Bird & Nature Outings

Turville Point Bird & Nature Outing with Chuck Henrikson

Discover nature by foot, paddle or pedal! Thanks to our nature expert volunteers, Madison Parks offers free, family-friendly Bird & Nature Outings at various park locations throughout the year. No registration is required. Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing for the day, be prepared for mosquitoes when in-season, and wear footwear for the weather when hiking. Dogs are not permitted. Binoculars, cameras and children are welcome.

Thanks to the Madison Friends of Urban Nature (FUN) for their dedication and enthusiasm. Join the FUN! For more information or to volunteer, contact Paul Noeldner, (608) 698-0104.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, March 24, 2018
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, March 24

    Marsh Madness with Brian Schneider. Join Aldo Leopold Naturalist Brian Schneider to explore the Aldo Leopold and Edna Taylor ecosystem on trails winding through a wonderful web of marsh wetlands, ponds, and oak uplands that provide critical food and shelter for birds, frogs, turtles, bugs, and other natural life!  Free nature outing, no pets, no registration required. Join a naturalist for an … Read more

  • Sunday, March 25, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve, March 25

    Early birds get the worm, and Chuck Henrikson would know!  Chuck loves exploring the natural areas at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve, helping people find the birds that show up during Spring migration, and sharing his knowledge about avian physiology and habits.  Free, family friendly outing, no pets, no registration required.   Join a naturalist for a family friendly nature walk starting at … Read more

  • Sunday, April 1, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Cherokee Marsh, April 1

    Stirrings of Spring with Tom Murn. Cherokee Marsh is Madison’s largest conservation park. Explore beautiful trails through the woodlands, wetlands and restored prairies along the Yahara ‘Catfish’ River. Co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Friends of Cherokee Marsh and Madison Audubon Society. Follow North Sherman Ave. to the parking lot at the end of the gravel entrance road. Read more

  • Saturday, April 7, 2018
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Tenney Park, April 7

    Effects of Climate Change with Alex Singer. Enjoy nature in Tenney Park along Lake Mendota and the Yahara River Parkway bike path through the Madison Isthmus! Free, family-friendly walks at Tenney Park are held the first Saturday of each month, from 2:30-4pm and begin at the Tenney Beach parking lot, 1300 Sherman Avenue. Co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature, Madison Parks, … Read more

  • Sunday, April 15, 2018
    1:00pm to 4:00pm

    6th Annual Bird & Nature Festival - Bats Live!

    The 6th Annual Bird & Nature Festival at Warner Park is co-sponsored by Madison Friends of Urban Nature (FUN) partner groups Madison Parks, Madison Audubon Society, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wild Warner, Friends of Cherokee Marsh and other local friends and environmental groups. Kids will love getting up close with Bats Live!  Free, presentations by Jennifer Redell, Wisconsin … Read more