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University of Wisconsin Madison Arboretum

University of Wisconsin Madison Arboretum

1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, Wisconsin, 53711
Category: Attractions
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University of Wisconsin Madison Arboretum

The 1,713 acre Arboretum is a renowned historic research site for ecological restoration and including the oldest and most diverse restored ecological community collection in the world, including wetlands, various forest types, savannas and tallgrass prairies. The Arboretum borders the Lake Wingra and is open for group tours and the general public. It offers lectures and educational programs to families, groups and individuals of all ages. The Arboretum is an extension of the University of Wisconsin-Madison system.


Hours -

Arboretum trails and the Visitor Center parking lot are open year-round from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


  • Trails - Open to the Public
  • Classes - Fees Vary


  • Ecological Restoration Work Party
  • Population Dynamics and Survival of Gray Wolves in Wisconsin
  • Winter Solstice Walk
  • Naturalist Winter Enrichment Series


  • Observing Nature
  • Hiking and Biking
  • Jogging
  • Skiing and Snowshoeing
  • Art and Photography

Events and Classes

Many events and classes are held year round at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, including volunteer workdays, public walks, family programs, spring garden tours and lectures. For a complete list of classes and calendar of events, go to http://uwarboretum.orghttps://www.super8madison.com/galas-events/

Tours for Gardeners

Free, informative tours of Longenecker Horticultural Gardens and the Native Plant Gardens surrounding the Visitor Center are led by gardening experts and are offered April through August, on Wednesdays from7 p.m. until dark and Saturday afternoon from 1-3 p. m. in the fall.


  • Are there classes available to take at the Arboretum?

    Classes are available at the Arboretum for a fee. The classed provide a more in depth look at the interaction of humans with the environment and offer families the opportunity to learn together. Many of the classes are designed to teach attendees ways to restore and engage on their own properties.
  • What sort of events can be held at the Arboretum?

    The classrooms and auditorium at the Arboretum are available for certain groups on a limited basis. The groups must meet at least one of these guidelines; similar mission as the Arboretum, be invited by an Arboretum staff member, affiliated with the University of Wisconsin System, or include a presentation by an Arboretum staff member.

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