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.
Find out about the Students for the Preserve. Leaders of this student organization also serve as student representative on the Board of the Friends and on the Preserve Committee.
November 27–Birding and Nature Walk with Fil Sanna (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.) Field tripsA Share your Thanksgiving for Nature! Bring a favorite nature reading or poem to share on a special Bird and Nature Outing. Campfire and hot chocolate! Join the event or just show up. Family friendly. Meet at the Picnic Point parking lot. Leader: Fil Sanna Call 608-698-0104 if questions.
December 10–Birding Madison’s Lakes (Saturday, 7:30–11 a.m.) This trip has produced some unusual sightings in the past, including red-throated loons—so don’t miss it! We will carpool and leave at 7:30 am from the middle of UW Parking Lot 60 at the north end of Walnut Street, near University Bay. Dress warmly and bring a scope if you have one! Leader: Al Shea, 852-2304, email@example.com
Saturday December 10, 9am-Noon, meet at Frautschi Point lot
December 25–Birding and Nature Walk with Paul Noeldner (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.) Celebrate Christmas with a beautiful winter nature hike at the Lakeshore Preserve. Share a family friendly walk and campfire with marshmallows and hot chocolate. Dress appropriately for the weather. Meet at the Picnic Point parking lot at 2002 University Bay Drive. Leader: Paul Noeldner, 698-0104, firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 15–Animal Tracking in the Preserve (Sunday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.) Join UW wildlife specialist and professor David Drake on a crisp cool winter day as he shows how to track foxes, coyotes and other denizens of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Meet at the Picnic Point entrance. Leader: David Drake (608) 890-0445, email@example.com