Upcoming events

    • October 13, 2017
    • April 27, 2018
    • 14 sessions

    Indoors for the Winter 

    East and West Side Locations

    2nd Friday @ Cafe Hollander                  4th Friday @ Ellie's Restaurant



    Westside Breakfast at Cafe Hollander:

    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Cafe Hollander: American - Belgian Cuisine Menu
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone,
    • Dawn's contact information is: sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050
    • Location of Cafe Hollander: 
           701 Hilldale Way
           Madison, WI 53705
           (608) 237-3168       
      

     

    Eastside Breakfast at Elie's Family Restaurant:

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




     


    • March 23, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Fluno Center First Floor Dining Room, 601 University Avenue, Madison
    • 21
    Registration is closed


    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, across from the restaurant.  Most lectures are very popular and fill up the auditorium by 1:15 pm.  Please allow enough time to find seating.

    To participate in the PLATO Lunch Group you must register online by Wednesday noon, prior to the lecture. (Or sign-up by emailing: AdrienneBorisyGross@gmail.com or phone 608-231-1910 (use: "March. 23 Lunch Group" as your Subject)

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures are offered by the Alumni Association and not PLATO and require a registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up through the UW Alumni Association:  http://www.uwalumni.com/calendar/

    • March 23, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Fluno Center Auditorium, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715

    Global Hot Spots Series

    Dig in to today’s hottest issues with UW faculty experts for thought-provoking discussions about what’s happening in the world — from politics, global health, and economics to human rights, the environment, and more.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the UW’s top experts!

    Topic:  “Science and Fake News”


    About the Talk

    This talk will highlight the risks of reporting false findings and news related to science. It will also focus on public opinion and climate change.

     

    About the Speaker

    Dominique Brossard, professor and chair, Department of Life Sciences Communication.

    Brossard is an affiliate of the UW’s Robert and Jean Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, the UW Center for Global Studies, and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in strategic-communication theory and research, with a focus on science and risk communication. Her research agenda at the UW’s Science, Media and the Public research group, which she codirects, focuses on the intersections among science, media, and policy. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a former board member of the International Network of Public Communication of Science and Technology, Brossard is an internationally known expert in public-opinion dynamics related to controversial scientific issues. She has published numerous research articles and has been a panelist for the National Academy of Sciences. She earned her master of science degree from the École Nationale d’Agronomie de Toulouse in France and her master of professional studies and doctoral degrees from Cornell University.


    Registration for the Lecture

    Registration by March 17 is strongly recommended.  Click on Registration


    Registration for the PLATO Luncheon (Noon to 1:15 pm) 

    PLATO has organized a luncheon at the Fluno Center prior to the Global Hotspots Lecture.  To find out more and to register, please click on Luncheon.

    Parking

    Public parking is available in the Fluno Center garage (Lot 83) at 314 N. Frances Street, in Lot 46 at 301 N. Lake Street, or in the Lake Street ramp at 415 N. Lake Street.

    Questions? 

    Contact Jordan Langer at jordan.langer@supportuw.org or 608-308-5430.

    Global Hot Spots digs into today’s hottest issues with UW faculty experts for thought-provoking discussions about what’s happening in the world — from politics, global health, and economics to human rights, the environment, and more.


    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is cosponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization), and the UW-Madison International Division.

    Questions? Contact Kristina Zignego at 608-308-5415.




       

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf
    • April 27, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Fluno Center First Floor Dining Room, 601 University Avenue, Madison
    • 20
    Registration is closed


    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, across from the restaurant.  Most lectures are very popular and fill up the auditorium by 1:15 pm.  Please allow enough time to find seating.

    To participate in the PLATO Lunch Group you must register online by Wednesday noon, prior to the lecture. (Or sign-up by emailing: AdrienneBorisyGross@gmail.com or phone 608-231-1910 (use: "April. 27 Lunch Group" as your Subject)

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures are offered by the Alumni Association and not PLATO and require a registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up through the UW Alumni Association:  http://www.uwalumni.com/calendar/

    • April 27, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Fluno Center Auditorium, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715

    Global Hot Spots Series

    Dig in to today’s hottest issues with UW faculty experts for thought-provoking discussions about what’s happening in the world — from politics, global health, and economics to human rights, the environment, and more.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the UW’s top experts!

    Topic:  “American Foreign Policy in an Age of Nationalist Sentiment”


    About the Talk

    With the rise of nationalist sentiment around the globe, what is the future of global economic and military institutions? Can American foreign policy lead a response to these pressures or will the U.S. allow these global institutions to flounder?  

    Pevehouse will discuss the future of global economic and military institutions amid the rise of nationalist sentiment, and whether American foreign policy can lead a response to these pressures.

     

    About the Speaker

    Pevehouse has been a professor at the UW since 2000. His research interests lie in the field of international relations and include international political economy, American foreign policy, and international organizations. Pevehouse’s work examines the relationship between domestic and international politics, with recently published work focusing on regional trade agreements, human-rights institutions, exchange-rate politics, and international organizations. He has earned numerous awards, including the UW Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Karl Deutsch Award, an international honor given to a scholar under the age of 40 who has made a significant contribution to the study of international relations. He coauthored the International Relations textbook and is the editor of the International Organization professional journal. Pevehouse earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and his doctorate from Ohio State University.


    Registration for the Lecture

    Registration by April 22 is strongly recommended.  Click on Registration


    Registration for the PLATO Luncheon (Noon to 1:15 pm) 

    PLATO has organized a luncheon at the Fluno Center prior to the Global Hotspots Lecture.  To find out more and to register, please click on Luncheon.

    Parking

    Public parking is available in the Fluno Center garage (Lot 83) at 314 N. Frances Street, in Lot 46 at 301 N. Lake Street, or in the Lake Street ramp at 415 N. Lake Street.

    Questions? 

    Contact Jordan Langer at jordan.langer@supportuw.org or 608-308-5430.

    Global Hot Spots digs into today’s hottest issues with UW faculty experts for thought-provoking discussions about what’s happening in the world — from politics, global health, and economics to human rights, the environment, and more.


    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is cosponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization), and the UW-Madison International Division.

    Questions? Contact Kristina Zignego at 608-308-5415.




       


       

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf
    • May 03, 2018
    • 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. Thu, May 3, 10 am -11:30 am: Walk of Patrick Marsh;  Rain date May 10

    2. June 19, morning: Pleasant Valley Conservancy; Rain date June 26









    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.
    • We will expect you to arrive at the starting point via your own transportation.
    • We encourage car-pooling and can provide information on who in your area is driving to the walk.  

    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/ 

     

     


    • May 03, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Catfish Ct, Waunakee, WI 53597
    • 25
    Registration is closed

    Registration Recommended

    Tony Abate, Conservation and Land Manager, will lead the walk around the marsh and discuss concepts affecting the life of marsh and possible marsh futures.  

    There is a $10 registration fee for this walk. PLATO will pass this fee onto the Patick Marsh Conservancy  as a way of saying thank you for their hospitality.

    Raindate: May 10



    About Tony Abate

    Conservation Specialist
    tony@groundswellwisconsin.org

    Tony Abate, Conservation Specialist and Land Manager, will talk about the future vision for Patrick Marsh Conservancy, located on the edge of Sun Prairie, and the current efforts at managing the Conservancy located.

    Tony joined Grounswell in 2016 as our Conservation Specialist/Land Manager. While primarily working on land protection and easement monitoring, Tony will also expand community engagement at our Westport Drumlin and Patrick Marsh Preserves. Expect to see him leading work parties, field trips, and education events.


    About Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area

    Located adjacent to the City of Sun Prairie, the 145-acre Parick Marsh is surrounded by land owned and managed by the Wisconsin DNR, Dane County, and Groundswell.  The conservation and recreation values of Patrick Marsh merited its inclusion in the Wisconsin DNR's Land Legacy Report, a list of the 229 places that are critical to protect "to meet Wisconsin's future conservation and recreation needs in the next 50 years." Patrick Marsh is well-situated to meet some of those needs, being located on the door step of the city of Sun Prairie, which is home to 31,000 people.

    Groundswell is working in partnership with the Patrick Marsh Conservancy, local residents, groups including the Discovery Club at Patrick Marsh Middle School, and local governments to manage and restore wildlife habitat at Patrick Marsh and create trails that connect the protected properties at the Marsh with surrounding neighborhoods, making it an inviting place to visit.  Patrick Marsh is open to the public for hiking, nature study, and other activities.


    Walk Description:


    Driving and Parking Instructions:

    Yahara Heights Park

    Heading north from Madison on HWY 113/Northport Dr., 1/3 mile past HWY M, at the stoplights, turn RIGHT onto River Rd., then IMMEDIATE RIGHT 
    onto Catfish Ct. You will see a trailhead sign on your left. Park in the small off-road parking area near the sign. 

    The address for navigating is Catfish Ct, Waunakee, WI 53597.

    Restrooms:

    There is a portable toilet at the far end of Catfish Ct, near the parking for the dog exercise area. There is a Mobil station on HWY M just off HWY 113.

    About our $10 fee:

    PLATO charges a $10 fee for each walk.  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.


    • May 10, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Second Harvest Food Bank, 2802 Dairy Drive, Madison

    Volunteer Cafe


    Thursday, May 10, 2018
    from 2 - 3:30 pm 

    Second Harvest Food Bank,
    2802 Dairy Drive, Madison





    The two previous Volunteer Cafes were resounding successes . . .
    SO
    • Do you have questions about general volunteer opportunities?
    • Do you currently volunteer in the community?
    • Would you like to learn about volunteer opportunities at
      Second Harvest Food Bank
      ?
    • Would you like to hear about other PLATO members' volunteer experiences?
    THEN
    Come to the Volunteer Cafe!  Bring a friend!
    Our speakers and guides will be:
    Kris Tazelear, Communications Manager
    and Pam Higham, Volunteer Services Coordinator

    • No need to pre-register.
    • Light refreshments will be available.
    • Questions? Contact Kathy Michaelis (ksmichaelis@gmail.com or 221-0985)
                                   WHEN & WHERE
    Tuesday, May. 10, 2 - 3:30 pm
    Second Harvest Food Bank,
    2802 Dairy Drive, Madison

    We will begin in the Administration building meeting room. Kris Tazelaar, Communications Manager, will speak for 20 minutes about Second Harvest and the agencies they serve.  Next we will walk to the Warehouse (about three buildings away).  where we will be split into two groups for a tour of the operation.  Following the tour we will return to the Admin building for a more general conversation about volunteering.  

    Socialize -- Discuss -- Share -- Learn!

    Volunteer Cafe is organized and sponsored by the PLATO Diversity Committee. 
    • June 19, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Catfish Ct, Waunakee, WI 53597
    • 25
    Registration is closed


    Welcome to one of the rarest ecosystems on earth: the oak savanna.





    About the Land:

    Pleasant Valley Conservancy is in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, an area that remained completely unglaciated when the massive continental ice sheets were covering so much of northern United States. It is part of an area called the "Ridge and Valley Province", with a scenic but agriculturally challenging topography. 

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has given the Pleasant Valley Conservancy ecosystem a Global rating of G1, signifying that it is critically imperiled globally because of extreme rarity.

    Although there are other oak savannas in southern Wisconsin, most are highly degraded. Our oak savanna is unique because it has been restored to its original condition and is managed at a high level.

    Walk Description:

    We will walk the prairies, woods, wetlands, and mounds of Yahara Heights section of Cherokee Marsh.  We will:

    • Tour 40 acres of restored prairie in full bloom; 
    • Enjoy great views of the Yahara River and Cherokee Marsh wetlands from high ground;
    • See effigy mounds of a panther/water spirit and bear;
    • If we are lucky, we will see nesting Bald Eagles, Bluebirds and Red-Headed Woodpeckers.
    This park is a tribute to the efforts of volunteers, who  planted and maintain the prairie and also maintain the wooded areas and effigy mounds.

    About our Guides:

    We will be lead by Jan Axelson, President of Friends of Cherokee Marsh.  Paul Noeldner, a birder with experience with local and State parklands, will provide an emphasis that we don't often have on this years walks.  Paul Noeldner said that he ... " will focus on nesting birds including Bald Eagles, Bluebirds and Red-headed Woodpeckers as metrics of preservation and restoration success, and can talk about other aspects of the Cherokee Marsh and the Friends group."  

    Driving Directions and Parking:

    Yahara Heights Park

    Heading north from Madison on HWY 113/Northport Dr., 1/3 mile past HWY M, at the stoplights, turn RIGHT onto River Rd., then IMMEDIATE RIGHT 
    onto Catfish Ct. You will see a trailhead sign on your left. Park in the small off-road parking area near the sign. 

    The address for navigating is Catfish Ct, Waunakee, WI 53597.

    Restrooms:

    There is a portable toilet at the far end of Catfish Ct, near the parking for the dog exercise area. There is a Mobil station on HWY M just off HWY 113.

    About our $10 fee:

    PLATO charges a $10 fee for each walk.  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.


    Trail Map



Past events

February 16, 2018 Global Hot Spots: “Understanding North-South Korea Relations and the Korean Missile Crisis”
February 16, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
January 30, 2018 Volunteer Cafe - January 2018
November 17, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
October 27, 2017 Forest Hill Cemetery: A Walk Through Madison History
October 18, 2017 PLATO's 30th Anniversary
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 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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