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 18, 2020
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek Area, January 18

    Otter Go Sledding with Friends of Starkweather Creek ~ Did you know that Otters are nature's sledding experts?  Enjoy a fun winter nature outing at the Olbrich Park sledding hill by Lake Monona across from Olbrich Gardens! If there is not enough snow we will take a walk at Olbrich Gardens and along Starkweather Creek.  Some sleds will be provided, bring your own if you have one.  Enjoy hot … Read more

  • Sunday, January 19, 2020
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, January 19

    Cold Adaptations with Kathlean Wolf ~ Getting outside in the shortest days of Winter for 10 minutes a day keeps the winter blues away!  Join Wild Warner Master Naturalist and Board Chair Kathlean Wolf to explore the wild side of Warner Park and learn how animals survive the cold. There may be hot chocolate and a fire afterward. Enjoy an informal family and kid-friendly nature walk around the … Read more

  • Saturday, January 25, 2020
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, January 25

    What are Critters Doing? with Alex Singer ~ Join Master Naturalist Alex Singer for a free family friendly nature outing at beautiful Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Edna Taylor Conservation Park on Madison's east side.  Learn about different ways critters adapt to the cold. Meeting Location: 330 Femrite Drive, park in the first lot on right, meet at Aldo Leopold Nature Center lobby area Join a … Read more

  • Sunday, January 26, 2020
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Preserve, January 26

    Green Dorm Greenhouse with Tom Bryan ~ Join Nelson Institute PhD student Tom Bryan for a fascinating tour of the LEED gold-certified Leopold Hall that houses the Greenhouse Learning Community.  We will visit the rooftop greenhouse that the  residents use. Free, family friendly outing, no pets, no registration required.  Dress appropriately for winter hiking and weather. Bird and Nature Outings … Read more