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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

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Address: 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI 53711
Phone Number: 608-263-7888
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Since 1934 the Arboretum has been dedicated to restoring the land...

Since 1934 the Arboretum has been dedicated to restoring the land, advancing the science and practice of ecological restoration, and fostering Aldo Leopold’s land ethic. Dedicated staff, students, faculty and volunteers have created a rich landscape, renowned for its prairies, savannas, forests and wetlands -- and for the beauty of its gardens in spring with lilacs, magnolias and crabapples. To celebrate the our 75th Anniversary we invite you to find your enduring connection with the Arboretum.

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Excellent place for a nature walk right in Madison

The UW Arboretum holds a special place in my heart. I have biked there with a friend and hiked to the ponds, gone for many walks through the woods, joined naturalists on a winter... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Gaborone, Botswana
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Gaborone, Botswana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

The UW Arboretum holds a special place in my heart. I have biked there with a friend and hiked to the ponds, gone for many walks through the woods, joined naturalists on a winter walk through the snow-covered prairie looking for owls, collected insects from rotting trees for an entomology class, accidentally walked into a family photo shoot, and even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

I went to one of the guided tour (it was about Conifers) and it was so amazing and interesting that I plan to go back there as soon there are others! Thanks to Catherine I learned a lot of interesting facts about these trees that I won't forget ever! In other places such tours are really expensive: here are free!

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Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

As an urban forestry major, I have always had a romanticized idea of the arboretum. We went here for a class trip in college. (mind you, that was a good 15 years ago now) I had a great time then. I've been back since, and there are some great things about this place and some disappointing things. I am in... More 

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Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

I visited the Arboretum in the morning on a weekday, so there was plenty of parking near the visitors center. The restored prairie is very extensive and the gardens north of the visitors center have a lot of great photo moments. Much less busy than the botanical garden, makes it a great place to relax. I will be back once... More 

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Plover, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Twilight is my favorite time of day to visit the UW Arboretum, the trees seem to come alive and mist often rolls in along the grass. It's an amazing experience.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is a must in Madison in spring and fall. Walks through the park in the trees are very romantic and spirit lifting. Every kind of crab tree and lilac and Magnolia are on display in spring. The flowering trees are in grassy area so not sure if wheelchair accessible. There are walking trails throughout the woods which have the... More 

Thank itcouldbeworse
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Whether you walk the trails or bike through the paved roads, UW arboretum is a lovely place to visit. There are actually a few Frank Lloyd Wright homes here as well, but the beauty is in the nature and landscaping and the peacefulness. You can even rent Trek bikes at the entrance to the park, near St. Mary's Hospital. No... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

A companion and I spent a few hours on a warm summer afternoon strolling the paths among the trees, then explored the tall grass prairie. Also drove the roads and enjoyed the quiet and natural beauty of the place. The reception/education building was staffed by a volunteer whose knowledge of the plants and wildlife was extensive--he had the answers to... More 

Thank seniortraveler12
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

The UW Arboretum is a tremendous gift to the global ecological community as well as the Madison public. I have learned a tremendous amount about ecology as both a student and casual observer within the Arboretum and have made use of the trails for running and bike riding. It has made me a more educated citizen and slightly more physically... More 

Thank I3697YFan
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Gardens are free to visit and host a variety of local flora - and wild turkeys if you're lucky enough to see their family that has lived in the gardens for generations. You could easily spend an entire day here and still not see everything. They have an expansive deciduous forest, tended gardens, a wild prairie, coniferous forest, and a... More 

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