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.  





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


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

    • November 15, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Oakwood West University Woods, 6209 Mineral Point Rd.

    We Gotta Get Out of This Place: 

    The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War

    by Doug Bradley

        Craig Werner

    This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and their guests. 

    Registration is not required.

    About this lecture and the UW Course of the same title.

    “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War” -- For a Kentucky rifleman who spent his tour trudging through Vietnam’s Central Highlands, it was Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” For a “tunnel rat” who blew smoke into the Viet Cong’s underground tunnels, it was Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” For a black Marine distraught over the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., it was Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools.” And for countless other Vietnam Vets, it was “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” or the song that gives my book it title. In “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War”, Doug Bradley and Craig Werner place popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. They explore how and why U.S. troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the World back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight. They also demonstrate that music was important for every group of Vietnam veterans –black and white, Latino and Native American; men and women; officers and “grunts”- whose personal reflections drive the book’s narrative. Most of  voices are those of ordinary soldiers, Marines, and nurses, among others. Together their testimony taps into the memories – individual and cultural – that capture a central if often overlooked component of the American war in Vietnam.

    About the Book:

    We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War (Culture and Politics in the Cold War and Beyond)

    by Craig Werner (Goodreads Author)Doug Bradley

    Winner of two 2016 Choice awards from the American Library Association, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” was named “the best music book of 2015” by Rolling Stone magazine. 

    About Doug Bradley:

    Doug Bradley, a Madison based Vietnam veteran, is a distinguished lecturer and academic staff emeritus, UW-Madison, who has written and taught extensively about his Vietnam, and post-Vietnam, experiences. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1970 and served as an information specialist (journalist) at the Army Hometown News Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and U.S. Army Headquarters in Long Binh, South Vietnam, in 1970-71. Following discharge and graduate school, Doug relocated to Madison, Wisconsin in 1974 where he helped establish Vets House, a storefront, community-based center for Vietnam era veterans. Since 2008, Doug and UW-Madison professor Craig Werner have co-taught a class at UW-Madison on the music of the Vietnam War. Doug is a member of the Deadly Writers Patrol writing group, the author of “DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle”, and co-author with Craig Werner of “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietman War” which was named “Best Music Book of 2015” by Rolling Stone magazine.

    About Craig Werner:

    Craig Werner teaches literature, music and cultural history. A member of the Nominating Committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has written liner notes for re-releases of classic soul albums and contributed to numerous radio and television documentaries on topics ranging from the Harlem Renaissance to Motown. He has won numerous teaching awards including the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; the English Graduate Student Association's Teaching Excellence Award; Best Summer School Course from the National Association of Summer School Sessions as part of the teaching team for "Sites and Sounds of the Freedom Struggle."

    Sound Track:  We Gotta Get Outta This Place by the Animals

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 20, 2017 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 13, 2017 BOOST YOUR BRAIN HEALTH: Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's and Dementia
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 12, 2017 A Walk in Lodi Marsh State Wildlife Area
June 02, 2017 Walk Pheasant Branch Conservancy
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
March 30, 2017 Campus Tour: Institutes of Discovery and Geology Museum
March 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: International Implications of Brexit in the EU and around the World
February 15, 2017 PLATO Spring Course Preview
February 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: "Is Civic Culture Dead? A Comparative Analysis of the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil"
February 03, 2017 The use of Immunotherapy & Stem Cell Transplant Therapies to Treat Cancer
January 23, 2017 Long Term Care: Planning for My Future Needs
January 18, 2017 Going for Wisconsin Gold; Stories of Our State Olympians
November 11, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Shakespeare around the World: Caliban’s Land Ethic in The Tempest”
November 09, 2016 Tour and Lunch at the New MatC Culinary Arts Facility
November 05, 2016 Lunch Prior to Encore Viewing of "An Evening with Evicted Author Matthew Desmond"
November 05, 2016 Added Events to Enrich Your Big Read Experience
November 03, 2016 Health and Resource Fair
November 02, 2016 WARF: The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation: Investing in Research, Making a Difference for 90 Years+
October 07, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Ideological Hot Spots in a Polarized America”
October 04, 2016 Fitting the Pieces Together with Medicare
October 03, 2016 Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)
September 21, 2016 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 20, 2016 Olbrich Gardens Daytime Stroll
September 16, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Fighting Zika and Other Emerging Viruses”
August 16, 2016 A Walk in Indian Lake County Park
July 20, 2016 Walk the Gardens at EPIC Systems with Jeff Epping
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 25, 2016 Forest Hill Cemetery: A Walk Through Madison History
May 20, 2016 University Senior Guest Auditor Workshop
May 12, 2016 A Walk Along the Madison Segment of the Ice Age Trail
May 10, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part II)
May 03, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part I of II)
April 26, 2016 Owning Your Future: Resources to Assist as we Age
April 22, 2016 Global Hot Spots: Biodiversity Conservation in Developing Countries
April 07, 2016 Spring Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
March 18, 2016 Global Hot Spots: An Update from Paris: Climate Change Summit
March 11, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
February 19, 2016 Global Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy and the Changing Middle East
February 10, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
January 20, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: Nitraites in Wisconsin's Groundwater
January 13, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: DNA & Waistlines
January 06, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: Walking and Strokes
December 03, 2015 UW Showcase Series
November 20, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Market Reforms and Water Wars”
November 17, 2015 Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
October 27, 2015 On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota Book Talk
September 18, 2015 Papa Francesco’s Invitation to All people to Dialogue
September 16, 2015 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 15, 2015 Back-to-School Primer @ Madison Public Library
September 10, 2015 Crimes of the 21st Century: Scams Targeting Seniors
August 26, 2015 Afternoon Tour: The Henry Vilas Zoo
August 26, 2015 Morning Tour: The Henry Vilas Zoo
August 25, 2015 Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times Exhibition @ Paine Art Center, Oshkosh
June 24, 2015 Drive-to PLATO Lecture & Visit at the Milwaukee Art Museum: Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels Exhibition
May 03, 2015 End of Life Preparedness (Parts I & II)
April 23, 2015 End of Life Preparedness
April 22, 2015 Jeeves Takes a Bow and Explore Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward
April 16, 2015 End of Life Preparedness
April 10, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Scary Viruses, Killer Tapeworms, and Nostril Ticks: Unanticipated Adventures in Disease Ecology”
April 01, 2015 Five Presidents @ Milwaukee Rep
February 27, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Update on International Relations”
February 18, 2015 PLATO Spring Course Preview
December 10, 2014 Harvey @ Milwaukee Rep
October 29, 2014 Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
October 22, 2014 The Color Purple (The Musical about Love)

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