Science Expeditions 2021 - April 9-11th
Lakeshore Nature Preserve Outdoor Activities
Welcome to The Lakeshore Nature Preserve! Located mainly at the northwestern edge of the UW-Madison campus, the 300-acre Preserve protects the largest stretch of undeveloped shoreline on Lake Mendota -- 4.3 miles of shoreline or 1/5 of the lake’s total circumference! The Preserve supports a variety of plant communities, including woodlands, wetlands, and prairies, which contribute to its designation as an Important Bird Area.
Considered the “largest outdoor classroom on campus,” the Preserve is a teaching and research facility of the UW-Madison. In addition, it provides a place for recreation and respite for members of the campus community and visitors to campus, service-learning opportunities, and independent study.
To learn more about this outdoor classroom and laboratory, visit the official Lakeshore Nature Preserve website.
The Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve is a non-profit organization that helps support the Preserve in part by providing excellent outreach programming.
During the Pandemic, we offer three Self-Guided Walks for Science Expeditions in place of meeting with you in-person. Please abide by the following guidelines.
For up-to date changes, see https://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/.
• The UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve is open from sunrise to sunset each day.
• Wear a face mask, maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from non-household members, stay home if you feel unwell, and remain on the trails.
• Carry a cellphone to access Audio Trail and QR code links.
• Bring water to drink, as there are no drinking fountains.
• Wear comfortable hiking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.
• Leashed dogs are permitted. Please pick up and dispose of waste properly.
• Free, no registration required.
• Rustic toilets are located west of the beach at the Picnic Point Narrows. There are no toilets available at the old Beach House.
• The fire circles on Picnic Point are closed and no fires are allowed until further notice.
• Park in UW Lot 130 (2003 University Bay Drive). The parking lot is fee-free on the weekends and after 4:30pm on weekdays.
Beyond Backyard Birding Adventure at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve
Lichens in the Preserve
The Rock Wall