Outdoor public walks are subject to cancellation due to the following weather conditions: 10 degrees Fahrenheit or less with a wind chill factor, a heat index above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, thunderstorms, or excessively snowy and icy conditions.

Masks are required indoors in UW–Madison buildings. We will update events and public health guidance as needed. See COVID-19 updates for additional information about Arboretum operations. Event capacity may be limited due to COVID-19 precautions.

  • Sunday, November 28

    Garden Stroll
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This gently paced stroll through the gardens is well-suited for a multi-generational outing. Learn about plants, animals, and fungi; phenology; and ecology. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Routes are wheelchair accessible when weather allows. Free, no registration required. Event capacity is limited. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, December 1

    Ecopoetry – Following W.S. Merwin
    Class

    10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Lauded as one of the most important poetic voices of the last century, W.S. Merwin cultivated a uniquely spiritually tuned voice concerned with the state of nature, time, and human perception. This two-part indoor class (December 1 and 8) will be a conversation exploring ecology, eastern spirituality, and poetic technique. Instructor: Troy Hess. Fee $30. Register by November 24. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, December 1

    Visitor Center Bookstore pop-up hours

    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The bookstore will be open limited hours in December for holiday shopping. The store can only accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, or check at this time (no cash sales). Stock is limited and shopping is in-store only. We cannot place special orders, take orders by phone, or mail orders. We expect to reopen the bookstore regular hours in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Thursday, December 2

    Visitor Center Bookstore pop-up hours

    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The bookstore will be open limited hours in December for holiday shopping. The store can only accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, or check at this time (no cash sales). Stock is limited and shopping is in-store only. We cannot place special orders, take orders by phone, or mail orders. We expect to reopen the bookstore regular hours in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Friday, December 3

    Visitor Center Bookstore pop-up hours

    12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The bookstore will be open limited hours in December for holiday shopping. The store can only accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, or check at this time (no cash sales). Stock is limited and shopping is in-store only. We cannot place special orders, take orders by phone, or mail orders. We expect to reopen the bookstore regular hours in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Saturday, December 4

    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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, December 4

    Visitor Center Bookstore pop-up hours

    12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The bookstore will be open limited hours in December for holiday shopping. The store can only accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, or check at this time (no cash sales). Stock is limited and shopping is in-store only. We cannot place special orders, take orders by phone, or mail orders. We expect to reopen the bookstore regular hours in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Sunday, December 5

    Nature Hike
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, December 8

    Visitor Center Bookstore pop-up hours

    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The bookstore will be open limited hours in December for holiday shopping. The store can only accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, or check at this time (no cash sales). Stock is limited and shopping is in-store only. We cannot place special orders, take orders by phone, or mail orders. We expect to reopen the bookstore regular hours in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Thursday, December 9

    Visitor Center Bookstore pop-up hours

    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The bookstore will be open limited hours in December for holiday shopping. The store can only accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, or check at this time (no cash sales). Stock is limited and shopping is in-store only. We cannot place special orders, take orders by phone, or mail orders. We expect to reopen the bookstore regular hours in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Friday, December 10

    Visitor Center Bookstore pop-up hours

    12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The bookstore will be open limited hours in December for holiday shopping. The store can only accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, or check at this time (no cash sales). Stock is limited and shopping is in-store only. We cannot place special orders, take orders by phone, or mail orders. We expect to reopen the bookstore regular hours in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Saturday, December 11

    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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, December 11

    Visitor Center Bookstore pop-up hours

    12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The bookstore will be open limited hours in December for holiday shopping. The store can only accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, or check at this time (no cash sales). Stock is limited and shopping is in-store only. We cannot place special orders, take orders by phone, or mail orders. We expect to reopen the bookstore regular hours in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Sunday, December 12

    Family Nature Walk
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This walk is a fun and fascinating way for families with children elementary age and younger to explore the natural world. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Adults must attend. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, December 15

    Visitor Center Bookstore pop-up hours

    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The bookstore will be open limited hours in December for holiday shopping. The store can only accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, or check at this time (no cash sales). Stock is limited and shopping is in-store only. We cannot place special orders, take orders by phone, or mail orders. We expect to reopen the bookstore regular hours in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Thursday, December 16

    Visitor Center Bookstore pop-up hours

    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The bookstore will be open limited hours in December for holiday shopping. The store can only accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, or check at this time (no cash sales). Stock is limited and shopping is in-store only. We cannot place special orders, take orders by phone, or mail orders. We expect to reopen the bookstore regular hours in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Friday, December 17

    Visitor Center Bookstore pop-up hours

    12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The bookstore will be open limited hours in December for holiday shopping. The store can only accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, or check at this time (no cash sales). Stock is limited and shopping is in-store only. We cannot place special orders, take orders by phone, or mail orders. We expect to reopen the bookstore regular hours in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Saturday, December 18

    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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, December 18

    Visitor Center Bookstore pop-up hours

    12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The bookstore will be open limited hours in December for holiday shopping. The store can only accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, or check at this time (no cash sales). Stock is limited and shopping is in-store only. We cannot place special orders, take orders by phone, or mail orders. We expect to reopen the bookstore regular hours in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Saturday, December 18

    Full Moon Night Walk
    Walk

    4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    Watch the sun set and the moon rise on this last full moon of the year. Spend time in the silence of a December evening. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, December 19

    Nature Hike
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Wednesday, December 22

    Visitor Center Bookstore pop-up hours

    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The bookstore will be open limited hours in December for holiday shopping. The store can only accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, or check at this time (no cash sales). Stock is limited and shopping is in-store only. We cannot place special orders, take orders by phone, or mail orders. We expect to reopen the bookstore regular hours in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Thursday, December 23

    Visitor Center Bookstore pop-up hours

    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    The bookstore will be open limited hours in December for holiday shopping. The store can only accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, or check at this time (no cash sales). Stock is limited and shopping is in-store only. We cannot place special orders, take orders by phone, or mail orders. We expect to reopen the bookstore regular hours in the early months of 2022. Stay tuned for updates!

  • Friday, December 24

    Visitor Center closed

    All day

    The Visitor Center will be closed December 24–26.

  • Saturday, December 25

    Visitor Center closed

    All day

    The Visitor Center will be closed December 24–26.

  • Sunday, December 26

    Visitor Center closed

    All day

    The Visitor Center will be closed December 24–26.

  • Sunday, December 26

    Garden Stroll
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This gently paced stroll through the gardens is well-suited for a multi-generational outing. Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Routes are wheelchair accessible when weather allows. Free, no registration required. Meet outside the Visitor Center. (Note: the Visitor Center will be closed on December 26.)

  • Friday, December 31

    Visitor Center closed

    All day

    The Visitor Center will be closed December 31–January 2.

  • Friday, December 31

    New Year's Eve Night Walk
    Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    Join us for a naturalist-led holiday trail walk and a peaceful welcome to the New Year. We recommend warm layers and boots. Meet outside the Visitor Center. Free. Registration required through Eventbrite by December 27: https://uw-madison-arboretum-nye-night-walk.eventbrite.com. (Note: The Visitor Center will not be open during this event. A portable toilet is available.)

  • Saturday, January 1

    Visitor Center closed

    All day

    The Visitor Center will be closed December 31–January 2.

  • Sunday, January 2

    Visitor Center closed

    All day

    The Visitor Center will be closed December 31–January 2.

  • Sunday, January 2

    Nature Hike
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet outside the Visitor Center. (Note: the Visitor Center will be closed on January 2.)

  • Sunday, January 9

    Family Nature Walk
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This walk is a fun and fascinating way for families with children elementary age and younger to explore the natural world. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Adults must attend. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, January 15

    Full Moon Night Walk
    Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    Naturalists lead this walk under the Full Wolf Moon. This moon was named for wolves howling on cold winter nights. Learn a few tips for enjoying the night sights and sounds. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, January 16

    Nature Hike
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Tuesday, January 18

    Visitor Center closed

    All day

    The Visitor Center will be closed Monday, January 18.

  • Sunday, January 23

    Garden Stroll
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This gently paced stroll through the gardens is well-suited for a multi-generational outing. Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Routes are wheelchair accessible when weather allows. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, January 30

    Nature Hike
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, February 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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, February 6

    Nature Hike
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, February 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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Saturday, February 12

    Full Moon Night Walk
    Walk

    6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    Naturalists lead this hike under the Hunger Moon. The name of this moon likely refers to the scarcity of food in some regions during mid-winter. We will enjoy the night sky and nature’s sounds under the waxing moon (full February 16). Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday, February 13

    Family Nature Walk
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This walk is a fun and fascinating way for families with children elementary age and younger to explore the natural world. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Adults must attend. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, February 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. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, February 20

    Nature Hike
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Geared for adults, these longer walks may cover some sloping terrain. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • Saturday, February 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 Martin Street parking lot, off Fish Hatchery Road. Event capacity is limited, please arrive by 9 a.m. More information: (608) 265-5214 or marian.farrior@wisc.edu.

  • Sunday, February 27

    Garden Stroll
    Walk

    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

    This gently paced stroll through the gardens is well-suited for a multi-generational outing. Learn about the land, plants, animals, fungi, phenology, and ecology. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. Routes are wheelchair accessible when weather allows. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.