• Sunday, May 1

    Woodland Wildflowers
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    As spring progresses, more flowers emerge. We will look for windflower, troutlily, rue–anemone, and Virginia bluebells along the trails of our restored woodlands.

  • Sunday, May 1

    Trolley Tours
    Special Event

    1 p.m.

    Narrated 45-minute tours aboard the Badger Trolley begin at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Tickets available at 12:30 p.m. on day of tour at the Visitor Center. View the beautiful spring blooms and learn more about the Arboretum’s history and purpose. (Fee: $5 per person, cash only, children 5 and under free.)

  • Wednesday, May 4

    Magnificent Magnolias
    Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour

    7 p.m.

    Tour Longenecker Horticultural Gardens’ extensive magnolia collection, and other spring flowering plants encountered along the way, with Michael Jesiolowski, Chicago Botanic Garden Senior Horticulturist.

  • Saturday, May 7

    Friends of the Arboretum Native Plant Sale

    9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Visit the big tent on the lawn to fulfill your native-plant gardening needs. More than 100 species of native plants suitable for a variety of soil and light conditions. Organized by Friends of the Arboretum, open to the general public.

  • Saturday, May 7

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

  • Sunday, May 8

    Trolley Tours
    Special Event

    1 p.m.

    Narrated 45-minute tours aboard the Badger Trolley begin at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Tickets available at 12:30 p.m. on day of tour at the Visitor Center. View the beautiful spring blooms and learn more about the Arboretum’s history and purpose. (Fee: $5 per person, cash only, children 5 and under free.)

  • Sunday, May 8

    Spring Sampler
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Naturalist–led hike exploring the Arboretum’s woodlands, wetlands, and prairie. Bring mom to see the wildflowers!

  • Sunday, May 8

    Spring Is Here
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Naturalist–led hike tailored to families with young children. We’ll explore the prairies, woodlands, or wetlands near the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, May 11

    Luscious Lilacs
    Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour

    7 p.m.

    David Stevens will focus on the gardens’ large and renowned lilac collection—its history, fragrance, and form.

  • Saturday, May 14

    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, May 15

    Trolley Tours
    Special Event

    1 p.m.

    Narrated 45-minute tours aboard the Badger Trolley begin at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Tickets available at 12:30 p.m. on day of tour at the Visitor Center. View the beautiful spring blooms and learn more about the Arboretum’s history and purpose. (Fee: $5 per person, cash only, children 5 and under free.)

  • Sunday, May 15

    Spring Wildflowers on the Grady Tract
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Naturalist–led hike to look for wildflowers in the oak openings and prairies of the Grady Tract. Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot.

  • Wednesday, May 18

    Colorful Crabapples
    Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour

    7 p.m.

    Join David Stevens, curator of Longenecker Horticultural Gardens, to learn about the crabapple collection, the most up-to-date collection in the world.

  • Saturday, May 21

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Grady Tract

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas at the UW–Madison 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. For more information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, May 21

    Walk When the Moon is Full
    Night Walk

    8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    The Earth Drying month to the Ho-Chunk people, this night walk will feature twilight sights and sounds as well as the rising of the full moon.

  • Sunday, May 22

    Late Woodland Wildflowers
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    The naturalist will lead a walk in Gallistel and Wingra Woods looking for wild geranium, wild blue phlox, and emerging ferns.

  • Sunday, May 22

    Life at the Pond
    Family Nature Program

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Learn about the frogs, turtles, birds, muskrats, and pond critters that make our pond their home. Naturalist-led nature walk from 1:30 to 2:30, indoor activities from 2:30 to 3:30.

  • Wednesday, May 25

    Spring Highlights
    Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour

    7 p.m.

    Dr. Laura Jull, associate professor of Woody Ornamental Horticulture at UW–Madison, will feature noteworthy spring woody plants within the collection.

  • 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.