Emilie Heidemann

The first ever Madison Fitness Week highlights area fitness resources offering a range of classes. The event wraps up with a giant group fitness class at Breese Stevens. more


What better time to ski than July? MadNorski utilizes the off-months to train would-be young stars. more



Wis. Dept. of Natural Resources

Since 1985, Wisconsin has paid hunters more than $700,000 for dogs who were killed by wolves during a hunt. No other state does this. Sen. Fred Risser wants to the end the payments, which some call “hunter welfare.” more

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Cameron Gillie

The Trailtessa program from the Ice Age Trail encourages women to get outdoors. An upcoming trail-clearing event near Merrimac will encourage them to grab tools and take over activities too often done by men. more

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See photos from the River Alliance of Wisconsin's 7th Annual Fools' Flotilla. more

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Todd Hubler

The way Wisconsin residents use the outdoors is changing. More people walk, hike and bird watch than hunt. This means fewer dollars to manage our public lands and wildlife. more

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Fat bikes, ideal for traversing ice and snow, make for oversized fun. The stable ride makes them a perfect choice for the casual enthusiast. more

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If cabin fever’s struck, check out this list of 12 fun activities that will get you out of the house — and that winter-weather slump. more

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Courtesy of the Aldo Leopold Fou

Why Aldo Leopold right now? Students will find the relevance of his message in today’s world in a series of classes and talks from the UW’s Division of Continuing Studies this spring. more

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The Natural Resources Board approved construction of a snowmobile through Blue Mound State Park last January. But due to a lawsuit, the board will reconsider the policy at the end of this month. more



Nick Berard

The no-frills east-side gym is a crucible for change. Marcelle Richards and photographer Nick Berard take a closer look at those who train and coach there. more

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Summit Strength & Fitness, a new climbing gym to open in Madison in January, will cater to serious climbers. Training, coaching and fitness classes will round out the offerings. more



Wisconsin Department of Tourism

Most of the contaminated areas of the former Badger Ammo site are now clean. But proposed recreational uses of the land threaten to derail decades of local advocacy for safe and sustainable use of this vast tract of unique real estate. more

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Mary Langenfeld

A cross between tennis and ping pong, pickleball is a young sport quickly growing in popularity. Madison now has six new courts at Garner Park, where enthusiasts can always find a game. more


Winter sports fans are often a little let down in Madison by a lack of snow. But this year, the city comes to the rescue by making snow all winter at Elver Park. The west-side park will also host next February’s Winter Festival, not Capitol Square. more

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When the Goodman Pool opened on the south side in 2006, many residents hoped it would be the first of several city pools. But 10 years later, the wait drags on. more

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Craig Michaels hikes with pups in a new kind of canine daycare. Off-leash adventures mean more than just a tired dog at the end of the day. more

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Mary Langenfeld

The summer bocce league started with just 12 teams at the East Side Club in 2008. The league has since swelled to 64 teams, with a long waiting list for new teams to join. more

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Madison Log Rolling

Thirteen of our favorite summer activities, all absolutely free, running the gamut from wet and wild to mellow and mild. more

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​Two years ago West High psychologist Rob Lucas died suddenly. A bike ride and paddle event that benefits the Sugar River, a place he held dear, is now held in his honor. more