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Since 1968, the Arboretum has offered lectures for naturalists in the greater Madison area. This winter naturalist program is also open to Arboretum volunteers, friends, and interested public as space allows.

The 2019 Winter Enrichment lectures will be announced in early December. 

2018 Winter Enrichment Lectures

The 2018 series will begin on January 11 and continue through March 15. Lectures are on Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Arboretum Visitor Center auditorium. Coffee will be available starting at 8:30; programs will begin promptly at 9. Use the “Register” links below to sign up online. Series registration is available in the Jan. 11, 18, and 25 lecture listings.

Advanced registration is recommended for this popular program. Walk-ins will not be accepted if a program fills by the registration deadline. If you are registering for individual lectures, you’ll need to do so for each one separately. 

January 11, Preserving the Magic of Monarch Migration: Moving Beyond the Documentation of Declines
Karen Oberhauser, Director, UW–Madison Arboretum. Registration closed. Lecture is sold out.

January 18, Ticks and Tickborne Disease in Wisconsin
Susan Paskewitz, Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology, UW–Madison. Entomology Director, Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Disease. Register» by January 15. Registration has closed. Lecture is sold out.

January 25, Wisconsin Furbearers: Their Role in the Fur Trade, Natural History, and Management
Chuck Pils, wildlife biologist (retired), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Registration has closed. Lecture is near capacity, no walk-in registrations.

February 1, Restoration and ‘‘Novel Ecosystems’’: Priority Or Paradox?
Dr. Curt Meine, senior fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation, and contributor, Center for Humans and Nature. Registration closed.

February 8, Frogs, Karner Blue Butterflies, and Trout: Fifty Years of Citizen Science
John Shillinglaw, M.D. Registration closed. Lecture is sold out.

February 15, Science Day: An Annual Research Symposium
Students, faculty, and other researchers will present findings from projects on Arboretum land and in the Lake Wingra watershed. Free, no registration required. »Learn more about the Arboretum Research Symposium

February 22, Restoration Stories: Behind the Scenes at the Arboretum
Marian Farrior, restoration work party manager and Michael Hansen, land care manager, UW–Madison Arboretum. Registration closed.

March 1, Birds and Climate Change
Benjamin Zuckerberg, Associate Professor, UW–Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. Registration closed. Lecture is sold out.

March 8, Citizen Scientist to PhD: A Story of Dragonflies, Helicopters, and Climate Change
Ami Thompson, University of Minnesota. Registration closed.

March 15, Adapting to Climate Change in Wisconsin
Daniel Vimont, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Director, Center for Climatic Research, Nelson Institute, and Co-director, Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI), UW–Madison. Registration closed. Lecture is sold out.