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 27, 2019
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, April 27

    Sunshine or Showers with Tara Von Dollen ~ Join Tara Von Dollen, Early Childhood Program Coordinator at Aldo Leopold Nature Center, to explore hiking trails through the prairies, ponds and woodlands of beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park on Madison's southeast side. No matter the April weather we are bound to see signs up spring. Flowers, or shoots. Birds or animal tracks. We will search … Read more

  • Sunday, May 5, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Cherokee Marsh North

    Amazing Amphibians with Jeff Steele ~  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

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019
    5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Conservation Park Tour - Heritage Sanctuary

    Heritage Sanctuary is known for its robust display of “spring ephemeral” wildflowers.  Come enjoy and learn about the rich flora of this mesic woodland. Located between Cottage Grove Road and Milwaukee Street, at peak trillium bloom in mid-May, Heritage Sanctuary is unequaled.  Under an oak forest canopy lies a wildflower carpet more typical of a maple forest.  The winding trail takes you … Read more

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Owen

    Spring Things 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 at … Read more

  • Sunday, May 12, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Turville Point

    History and Ephemerals with Ron Shutvet ~   Follow rolling hiking paths through the Turville Point Conservation Park 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 … Read more

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

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area

    Learn about Trees with Sean Gere ~  Join a naturalist for an easy family-friendly walk from Aldo Leopold Nature Center into beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park and enjoy a bit of nature education along the way. 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 … Read more

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    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. Located on Madison's far southwest side between Raymond Road and South High Point Road, Prairie Ridge Conservation Park features steep prairies, a.k.a. goat prairies - as only goats would be able to traverse this steep slope.   Conservation Park … Read more

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Conservation Park Tour - Edna Taylor

    Tucked in the southeast corner of Madison, this hidden gem is part of an important urban natural area. A glacial drumlin rising above a broad ribbon of marsh forms the backbone of this southeast Madison Park.  On-going projects are oak savanna and wetland restorations.  Nearby Glendale School and Aldo Leopold Nature Center use the park extensively for environmental education.  Conservation Park … Read more

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019
    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.  Come and walk through a cross-section of all this park has to offer. Strategically located at the head of Madison's lakes, Cherokee Marsh acts as a living sponge.  It filters upland runoff, using excess fertilizer to grow marsh plants, … Read more

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019
    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Conservation Park Tour - Knollwood

    Adjacent to the Grady Tract of the UW Madison Arboretum, recent efforts have begun to restore the oak woodland on this ancient sandy hill. Come see the vision for this park.   Black oaks are the dominant trees on this sandy knoll.  A diverse 2-acre sand prairie lies below.  It forms part of the connecting link between Aldo Leopold School and the Nine Springs E-Way.  Conservation Park Tours are … Read more

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019
    5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Conservation Park Tour - Owen

    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. On a hilltop overlooking Madison's west side, this park was the farm and personal retreat of former University Professor Edward T. Owen.  Today, prairies and oak savannas have risen like a phoenix to … Read more



A Conservation Tour Group

Owen Park in Fall