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 20, 2018
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek area, October 20

    **10/19 UPDATE: Due to high waters & marginal bridge clearance, this event has been modified to a nature walk beginning from the same location - 3402 Atwood Ave. Canoeing the creek is only recommended for experienced paddlers.** Nature lovers, families, and kids all welcome! Friends of Starkweather Creek Co-Chair (and Starkweather native) Carl Landsness and others will lead a holistic tour & … Read more

  • Sunday, October 21, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, October 21

    Fall Colors with Paul Noeldner ~ Explore the Wild Side of Warner Park in Autumn with Master Naturalist Paul Noeldner.  See colorful migrating birds on the Warner Pond Lagoon.  Enjoy beautiful Fall colors in Warner Woods. Stop at the Castle Creek Bridge and follow the bike path to the top of Sled Hill for great views of the park.   Enjoy an informal family and kid-friendly nature walk around the … Read more

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, October 27

    Falling Up! with Tara Van Dollen  ~ Come to Picnic Point and join a Friend of the Lakeshore Preserve to take a walk on easy trails and discover some of the lesser known parts of the 300 acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve.  What's the Biocore Prairie all about?  Who takes care of all those Eagle Heights Garden plots?  Was part of this area really a farm at one time?  What kinds of bird, animal and … Read more

  • Sunday, October 28, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve, October 28

    Walk with a Friend with Paul Noeldner ~ Come to Picnic Point and join a Friend of the Lakeshore Preserve to take a walk on easy trails and discover some of the lesser known parts of the 300 acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve.  What's the Biocore Prairie all about?  Who takes care of all those Eagle Heights Garden plots?  Was part of this area really a farm at one time?  What kinds of bird, animal … Read more

  • Saturday, November 3, 2018
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Tenney Park, November 3

    Favorite Nature Readings with Paul Noeldner ~ Join Master Naturalist and part-time poet Paul Noeldner for a leisurely family-friendly walk on beautiful Tenney Park following easy paths by the lake, along the canal, and around the lagoon. We will stop at arched stone bridges and other scenic spots to share inspiring readings from Aldo Leopold's Sand County Almanac and other beloved nature … Read more

  • Sunday, November 4, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Cherokee Marsh, November 4

    Cherokee in Fall with Kathlean Wolf ~ Take a break from work and home, everyone needs some nature!  Bring along your family and friends for a wonderful nature walk led by Master Naturalist Kathlean Wolf at Cherokee Marsh, Madison's largest conservation park. From the parking lot it is an easy walk to Hickory Island to see a Native American mound and boardwalk on the Yahara River to look for … Read more

  • Saturday, November 10, 2018
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Owen, November 10

    Autumn Beauty with Barney White ~ Owen Conservation Park has one of the highest points in Madison with a sweeping view of prairie and woodland that seems to extend all the way back to the Capitol!  Take an easy family-friendly nature hike with Master Naturalist Barney White to discover Autumn's beauty in the bountiful prairie plants, old oak groves, and Ice Age sculpted woodland … Read more

  • Sunday, November 11, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Turville Point, November 11

    Turville Trees with Sean Gere ~ Nobody knows trees who is more fun than Sean Gere!  An expert rope arborist and Master Naturalist, Sean will be happy to help you learn to identify different types of trees you see on the nature walk and share fascinating facts about them. And because the treetops are losing their leaves this time of year you are also likely to hear and see Woodpeckers, … Read more

  • Saturday, November 17, 2018
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek area, November 17

    Natural Health with Paul Noeldner ~ Time in nature is great for physical health and well-being. Awe of nature has been proven to increase empathy for other living things including other people.  Just seeing a bird has been documented to increase a sense of well-being at the end of a day. Join Master Naturalist Paul Noeldner to explore nearby nature along Starkweather Creek that people can … Read more

  • Sunday, November 18, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, November 18

    Friend or Foe? with Kathlean Wolf ~ It’s hard being a nature lover!  You are constantly trying to figure out if that plant in a yard or park is a friendly native species that need to be nurtured or a ruthless invasive that will kill all your native plants if left to its own devices.  Master Naturalist Kathlean Wolf will take you for a walk and talk about some of the natives and non-natives at … Read more

  • Saturday, November 24, 2018
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor area, November 24

    Turkey Trot with Paul Noeldner ~ Join Master Naturalist Paul Noeldner to take a healthy nature walk from the Aldo Leopold Nature Center into the Edna Taylor Conservation Park.  Along the way we will look for birds that find enough food to stick around for the winter including the resident Barred Owl, Cardinals singing from the treetops, Woodpeckers hammering for bugs on a snag, and Turkeys … Read more

  • Sunday, November 25, 2018
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve, November 25

    Thanksgiving Birds with Chuck Henrikson ~ Chuck Henrikson loves birding and enjoys sharing stories and facts about them.  As a retired UW Veterinary School instructor Chuck knows a LOT about Turkeys and other birds!  He will take you for a walk to find Turkeys and other birds that make their home at the Lakeshore Preserve over the winter and explain what they are thankful for having (such as … Read more