• 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). Young’s talk will focus on the historic and current state of our knowledge of Wisconsin’s biotic diversity as seen through the eyes of a megadiverse group of insects: the beetles, Order Coleoptera.

  • Saturday, February 25

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Core Area and Curtis Prairie

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Core Area and Curtis Prairie. 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 26

    The End of Winter
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    We can look for signs winter is ending even if it is still cold—plants are budding, birds and mammals are preparing for spring. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, February 26

    Patterns in Winter Trees
    Family Nature Program

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    What shapes and designs can you find in winter trees? Explore the intricate designs of trees and create your own designs. Naturalist-led walk from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Indoor activities from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • 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. Karasov will discuss wildlife research projects that challenge ideas about what motivates scientists who design them and why society might financially support them. These projects reveal fascinating things about wildlife in both natural and human-influenced situations.

  • Saturday, March 4

    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.

  • Saturday, March 4

    Madison Reads Leopold
    Special Event

    9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Free annual 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. For information or to sign up to read, email kathy.miner@wisc.edu. A schedule of readers will be available on the website in late February. Presented for Aldo Leopold Weekend.

  • Sunday, March 5

    Walking 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 helped establish the first restoration of Wisconsin’s natural ecosystems. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. Presented for Aldo Leopold Weekend.

  • 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. Rooted and unable to flee danger, plants have to sense the world around them and trigger appropriate responses to survive. This talk will discuss the remarkable advances in our understanding of how plants sense stimuli without a brain or nervous system. For example, plants sense when a leaf is picked or its stem is gently touched, tell their neighbors when under attack, and know when they are over-watered.

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

  • Saturday, March 11

    Crusted Snow Moon
    Night Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    The March full moon (March 12) was called Raccoon Breeding Moon by the Ho-Chunk. Other names include Sap Moon or Worm Rising Moon. Pioneers considered it the last moon of winter. By whatever name, it will light our way on this walk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, March 12

    Looking for the Green
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Could Mother Nature be Irish? She always begins to show some green around this time of year. We’ll search for it! Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, March 12

    Mud
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about changes around us as spring approaches. What’s happening to the plants, animals, and ground we walk on? Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.