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 24, 2018
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, November 24

    Turkey Trot with Paul Noeldner ~ Join Master Naturalist Paul Noeldner to take a healthy nature walk from the Aldo Leopold Nature Center into the Edna Taylor Conservation Park.  Along the way we will look for birds that find enough food to stick around for the winter including the resident Barred Owl, Cardinals singing from the treetops, Woodpeckers hammering for bugs on a snag, and Turkeys … Read more

  • Sunday, November 25, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve, November 25

    A Turkey Thanksgiving with Paul Noeldner  ~ Turkeys have their favorite Thanksgiving dinners too!  Join Naturalist Paul Noeldner to take a walk at the Preserve to look for birds, food sources, and signs of foraging. What do different kinds of birds like to eat?  How are their bills, feet, and bodies adapted to help them access what they like? Enjoy hot chocolate afterward.  We may have a … Read more

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Tenney Park, December 1

    Nature Readings 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, December 2, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Cherokee Marsh, December 2

    Marsh Life in Winter with Julie Melton ~ 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, December 8, 2018
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Owen, December 8

    Seasons Greetings with Barney White ~ 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 walks … Read more

  • Sunday, December 9, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Turville Point, December 9

    Winter Waterfowl with Jeff Steele ~ 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. No registration required. No pets are … Read more

  • Saturday, December 15, 2018
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek area, December 15

    Creekside Wander with Paul Noeldner ~ 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, December 16, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, December 16

    Coping with Winter with Alex Singer ~ Enjoy an informal family and kid-friendly nature walk around the scenic Warner Pond lagoon and across Castle Creek to discover the wetlands, woods and prairie in the Wild Side of Warner Park and the birds and other creatures that call it home! Walks at Warner Park held on the 3rd Sunday every month are co-sponsored by Madison Bird City FUN partners Wild … Read more

  • Sunday, December 23, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve, December 23

    Holiday Preserves with Paul Noeldner ~ 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 … 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. SPECIAL PRESENTATION: by Rob Hults, … Read more