• Saturday, May 28

    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 are provided, and groups are welcome with advance notice. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, May 29

    West Curtis Prairie and Noe Woods
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    The western portion of the Curtis Prairie is the site of the first–ever prairie restoration, conducted by the Civilian Conservation Corps 80 years ago. Noe Woods has been studied since the 1930s to document changes in woodlands.

  • Wednesday, June 1

    Shade Trees
    Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour

    7 p.m.

    Laura Wyatt, program manager at the UW–Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve, will take you through the Gardens’ extensive collection of shade trees while discussing strategies for growing healthy trees in urban/suburban conditions. Free, no registration required.

  • Saturday, June 4

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Wingra Oak Savanna

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas at the Arboretum. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at Arbor Dr. parking lot, off Monroe St. More information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, June 5

    Early Summer on the Grady Oak Savannas and Greene Prairie
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Explore the mosaic of grasses dotted with color from phlox, blue-eyed grass, yellow star grass, and up to 30 other species in the Grady Tract. Free, no registration required. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd.

  • Wednesday, June 8

    Permaculture
    Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour

    7 p.m.

    Kate Heiber-Cobb, founder of the Madison Area Permaculture Guild, and Marian Farrior, Arboretum restoration work party manager, explore urban permaculture design and highlight permaculture functions of woody plants in the collection. Free, no registration required.

  • Saturday, June 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 at the Arboretum. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at the Visitor Center. More information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, June 12

    Exploring Curtis and Teal Pond Wetlands
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Learn how these wetlands have been affected by urbanization and ecological restoration, and discover the wildlife habitat they provide. Free, no registration required.

  • Sunday, June 12

    Who’s That Buzzing in Your Ear?
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Discover the fun and fascinating world of insects on a walk designed for families. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, June 15

    Urban Trees, Local Issues
    Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour

    7 p.m.

    Jeremy Kane, associate director of the Urban Tree Alliance, will discuss issues facing Madison trees and highlight tree species diversity within our collection. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, June 18

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Grady Tract

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas at the Arboretum. 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: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, June 19

    Greene Prairie
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Explore Greene Prairie’s mosaic of grasses dotted with color from phlox, blue-eyed grass, yellow star grass, and up to 30 other species. Free, no registration required. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd.

  • Monday, June 20

    Summer Solstice
    Night Walk

    8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    Enjoy a naturalist-led walk during sunset and twilight on the summer solstice. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, June 22

    Woodland, Savanna, and Prairie Gardens
    Native Plant Garden Tour

    7 p.m.

    Celebrate early summer by visiting our woodland, savanna and prairie gardens. This tour, led by native plant gardener Susan Carpenter, provides an overview of the Wisconsin Native Plant Garden. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, June 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 at the Arboretum. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at the Visitor Center. More information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, June 26

    Curtis Prairie
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Explore the first restored prairie in the world, along with adjacent restorations. Free naturalist-led walk, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, June 26

    Incredible Insects
    Family Nature Program

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Learn about the insects buzzing around the Arboretum and their amazing role in the gardens and prairies. Naturalist-led nature walk from 1:30 to 2:30, indoor activities from 2:30 to 3:30. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, June 29

    What’s Blooming?
    Native Plant Garden Tour

    7 p.m.

    Join native plant gardener Susan Carpenter to find, compare, and learn about flowers on native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, September 18

    Native by Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future
    Native Gardening Conference 2016

    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: "Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants," Heather Holm, author of "Pollinators of Native Plants." Registration required by Sept. 8.