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, May 25, 2019
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area

    Learn about Trees with Sean Gere ~ Join Master Naturalist Tree Expert Sean Gere to explore hiking trails at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and through the ponds and woodlands of beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park on Madison's southeast side. Sometimes we can't see the trees for the forest!  Sean will help you identify different types of trees and learn fascinating facts about them. Along … Read more

  • Sunday, May 26, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve

    Walk with the Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve ~ Take an informal and interesting walk with Friends of Lakeshore Nature Preserve board members to discover the UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve.  We will explore the historic woodlands, native mounds on Picnic Point, the restored Biocore Prairie research area and scenic views of the Capitol along the Lake Mendota shoreline. This is also a … Read more

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Tenney Park, June 1

    Learn to ID Plants with Sean McGee ~  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, June 2, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Cherokee Marsh, June 2

    Full Speed Ahead with Tom Murn ~  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, family-friendly … Read more

  • Saturday, June 8, 2019
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Owen, June 8

    Prairie Plants with Sylvia Marek ~  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 at … Read more

  • Sunday, June 9, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Turville Point, June 9

    Food Forests with Emily Steinwehe ~  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, the … Read more

  • Saturday, June 15, 2019
    10:00am to 2:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek area, June 15

    Ethnobotany Bike Ride with Jeff Steele ~ Ethnobotany is the study of a region's plants and their practical uses through the traditional knowledge of local culture and people. 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, … Read more

  • Sunday, June 16, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, June 16

    Fostering Urban Wildlife with Kathlean Wolf ~ Join Master Naturalist Kathlean Wolf to explore Warner Park.  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 … Read more

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, June 22

    International Crane Foundation Crane Walk with Hannah Jones ~   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. Co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Madison Audubon Society, and Aldo Leopold Nature Center. No registration required. No pets are allowed.   Read more

  • Sunday, June 23, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

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

    Class of 1918 Marsh with John Magnuson ~  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 … Read more