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UW Arboretum Director Karen Oberhauser announces retirement

October 25, 2023

Since 2017, Oberhauser has strengthened ties between the Arboretum and several university departments, established an Arboretum fellowship program for graduate students and grew citizen science programming and partnerships.

Summer evenings on the prairie

August 22, 2023

A walk through Curtis Prairie at the Arboretum is an ideal time and place to slow an overly busy mind and restore one’s spirit, whether its watching the pink bergamot unfurl, the goldenrod spears reaching for the sky, or bees buzzing on a delicate lavender Joe-Pye weed.

Were U Wondering? The worms’ turn

May 31, 2022

In this episode of "Were U Wondering," Brad Herrick, an ecologist and research program manager at the UW–Madison Arboretum, explains why earthworms dig out of the soil when it rains, and you see them littering the sidewalks.

UW Arboretum enhances sustainability with solar panel upgrade

October 6, 2020

The new system will include an array of 66 photovoltaic modules that are projected to produce 32,300 kilowatt-hours in the first year of operation.

Arboretum Drive reopening to motor vehicle traffic July 31

July 24, 2020

In May, the street was temporarily closed due to the high volume of pedestrian and bicycle usage during the initial months of the coronavirus pandemic. When the road reopens, the speed limit will be reduced from 25 mph to 20 mph.

Arboretum Drive closes temporarily to motor vehicle traffic

May 15, 2020

Arboretum Drive will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists, who are encouraged to maintain at least six feet of distance from one another on the road. All visitors should practice appropriate physical distancing .

Spring comes to the Arboretum

May 14, 2020

With the snow melted, the warmth of the spring sun brings the Arboretum back to joyous life. Flowers bloom, birds sing, shoots arise from the soil. Enjoy this look at spring’s wonderful renewal of the earth.

On Earth Day, the world pauses

April 22, 2020

Sunlight shines through a stand of pine trees at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum this week.Today is Earth Day, which campus is marking with events and a virtual conference.

Arboretum: A slice of nature and ecological history in the city

December 4, 2019

For students looking to get off the beaten path and immerse themselves in nature, the Arboretum also has numerous maintained trails through all of their restored ecological communities.

Heat kills invasive jumping worm cocoons, could help limit spread

June 20, 2019

New research is good news for ecologists and horticulturalists who are working to slow or stop the spread of the worms. But little remains known about the life cycle of these damaging invaders or how to stop them.

UW Arboretum added to National Register of Historic Places

April 12, 2019

The Arboretum is recognized because of its restored habitats, landscape architecture, education and research, architectural elements, and its hosting of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the 1930s.

Prescribed fires begin at Arboretum, Lakeshore Nature Preserve

March 27, 2019

Prescribed fire restores a natural process, stimulates native vegetation growth and seed production, improves wildlife habitat, and provides valuable training and research opportunities.

Madison Reads Leopold returns to UW Arboretum March 1–3

February 26, 2019

Public figures and community readers will give voice to Aldo Leopold’s keen observations and eloquent philosophy as written in "A Sand County Almanac" and other works of the noted conservationist, a former UW–Madison faculty member.

Citizen science monitoring program Journey North finds home at Arboretum

February 5, 2019

Journey North has more than 60,000 registered participants in the United States, Canada and Mexico. People report sightings from the field, view maps, take photographs and submit observations.

Autumn fades on the prairie

November 12, 2018

The final days of fall bring their own unique colors and textures, stark yet lovely, to the Curtis Prairie at UW–Madison's Arboretum.

Tracking dragonflies, citizen scientists gain insight to Arboretum’s wetlands

October 11, 2018

This past summer, volunteers began the Arboretum’s first-ever effort to systematically track dragonfly populations, in hopes of gaining insight into the many waterways the Arboretum is charged with protecting.

UW Arboretum’s Native Gardening Conference to be held Sept. 16

August 10, 2018

The conference offers a day of expert-led workshops and tours to help all gardeners, from beginner to experienced, learn to create beautiful restorative landscapes that play a broader ecological role and support biodiversity.