• Saturday, February 13

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Core Area

    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. Work parties are cancelled if there is precipitation, temperature is below 10 degrees, or snow is 6 or more inches deep.

  • Saturday, February 13

    All About Mammals
    Class

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Follow tracks in the snow and explore the world of furry four-legged mammals of the Arboretum. Instructor: Tom Pearce, arboretum naturalist.

  • Sunday, February 14

    Life in Winter
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    We will look for clues about how animals survive Wisconsin winters.

  • Sunday, February 14

    Animal Tracks
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Animal tracks are easy to spot in the snow and mud. If neither are present, we will look for trails animals make through the vegetation.

  • Thursday, February 18

    The Arboretum, A Place in History
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Presenter: Molly Fifield Murray Outreach and Education Manager. The Arboretum has applied to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fifield Murray will share historical highlights discovered during the investigation process. Day-of registration is on-site only, paid by cash or check.

  • Saturday, February 20

    The Snow Moon
    Night Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    Though the great horned owls are quiet on their nests in February, barred owls may be calling. If the owls are silent, we can stargaze and listen for other creatures active on a winter night.

  • Sunday, February 21

    Winter Sampler
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    The naturalist will lead you to the most interesting areas near the Visitor Center.

  • Thursday, February 25

    Common Insects at the Arboretum
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Presenter: P.J. Liesch, Manager, UW–Madison’s Insect Diagnostic Lab. Day-of registration is on-site only, paid by cash or check.

  • Saturday, February 27

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Core Area

    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. Work parties are cancelled if there is precipitation, temperature is below 10 degrees, or snow is 6 or more inches deep.

  • Sunday, February 28

    The End of Winter
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    We can look for signs winter is ending even if it is still cold—plants are budding, birds and mammals are preparing for spring.

  • Sunday, February 28

    The Night Sky
    Family Nature Program

    5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

    We are partnering with UW Space Place at a special time to learn about the night sky. Watch the sunset, participate in activities, and view the sky through telescopes.

  • Thursday, March 3

    Human Nature: Exploring Adolescent Behavior
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Presenter: Andy Hatcher, Positive Behavior Support Coach, Madison Metropolitan School District. In this session we will build shared understanding of adolescent needs, promising practices for meeting those needs, and effective response strategies when unexpected behaviors arise. Day-of registration is on-site only, paid by cash or check.

  • Thursday, March 3

    The Art of Pruning
    Class

    6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    Learn the science, tools, and techniques to properly maintain your trees and shrubs with Longenecker Horticultural Garden curator David Stevens.

  • Saturday, March 5

    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.

  • Saturday, March 5

    Madison Reads Leopold
    Special Event

    9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Madison Reads Leopold, now in its 11th year, is a beloved day-long read-aloud celebrating the life and legacy of Aldo Leopold. The free community event features a diverse lineup of celebrities and citizens sharing Leopold’s eloquence from "A Sand County Almanac" and other works. Visitors can drop in to hear favorite essays or stay for the day. A schedule of readers will be available on the website in late February. For information or to sign up to read, email kathy.miner@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, March 6

    Walking in Leopold’s Footsteps
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn where conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Arboretum’s first research director, conducted famous phenological research from 1935–45, and helped establish the first restoration of Wisconsin’s natural ecosystems.

  • Thursday, March 10

    Ecological Responses to Climate Changes Since the Last Ice Age
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Presenter: John W. (Jack) Williams, Professor of Geography, Director of Nelson Center for Climatic Research. How will species and communities respond to 21st-century climate change? Professor Williams will describe the insights gained from paleoecological and paleoclimatic records from the last deglaciation. Day-of registration is on-site only, paid by cash or check.

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

  • Saturday, March 12

    All About Turkeys
    Class

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Learn about the Arboretum’s thriving wild turkeys. How did they get here? What is their life cycle, what do they eat? Bring your questions to this class. Instructor: Lisa Andrewski, Arboretum naturalist.

  • Sunday, March 13

    Looking for the Green
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Could Mother Nature be Irish? She always begins to show some green around this time of year. We’ll search for it!

  • Sunday, March 13

    Muddy March
    Family Nature Program

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Learn about changes around us as spring approaches. What’s happening to the plants, animals, and ground we walk on? Naturalist-led nature walk from 1:30 to 2:30, indoor activities from 2:30 to 3:30.

  • Saturday, March 19

    Ecological Restoration Work Party
    Grady Tract

    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 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, March 19

    Phenology—The Art and Science of Noticing Natural Events
    Class

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Phenology is the study of periodic occurrences in nature, especially regarding climate and weather. The March equinox is a perfect day to think about spring unfolding. We'll explore literary and scientific approaches to monitoring the natural year. Instructor: Kathy Miner, Arboretum naturalist.

  • Saturday, March 19

    Spring Equinox
    Night Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    Join the naturalist for sunset on the first day of spring, halfway between the winter and summer solstices.

  • Sunday, March 20

    Awakening Land
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    We will look for buds swelling, the return of birds such as sandhill cranes and turkey vultures, and indications of mole and worm activity in the thawed soil.

  • Saturday, March 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 at the Arboretum. 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, March 27

    Early Migrants
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Birds are returning from the south. Neo–tropical migrants spend the winter in Central and South America, then return here to nest. We will look for early migrants and early nesters among our yearlong residents.