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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.

Advance registration is recommended for this popular program. Walk-ins will not be accepted if a program fills by the registration deadline. Use the links below to register. Series registration is available in the first three lecture listings. If you are registering for individual lectures, you’ll need to do so for each one separately. 

2019 Winter Enrichment Lectures

The 2019 series will begin January 10 and continue through March 14. Lectures are on Thursday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Arboretum Visitor Center auditorium. Bring your own reusable mug for coffee, available starting at 8:30; programs will begin promptly at 9.

January 10, In Defense of Public Lands: The Case Against Privatization and Transfer. Steven Davis, professor of political science, Edgewood College. Register by January 6. Series registration available.

January 17, Using Soundscapes to Understand How Nature Works. Bryan Pijanowski, professor and University Scholar, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, and director, Center for Global Soundscapes, Purdue University. Register by January 13. Series registration available.

January 24, Using Birds to Conserve Landscapes Worldwide. Jeb Barzen, ecologist, Private Lands Conservation LLC. Register by January 21. Series registration available.

January 31, Seed Sourcing for Habitat Restoration. Keynote: Laura Jackson, Director, Tallgrass Prairie Center. Discussion panel: Amy Alstad, land protection associate, Driftless Area Land Conservancy; Corrine Daniels, director, Nursery Operations, Taylor Creek Restoration Nursery; Rich Henderson, board member, The Prairie Enthusiasts; and Kevin Kawula, owner, Lone Rock Nursery. Register by January 28.

February 7, Can Evolutionary Biology Help Us Restore Prairies? Andrew Hipp, senior scientist in plant systematics and herbarium curator, The Morton Arboretum. Register by February 3.

February 14, Arboretum 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 Research Symposium»

February 21, Immobile Yet Responsive—How Trees Interact with Their Environment. Kate McCulloh, assistant professor, Department of Botany, UW–Madison. Register by February 17.

February 28, Action on Climate Change—The Largest Health Intervention of the Twenty-First Century. Jonathan Patz, director, Global Health Institute, UW–Madison. Register by February 25.

March 7, 50 Years of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association. Tracy Hames, executive director, Wisconsin Wetlands Association. Register by March 3.

March 14, Native Plant Gardens at the Arboretum: Then and Now. Susan Carpenter, Native Plant Gardener, UW Arboretum. Register by March 11.