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, October 21, 2017
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek Area, October 21

    Canoe the Creek!  Nature lovers, families, and kids all welcome.  Free, no registration required.  Some canoes will be provided, bring your own watercraft if you have one.   Nature and community enthusiast Carl Landsness will take you on a merry paddle to discover beautiful natural areas that border Starkweather Creek and connect our Eastside communities. Meet at the Olbrich Park Boat Launch - … Read more

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Hayrides & Hikes at Cherokee Marsh

    Tour Cherokee Marsh on a tractor-pulled hay wagon, take a short guided hike, or do both! Plus enjoy free hot cider and marshmallows to roast on the fire. Hayrides are $3/person (Free for children 2 and under). Volunteers from the Friends of Cherokee Marsh will lead free, short nature hikes. No reservations needed; show up any time from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. . Date: Saturday, October 21 Time: 1 to … Read more

  • Sunday, October 22, 2017
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve, October 22

    Fall Birds of the Preserve!  Bird lovers, students, families and kids will enjoy taking a nature walk with Wisconsin Young Birder Ryan Treves.  Ryan will help you explore trails of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve and discover some of the 248 bird species that make their home in the Preserve or stop during spring and fall migration to rest and feed on native bugs, seeds and berries.  Co-sponsored … Read more

  • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area, October 28

    Drumlins and Prairies!  Join Master Naturalist Alex Singer for an easy family friendly walk from the Aldo Leopold Nature Center into beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park.  Learn about Drumlins and Prairies that make up our historic Wisconsin landscape and ecology.  Walks through the Edna Taylor Conservation Park are held on the 4th Saturday, 10-11:30am of each month and begin at the Aldo … Read more

  • Sunday, November 5, 2017
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Cherokee Marsh, November 5

    Free, family friendly fall nature outing!  Take a healthy nature hike at Cherokee Marsh hiking during the height of the fall colors.  Geese will be honking to their friends along the Yahara River and squirrels will be busy gathering nuts.  Bring the kids or a friend and have a great time outdoors.  No registration required Cherokee Marsh 6098 N. Sherman Ave. Walks at Cherokee Marsh held on the … Read more

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Owen Conservation Park, November 11

    Bird and Nature Outings at Owen Conservation Park the 2nd Saturday afternoon every month are co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature partner groups Madison Parks, Madison Audubon and Owen Conservation Park.   Read more

  • Sunday, November 12, 2017
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Turville Point Conservation Park, November 12

    Turville Point is a natural peninsula on the west end of Lake Monona that offers spectacular shoreline views of sparkling water through shimmering autumn leaves.  Take an easy hike on rolling trails and watch for migratory birds, wildlife, trees and plants changing with the seasons and getting ready for winter. Free, family friendly.  No registration required. Enjoy a docent table, hot … Read more

  • Saturday, November 18, 2017
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek Area, November 18

    Families and kids will enjoy this free community urban nature hike in the heart of Madison’s east side!  Discover the web of paths and bike trails along Starkweather Creek.  Outings in the Starkweather Creek area begin 10:00am at the Goodman Community Center, unless noted otherwise, are held the 3rd Saturday of every month, year-round. Outings include nature walks, canoe/kayak adventures, … Read more

  • Sunday, November 19, 2017
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, November 19

    Free, family friendly nature outing in one of Madison's most beautiful undiscovered natural areas.  Discover the captivating beauty of birds and nature in fall in one of Madison’s largest parks. Bring binoculars or a camera if you have one!  No registration required. Co-sponsored by Madison FUN partner groups Madison Parks, Madison Audubon and Wild Warner. Warner Park 2930 N. Sherman Ave. Walks … Read more

  • Saturday, November 25, 2017
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor Conservation Park Area, November 25

    Free, guided walks begin at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and continue through the Edna Taylor Conservation Park. Kids encouraged and welcome to attend, pets are not. No registration required. Park and Meet: Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 330 Femrite Drive 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 … Read more

  • Sunday, November 26, 2017
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

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

    This is a special opportunity to join NOLS National Outdoor Leadership School Instructor Fil Sanna for a fascinating outing along Lakeshore paths that will take you back in time through geological history down to the present.  With your steps representing eons in history, Fil will stop along the way to share fun facts about what the earth was like at that time and how the Lakeshore Preserve we … Read more