• Sunday, July 30

    The CCC and the Arboretum
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    More than eighty years ago this summer, the Civilian Conservation Corps was planting trees and prairie species during the most severe drought year in recorded history. Watering went on around the clock. We will see some of the ecosystems they planted and visit the remaining camp buildings. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, August 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. Meet at Arbor Dr. parking lot, off Monroe St. More information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, August 5

    Full Sturgeon Moon
    Night Walk

    8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    The fishing tribes named this moon (full August 7) for the large Great Lakes fish readily caught during August. A few tribes called it the Full Red Moon because it appears reddish as it rises through any sultry summer haze. Join us as we walk into the colorful night. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, August 6

    Grady Oak Savanna and Greene Prairie
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    The 47-acre Greene Prairie was planted by prairie expert Henry Greene during the 1940s, ’50s, and early ’60s. The Grady Tract, named after Nettie Grady and her family, was an extension of Greene’s passion for prairie restoration. Learn more about the intriguing history of this special corner of the Arboretum. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Road.

  • Wednesday, August 9

    Native Grasses
    Native Plant Garden Tour

    7 p.m.

    Susan Carpenter, Arboretum native plant gardener, will focus on color, size, and features of native Wisconsin grasses, from tiny mustache grass to big bluestem. Meet at the Visitor Center. Tour ends at dusk.

  • Saturday, August 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. Meet at the Visitor Center. More information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, August 13

    Curtis Prairie
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    We will look for complementary colors from blazing-stars, silphiums, and sunflowers in the first restored prairie and consider the importance of wildflowers in this vanishing ecosystem. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, August 13

    "Pond”-ering Life
    Family Walk

    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    You will explore pond critters and learn about the fascinating lives of both predators and prey. Learn about the many relationships between friends and foes in Teal Pond. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, August 20

    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, the Wheeler Council Ring designed by Jens Jensen, and two bubbling springs Native Americans relied on for centuries. Meet at Arbor Dr. parking lot, off Monroe St.

  • Saturday, August 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. More information: 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, August 27

    Grasslands 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, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Road.

  • Sunday, August 27

    Listen to the Buzzzzz of the Prairie
    Family Nature Program

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Join us to listen to the late summer sounds of the prairie and discover birds, grasshoppers, crickets, bumblebees, and maybe even the sound of a snake slithering through the grass. Naturalist-led hike, 1:30–2:30 p.m., indoor activities, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Meet at the Visitor Center.