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, September 23, 2017
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area, September 23

    Nature Adventure!  Join Naturalist Paul Noeldner for an easy family friendly walk from the Aldo Leopold Nature Center into beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park to discover some of the beautiful birds, butterflies, prairie plants, and other fascinating living things in this hidden Urban Natural Area.  Free nature outing, no registration required.  Park and Meet: Aldo Leopold Nature Center, … Read more

  • Sunday, September 24, 2017
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve, September 24

    Pruning Trees and Orchards!  Enjoy a family friendly nature outing led by tree expert Sean Gere and Eagle Heights Gardens manager, Will Waller.  Learn how Wisconsin’s native trees and shrubs grow and how to prune them, and how to prune hedgerows of fruit trees that provide habitat and food for birds and other creatures.  Along the way you will see the Biocore Prairie in full bloom and the … Read more

  • Sunday, October 1, 2017
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Cherokee Marsh, October 1

    Nature lovers, families and kids will enjoy joining Master Naturalist Julie Melton on an easy hiking tour along Cherokee Marsh trails to Hickory Island, North Hill Woods and the Prairie. Along the way Naturalist Tom Murn will point out native plants and the interesting web of life that connects the natural ecosystems. Watch for beautiful hawks, waterfowl and other migrating birds. Cherokee … Read more

  • Sunday, October 8, 2017
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Turville Point Conservation Park, October 8

    Ron Shutvet is a member of Friends of Olin Turville with a passion for sharing stories about the history and natural landscape of Turville Point.  Did you know there were once greenhouses at Turville Point that sent flowers to Madison by boat?  Learn about this and other amazing stories as you take a free family friendly outing through the beautifully restored landscape we see today.  No … Read more

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek Area, October 21

    Watershed Wander! Join Carl Landsness with Friends of Starkweather Creek for a beautiful fall paddle up Starkweather Creek in the heart of Madison's east side! Meet at the Olbrich Park Boat Launch - near the ball diamonds (north/ east of Atwood across the street from Lake Monona - 3402 Atwood Avenue). Free, family friendly, no registration required. A limited number of canoes will be provided - … Read more

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Hayrides & Hikes at Cherokee Marsh

    Tour Cherokee Marsh on a tractor-pulled hay wagon, take a short guided hike, or do both! Plus enjoy free hot cider and marshmallows to roast on the fire. Hayrides are $3/person (Free for children 2 and under). Volunteers from the Friends of Cherokee Marsh will lead free, short nature hikes. No reservations needed; show up any time from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. . Date: Saturday, October 21 Time: 1 to … Read more

  • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area, October 28

    Prairie Seed Bonanza! Join Master Naturalist Alex Singer for an easy family friendly walk from the Aldo Leopold Nature Center into beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park to learn about some of the amazing native prairie seeds and plants and their importance to birds, butterflies, and other critters living or passing through this hidden gem of an Urban Natural Area. Free nature outing, no … Read more