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

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

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, January 21

    Snow Fun Outside! Bundle up and join Master Naturalist Paul Noeldner to explore the Wild Side of Warner Park in Winter.  Look for tracks and learn about the birds, fox, beavers, and other creatures that are nestled in for the winter. If weather permits we may go sledding on Sled Hill!  Stick around for a campfire and hot chocolate after the walk and enjoy a reading from Aldo Leopold or John … Read more

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

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area

    Join Naturalist Brian Schneider for a healthy family friendly winter hike along easy paths in Edna Taylor Conservation Park.  Look for the resident Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, and other amazing birds and creatures that remain active in Winter in our urban areas with native habitat.  No registration needed. Kids welcome, pets are not.  Co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Madison Audubon Society, … Read more

  • Saturday, February 3, 2018
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Tenney Park, February 3

    New in 2018! 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, Madison Audubon Society, … Read more

  • Sunday, February 4, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Cherokee Marsh, February 4

    Only Maples for Syrup? Join Alex Singer for a guided walk at Cherokee Marsh North 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 … Read more

  • Saturday, February 10, 2018
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Owen, February 10

    Explore Owen Conservation Parks 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 walks at Owen Conservation Park are held on … Read more

  • Sunday, February 11, 2018
    1:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Turville Point, February 11

    Winter Adaptation with Kathlean Wolf. 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 parking lot from John Nolen … Read more

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

    2018 Bird & Nature Festival

    Make plans to see, do, and learn at the 2018 Bird & Nature Festival at Warner Park. Featured presentation topic: Bats! By Jennifer Redell, Conservation Biologist /Cave & Mine Specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Mark your calendar now to attend this great, FREE event - perfect for kids of all ages. For more information or to participate contact, Paul Noeldner (608) … Read more