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, November 18, 2017
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek Area, November 18

    Learn to Bird!  Enjoy discovering and learning about the beautiful birds that live right in our neighborhoods! Some scopies, binoculars, cameras and bird guides will be provided, bring your own if you have them.  Learn about affordable adult and kid’s binoculars and simple bird guides and apps.  You will also learn how to attract birds up close at your home or school, and how to use eBird to … Read more

  • Sunday, November 19, 2017
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, November 19

    What Will All the Animals Do in Winter?  Join Master Naturalist Alex Singer to discover the captivating Fall beauty of trees, water, birds and nature in one of Madison’s largest urban parks.  Learn a bit about what birds and animals do to prepare for Winter.  Bring binoculars or a camera if you have one!  We may have hot chocolate and a campfire afterward if weather permits. Free, family … Read more

  • Saturday, November 25, 2017
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area, November 25

    Nearby Nature!   Naturalist Emily Steinwehe will help you discover nearby nature close to home with an easy family friendly walk from the Aldo Leopold Nature Center into beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park.  Emily is a plant specialist who can help you learn about native Wisconsin trees and plants that help support a rich biodiversity of insects, birds and other creatures.  Get suggestions … Read more

  • Sunday, November 26, 2017
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve, November 26

    A trip back in time! This is a special opportunity to join NOLS National Outdoor Leadership School Instructor Fil Sanna for a fascinating outing along Lakeshore paths that will take you back in time through geological history down to the present.  With your steps representing eons in history, Fil will stop along the way to share fun facts about what the earth was like at that time and how the … Read more

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

    Bird & Nature Outing - Cherokee Marsh, December 3

    Winter Returns To The Marsh!   Experience the "quiet time" and explore evidence of animal life and ways in which the plants and animals prepare to live and protect themselves during the winter.   Free, family friendly nature outing, no registration required.  Enjoy a docent table with hot chocolate and campfire after the outing. Cherokee Marsh North 6098 N. Sherman Ave. Walks at Cherokee Marsh … Read more

  • Saturday, December 9, 2017
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Owen Conservation Park, December 9

    Free, family-friendly guided nature walks at Owen Conservation Park are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, year-round 2:30-4pm and co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature partner groups, Madison Parks and Madison Audubon Society.Owen Conservation Park 6021 Old Sauk Road   Read more

  • Sunday, December 10, 2017
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Turville Point Conservation Park, December 10

    Come for a beautiful early winter outing. The last of the autumn leaves will be falling and milkweed will be blowing in the wind as we outing gentle paths through the Turville Point Conservancy woods and prairie. Family and kid friendly outing. Stay after the outing for hot chocolate and a campfire. No registration required. Turville Point Conservation Park 1156 Olin-Turville Ct. Walks at … Read more

  • Saturday, December 16, 2017
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek Area, December 16

    Free, family friendly nearby nature recreation!  Meet at the Goodman Center and take a beautiful early winter hike along the bike trails and paths next to Starkweather Creek. Bird and Nature Outings at Starkweather Creek the 3rd Saturday morning of every month are co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature partner groups Madison Parks, Madison Audubon, Goodman Community Center, and … Read more

  • Sunday, December 17, 2017
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, December 17

    Family friendly outing at Warner Park to share stories about the trees, plants, frogs, birds, bugs and other wildlife that are busy nestling in for winter, ready to reappear like magic next spring.  Join the group afterward at the campfire for hot chocolate and perhaps some readings from Aldo Leopold and John Muir that help inspire generations of naturalists including the next generation of … Read more

  • Saturday, December 23, 2017
    10:00am to 11:30am

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

    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 and are co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature partner groups Madison Parks, Madison Audubon, Friends of Edna Taylor, and Aldo Leopold Nature Center.  Park and Meet: Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 330 Femrite Drive Read more

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

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

    Celebrate the Holidays with a beautiful winter nature hike at the Lakeshore Preserve!  We will look for bright colored woodpeckers and other birds that hang like ornaments on the trees, and talk about all of the wonderful gifts that nature brings to us now and year-round.  Share a free, family friendly outing and campfire afterward with marshmallows and hot chocolate.  Dress appropriately for … Read more