The UW Arboretum

A woman photographs a baby sitting under a flowering tree as the mother looks on at the UW Arboretum

Jeff Miller

An outdoor marvel, the UW Arboretum, located about four miles south of the main campus, hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. Springtime blooms provide the perfect photo op: Arb staff members issue photo permits, and 51 were used for one-time sessions in May 2018 alone.

A group of people survey flowers for bumble bees on a sunny spring day in the UW Arboretum

Bryce Richter

Summer at the UW Arboretum attracts traffic of many kinds: bicyclists, runners, and learners. Participants in a 2017 bumblebee monitoring workshop (above) photograph the buzzing bees for surveying.

Aerial photograph of the UW Arboretum in the autumn

Jeff Miller

Fall colors make autumn a popular time at the Arboretum. Plus, the nature facility’s tour of Madison’s Lost City, held each year in late October or early November, typically draws about 100 attendees.

A woman skis down a snow-covered path in the UW Arboretum

Jeff Miller

Winter’s frosty weather may deter some visitors, but the season attracts cross-country skiers and snowshoers. The Arboretum also hosts a New Year’s Eve night walk — one of its highest-attended events each year.


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