UW Arboretum Winter Enrichment Lecture Series and Upcoming Events

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Winter Enrichment Lecture Series

Registration for our popular Winter Enrichment series is now open! This year, you will hear about innovative approaches and cultural perspectives that address environmental challenges. The 2021 lectures will be virtual on Thursday mornings, February 4 through April 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (CST). Lectures are $10 each and advance registration is required.Read more about Winter Enrichment»

See Upcoming Events below for the list of lectures.

Solar Installation Video

In October 2020, the Arboretum installed a new modern solar photovoltaic system on the Visitor Center roof, with the support of partners and donors. Watch the installation process and time lapses, and learn more about the project partnerships and sustainability at the Arboretum.Watch the solar panel installation video»

Upcoming Events

Arboretum Research Symposium

February 18, 10–11:30 a.m.Research fellows will present findings from projects on Arboretum lands and in the Lake Wingra watershed. The 2021 symposium will take place virtually. The event is free and open to the public.

Register for the Arboretum Research Symposium»


Nature Poetry

Session 1: Fridays, February 5 and 12, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Session 2: Fridays, February 19 and 26, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. 
These two-class sessions offer a sampling of modern nature poetry, covering poets from Gary Snyder to Joy Harjo to Evie Shockley. This is an appreciation class but we may also share writing.

Writing Your “Marshland Elegy”

Tuesdays, March 2 and 9, 6:30–8 p.m. In this two-class session, we will interpret Leopold’s elegy through the contemporary lens of unprecedented loss of species and ecological diversity. The first class will cover topics and in the second we will share short written pieces.

Learn more about winter classes»

Arboretum Winter Enrichment Dates and Talks

  • February 4. Relationships, History, Hip Hop, and Forestry. Thomas Easley, Yale School of the Environment.
  • February 11. Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Biodiversity Conservation. Robin Kimmerer, State University of New York.
  • February 25. How Microbes Shape Our Lives, Transform the Environment, and Influence Climate Change. Charlotte Francoeur, UW–Madison.
  • March 4. Holy Ground: Working with Faith and Indigenous Leaders to Build Resilence. Dekila Chungyalpa, Center for Healthy Minds.
  • March 11. Beyond the Clinical Walls: Environmental Determinants of Health. Jamie Ferschinger and Stephanie Mercado, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers.
  • March 18. Climate Change and Wisconsin’s Forests. Stephen Handler, United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
  • March 25. Treaty Rights, Culturally Important Beings, and Indigenous-led Climate Adaptation in the Ojibwe Ceded Territories. Robert Croll, and Hannah Panci, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.
  • April 1. Using Markets to Achieve Conservation. Dominic Parker, UW–Madison.
  • April 8. Climate Change, Reality versus Development. Marie-Josée Paula Houénou, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Register for Winter Enrichment Lectures»

Friends of the Arboretum

Native Plant Sale

The 2021 Friends of the Arboretum Native Plant Sale is going virtual! Choose from a selection of wildflowers, grasses, garden kits, trees, and shrubs.

All plants must be ordered by March 15, 2021, for curbside pickup in May.

Learn more about the virtual Native Plant Sale»Visit the Friend eStore»

Friends of the Arboretum (FOA) is a nonprofit organization that supports the Arboretum’s work and mission.

The Arboretum is a research and teaching unit of the UW–Madison and the site of historic research in ecological restoration. Its mission is to conserve and restore Arboretum lands, advance restoration ecology, and foster the land ethic.