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.
August 5 Pretty Things with Wings (Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–noon). Join in a search for butterflies, dragonflies, and an occasional bird. Bring your binoculars. Co-sponsored with the Madison Audubon Society and the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association. Meet at UW Parking Lot 129, Picnic Point.. Leader: Edgar Spalding, 265-5294, email@example.com
Saturday August 12, 9am-Noon, meet at UW Parking Lot 129, Picnic Point.
August 27 Birding and Nature Walk with Sean Gere (Sunday, 1:30–3:00 p.m.).
Hedgerows and Hedgehogs! Tree expert Sean Gere will help you identify the native trees and plants you see. We will visit the Eagle Heights Gardens to learn about the importance of ‘hedgerows’ of fruit trees for a variety of birds and wildlife, as well as for people to enjoy. Family and kid friendly, easy outinging pace. Meet at UW parking lot 129 at Picnic Point entrance. Contact 608-698-0104
September 3 End of Summer Bird Walk (Sunday, 7:30– 9:30 a.m.). We will look for early fall migrants, including “confusing fall warblers”, vireos, flycatchers, and others. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Meet at the UW parking lot at Frautschi Point entrance on Lake Mendota Drive. Leader: Roma Lenehan, 238‑5406 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
September 10 Geologic History of the Preserve and Madison Lakes (Sunday, 1:00–3:00 p.m.). Consider the glaciers that were here 25,000 years ago as David Mickelson, professor emeritus of Geoscience, talks about geology on a walk to Picnic Point entrance. Meet at Chamberlin Rock, next to Washburn Observatory, 1401 Observatory Drive. Park on the street, at UW parking lot 26 behind the Soils Building, lot 34 at Tripp Hall, or at Picnic Point (lot 129) and walk up. Leader: David Mickelson, 262-7863 (email@example.com).
Saturday September 16, 9am-Noon, meet at UW Parking Lot 129, Picnic Point.
September 17 Trees of the Preserve (Sunday,1:00– 3:00 p.m.). An early seasonal hike reveals the amazing variety of trees and their brilliant colors.Enjoy a day in the woods with Glen Stanosz, professor of forest and wildlife ecology, identifying and learning about the trees as they prepare for winter. Meet at UW parking lot 129 at Picnic Point entrance. Leader: Glen Stanosz, 265-2863 (firstname.lastname@example.org).