• Sunday, August 2

    Curtis Prairie
    Walk

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    We will look for complementary colors from blazing stars, silphiums, and sunflowers.

  • Saturday, August 8

    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, August 9

    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. Meet at the Arbor Drive parking lot, off Monroe Street.

  • Sunday, August 9

    Pond Stuff
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    This naturalist-led hike introduces participants to the fascinating life in ponds.

  • Wednesday, August 12

    Native Grasses
    Native Plant Garden Tour

    7 p.m.

    We will take a closer look at color, size, and features of native grasses, from tiny mustache grass to big bluestem.

  • Saturday, August 15

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

  • Sunday, August 16

    The CCC and the Arboretum
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    This date marks the 80th anniversary of the establishment of Camp Madison, with 200 men who helped create the Arboretum. We will see some of the ecosystems they planted and visit the remaining camp buildings.

  • Sunday, August 23

    Exploring Nature through Art
    Earth Partnership for Families

    12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Drop in for an afternoon to draw, paint, and make art inspired by nature. Weather permitting, we will set up in the native plant garden where family members can create masterpieces.

  • Sunday, August 23

    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.

  • Saturday, August 29

    On the Full Moon
    Night Walk

    7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

    Called Corn Popping Moon by the Ho-Chunk. Late summer haze can make this full moon rise red in color.

  • Sunday, August 30

    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. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, at the southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Road.

  • Sunday, September 20

    Native by Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future
    Native Gardening Conference 2015

    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: "Wild Gardening with Art and Purposefulness," Nancy Aten from Landscapes of Place, LLC. Registration required by Sept. 10.