Conservation Park Events

Conservation staff and volunteers host a number of events, workshops and projects throughout the year, including guided nature walks April through October.

Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, April 28

    Spring Springs! with Brian Schneider. Join Aldo Leopold Naturalist Brian Schneider to see what's happening in Springtime at Aldo Leopold and Edna Taylor!  Walk easy trails around the wetlands, ponds, and oak uplands to look for signs of spring in the birds, woodland flowers, and other natural life. Free nature outing, no pets, no registration required. Join a naturalist for an easy … Read more

  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018
    5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Conservation Park Tour - Heritage Sanctuary

    Heritage Sanctuary is known for its robust display of “spring ephemeral” wildflowers. Join conservation staff and learn about the rich flora of this mesic woodland.   Conservation Park Tours are a staff guided, easy walk held seasonally at various conservation parks. These events are free to attend, family-friendly and no registration is required. Walks are held rain or shine. Staff Leader: … Read more

  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Conservation Park Tour - Owen

    Join Conservation Resource Supervisor, Paul Quinlan for an educational, nature walk through Owen Conservation Park. Owen has been a focus of intensive ecological restoration for Madison Parks.  Come and learn about our efforts and the ecology of the tallgrass prairie and oak woodland habitats that occur here. Conservation Park Tours are a staff guided, easy walk held seasonally at various … Read more

  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Conservation Park Tour - Cherokee Marsh North

    Our largest and perhaps most famous conservation park protects a variety of natural communities, ranging from upland forest to wet prairie, to riverine marsh.  Join conservation staff for a walk through a cross-section of all this park has to offer. Conservation Park Tours are a staff guided, easy walk held seasonally at various conservation parks. These events are free to attend, … Read more

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Conservation Park Tour - Prairie Ridge

    Broad, sweeping views across this glacial ridge provide a glimpse into the landscape of the past.  Come see how we are stewarding it into the future. Conservation Park Tours are a staff guided, easy walk held seasonally at various conservation parks. These events are free to attend, family-friendly and no registration is required. Walks are held rain or shine. Staff Leader: Paul Quinlan Read more

  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Conservation Park Tour - Cherokee Marsh South

    Moving downriver from the North Unit, we can observe different land uses and challenges for protecting the natural resources at this conservation park.  Come and learn about efforts to maintain this habitat within the context of our modern landscape. Conservation Park Tours are a staff guided, easy walk held seasonally at various conservation parks. These events are free to attend, … Read more

  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018
    5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Conservation Park Tour - Edna Taylor

    Tucked in Madison's eastside, adjacent to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, this park is part of a larger urban natural area that serves many functions. Join us at Edna Taylor and learn about some of these. Conservation Park Tours are a staff guided, easy walk held seasonally at various conservation parks. These events are free to attend, family-friendly and no registration is required. Walks are … Read more

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018
    5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Conservation Park Tour - Cherokee Marsh North

    With so much to see, we needed a second tour of the North Unit of Cherokee Marsh.  Even if you went on this tour in June, you will still gain different insights into this ecosystem. Conservation Park Tours are a staff guided, easy walk held seasonally at various conservation parks. These events are free to attend, family-friendly and no registration is required. Walks are held rain or … Read more

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Owen Park in Fall