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, December 7, 2019
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Tenney Park, December 7

    Reflections on Water with Paul Noeldner ~ Take a walk with Master Naturalist Paul Noeldner along the Lake Mendota shoreline and Yahara Riverway to enjoy the splendor of fall colors reflected in water in the scenic Tenney Park lagoon.  Bring nature poems and share readings at the arched bridges and other scenic spots!  We will also look for birds in the shallow water in Lake Mendota bays that … Read more

  • Sunday, December 8, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Turville Point, December 8

    Walk with a Naturalist with Bev Cann ~ Join a Naturalist to explore easy hiking paths at Turville Point Conservation Park on Madison's south side near the Coliseum. Learn about the historic oak woodlands where Great Horned Owls nest and Native Americans came by canoe to pick berries and nuts. Follow the Bluebird Trail around the restored central prairie to the Lake Monona shoreline and Monona … Read more

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019
    2:30pm to 4:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Owen Conservation Park, December 14

    Who Was Buck Owen? with Beth Whittaker ~ Take a fun and educational family-friendly hike with Friends of Owen representative Beth Whittaker and co-leader Bethnee Pickart in this historic Ice Age kettle and moraine landscape.  Along the way, Beth will share fun facts about Buck Owen after whom the park is named and his family that helped preserve it.  Winter outings may include a campfire and … Read more

  • Sunday, December 15, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

    Bird & Nature Outing - Warner Park, December 15

    Winter Birds with Dane Gallagher ~ Enjoy the holiday season with nature lovers, friends and families on a beautiful nature walk at Warner Park.  Along the way birding enthusiast Dane Gallagher will help you look for bright red Cardinals, bold Blue Jays, friendly Black-capped Chickadees and other Wisconsin winter birds perched like colorful ornaments in the trees.  Winter outings may include a … Read more

  • Saturday, December 21, 2019
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Starkweather Creek Area, December 21

    Shortest Day Walk with Carl Landsness ~ Explore trails along Starkweather Creek with Carl Landsness to enjoy the Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year - with time in nature with other nature lovers.  Let go of the challenges of the past year and welcome the sun's return as we embrace the opportunities of the next year! Outings in the Starkweather Creek area vary each month - be sure to … Read more

  • Sunday, December 22, 2019
    1:30pm to 3:00pm

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

    Sentimental Journey with Doris Dubielzig ~ Meet at 2002 University Bay  Drive, meet at the Picnic Point parking lot kiosk. People love to return to visit Picnic Point with families and friends over the holidays!  Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Doris Dubielzig and Friends of the Lakeshore Preserve with a beautiful Sentimental Journey along Picnic Point.  Enjoy scenic views of the Capitol, … Read more

  • Saturday, December 28, 2019
    10:00am to 11:30am

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor Conservation Park area, December 28

    Winter is Here with Julie Melton ~ Join Master Naturalist Julie Melton for a family-friendly holiday hike on beautiful nature trails at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and through the ponds and woodlands of Edna Taylor Conservation Park on Madison's southeast side. Let's see what's stirring and look for signs of critters.  What kind of nature presents are waiting under the trees? Enjoy a bit of … Read more