• Saturday, November 18

    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. For more information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, November 18

    History of the Lost City
    Class

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Delve into the fascinating history of the "Lost City," concentrating on the failed Lake Forest development project and the Arboretum’s subsequent acquisition of the lots. Who were the personalities involved, why didn't the original project succeed, and what is the current status of the area? Meet at the Visitor Center. See also Oct. 29 Lost City tour. Instructor: Kathy Miner, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $20 (FOA $18). Preregister by Nov. 14.

  • Sunday, November 19

    Thinking Like an Arboretum
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Aldo Leopold's essay "Thinking Like a Mountain" is the basis for this tour about the predator-prey relationships and ecosystem diversity. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, November 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. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, November 26

    Arboretum Sampler
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Visit the Arboretum horticultural and native plant gardens as well as natural areas near the Visitor Center. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, December 2

    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, December 2

    Cold Moon
    Night Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    This full moon (December 3) has a fitting name for the month when winter arrives and nights are long. Bundle up and join the naturalist for a moonlit walk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, December 3

    Effigy Mounds
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    The effigy mound groups at the Arboretum are among the few remaining of hundreds built in our area more than 1,000 years ago. On this naturalist-led walk in Wingra and Gallistel woods, you will learn about the ancient earthworks and the people who built them. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, December 9

    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 9

    All About Owls
    Class

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Learn about Wisconsin’s twelve owl species, focusing on the three in the Madison area, their habitat, range, and habits, and how to identify these elusive birds of prey. Indoor class. Instructor: Sylvia Marek, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $20. Register by December 5.

  • Saturday, December 9

    Effigy Mound Culture
    Class

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    For hundreds of years, earthen mounds with conical, linear, and animal shapes were built by native people in southern Wisconsin. Learn about the mounds, the people who created them, and their environment. Indoors, with outdoor walk if weather permits. Instructor: Paul Borowsky, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $20 Register by Dec. 5.

  • Sunday, December 10

    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 with a naturalist. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, December 10

    Our Feathered Friends
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Because birds are easier to spot after leaves have fallen, this is a good time for youngsters to learn about them. Binoculars available to share. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, December 16

    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 17

    Conifers
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about some of the Arboretum’s cone-bearing trees—including pines, spruces, and firs—how to distinguish them from one another, and their ecological importance. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, December 20

    Solstice
    Night Walk

    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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

  • Saturday, December 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. 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, December 31

    New Year's Eve
    Night Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Join us for our annual naturalist-led holiday outing, a cup of hot chocolate, and a peaceful welcome to 2018. Meet at the Visitor Center, which will be open during this time.

  • Saturday, January 6

    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.

  • Sunday, January 7

    Phenology
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Aldo Leopold and his graduate students kept journals to record the timing of natural events (phenology) in Wisconsin and at the Arboretum. Start the new year learning to track annual life cycles and events. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Tuesday, January 9

    Multifunctional Rain Gardens
    Class

    6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Rain gardens help absorb stormwater, recharge ground water, improve pollinator and bird habitat, and provide year-round interest. Learn about rain garden design and plantings. Bring yard plan for discussion. Indoor class. Instructor: Gail Epping Overholt, Arboretum outreach and education coordinator. Fee: $25. Register by December 15.

  • Thursday, January 11

    Preserving the Magic of Monarch Migration—Moving Beyond the Documentation of Declines
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Karen Oberhauser, Director, UW–Madison Arboretum. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by January 8.

  • Thursday, January 18

    Ticks and Tickborne Disease in Wisconsin
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Susan Paskewitz, Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology, UW–Madison. Entomology Director, Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Disease. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by January 15.

  • Thursday, January 25

    Wisconsin Furbearers: Their Role in the Fur Trade, Natural History, and Management
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Chuck Pils, wildlife biologist (retired), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by January 22.

  • Thursday, February 1

    Restoration and ‘‘Novel Ecosystems’’: Priority Or Paradox?
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Dr. Curt Meine, senior fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation, and contributor, Center for Humans and Nature. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by January 29.

  • Thursday, February 8

    Frogs, Karner Blue Butterflies, and Trout: Fifty Years of Citizen Science
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    John Shillinglaw, M.D. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by February 5.

  • Thursday, February 22

    Restoration Stories: Behind the Scenes at the Arboretum
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Marian Farrior, restoration work party manager and Michael Hansen, land care manager, UW–Madison Arboretum. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by February 19.

  • Thursday, March 1

    Birds and Climate Change
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Benjamin Zuckerberg, Associate Professor, UW–Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by February 26.

  • Thursday, March 8

    Citizen Scientist to PhD: A Story of Dragonflies, Helicopters, and Climate Change
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Ami Thompson, University of Minnesota. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by March 5.

  • Thursday, March 15

    Adapting to Climate Change in Wisconsin
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Daniel Vimont, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Director, Center for Climatic Research, Nelson Institute, and Co-director, Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), UW–Madison. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by March 12.