, the people who created them, and their environment. Indoors, with an outdoor walk if weather permits. Instructor: Paul Borowsky, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $25 ($22.50 FOA). Preregister by Dec. 8.

  • Sunday, December 11

    Winter Birds
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays, and other birds spend the entire year here. Some species consider our area “south for the winter.” Prepare for the Christmas bird counts on this informative walk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, December 11

    Our Feathered Friends
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Because birds are easier to spot when leaves are off trees and shrubs, this is a good time for youngsters to learn about them. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, December 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, December 18

    Conifers
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    The Arboretum is home to many species of conifers. On this walk you’ll learn about pines, spruces, and firs. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, December 21

    Solstice
    Night Walk

    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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

  • Saturday, December 31

    Annual New Year’s Eve Walk
    Night Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Join us for a free naturalist-led holiday tour, a cup of hot chocolate, and a peaceful welcome to the New Year. The Visitor Center will be open during this time.

  • Thursday, January 5

    Who You Callin’ a Birdbrain? A Tour of the Avian Brain and Bird Intelligence
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Matthew Reetz, PhD, and executive director of Madison Audubon Society

  • Thursday, January 12

    Tales from the Arboretum’s Gardens
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    David Stevens, Longenecker Horticultural Gardens curator and Susan Carpenter, Wisconsin Native Plant gardener

  • Thursday, January 19

    Animals of Wisconsin’s Original Prairie Landscapes, from Insects to Bison
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Richard Henderson, research ecologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Prairie Enthusiasts board of directors

  • Thursday, January 26

    The Hegemony of Archaeological Cartography
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Sissel Schroeder, chair and professor, Department of Anthropology, UW–Madison

  • Thursday, February 2

    Wisconsin's Native Reptiles and Amphibians
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Ryan McVeigh, president and founder, Madison Area Herpetological Society

  • Thursday, February 9

    Science Day: Current Research at the Arboretum
    Special Event

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Students and faculty will present findings from projects on Arboretum land and in the Lake Wingra watershed. No fee.

  • Thursday, February 16

    The River that Flows Uphill
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    "The River that Flows Uphill: Geologic Evolution of the Lower Wisconsin River Valley, Stream Piracy, and Reorganization of North American Mid-Continent Drainage Systems." Eric Carson, geologist, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, and associate professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, UW–Extension

  • Thursday, February 23

    Assessing Wisconsin's Beetle Diversity (Coleoptera)
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Daniel K. Young, professor, Department of Entomology, and director, Wisconsin Insect Research Collection (WIRC)

  • Thursday, March 2

    The Human-Wildlife Connection: Why We Pay to Understand
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    William Karasov, professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and faculty director, BioHouse, UW–Madison

  • Thursday, March 9

    Why I Talk to My Plants—Because They “Listen”: What Do We Know about How Plants Sense Their Environment?
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Simon Gilroy, professor, Department of Botany