Nature Everywhere Day

  • Date

    Saturday, June 1, 2024

    9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Location

    • Olin Terrace
      0 W. Wilson Street
      Madison, WI 53703

Event Description

Kick off your summer with Nature Everywhere Day! Spending time together outdoors brings families and friends closer and creates memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy some of your favorite outdoor activities or try something new!

Stop by the Nature Everywhere Day activity hub at Olin Terrace (in front of Monona Terrace) to take the Vitamin N Challenge, enjoy arts and crafts, and learn more about nature-based activities happening across Madison.

Some events required advanced registration. See the event page for the full list of citywide events and activities and to register. 

Here is a sample of some of the event held in a Madison park that do not require advanced registration. Be sure to check the Nature Everywhere Day for the latest information. 

Birding Walk

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Olin Park

In celebration of Black Birders Week, join outdoor leaders Nicole Jackson and Dexter Patterson on a beginner friendly birding walk along Olin Park. They’ll start with a brief introduction to birding and then lead the group through a nature walk to identify some birds and experience bird joy!

This session is open to all ages and binoculars not required.

No registration required.

Canoeing on Lake Monona

Beginning at 9:00 AM and running until 3:00 PM
Law Park

Join Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile for free canoe rides at Lake Monona! Bring your family and friends to paddle in our 10-person North canoes guided by Wilderness Inquiry boat captains. No experience needed and people of all abilities are welcome!

*Minimum weight 30 lbs

Orienteering Exploration

Arrive any time between 10:00 AM – Noon. A 15-minute instructional clinic will be given at 10:15 AM and another at 11:00 AM. Plan to spend 20-45 minutes orienteering, depending on your speed and accuracy.

Lower Shelter @ Hoyt Park
3902 Regent St.
Madison, WI 53705

Join the Friends of Hoyt Park and On The Map Orienteering for an activity that’s fun for all ages. Orienteering is a map & compass navigation game that exercises the mind and body. Participants can be families, teams, or individuals. Using the provided map and compass, set out to find a series of checkpoints that are marked on the map. Multiple courses will be offered, and no one knows what course others are doing, so following won’t help!

Additional parking info:
Please park in the main parking lot and make your way to the Lower Shelter by following the service path behind the playground. You will find the Lower Shelter at the end of this Upper Bluff Trail. Additional parking may be found along Larkin Street.

Plein Air Watercolor Painting

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Olin Park

Join nature artist Katherine Moore, of Lost Feather Studio, for an afternoon of plein air watercolor painting. Plein air painting is the practice of painting while immersed in nature. There will be short introductory lessons and demonstrations to painting with watercolor, and then folks will find a comfortable spot in nature to complete a painting of their own.

All materials will be provided.

This will be a drop-in event.

Community Yoga

9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
Olin Park

Move, breathe, and connect in the park with Madleen for a community class that welcomes all levels. Connect deeply with your body, mind, heart, and breath amidst breathtaking views, fostering a harmonious union of self-awareness and tranquility. The end of the yoga practice will include a rejuvenating sound bath session where soothing vibrations wash over you, melting away tension and stress. You’ll be guided into a state of deep relaxation and inner peace, and lave feeling refreshed, restored, and renewed.

No RSVP required.

All ages welcome.

Nature Wander, StoryWalk®, Monarchs and Milkweed

9:00 AM and 10:00 AM
Olin Park Playground

Join local organizations for a nature wander, StoryWalk®, and an opportunity to meet a Monarch and get a milkweed plant!

Between 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, explore the featured StoryWalk® at Olin Park at your own pace. Thank you to Orchard Ridge UCC and Playful Acorns for creating and setting up the story “Butterfly Child” by Marc Majewski.

At 9:00 AM, meet Madison OutGrown hike guides Sam and Sara at the Olin Park playground to play and go on a child-paced nature wander through the park.

At 10:00 AM, Susan with Sprig Native Plant Nursery will bring a Monarch caterpillar or butterfly for kids to see up-close. The first 30 attendees will also receive milkweed that they can plant at home to help our pollinators.

Events are geared toward kids ages 0-5+ with their caregivers.

No registration required.

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