Conservation Park Events

Conservation staff and volunteers host a number of events, workshops and projects throughout the year, including guided nature walks April through October.

Upcoming Dates

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

    Bird & Nature Outing - Edna Taylor Conservation Park

    Early Bird Migration with Dane Gallagher ~ Join Dane Gallagher with Dane Co Wildlife Center to explore hiking trails and look for birds at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and through the ponds and woodlands of beautiful Edna Taylor Conservation Park on Madison's south east side. Some birds are already starting fall migration!  Dane will help you spot them and share some Fun Facts. NOTE: Meeting … Read more

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019
    5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Conservation Park Tour - Owen

    Owen has been a focus of intensive ecological restoration for Madison Parks. Come and learn about our efforts and the ecology of the tallgrass prairie and oak woodland habitats that occur here. On a hilltop overlooking Madison's west side, this park was the farm and personal retreat of former University Professor Edward T. Owen.  Today, prairies and oak savannas have risen like a phoenix to … Read more

  • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Hayrides & Hikes - Cherokee Marsh

    Tour Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park - North Unit aboard 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 lead free, short nature hikes. No reservations needed; visit any time from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. Date: … Read more



A Conservation Tour Group

Owen Park in Fall