Learning Opportunities at UW-Madison Arboretum

Sunday, November 12 The CCC and the Arboretum Walk 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) set up its only camp on a university campus. More than 200 men served here until the camp closed in 1941. Learn about their extraordinary efforts to restore the ecosystems of Wisconsin and hike through the landscape they helped create. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, November 18 History of the Lost City Class 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Delve into the fascinating history of the "Lost City," concentrating on the failed Lake Forest development project and the Arboretum’s subsequent acquisition of the lots. Who were the personalities involved, why didn't the original project succeed, and what is the current status of the area? Meet at the Visitor Center. See also Oct. 29 Lost City tour. Instructor: Kathy Miner, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $20 (FOA $18). Preregister by Nov. 14. Register for this event ($20)

Sunday, November 19 Thinking Like an Arboretum Walk 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Aldo Leopold's essay "Thinking Like a Mountain" is the basis for this tour about the predator-prey relationships and ecosystem diversity. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Sunday, November 26 Arboretum Sampler Walk 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Visit the Arboretum horticultural and native plant gardens as well as natural areas near the Visitor Center. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, December 2 Cold Moon Night Walk 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This full moon (December 3) has a fitting name for the month when winter arrives and nights are long. Bundle up and join the naturalist for a moonlit walk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, December 9 All About Owls Class 10 a.m. – 12 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.

Saturday, December 9 Effigy Mound Culture Class 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. For hundreds of years, earthen mounds with conical, linear, and animal shapes were built by native people in southern Wisconsin. Learn about the mounds, the people who created them, and their environment. Indoors, with outdoor walk if weather permits. Instructor: Paul Borowsky, Arboretum naturalist. Fee: $20 Register by Dec. 5.

Course Dates: 

Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 1:00pm to Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 3:30pm