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Elvehjem Sanctuary

Elvehjem Sanctuary
Address: 1314 Painted Post Drive
Hours: 4:00am - dusk
Park Type: Conservation
Acres: 11.62
Restroom: No
Drinking Water: No

Park Details

Located within Elvehjem Park, the sanctuary is a red oak-basswood forest on a northwest-facing hillside with exposed sandstone bedrock.  Trails through Acewood Greenway connect the Sanctuary to Heritage Prairie

Short, steep trails through mature woods bring you along the edge of the Starkweather Creek watershed. Glimpses of sandstone outcrops can be seen on the hillside. Approx. .64 miles.

Park Highlights

Burial Mound Policy 
Created with assistance from the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Ho-Chunk Nation, and approved by the Board of Park Commissioners in October 2019, the policy provides guidelines and procedures for managing burial mounds located in Madison Parks. Burial mound locations are also included in the policy.

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Conservation Park Rules

Conservation Parks are uniquely managed to further protect native species and wildlife. The preservation of conservation parks includes some of the following. More information may be found in Madison General Ordinances 8.40.

  • Alcohol

    Alcohol is prohibited in all conservation parks.

  • Bicycles & Motor Vehicles

    Bicycles and motor vehicles are restricted to entrance roads and parking lots.

  • Dogs

    Dogs and horses are not allowed.

  • Fire

    Fires and picnics are prohibited.

  • Firearms

    No firearms or weapons are permitted in the restrooms or shelters. Violators are considered trespassers and subject to forfeiture or arrest.

  • Glass

    Glass is not allowed.

  • Hunting & Trapping

    Hunting and trapping are prohibited.

  • Open Hours

    Conservation park hours are 4am until one hour after sunset.

  • Plants

    All plants and animals are protected. Disturbance or removal requires written permission.

  • Trails

    Stay on and use designated trails only.

  • Trash & Recycling

    Place trash in container provided. Please take recyclable material home for proper disposal.