The UW Arboretum, considered the birthplace of restoration ecology, attracted Disney Studios in the early 1950s. The resulting documentary, The Vanishing Prairie, won an Oscar in 1954. Read more

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Jeff Miller-UW Madison

Fox and coyote coexist peacefully at the Arboretum, according to researchers from the UW-Madison Urban Canid Project. It’s a rare phenomenon. Read more

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Linda Falkenstein

The bookstore at the UW Arboretum will set you up with hyperlocal guidebooks and classics of U.S. environmental literature. You might also leave with a set of scat identification cards. Read more



Carolyn Fath

Put your knowledge of Madison's beautiful outdoor laboratory to the test with our pop quiz. Read more

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Susan Day

The Arboretum’s distinctive visual look comes from one of its early enthusiasts, Albert Gallistel. Artists working there today, like metal artist and sculptor Michael Burns, look to Gallistel for inspiration. Read more

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Michael Popke

In the middle of a major city are 1,200 acres of natural living history, including effigy mounds, tallgrass prairies, savannas, wetlands and several forest types. One Dane County resident had never visited. Read more


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Judith Davidoff

Chuck Henrikson is an avid birder. He’s also a citizen scientist, reporting all of the birds he sees and hears to an international database. It’s one of the many ways citizen science happens at the UW Arboretum. Read more

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Jeff Miller-UW Madison

The Arboretum isn’t just a natural treasure in the middle of our city. It’s also the “drain” for some 500 million gallons of the city’s stormwater each year. Read more

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Jeff Miller-UW Madison

Once a farm, almost a subdivision, the UW Arboretum has never been static. Read more

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Jeff Miller-UW Madison

Everybody knows that the UW Arboretum is a great place to recreate and enjoy nature. But it’s also a living laboratory where scientists are constantly observing the environment and conducting cutting-edge experiments. Read more

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The UW Arboretum is a 1,200- acre swath of prairie, woods and wetland smack dab in the city of Madison. It is a recreation destination, a refuge for people seeking solace in nature and a world-class research facility. Read more

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A collaboration between the UW Arboretum and Funk Factory Geuzeria makes unique use of botanical samples from Longenecker Gardens. But kids, don’t try this at home — you need a permit. Read more



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Karen Oberhauser, the new director of UW-Madison’s Arboretum, hopes to expand the facility’s citizen research. She’s the first permanent director since 2012. Read more

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