Upcoming events

    • June 02, 2017
    • October 27, 2017
    • 11 sessions
    • Various Places and Times
    • 20


    PLATO charges a $10 fee for most walks.  We normally use a guide who is a member of the associated friends group.  PLATO then will pass this registration fee onto the friends group as a way of saying thanks.

    Tentative Walk Schedule

    1. May 5, morning:  Wilkie Gorge
    2. May 17, morning: Lake Farm Park - Before Annual Mtg
    3. June 2, morning: Pheasant Branch Conservancy
    4. June 12, morning: Lodi Marsh SNA
    5. June 30, Donald County Park
    6. July 12, morning: Lakeshore Nature Preserve
    7. July 24, morning: Pope Farm Conservancy
    8. Aug. 14, morning: Cherokee Marsh
    9. August 30, morning: Camrock County Park ,                                      Along Koshkonong Creek
    10. Sept. 13, morning: Bascom Hill History Tour
    11. Sept. 29, morning: Fall Walk in Donald Park
    12. Oct 10, morning. Fall Walk Lakeshore Nature                                     Preserve
    13. Oct. 27, afternoon: Madison History Tour, a Walk Through Forest Hills Cemetery.

    What to Expect on the Walks

    In general:

    • We are looking at parks and trails within Dane County.
    • The length of the walk will be upwards of 3 + miles, depending on terraine.
    • The walks will take 2 to 3 hours and may include a suggestion for lunch.  
    • The pace is meant to be appropriate for folks of retirement age who normally are not climbing hillsides and valleys as part of their normal exercise routines.
    • The description of the walks will include information that will help you assess the likelihood that you are up to the challenges of the walk.  There will be three factors mentioned:
    1. length of walk
    2. the quality of the path
    3. the elevation changes along the path

    Highlights of the Walk

    Most of the walks we've chosen this year will follow one of two themes:

    • The walk will feature terrain that has been shaped by the recent glaciers.  This may mean that the walk includes some hillside walking
    • The walk includes areas where archeological research indicates the life of PaleoIndians - dating, perhaps, as far back as 10,000 BC.
    • We will attempt to find a leader who is well informed about some aspect of the trail and we will allow time for this story to be told. 

    Driving and Parking Instructions

    • Information about driving and parking will be sent the week of the walk.
    • I will provide a google map that allows you to enter your starting location and provides detailed instructions on how to arrive at the trailhead.

    What to bring along on the walks.

      Things to bring and wear:

    • sunscreen
    • hat (perhaps an umbrella for the sun)
    • walking shoes
    • bottle of water or sports drink
    • perhaps long sleeve shirt and full length pants 

    About Ticks 

    I thought you might be interested in the following articles on how to reduce the risk of tick problems during our walks.  

    http://wisconsintrailguide.com/hiking/resources/safety-ticks.html

    http://www.thehikinglife.com/2017/03/tips-for-hiking-in-tick-country/ 

     

     


    • October 13, 2017
    • April 27, 2018
    • 14 sessions
    • Lake Edge Shopping Center, 4102 Monona Drive, Madison,WI
    • 30
    Registration is closed

    PLATO Breakfast Get-Togethers 

    New This Semester:  A Westside Location

    We're excited to announce the expansion of the popular "Breakfast Get-together", as we go indoors for the cooler weather. We have added a West Side location that will meet at Cafe Hollander on the second Friday of each month.  We will return to Elie's Family Restaurant as our eastside location meeting on the 4th Friday of each month.


    Westside Breakfast at Cafe Hollander:

    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:00 am

    • Place: Cafe Hollander: American : Belgian Cuisine Menu
    • Organizer: Dawn Deransburg
    • RSVP: Let Dawn know you're coming by email or phone, below.
    • Questions?  Dawn's contact information is: Dawn.Deransburg@alt.net or by phone 608 422-5042
    • Location of Cafe Hollander: 
           701 Hilldale Way
           Madison, WI 53705


    Eastside Breakfast at Elie's Family Restaurant:

    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:00 am
    • Place: Elie's Family Restaurant:  Breakfast Menu
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone, below.
    • Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050
    • Location of Elie's Family Restaurant: 
          Lake Edge Shopping Center
          4012 Monona Drive
          Madison, WI 53716
           (608) 223-2040




     


    • October 18, 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison, WI
    Registration is closed


    Our Celebration will Include:

    • Gerri DiMaggio - Madison's own jazz favorite and her quartet
    • Social hour with hot/cold appetizers, wine and other beverages
    • Get-acquainted-tables hosted by PLATO committees and activity groups
    • Presentations on the history of PLATO and preview of PLATO's new Strategic Plan.

    Click here for location/map of Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101  Lake Farm Road, Madison, WI.  The Lussier Center is located in a beautiful Dane County Park surrounded by native prairies, forests and on the shores of Lake Waubesa.

    To obtain driving directions to the Lussier Family Heritage Center, (enter your starting address in the top line and press enter) Click here to begin.

    Register Online OR click here for printable Mail-in Form (opens as pdf).

    • October 27, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Fluno Center First Floor Dining Room, 601 University Avenue, Madison
    • 11
    Register


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    We'll meet at the Fluno Center beginning about noon for a delightful luncheon.  The dining room is on the first floor, west end of the building. Luncheon options: Salad/Soup & Dessert approx. $12 OR Full Buffet approx. $17 (CASH Only; pay at Luncheon).

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture Hall to attend the Global Hotspots Lecture, also on the first floor.

    To participate in the PLATO Lunch Group you must register online before Wednesday morning, October 25th. (Or sign-up by emailing: louise.fowler@wisc.edu (use: "Oct. 27 Lunch Group" as your Subject)

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures request Pre-registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up for the September 15th Global Hotspots Lecture "U.S. - Russia Relations: Challenges & Opportunities" through the UW Alumni Association:  http://www.uwalumni.com/calendar/

    • October 27, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • John Catlin Chapel, about one block up the cemetery road from the entrance.
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    Join us for a leisurely walk through Madison history as we draw close to All Hallows Eve.  Our leader will be Bruce Gregg, coordinator of the PLATO course, What in the World Happened. Forest Hill Cemetery, created by the City of Madison in 1857, is the final resting place for many of Madison’s and the University’s prominent citizens.  It also contains two military burial sites, one Confederate and one Union, for soldiers who died during the Civil War.  Serving as a memorial of even earlier residents, an effigy mound in the form of a goose is located on the southeast side of the cemetery.  You will find much more about Forest Hill at http://foresthill.williamcronon.net/

    Parking Information

    The entrance to Forest Hill is at 1 Speedway, near the intersection with Regent St.  We will convene at the John Catlin Chapel, about one block up the cemetery road from the entrance.  You may park cars along that road.  

    What to Expect on the Walk

    Expect to walk, rain or shine, unless there are electrical storms or tornado warnings.  Dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes.  The pace will be leisurely but terrain may get uneven in some places.

    Refreshments following walk:

    Following the walk we will refresh ourselves in the Chapel with apple cider and cookies.

    Fee and Donation:

    Fee collected from this walk will be donated to the Forest Hill Cemetery Committee of Historic Madison, Inc.


    Hill Rating

    On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is very  steep, the trails are rated 1.0.  

    Quality of trail footing

    On a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 represents very difficult footing, the trails we will follow are rated a 1.5.

    Walk Difficulty

    A one hour walk along a grassy paths and paved roadways.  There will be opportunities to shorten or lengthen the path, depending on group interests and abilities.

    Handicap Accessibility?

    The paths are handicap accessible.  They will be more manageable with someone to assist you. Please call me at 608 257-9164 to further evaluate the trails

    Microphone

    Our leader will have a microphone along to assist in delivering his message as clearly as possible.


    • November 17, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Fluno Center First Floor Dining Room, 601 University Avenue, Madison
    • 20
    Register


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    We'll meet at the Fluno Center beginning about noon for a delightful luncheon.  The dining room is on the first floor, west end of the building. Luncheon options: Salad/Soup & Dessert approx. $12 OR Full Buffet approx. $17 (CASH Only; pay at Luncheon).

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture. FOR NOV. 17 ONLY - Lecture will be held at One Alumni Place - the exciting new UW Alumni Association venue.

    To participate in the PLATO Lunch Group you must register online before Wednesday morning, November 15th. (Or sign-up by emailing: louise.fowler@wisc.edu (use: "Nov. 17 Lunch Group" as your Subject)

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures request Pre-registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up for the November 17th Global Hotspots Lecture "Special Edition of G.H.S.: Global Impact - Alumni in Action" through the UW Alumni Association:  http://www.uwalumni.com/calendar/

Past events

October 10, 2017 Fall Walk in Lakeshore Nature Preserve
October 05, 2017 Volunteer Cafe
September 29, 2017 A Fall Walk in Donald Park
September 15, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
September 13, 2017 Bascom Hill History Tour
August 30, 2017 A Walk Along Koshkonong Creek in CamRock County Park
August 29, 2017 PLATO Night in Sun Prairie
August 14, 2017 A Morning Walk at Cherokee Marsh
July 24, 2017 An Evening Walk at Pope Farm Conservancy
July 12, 2017 Walk Lake Shore Preserve
June 30, 2017 A Walk in Donald Park
June 23, 2017 Morning on the Terrace
June 12, 2017 A Walk in Lodi Marsh State Wildlife Area
June 02, 2017 Walk Pheasant Branch Conservancy
May 17, 2017 2017 PLATO Annual Meeting
May 17, 2017 Walk Lake Farm Park - Prior to Annual Meeting
May 05, 2017 Walk Wilkie Gorge of the Cross Plains National Scientific Reserve
April 21, 2017 Global Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy in the Trump Administration
April 21, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
March 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: International Implications of Brexit in the EU and around the World
March 10, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
February 24, 2017 PLATO Breakfast at Elie's Family Restaurant
February 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: "Is Civic Culture Dead? A Comparative Analysis of the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil"
February 10, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
November 11, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Shakespeare around the World: Caliban’s Land Ethic in The Tempest”
November 11, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
November 09, 2016 Tour and Lunch at the New MatC Culinary Arts Facility
October 14, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
October 07, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Ideological Hot Spots in a Polarized America”
October 07, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
September 16, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Fighting Zika and Other Emerging Viruses”
September 16, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
September 09, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
August 16, 2016 A Walk in Indian Lake County Park
August 12, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
July 20, 2016 Walk the Gardens at EPIC Systems with Jeff Epping
July 08, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
July 08, 2016 A Walk Along Table Bluff in Cross Plains
June 28, 2016 A Walk in Cherokee Marsh
June 17, 2016 A Walk Through the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area
May 18, 2016 Annual PLATO Meeting and Luncheon
May 12, 2016 A Walk Along the Madison Segment of the Ice Age Trail
April 22, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
April 07, 2016 Spring Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
March 18, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hot Spots)
February 19, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hot Spots)
November 17, 2015 Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
September 16, 2015 PLATO Fall Course Preview
August 26, 2015 PLATO's Farewell to Summer Picnic @ Vilas Park Shelter, Madison
August 14, 2015 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
July 09, 2015 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
 

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21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715

Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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