Calendar and News
All non-essential university events have been cancelled due to the pandemic. This includes all Field Trips,Volunteer Workdays and Private Events.
The Preserve OPEN HOURS are from SUNRISE to SUNSET
Fires are not allowed
Parenting on the Biocore Bluebird Trail see more
—or how to feed 5 Bluebird chicks - photos Jeff Koziol
Check out the BLOGs and enjoy the Preserve in spring.
Submit your own photos!
Bluebird Parenting along the Biocore Bluebird Trail
Earth Day Sunrise at Picnic Point
Spring arrivals and stopovers at University Bay
Take a virtual field trip!
See Arlene Koziol's stunning photos and video of the courting Sandhill Cranes dancing at the Class of 1918 Marsh, March 10. Relish this "introduction to spring in our beautiful campus natural area and a great antidote to the Covid19 blues that many are feeling", as Paul Williams noted, one of the first to see Arlene's photos:
Sandhill Crane Video.
Also enjoy Arlene's movie on
Winter into Spring at Picnic Point Marsh and Beach
Cyanobacteria Bloom on lake Mendota, June 27. 2018. Movie by Arlene Koziol
• eBird Hotspot Picnic Point - quick link to latest bird sightings in the Preserve.
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 an outdoor laboratory supporting research and education, and open to the public for passive recreation.
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 free Field Trips.
UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve website maintained by the Preserve management staff.