• 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.

  • Saturday, September 5

    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.

  • Saturday, September 5

    Fall in the Native Plant Garden
    Native Plant Garden Tour

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Color, fruits, seeds, late blooming plants, late-season insects—we will find these and more in the varied garden around the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, September 6

    Curtis Prairie
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    The tall–grass prairie is at its peak both of height and color. Big bluestem could be more than 7 feet tall and will have turned a beautiful red color for fall.

  • Saturday, September 12

    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.

  • Sunday, September 13

    Fall Flowers in Grady Oak Savanna and Greene Prairie
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Enjoy a late summer walk through goldenrods, asters, sunflowers, and gentians.

  • Sunday, September 13

    Fun with Fungi
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    This family–friendly walk will investigate mushrooms growing in the natural areas and the gardens’ wood chip mulch.

  • Saturday, September 19

    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.

  • Saturday, September 19

    Conifers
    Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Learn about evergreens from fir (Abies) to hemlock (Tsuga). Join Catherine Woodward of the Nelson Institute on a walk through the gardens’ spectacular conifer collection. You will learn about “garden-sized” conifers of many kinds.

  • 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.

  • Sunday, September 20

    Sampler
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Explore the restored woodlands, wetlands, and prairies near the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, September 23

    Equinox
    Night Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    Watch the sunset on this naturalist–led tour and learn more about the autumnal equinox.

  • Saturday, September 26

    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.

  • Sunday, September 27

    Amazing Bumble Bees
    Earth Partnership for Families Program

    12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Learn about the lifecycle and identification features of our native bumble bees and the important role they play in pollinating plants. This is a drop-in program in the Visitor Center. A naturalist-led hike will take place from 1:30–2:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, September 27

    Grady Grasslands – West Knoll Oak Savanna and Greene Prairie
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    We will look for the five species of gentian that grow here, as well as asters and goldenrods. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd.

  • Saturday, October 3

    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.

  • Saturday, October 3

    Forest Garden Design
    Class

    1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    Learn to garden like a forest and grow plants for food, fuel, and other important functions. We will discuss mushroom cultivation, site considerations, plant guilds, plant selection, and forest garden designs. Plant lists and resources will be provided. Instructors: Marian Farrior and Amy Jo Dusick. Registration required.

  • Sunday, October 4

    Woodlands
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Return to the woodlands with the naturalist to observe the beginning of fall color.

  • Sunday, October 4

    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 fall color and learn about the Arboretum’s history and purpose. Beginning this fall, we will charge a small fee for this popular program. Fee: $5 per person, children 5 and under free.

  • Saturday, October 10

    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.

  • Saturday, October 10

    Featuring Fall
    Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Don’t miss the lovely range of fall color in our woody plant collection. Leaves, fruits, and form will be highlighted in this tour, led by Laura Wyatt, UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve.

  • Sunday, October 11

    Woodlands
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Enjoy what is usually the peak for fall color in the restored woodlands of the Arboretum.

  • Sunday, October 11

    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 fall color and learn about the Arboretum’s history and purpose. Beginning this fall, we will charge a small fee for this popular program. Fee: $5 per person, children 5 and under free.

  • Sunday, October 11

    Why do Leaves Change Color?
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Families can learn how to appreciate and understand the wonder of fall color in native trees and prairie grasses.

  • Saturday, October 17

    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.

  • Sunday, October 18

    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 fall color and learn about the Arboretum’s history and purpose. Beginning this fall, we will charge a small fee for this popular program. Fee: $5 per person, children 5 and under free.

  • Sunday, October 18

    Red Lanterns
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Blackberry leaves turn bright red this month; according to Aldo Leopold, these indicate the best place to look for woodcock and grouse when hunting. We don’t have grouse here so we will look for fall color, migrating white–throated sparrows, and other fall delights.

  • Saturday, October 24

    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.

  • Saturday, October 24

    The Aesthetics of Effigy Mounds
    Lecture

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Dr. Anna Blume, Professor of Art History, SUNY–FIT, studied the Madison area mounds while a Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW–Madison in summer 2015. Registration required.

  • Saturday, October 24

    Under the Autumn Moon
    Night Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    Night Walk. The November full moon was called Deer Running or Beaver Moon because it is the time when white-tailed deer mate and pioneers would set traps for beaver. We may see deer, and will enjoy the night sky and night sounds.

  • Sunday, October 25

    Autumn Woodlands
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Fallen and falling leaves, mushrooms, and other delights are possible this time of year.

  • Saturday, October 31

    Designing Your Own Rain Garden
    Class

    1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Learn the best placement and plant choices for a rain garden in your yard. Help restore the aquifer and lakes and streams by letting natural processes handle water that falls on the hard surfaces of your home and driveway. Instructor: Molly Fifield Murray, landscape architect. Registration required.

  • Sunday, November 1

    Tour of the Lost City
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    While we always tour this area around Halloween, there is really nothing spooky about the abandoned dream of a “Venice of the North.” Learn about this failed 1920s residential plan and how understanding the land can be important for proper development. Program starts indoors with a brief overview of the Lost City project.

  • Saturday, November 7

    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.

  • Saturday, November 7

    All About Owls
    Class

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Naturalist Sylvia Marek will share insights about the world of owls. Registration required.

  • Sunday, November 8

    Effigy Mounds
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    The Arboretum contains rare, intact effigy mound groups, among the few remaining of hundreds built in our area more than 1,000 years ago. On this tour, featuring the mounds in Wingra and Gallistel Woods, you’ll learn about the ancient earthworks and the cultures that built them.

  • Sunday, November 8

    Preparing for Winter
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Join the naturalist on this short walk to see how the natural world is preparing for winter.

  • Saturday, November 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.

  • Sunday, November 15

    The CCC and the Arboretum
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    In 1935 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) set up its only camp on a university campus. More than 200 men served here until the camp closed in 1941. Learn about their extraordinary efforts to restore the landscape of Wisconsin.

  • Saturday, November 21

    Effigy Mound Culture
    Class

    1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    An in-depth look at the Effigy Mound Building Culture, artifacts, and their place in the history of the land that is now the Arboretum. Registration required.