The Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve inspires people to connect to and care for the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Stretching from the Eagle Heights Natural Area to Picnic Point and the Lakeshore Path, the Preserve is a jewel of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, distinguishing it as one of the most beautiful in the country. The Preserve is open to the public.
Please see our Mission and Goals and join us in caring for the Preserve. We invite you to explore the Preserve on this web site and in person, and attend Volunteer Days and Field Trips.
For an Interactive Map of the Preserve, information on research and UW classes that use the Preserve, obtaining permits, the Preserve Master Plan and other topics, be sure to check the extensive
UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve website maintained by the Preserve management staff.
Among the university student organizations, the Sierra Club's Wisconsin John Muir Chapter has become involved with the Preserve through volunteer work in Muir Woods. Student representatives also serve on the Board of the Friends and are appointed annually to the Preserve Committee.
Small Grant Opportunity for Undergrads
December 9 Birding Madison’s Lakes (Saturday, 7:30– 11:00 a.m.) As winter sets in,
smaller ponds and lakes in southcentral Wisconsin freeze, causing migrating birds to become concentrated on Madison’s large lakes, which remain open longer. We will look for waterfowl, gulls, and winter birds. This trip has produced some unusual sightings, including red-throated loons, so don’t miss it! Dress warmly and bring a scope if you have one. Meet at the middle of UW parking lot 60 at the north end of Walnut Street. Cosponsored by Madison Audubon. Leader: Quentin Yoerger, 255-2473 (email@example.com).
December 24 Birding and Nature Walk (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.). Celebrate the Holidays in Nature with Paul Noeldner. Dress warm and bring the family or a friend for a beautiful holiday nature hike at Picnic Point and the Lakeshore Preserve! We will look for bright colored woodpeckers and other birds that hang like ornaments on the trees, and talk about all of the wonderful gifts that nature brings to us now and year-round. We may have a campfire and readings from Wisconsin alumni John Muir and Aldo Leopold. Dress appropriately for the weather. Contact 608-698-0104
January 7 Animal Tracking in the Preserve (Sunday, 1:00–3:00 p.m.). Join UW wildlife specialist and professor David Drake on a winter day as he shows how to track foxes, coyotes, and other denizens of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Meet at UW parking lot 129 at Picnic Point entrance. Leader: David Drake, 890-0445 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
January 28 Birding and Nature Walk (Sunday,1:30–3:00 p.m.).
February 3 The Eyes Have It (Saturday, 1:30– 3:00 p.m.). Dick Dubielzig, emeritus professor of Veterinary Pathology, will talk about visual adaptations by different animals to their varied environments, and demonstrate examples from the Comparative Ocular Pathology Lab. This event is limited to the first 20 registrants. Park in UW lot 62 and enter the School of Veterinary Medicine through the 2015 Linden Drive entrance. Register by contacting: Dick Dubielzig, email@example.com.