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, January 19, 2019
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek area, January 19

    We Otter Go Sledding with Paul Noeldner ~ Enjoy a fun winter nature outing at beautiful Olbrich Park on Lake Monona across from Olbrich Gardens! If there is snow we will go sledding on the hill or along the lake. Learn about Otters, nature's sledding experts!  Some sleds will be provided, bring your own if you have one. Enjoy hot chocolate and a campfire. We'll meet below the sledding hill … Read more

  • Sunday, January 20, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, January 20

    Signs of Life with Julie Melton ~ Bundle up and join Master Naturalist Julie Melton to explore the Wild Side of Warner Park in Winter. Help look for signs of life around us and learn about the birds, fox, beavers, bugs, and other creatures that are nestled in for the winter and the native trees and plants that provide them with shelter and food. We may have a campfire and hot chocolate … Read more

  • Saturday, January 26, 2019
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, January 26

    Masting and Tree Collaboration with Alex Singer ~ Join Master Naturalist Alex Singer for a free family-friendly outing at beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park on Madison's west side.  Learn about the masting of acorns which can vary a great deal depending on surrounding conditions and other ways in which groups of trees can collaborate. Free nature outing, no registration required, families … Read more

  • Sunday, January 27, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve, January 27

    Winter Birds with Chuck Henrikson ~ Join avid birdwatcher Chuck Henrikson and other nature lovers, family and friends for a beautiful winter nature hike at Picnic Point and the Lakeshore Preserve.  Help Chuck find the Great Horned Owls and Barred Owls that roost like big lumps in the trees but are still almost invisible. What do the brightly colored woodpeckers and other birds and animals you … 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