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University of Wisconsin Arboretum

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1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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June 2017

Conserving Monarch Butterflies: All Hands on Deck

June 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Thursday, June 22, 7:00-8:15 p.m. Talk The monarch butterfly population has significantly declined over the last 20 years, primarily due loss of breeding habitat in the north central U.S. Researchers, citizens, and government agencies are studying habitat needs. Laura Lukens and Kyle Kasten will discuss these efforts, their research, and the role of citizen science. The speakers study monarch habitat restoration and work on a national citizen science program. Free to the public. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conserving-monarch-butterflies-all-hands-on-deck-registration-34476311576?aff=cals

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July 2017

Street Trees

July 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Saturday, July 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour Stephen Nystrand, Longenecker Horticultural Gardens technician, will take you through the extensive collection of shade trees and discuss strategies for growing healthy trees in urban/suburban conditions. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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Plants for Pollinators

July 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Wednesday, July 19, 7:00 pm Garden Tour Learn about summer-blooming native and ornamental species in Arboretum gardens. Susan Carpenter, Arboretum native plant gardener, will highlight plants and gardening practices that support essential pollinators in urban/suburban landscapes. Meet at the Visitor Center. Tour goes until dusk.

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September 2017

Edible Landscaping

September 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Saturday, September 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour Join Judy Kingsbury and Marian Farrior, permaculture designers and Arboretum outreach specialists, as they explore the collection’s edible plants and highlight some of their favorite trees and shrubs. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Family Walk: Fun with Fungi

September 10, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Sunday, September 10, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Investigate mushrooms growing in the natural areas and the gardens. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Native By Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future

September 17, 2017 @ 8:45 am - 4:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Sunday, September 17, 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The annual Native Gardening Conference teaches and promotes the use of native plants in home landscapes for biodiversity, habitat, beauty, and sustainability. Expert-led workshops inspire and inform gardeners and landowners to create and maintain native gardens or small-scale restorations on their own property. Keynote: "A New Garden Ethic," Benjamin Vogt, landscape designer and author. Fee: $65 ($59 FOA). Preregister by Sept. 7. Register @ https://arboretum.wisc.edu/visit/events/native-gardening-conference/ngc-registration/ University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI…

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Native Garden Tour: Fall in the Native Plant Garden

September 23, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Saturday, September 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Color, fruits, seeds, late-blooming plants, late-season insects—we will find these and more in the diverse native plant gardens around the Visitor Center. Susan Carpenter, Arboretum Native Plant Gardener, will lead this tour. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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October 2017

October Birds on the Move

October 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Sunday, October 1, 1:00-2:30 p.m. The naturalist will talk about Wisconsin birds as well as those passing through en route to wintering grounds. Bring binoculars or scope if you have them; we have some to share. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Family Walk:  Why do Leaves Change Color?

October 8, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Sunday, October 8, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Grady Tract Enjoy and learn about the wonder of fall color in native trees and prairie grasses. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Invasive Species Identification and Monitoring

October 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Wednesday, October 11, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Class Early detection can minimize the impact of invasive species. The Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) app is one tool citizen scientists can use to help report invasive plant species. This workshop will cover impacts and identification and how to use the app. Come prepared for time outdoors and bring your smartphone. Meet at the Visitor Center. Instructor: Anne Pearce, Wisconsin First Detector Network program coordinator. Fee: $30 (FOA $27). Preregister by Oct.…

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Conifers

October 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Saturday, October 14, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Longenecker Horticultural Garden Tour David Stevens, LHG curator, will explore the pinetum, the largest and most diverse conifer collection in the state. Located on a glacial drumlin, the collection ranges from pines, spruce, and firs to Japanese umbrella trees. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Tree and Shrub Identification

October 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Sunday, October 15, 1:00-3:30 p.m. Class Learn to identify the most common native trees and shrubs in our area, as well as characteristics of some invasive shrubs. Come prepared for time outdoors. Meet at the Visitor Center. Instructors: Sara Christopherson, Arboretum naturalist, and Marian Farrior, Arboretum restoration work party manager. Fee: $25 (FOA $23). Preregister by Oct. 11 @ https://arboretum.wisc.edu/classes/trees-and-shrub-identification/ University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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December 2017

Class: All About Owls

December 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Sunday, December 9, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Learn about Wisconsin’s twelve owl species, focusing on the three in the Madison area, their habitat, range, and habits, and how to identify these elusive birds of prey. Indoor class. Instructor: Sylvia Marek, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $20. Register by December 5. Register @: arboretum.wisc.edu/classes/owls-dec-17/ University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Family Walk: Winter Birds

December 10, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Sunday, December 10, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays, and other birds spend the entire year here. Some species consider our area “south for the winter.” Prepare for the Christmas bird counts on this informative walk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Family Walk: Our Feathered Friends

December 10, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Sunday, December 10, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Because birds are easier to spot when leaves are off trees and shrubs, this is a good time for youngsters to learn about them. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Family Walk: Conifers

December 17, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Sunday, December 17, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Learn about some of the Arboretum’s cone-bearing trees—including pines, spruces, and firs—how to distinguish them from one another, and their ecological importance. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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January 2018

Family Walk: Phenology

January 7, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Sunday, January 7, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Aldo Leopold and his graduate students kept journals to record the timing of natural events (phenology). Start the new year learning to track life cycle events. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu/ for details.

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Multifunctional Rain Gardens

January 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Tuesday, January 9, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Class Rain gardens help absorb stormwater, recharge ground water, improve pollinator and bird habitat, and provide year-round interest. Learn about rain garden design and plantings. Bring yard plan for discussion. Indoor class. Instructor: Gail Epping Overholt, Arboretum outreach and education coordinator. Fee: $25. Register by December 15. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu/ for details.

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Winter Enrichment Lecture: Preserving the Magic of Monarch Migration—Moving Beyond the Documentation of Declines

January 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Thursday, January 11, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Karen Oberhauser, Director, UW–Madison Arboretum. Fee: $10, series $70. Register by January 8. The cost is $10. Registration is required for this event. Register @ https://arboretum.wisc.edu/classes/preserving-the-magic-of-monarch-migration/ University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu/ for details.

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Family Walk: Winter Wonderland

January 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Sunday, January 21, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Even when the ground is frozen and the air is cold, beauty and activity abound in the natural world. Springs remain ice-free and support year-round wildlife. Discover winter’s liveliness on this naturalist-led walk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu/ for details.

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Edible Native Gardening

January 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Thursday, January 25, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Class Learn which native plants offer both beauty and flavor. Explore ideas for creating wild edible landscapes small and large, sunny and shady, with samples to taste. Indoor class. Instructor: Judy Kingsbury, Arboretum volunteer coordinator. Fee: $20. Register by January 15. The cost is $20. Registration is required for this event. Register @ arboretum.wisc.edu/classes/edible-native-gardening/ University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu/ for details.

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February 2018

Forest Garden Design

February 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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This permaculture technique can help you grow plants for food, fuel, and more. Learn about site considerations, plant guilds, plant selection, mushroom cultivation, and garden designs. Plant lists and resources provided. Bring yard plan for discussion. Indoor class. Instructors: Marian Farrior, Arboretum outreach specialist, and Amy Jo Dusick, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $30. Register by January 29. The cost is $30. Registration is required for this event. Register @ https://arboretum.wisc.edu/classes/forest-garden-design/ University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888…

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March 2018

Pollinator-friendly Gardening

March 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Saturday, March 17, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Class Explore the life histories of Wisconsin’s native bees and other pollinators and how they fare in our gardens and landscapes. Learn gardening practices that create and enhance pollinator habitat and promote conservation. Indoors, with brief garden walk if weather permits. Instructor: Susan Carpenter, Arboretum native plant gardener. Fee: $30. Register by March 12. The cost is $30. Registration is required for this event. Register @ arboretum.wisc.edu/classes/pollinator-friendly-gardening/ University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway…

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Phenology

March 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Saturday, March 24, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Class Phenology is the study of periodic occurrences in nature, especially as they link to climate and weather. The March equinox is the perfect time to think about spring unfolding. We’ll explore literary and scientific approaches to monitoring the natural year. Instructor: Kathy Miner, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $20. Register by March 20. Meet at the Visitor Center. The cost is $20. Registration is required for this event. Register @ arboretum.wisc.edu/classes/phenology/ University of Wisconsin Arboretum…

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April 2018

Magnolias

April 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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In the Longenecker Gardens See, smell, and learn about the gardens’ extensive magnolia collection, and other spring flowering plants encountered along the way, with Michael Jesiolowski, Chicago Botanic Garden senior horticulturist. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Earth Day Among Woodland Wildflowers

April 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Walk from the Visitor Center If this is a typical spring, we may find bloodroot, wild ginger, Virginia bluebells, and Dutchman’s breeches (among other delights) along the trails of our restored woodlands. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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May 2018

Lilacs and Crabapples

May 5, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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In the Longenecker Gardens David Stevens, LHG curator, will lead this tour through two signature collections, focusing on the history, beauty, and landscape value of crabapples and lilacs, which are some of the favorite ornamental woody plants in the Midwest. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Magnolias

May 6, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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In the Longenecker Gardens See, smell, and learn about the gardens’ extensive magnolia collection, and other spring flowering plants encountered along the way, with Michael Jesiolowski, Chicago Botanic Garden senior horticulturist. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Native Plant Sale

May 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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U.W.-Madison Arboretum Visitor Center Visit the big tent on the lawn in front of Curtis Prairie to shop for all your native plant gardening needs. The Friends of the Arboretum (FOA) annual native plant sale offers more than 200 species of native plants suitable for a variety of soil and light conditions. Experts will be available to answer questions. Organized by FOA, open to the general public. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or uwarboretum.org/events

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Medicinal Plants

May 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour Explore the historical and contemporary medicinal uses of woody plants with Jane Hawley Stevens of Four Elements Herbals. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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June 2018

Woodland, Savanna, and Prairie Gardens

June 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Native Plant Garden Tour Celebrate late spring by visiting our woodland, savanna, and prairie gardens. This tour, led by Arboretum native plant gardener Susan Carpenter, provides an overview of the Wisconsin Native Plant Garden. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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What’s Blooming?

June 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Native Plant Garden Tour Join Susan Carpenter, Arboretum native plant gardener, to find, compare, and learn about flowers on native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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A Wisconsin Prairie

June 24, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Family Nature Program Many flowers are blooming on our Wisconsin prairies in late June. Walk through the world-renowned Curtis Prairie and learn more about flowering prairie plants. Naturalist-led hike, 1:30–2:30 p.m., indoor activities, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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July 2018

Identifying Summer Prairie Flowers

July 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Class Learn techniques for identifying native wildflowers. This is a field class, please wear sturdy shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Instructor: Sylvia Marek, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $20. Register by July 2. Meet at the Visitor Center. Register @ arboretum.wisc.edu/classes/identifying-summer-prairie-flowers/ University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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In Search of Butterflies

July 8, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Sunday, July 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Family Walk We will explore the prairies and gardens looking for beautiful native butterflies and other important pollinators. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Plants for Pollinators

July 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Garden Tour Learn about summer-blooming native and ornamental species in Arboretum gardens. Susan Carpenter, Arboretum native plant gardener, will highlight plants and gardening practices that support essential pollinators in urban/suburban landscapes. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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September 2018

Fall Flowers in Grady Oak Savanna and Greene Prairie

September 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Enjoy goldenrods, asters, sunflowers, gentians, and the many insects living among them. Free, no registration required. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd. No facilities on site; some sloping terrain. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Family Walk: Fun with Fungi

September 9, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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The season is right to observe a variety of species from the kingdom Fungi. Learn about these important decomposers on a naturalist-led walk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Edible Landscaping

September 15, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour Join Judy Kingsbury and Marian Farrior, permaculture designers and Arboretum outreach specialists, as they explore the collection’s edible plants and highlight some of their favorite trees and shrubs. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Native By Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future

September 16, 2018 @ 8:45 am - 4:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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The annual Native Gardening Conference teaches and promotes the use of native plants in home landscapes for biodiversity, habitat, beauty, and sustainability. Expert-led workshops inspire and inform gardeners and landowners to create and maintain native gardens or small-scale restorations. Keynote: “Native Plants in Urban Settings,” Lynn Steiner, garden writer. Fee: $65. Register by September 6. Register @ https://arboretum.wisc.edu/visit/events/native-gardening-conference/ngc-registration/ University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Native Garden Tour: Fall in the Native Plant Garden

September 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Color, fruits, seeds, late-blooming plants, late-season insects—we will find these and more in the diverse native plant gardens around the Visitor Center. Susan Carpenter, Arboretum Native Plant Gardener, will lead this tour. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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October 2018

Conifers

October 6, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Longenecker Horticultural Garden Tour David Stevens, LHG curator, will explore the pinetum, the largest and most diverse conifer collection in the state. Located on a glacial drumlin, the collection ranges from pines, spruce, and firs to Japanese umbrella trees. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Fall Favorites

October 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Longenecker Horticultural Garden Tour Enjoy the colorful show of trees and shrubs before winter dormancy. Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturist at Chicago Botanic Garden, will highlight the best fall foliage, form, and fruit displays from Acer to Zelkova. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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The Science of Autumn Colors

October 14, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Wisconsin Science Festival Exploration Stations Come to the Arboretum during the statewide celebration of science to experience nature. Explore the colors of the Arboretum’s prairies, forests, and wetlands during this annual time of change. Learn how plants transform fall landscapes with shades of yellow, red, orange, and brown. Join us to investigate the science of fall foliage and create nature-based arts and crafts. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. See also the two afternoon walks, listed separately.…

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Woodlands Full of Color

October 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Walk Enjoy what is usually the peak for fall color in the woodlands. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. Presented in conjunction with the Wisconsin Science Festival. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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The Science of Autumn Colors

October 14, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Family Nature Program Investigate the science of fall color changes in plants and create nature-based arts and crafts. Naturalist-led hike, 1:30–2:30 p.m., indoor activities, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Walk and activities are designed for children. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. Presented in conjunction with the Wisconsin Science Festival. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Colorful Days

October 28, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Family Nature Program Hike and explore the colorful forest and prairie, then draw, paint, and write about your discoveries. Naturalist-led hike, 1:30–2:30 p.m., indoor activities, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Walk and activities designed for children. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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December 2018

Family Walk: Our Feathered Friends

December 9, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Because birds are easier to spot when leaves are off trees and shrubs, this is a good time for youngsters to learn about them. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Family Walk: Winter Birds

December 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays, and other birds spend the entire year here. Some species consider our area “south for the winter.” Prepare for the Christmas bird counts on this informative walk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Family Walk: Winter Wonderland

December 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Even when the ground is frozen and the air is cold, beauty and activity abound in the natural world. Springs remain ice-free and support year-round wildlife. Discover winter’s liveliness on this naturalist-led walk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Night Walk: Blood Moon Eclipse

December 28, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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We will partner with UW Space Place for this special night walk. From 9 to 9:30 p.m., learn about the total lunar eclipse and supermoon, look through telescopes, and pick up tips to enjoy the night sky. At 9:30, we will walk under the night sky as the partial eclipse begins. This moon is named for the reddish hue of the fully eclipsed moon. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway…

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Family Walk: Conifers

December 30, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Learn about some of the Arboretum’s cone-bearing trees—including pines, spruces, and firs—how to distinguish them from one another, and their ecological importance. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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January 2019

Family Walk: Phenology

January 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Aldo Leopold and his graduate students kept journals to record the timing of natural events (phenology). Start the new year learning to track life cycle events. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Multifunctional Rain Gardens

January 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Class Rain gardens help absorb stormwater, recharge ground water, improve pollinator and bird habitat, and provide year-round interest. Learn about rain garden design and plantings. Bring yard plan for discussion. Indoor class. Instructor: Gail Epping Overholt, Arboretum outreach and education coordinator. Fee: $25. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Winter Enrichment Lecture: Seed Sourcing for Habitat Restoration

January 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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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. Fee: $10. Register by Jan 28. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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February 2019

The Art of Pruning

February 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Class Learn the science, tools, and techniques to help ensure healthy tree structure and proper wound closure, as well as shrub pruning for plant renewal. Instructor: David Stevens, Longenecker Horticultural Gardens curator. Fee: $20. Register by February 12. Register @ https://arboretum.wisc.edu/classes/the-art-of-pruning-2/ University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu/ for details.

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March 2019

Native Plant Gardens at the Arboretum: Then and Now

March 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Winter Enrichment Lecture Susan Carpenter, Native Plant Gardener, UW Arboretum. Register by March 18. The cost is $10.  Registration is required for this event.  Register @ arboretum.wisc.edu/classes/native-plant-gardens-at-the-arboretum-then-and-now/ University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu/ for details.

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April 2019

Phenology

April 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Class Tune in to signs of early spring. Phenology—the study of periodic occurrences in nature—is both art and science, practiced for millennia across cultures and regions. Learn about different approaches, and even invent your own. Instructor: Kathy Miner, Arboretum naturalist. Register by April 2. Meet at the Visitor Center. The cost is $20.  Registration is required for this event.  Register @ arboretum.wisc.edu/classes/phenology-tracking-nature/ University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu/ for details.

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Garden Excursion @ The Arboretum

April 7, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Guided Walk Learn about Arboretum history, land, and science on a gently paced walk in the gardens. This new monthly stroll offers a multigenerational learning experience on the first Sunday of each month, April–October. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Early Signs of Spring

April 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Native Plant Garden Tour As trees begin to leaf out, Dutchman’s breeches, twin-leaf, and rue-anemones might be blooming in the woodland gardens, and pasqueflower and prairie-smoke in the prairie gardens. Susan Carpenter, Arboretum native plant gardener, will lead this tour. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Woodland Wildflowers

April 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Walk from the Visitor Center If this is a typical spring, we may find bloodroot, wild ginger, Virginia bluebells, and Dutchman’s breeches (among other delights) along the trails of our restored woodlands. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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May 2019

Magnolias

May 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Tour the gardens’ extensive magnolia collection, and other spring flowering plants encountered along the way, with Michael Jesiolowski, Missouri Botanical Garden horticulture supervisor. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Garden Excursion @ The Arboretum

May 5, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Guided Walk Learn about Arboretum history, land, and science on a gently paced walk in the gardens. This new monthly stroll offers a multigenerational learning experience on the first Sunday of each month, April–October. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Native Plant Sale

May 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Visit the big tent on the lawn in front of Curtis Prairie to shop for all your native plant gardening needs. The Friends of the Arboretum (FOA) annual native plant sale offers more than 200 species of native plants suitable for a variety of soil and light conditions. Experts will be available to answer questions. Organized by FOA, open to the general public. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or uwarboretum.org/events

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Lilacs and Crabapples

May 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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In the Longenecker Gardens David Stevens, LHG curator, will lead this tour through two signature collections, focusing on the history, beauty, and landscape value of crabapples and lilacs, which are some of the favorite ornamental woody plants in the Midwest. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Rare and Uncommon Native Wisconsin Trees and Shrubs

May 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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In the Longenecker Gardens Join Keith Phelps, Arboretum horticultural technician, on a tour highlighting unique and rare Wisconsin woody natives. Learn about their ecology, cultural significance, conservation concerns, and landscape use. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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June 2019

Garden Excursion @ The Arboretum

June 2, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Guided Walk Learn about Arboretum history, land, and science on a gently paced walk in the gardens. This new monthly stroll offers a multigenerational learning experience on the first Sunday of each month, April–October. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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What’s Blooming?

June 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Native Plant Garden Tour Join Susan Carpenter, Arboretum native plant gardener, to find, compare, and learn about flowers on native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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A Prairie in Bloom

June 23, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Family Nature Program Many flowers are blooming on our Wisconsin prairies in late June. Walk through the world-renowned Curtis Prairie and learn more about flowering prairie plants. Naturalist-led hike, 1:30–2:30 p.m., indoor activities, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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July 2019

A Prairie Birthday

July 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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On this walk, named for an Aldo Leopold essay, we will look for the blooming plants he wrote about, including blazing-stars, prairie grasses, and many sunflower species. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.  University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Garden Excursion @ The Arboretum

July 7, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Guided Walk Learn about Arboretum history, land, and science on a gently paced walk in the gardens. This new monthly stroll offers a multigenerational learning experience on the first Sunday of each month, April–October. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Butterflies Flutter By

July 14, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Family Walk We will explore the prairies and gardens looking for monarch butterfly eggs, caterpillars, and adults as we learn about butterflies and their life cycles. Designed for families with children ages 3–11. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Plants for Pollinators

July 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Garden Tour Learn more about summer-blooming native and ornamental species in Arboretum gardens. Susan Carpenter, Arboretum native plant gardener, will highlight plants and gardening practices that support essential pollinators in urban/suburban landscapes. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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August 2019

Garden Excursion @ The Arboretum

August 4, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Guided Walk Learn about Arboretum history, land, and science on a gently paced walk in the gardens. This new monthly stroll offers a multigenerational learning experience on the first Sunday of each month, April–October. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Native Plant Garden Tour: Native Grasses

August 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Susan Carpenter, Arboretum native plant gardener, will focus on color, size, and features of native Wisconsin grasses, from tiny mustache grass to big bluestem. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Pollinator Party

August 25, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Join us to observe and learn about the fascinating lives of the pollinators in the Arboretum's gardens and prairies. Naturalist-led walk, 1:30–2:30 p.m., indoor activities, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Designed for families with children ages 3–11. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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September 2019

Fall Flowers in Grady Oak Savanna and Greene Prairie

September 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Enjoy goldenrods, asters, sunflowers, gentians, and the many insects living among them. Free, no registration required. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd. No facilities on site; some sloping terrain. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Garden Excursion @ The Arboretum

September 1, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Guided Walk Learn about Arboretum history, land, and science on a gently paced walk in the gardens. This new monthly stroll offers a multigenerational learning experience on the first Sunday of each month, April–October. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Family Walk: Fungus Among Us

September 8, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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The season is right to observe mushrooms and other types of fungus. Learn about the important roles they play in nature on a naturalist-led walk designed for children ages 3–11. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Native Garden Tour: Fall in the Native Plant Garden

September 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Color, fruits, seeds, late-blooming plants, late-season insects—we will find these and more in the diverse native plant gardens around the Visitor Center. Susan Carpenter, Arboretum Native Plant Gardener, will lead this tour. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Native By Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future

September 15, 2019 @ 8:45 am - 4:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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The annual Native Gardening Conference teaches and promotes the use of native plants in home landscapes for biodiversity, habitat, beauty, and sustainability. Expert-led workshops inspire and inform gardeners and landowners to create and maintain native gardens or small-scale restorations. Keynote: “Native Plants in Urban Settings,” Lynn Steiner, garden writer. Fee: $65. This conference is sold out. Call (608) 262-2445 for waiting list. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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October 2019

Fall Bird Hike

October 5, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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A Walk You can see more than 170 bird species at the Arboretum during the year. Join us for seasonal guided bird hikes in spring and fall. All experience levels welcome, binoculars recommended. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. Hikes cancelled for heavy rain or lightning. No registration required, but to help us plan these new hikes, please tell us you’re interested using this form: arboretum.wisc.edu/learn/adult-education/birding-hikes/bird-hike-form/. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888…

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Garden Excursion @ The Arboretum

October 6, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Guided Walk Learn about Arboretum history, land, and science on a gently paced walk in the gardens. This new monthly stroll offers a multigenerational learning experience on the first Sunday of each month, April–October. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu

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Cultural Significance of Nature and Gardening to Indigenous Tribal Peoples

October 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Fall Lecture Series Diana Peterson, PhD candidate, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW–Madison. To preserve wild rice (Manoomin) is to protect and restore its place in the sacred practices of Wisconsin Native cultures. Peterson’s interviews with the Menominee and Ojibwe Tribal elders highlight the cultural significance of Manoomin along with the importance of preserving a vital natural resource for future generations. Free, no registration required. Suggested $10 donation at the door. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI…

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Fall Bird Hike

October 12, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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A Walk You can see more than 170 bird species at the Arboretum during the year. Join us for seasonal guided bird hikes in spring and fall. All experience levels welcome, binoculars recommended. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. Hikes cancelled for heavy rain or lightning. No registration required, but to help us plan these new hikes, please tell us you’re interested using this form: arboretum.wisc.edu/learn/adult-education/birding-hikes/bird-hike-form/. University of WI Arboretum 1207 Seminole Hwy. Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888…

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Woodlands Full of Color

October 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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A Walk Enjoy what is usually the peak for fall color in the woodlands. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Colorful Leaves

October 13, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Family Walk Investigate the science of fall color change and create nature-based arts and crafts. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Red Lanterns

October 20, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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A Walk Blackberry leaves turn bright red this month. We will look for other red leaves too, including sumac, Virginia creeper, red maple, and even poison ivy. Perhaps we will spot the red tail feathers of a certain hawk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. Presented in conjunction with the Wisconsin Science Festival. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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November 2019

All About Owls

November 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Class Learn about Wisconsin’s twelve owl species, focusing on the three that nest in Madison, and how to identify these elusive birds of prey. Habitat, calls, courtship, and adaptations to acquire food will be discussed. Indoor class. Instructor: Sylvia Marek, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $20. Register by October 29. Meet at the Visitor Center. Register @ https://arboretum.wisc.edu/classes/all-about-owls-fall-2019/ University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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UW Arboretum’s Native Wisconsin

November 10, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Family Nature Program Explore Wisconsin’s native plants and animals. Naturalist-led hike, 1:30–2:30 p.m., indoor activities, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Designed for families with children ages 3–11. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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UW Arboretum’s Wreath-making from Nature

November 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Class Using natural materials found at the Arboretum, make nature-inspired wreaths just in time for the holiday season. Materials supplied. You are welcome to bring ornaments and ribbons for decoration. Instructors: Marian Farrior, Arboretum restoration work party manager, and Jane Hawley Stevens, herbalist. Fee $25. Register by November 19. Meet at the Visitor Center. Register @ https://arboretum.wisc.edu/classes/wreath-making-from-nature-2019/ University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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December 2019

Family Walk: Our Feathered Friends

December 8, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Because birds are easier to spot when leaves are off trees and shrubs, this is a good time for youngsters to learn about them. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Family Walk: Winter Birds

December 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays, and other birds spend the entire year here. Some species consider our area “south for the winter.” Prepare for the Christmas bird counts on this informative walk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Family Walk: Conifers

December 29, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Learn about some of the Arboretum’s cone-bearing trees—including pines, spruces, and firs—how to distinguish them from one another, and their ecological importance. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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January 2020

Family Walk: Phenology

January 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Aldo Leopold and his graduate students kept journals to record the timing of natural events (phenology) in Wisconsin and at the Arboretum. Start the new year learning to track annual life cycles and events. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu  for details.

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Night Walk: Full Wolf Moon

January 10, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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This moon was named for wolves howling on cold winter nights under a full moon. Learn a few tips for enjoying the night sights and sounds. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Winter Enrichment Lecture: How Winter and Invasive Plants Modify Small Mammal Behavior in Wisconsin Forests

January 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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John Orrock, professor, Department of Integrative Biology, UW–Madison. Fee: $10. Register by January 13. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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Family Walk: Winter Wonderland

January 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Even when the ground is frozen and the air is cold, beauty and activity abound in the natural world. Springs remain ice-free and support year-round wildlife. Discover winter’s liveliness on this naturalist-led walk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu for details.

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February 2020

Winter Enrichment Lecture: Gardening for Hummingbirds

February 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Conducted by hummingbird enthusiasts, Kathi and Michael Rock. Fee: $10. Register by February 17 @ 608-263-7888 or @ info@arboretum.wisc.edu University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu/ for details.

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March 2020

Winter Enrichment Lecture: Invasive Jumping Worms: The Impact of a New Soil Invader

March 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711 United States
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Conducted by Brad Herrick, ecologist, UW–Madison Arboretum. Fee: $10. Register by March 2 @ 608-263-7888 or @ info@arboretum.wisc.edu University of Wisconsin Arboretum 1207 Seminole Highway Madison, WI 53711 608/263-7888 or arboretum.wisc.edu/ for details.

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