• Saturday, February 6

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

  • Sunday, February 7

    Winter Birds
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Returning migratory birds often arrive in February. We will look for red-winged blackbirds, bluebirds, robins, and more.

  • Tuesday, February 9

    Native Gardening Workshop
    Class

    2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    Plan your new native plantings or enhance an existing garden. This workshop format will explore native gardening principles and practices. Develop sketches/plans for your garden and begin a list of recommended species to order or propagate so you are ready for spring. Instructor: Susan Carpenter, native plant gardener. Enrollment is limited to 20. 

  • Thursday, February 11

    Pond Life
    Winter Enrichment Lecture

    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Presenter: Dr. Robert Bohanan, Summer Science Institute, Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement. Bohanan, who is actively involved in citizen science projects on Wisconsin aquatic ecosystems, will discuss pond life in Madison lakes, including Teal Pond. Day-of registration is on-site only, paid by cash or check.

  • 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.

  • Saturday, March 5

    Madison Reads Leopold
    Special Event

    9:30 p.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.

  • 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.