(608) 263-7888 -- Visitor Center
(608) 262-5604 -- Volunteer Program Office
Trails are open all year: 7am - 10pm
Parking lots: Sunrise to Sunset
Visitor Center Hours
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
1207 Seminole Highway
Madison, WI 53711
The Arboretum is a 1,260-acre research and study area nearly surrounding Lake Wingra about a mile south of campus.
Widely recognized as the site of historic research in ecological restoration, the Arboretum now includes the oldest and most extensive collection of restored ecological communities in the world, with tallgrass prairies, savannas, several forest types, wetlands and a 50-acre collection of trees and shrubs.
The Arboretum offers opportunities for students and the general public to participate in the restoration of its prairie and forest communities in various ways.
Running and cross-country skiing are permitted on marked trails; pets, picnics, off-route use of bicycles, in-line skating and games are prohibited. Arboretum trails and the Visitor Center parking lot are open year-round from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other Arboretum parking lots are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitor Center is not open on holidays.
The Arboretum’s 1260 acres border the southern half of Lake Wingra. Vehicles can enter in two places: from the north at the intersection of McCaffrey Drive, North Wingra Drive and South Mills Street; from the south at the intersection of McCaffrey Drive and Seminole Highway, just north of the Beltline (Highway 12).
For an interactive map of the Arboretum, please visit http://uwarboretum.org/map