• Saturday, July 23

    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, July 24

    The CCC and the Arboretum
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Eighty years ago this summer the CCC was planting trees and prairie species during one of the hottest, driest months on record (Madison’s record high of 107 degrees was on July 14, 1936). They watered around the clock. We will see some of the ecosystems they planted and visit the remaining camp buildings. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, July 31

    Grady Oak Savanna and Greene Prairie
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Learn about the history and ecology of this 1941 addition to the Arboretum. Free, no registration required. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd.

  • Saturday, August 6

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Wingra Oak Savanna

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    6 Saturday, 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 Arbor Dr. parking lot, off Monroe St. For more information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, August 7

    Curtis Prairie
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    We will look for complementary colors from blazing stars, silphiums, and sunflowers. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, August 10

    Native Grasses
    Native Plant Garden Tour

    7 p.m.

    Susan Carpenter, native plant gardener, will focus on color, size, and features of native grasses, from tiny mustache grass to big bluestem. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, August 13

    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, August 14

    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. Free, no registration required. Meet at Arbor Dr. parking lot, off Monroe St.

  • Sunday, August 14

    Pond Stuff
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    This naturalist-led hike introduces participants to the fascinating life in ponds. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, August 20

    Corn Popping Moon
    Night Walk

    8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    Late summer haze can make this moon rise red in color. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, August 21

    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. Free, no registration required. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd.

  • Saturday, August 27

    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, August 28

    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. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, August 28

    The Blooming Prairie
    Family Nature Program

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Learn about prairie grasses and flowers and their amazing adaptations for surviving hot summer days. 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.

  • 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.

  • Saturday, September 24

    Crabapple Cider Workshop
    Class

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Area experts will teach you about using this small tart fruit for cider. Along with an introduction to crabapples, you will learn blending & production strategies, tour the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens’ crabapple collection, & taste crabapple ciders. Instructors: David Steven, LHG curator; Nick Smith, UW–Madison CALS; Herdie Baisden, Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery; a representative from the Wisconsin Apple Growers Assn. Fee: $25 ($22.50 FOA). Preregistration required by Sept. 22.