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 23, 2019
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, March 23

    Season Creep's Con's (and Pro's) with Alex Singer ~ Take a nature hike with Master Naturalist Alex Singer from the Aldo Leopold Nature Center through the ponds and woodlands of beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park on Madison's southeast side. As the effects of climate change are finally noticed by more and more people, a frog in the cauldron is the earlier advent of Spring and the delaying … Read more

  • Sunday, March 24, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

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

    The Early Birds with Chuck Henrikson ~ Spring is here and birds are singing!  Join avid birder Chuck Henrikson to look for early Spring birds at Picnic Point, scope for migrating waterfowl on University Bay, and find out who has arrived in other areas of the Lakeshore Preserve. Are the Bluebirds back at the Biocore Prairie? Bring binoculars or a camera if you have one! Join a naturalist for a … Read more

  • Saturday, April 6, 2019
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Tenney Park, April 6

    Spring Springs! with Paul Noeldner ~  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, 1330 Sherman Avenue. No registration required. No pets are allowed. Co-sponsored by Madison FUN … Read more

  • Sunday, April 7, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Cherokee Marsh, April 7

    Cherokee in Spring with Kathlean Wolf ~  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. Free, … Read more

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Owen, April 13

    Citizen Science with Eva Lewandowski ~  Explore Owen Conservation Park on gentle trails through historic oak openings on a hillside with an Ice Age kettle and along restored prairies with beautiful vistas on this high point overlooking the west side of Madison. Co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Madison Audubon Society, and Owen Conservation Park supporters. Free, family-friendly guided nature … Read more

  • Sunday, April 14, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Turville Point, April 14

    Learn to Identify Tree with Sean Gere ~  Follow rolling hiking paths through the Turville Point woodlands and prairie with beautiful vistas of Lake Monona and Monona Bay. Walks at Turville Point held on the 2nd Sunday every month are co-sponsored by Madison Bird City FUN partners, Madison Parks, Friends of Olin Turville and Madison Audubon Society. Meet at the Turville Point parking lot, … Read more

  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek area, April 20

    Canoe the Creek with Carl Landsness ~  Outings in the Starkweather Creek area begin 10:00am at the Goodman Community Center, unless noted otherwise and are held the 3rd Saturday of every month, year-round. Outings include nature walks, canoe/kayak adventures, bicycling tours and more, and are sponsored by the Madison Friends of Urban Nature, Madison Parks, Goodman Community Center, Madison … Read more

  • Sunday, April 21, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, April 21

    Food Love and Life with Kathlean Wolf ~ Enjoy an informal family-friendly walk with Master Naturalist Kathlean Wolf along the scenic Warner Pond Lagoon by Warner Woods and across Castle Creek to discover the wetlands, woodlands and prairie restorations in the Wild Side of Warner Park on Madison's north side.  Enjoy an informal family and kid-friendly nature walk around the scenic Warner Pond … Read more

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, April 27

    Sunshine or Showers with Tara Von Dollen ~  Join a naturalist for an easy family-friendly walk from Aldo Leopold Nature Center into beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park and enjoy a bit of nature education along the way. Walks through the Edna Taylor Conservation Park are held on the 4th Saturday, 10-11:30am of each month and begin at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 330 Femrite Drive. … Read more

  • Sunday, April 28, 2019
    1:00pm to 4:00pm

    2019 Bird & Nature Festival - Warner Park

    The 7th Annual Bird & Nature Festival at Warner Park is co-sponsored by Madison Friends of Urban Nature (FUN) partner groups Madison Parks, Friends of Cherokee Marsh and other local friends and environmental groups. FREE hands-on activities, educational exhibits and nature exploration!  Bring the whole family to celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day and Bird Day. ONGOING LIVE RAPTOR BIRD … Read more

  • Sunday, April 28, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve, April 28

    Wildflowers with Glenda Dennison ~  Join a naturalist for a family-friendly nature walk starting at Picnic Point to discover the UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve including historic woodlands, native mounds, restored Biocore Prairie and beautiful Lake Mendota shoreline. Walks at UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve the 4th Sunday every month are co-sponsored by Madison Bird City FUN partners Friends of the … Read more