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, October 6, 2018
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Tenney Park, October 6

    Birding for Citizen Science with Eva Lewandowski ~ Wisconsin DNR bird expert Eva Lewandowski will help you spread your wings by becoming part of Citizen Science!  We will take a walk at Tenney Park to look for birds in the air, on the water, and all around us, and record what we see by using eBird, a Citizen Science application that works on a smartphone.  You can also record observations later … Read more

  • Sunday, October 7, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Cherokee Marsh, October 7

    Cherokee Marsh Trails with Barney White ~ You will enjoy meeting Barney White, a Master Naturalist from Texas who recently moved to Madison. Explore Cherokee Marsh trails with Barney to enjoy migrating birds gathered on the Yahara River and beautiful Fall colors in the woodland trees and prairie plants. Cherokee Marsh is Madison’s largest conservation park. Explore beautiful trails through the … Read more

  • Saturday, October 13, 2018
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Owen, October 13

    Life at Owen with Sylvia Marek ~ It is always a delight to take a nature walk with Arboretum Naturalist Sylvia Marek.  Sylvia will help you discover and enjoy fascinating details in the rich variety of life in the natural world being preserved and restored for your enjoyment and the enjoyment of our native birds, plants and animals at Owen Conservation Park. Explore Owen Conservation Park on … Read more

  • Sunday, October 14, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Turville Point, October 14

    Turville History Tour with Ron Shutvet ~ You are in for a treat when you take a walk at Turville with history buff Ron Shutvet!  Ron will point out interesting spots and share fascinating stories about the history of Turville Point and the people who lived there. You will also enjoy fall colors and seeing the birds and nature that make their home at Turville today. Look for migrating birds … Read more

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek area, October 20

    Autumn Traces of Nature with Tom Murn ~ A walk with Master Naturalist Tom Murn is always family friendly, entertaining and enlightening!  Explore the hidden natural areas in neighborhoods along Starkweather Creek and discover how Autumn touches the trees and plants and paints them in fall colors.  Learn about birds and wildlife that make their homes in the heart of the East Side and adjust to … Read more

  • Sunday, October 21, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, October 21

    Fall Colors with Paul Noeldner ~ Explore the Wild Side of Warner Park in Autumn with Master Naturalist Paul Noeldner.  See colorful migrating birds on the Warner Pond Lagoon.  Enjoy beautiful Fall colors in Warner Woods. Stop at the Castle Creek Bridge and follow the bike path to the top of Sled Hill for great views of the park.   Enjoy an informal family and kid-friendly nature walk around the … Read more

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, October 27

    Falling Up! with Tara Van Dollen  ~ Come to Picnic Point and join a Friend of the Lakeshore Preserve to take a walk on easy trails and discover some of the lesser known parts of the 300 acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve.  What's the Biocore Prairie all about?  Who takes care of all those Eagle Heights Garden plots?  Was part of this area really a farm at one time?  What kinds of bird, animal and … Read more

  • Sunday, October 28, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

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

    Walk with a Friend with Paul Noeldner ~ Come to Picnic Point and join a Friend of the Lakeshore Preserve to take a walk on easy trails and discover some of the lesser known parts of the 300 acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve.  What's the Biocore Prairie all about?  Who takes care of all those Eagle Heights Garden plots?  Was part of this area really a farm at one time?  What kinds of bird, animal … Read more