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, April 20, 2019
    10:00am to 2:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek area, April 20

    Canoe the Creek with Carl Landsness ~ Pitch in for Earth Week by helping clean up Starkweather Creek and adjacent shorelines on this special extended Bird and Nature Outing!  Friends of Starkweather Creek volunteers will lead groups by canoe and foot between 10am and 2pm.   Gather for the outings and enjoy refreshments at the upstream Olbrich Park boat landing at the softball parking lot across … Read more

  • Sunday, April 21, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, April 21

    Food Love and Life with Kathlean Wolf ~ Join Master Naturalist Kathlean Wolf to explore Warner Park to find and learn fascinating details about mushrooms, cattails, berries and other food sources in nature, and all the bugs, birds and other creatures in the 'food web' that love them and live on them.  Enjoy an informal family and kid-friendly nature walk around the scenic Warner Pond lagoon and … Read more

  • 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, April 28, 2019
    1:00pm to 4:00pm

    2019 Bird & Nature Festival - Warner Park

    The 7th Annual Bird & Nature Festival at Warner Park is co-sponsored by Madison Friends of Urban Nature (FUN) partner groups Madison Parks, Friends of Cherokee Marsh and other local friends and environmental groups. FREE hands-on activities, educational exhibits and nature exploration!  Bring the whole family to celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day and Bird Day. ONGOING LIVE RAPTOR BIRD … Read more

  • Sunday, April 28, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

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

    Wildflowers with Glenda Dennison ~ Take an easy family friendly nature walk with Glenda Dennison of the Friends of Lakeshore Nature Preserve to look for beautiful native wildflowers. We will visit a special project area in Bills Woods that was started in 2001. Learn how to identify spring ephemerals such as wood phlox, violet, bloodroot, Jacob’s ladder, wild strawberry, and many others.  Join a … Read more

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

    Bird & Nature Outing, Tenney Park

    Learn to Bird with Paul Noeldner ~  Enjoy nature in Tenney Park along Lake Mendota and the Yahara River Parkway bike path through the Madison Isthmus! Free, family-friendly walks at Tenney Park are held the first Saturday of each month, from 2:30-4pm and begin at the Tenney Beach parking lot, 1330 Sherman Avenue. No registration required. No pets are allowed. Co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends … 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

  • 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 18, 2019
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek Area

    Walk with the Friends of Starkweather Creek ~  Outings in the Starkweather Creek area begin 10:00am at the Goodman Community Center, unless noted otherwise and are held the 3rd Saturday of every month, year-round. Outings include nature walks, canoe/kayak adventures, bicycling tours and more, and are sponsored by the Madison Friends of Urban Nature, Madison Parks, Goodman Community Center, … Read more

  • Sunday, May 19, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner

    Walk with Wild Warner (friends of Warner Park) ~ Enjoy an informal family and kid-friendly nature walk around the scenic Warner Pond lagoon and across Castle Creek to discover the wetlands, woods and prairie in the Wild Side of Warner Park and the birds and other creatures that call it home! Walks at Warner Park held on the 3rd Sunday every month are co-sponsored by Madison Bird City FUN … 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

  • Sunday, May 26, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - UW's Lakeshore Nature Preserve

    Walk with the Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve ~  Join a naturalist for a family-friendly nature walk starting at Picnic Point to discover the UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve including historic woodlands, native mounds, restored Biocore Prairie and beautiful Lake Mendota shoreline. Walks at UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve the 4th Sunday every month are co-sponsored by Madison Bird City FUN … Read more