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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, Madison

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Jogging Paths, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.7/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
The University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum, 1260acre, is an arboretum operated by the University of Wisconsin–Madison and located at 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, Wisconsin. The arboretum is open to the public daily without charge.The arboretum was established in the early 1930s on farmland fields and pastures, when the university decided to re-establish natural landscapes upon the site. From 1935 to 1941 crews from the Civilian Conservation Corps provided most of the labor to accomplish this task. Today the arboretum describes its collection of restored ecosystems as not only the oldest but also the most extensive in the United States.Prairies and savannasMore than 300 species of native plants that once dominated the landscape of southern Wisconsin have been restored to the arboretum's prairies and savannas. Curtis Prairie (60 acres) - described as the world's oldest restored prairie; a tallgrass prairie with big bluestem grass and Indian grass. Greene Prairie (50 acres) - planted by prairie expert Henry Greene during the 1940s and 1950s. Marion Dunn Prairie (4 acres) - amelioration of a settling pond. Marsh Connection - transition between Curtis Prairie and wetlands. Sinaiko Overlook Prairie (5 acres) - mesic to dry-mesic prairie dominated by Indian grass. Southwest Grady Oak Savanna - southern Wisconsin fire-adapted communities. Wingra Oak Savanna - open-grown bur oaks, being restored by the replacement of its understory of non-native trees, shrubs, and weeds with grassland species.
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  • We live close by and are in the Arb daily: we run and bike around the lake, XC ski and snowshoe in winter, take walks on both the road and on trails. Visit the horticulture gardens when they are bloom...  read more »
  • Go there during spring time when the magnolia and lilac trees are in bloom. It looks like a fairyland. 
  • Bike, drive, or walk. Either way, you will be swoon by the fall colors in the Arboretum. A wonderful sanctuary in the heart of Madison. 
  • Beautiful hiking, biking, and cross country skiing right in the middle of the city! :) Deer, cranes, turkeys, owls, butterflies - what a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Free to everyone.
  • Love the trails in all seasons! Great hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Walking through orchard last we saw sand hills cranes and a flock of turkeys!
  • Yet another gem for the public in Madison. Great spot for trails, prairie and a visitor center for great info. Visit in the spring and fall to see the bloom and leaves. Perfect on road biking and running on the main road.
  • Beautiful scenery! I love coming here in the fall as the colorful trees are the perfect backdrop to amazing photos! Nice place to get away from the surrounding hustle and bustle of the city.
  • I really love biking through here. The colors are so beautiful and coming right up to the lake is always serene. You can also enjoy walking on the wooden planks on the marshes. It's a great spot to go on a walk with a loved one.
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