In celebration of the weeks around Earth Day, National Environmental Education Week, and the spring season, enjoy a range of free and low-cost family events each day. Earth Day Bouquet offers your family a variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, get involved in your local and natural community, and become motivated to make a difference in the health and sustainability of the environment.
Check our events schedule and mark your calendar for a Bouquet of things to do, explore and learn about this Earth Day season.Nature Net Calendar
- Self-guided tours at Aldo Leopold Foundation M-F 10am-4pm.
- Family trail-side backpacks free with a Family Membership ($5 for non-members) at Aldo Leopold Nature Center M-F 9am-4pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am-2pm.
- Tour the grounds at Cave of the Mounds 9am-5pm or catch a tour on the hour starting at 10am on weekdays and every 30-minutes on the weekend.
- Hike boardwalks at Cherokee Marsh Dawn to dusk seven day a week.
- Climb the observation tower, tour the Wildlife Exhibitor or Logging Museum, and picnic at MacKenzie Center. Trails and grounds open daily, dawn to dusk; exhibits and museums open M-F 10am-4pm.
- Borrow a telescope from the MMSD Planetarium. Free to Madison residents and MMSD teachers, $5 for non-Madison users.
- Explore the outdoor gardens during extended hours at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Gardens open daily from 9am-8pm, Bolz Conservatory 10am-4pm.
- Check out the exhibits at the UW Geology Museum – M-F 8:30am-4:30pm, Saturday 9am-1pm.
Join These National Programs
- Project BudBurst – Record your spring nature observations.
- Earth Day 2020– Campaign to promote climate action.
- National Environmental Education Week (April 20-24, 2020) – Find activity kits and educator guides for outdoor and environmental education experiences.
- Green and Healthy Schools – Get your school to reduce environmental impact and costs and improve environmental and sustainability literacy.
- Earth Day @50: Aspiring for Sustainability, Striving for Justice, Crafting the Planet Conference – Monday, April 20th, 2020: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this year’s conference will set the stage for a convergence between the past and the present. We will highlight the confluence between the traditional conservation and restoration of the planet and new, ecological innovations taking place in areas such as genetics and engineering. We will discuss how we can leverage the best aspects of the past environmental movements while incorporating an increased sense of social justice. And, perhaps most importantly, we will honor those with wisdom of the natural world, while exploring new lessons that can help us all to be better environmental citizens. Join us as we work together to craft a future filled with hope, positivity, and intentionality.
Let Us Know How You Celebrate!
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