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Walk: Learn About the Mystery of the Aztalan Mounds with Robert Birmingham

  • October 19, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Aztalan State Park
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Aztalan State Park

Free to PLATO Members and Guests

Registration Will Open  September 28th

    The Walk

    Introducing Dr. Robert Birmingham

    COVID-19 Safety Protocols

    We will follow Dane County COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the time of the walk.  By registering for this event, you:

    • Agree to wear a mask if you are unvaccinated.  Fully vaccinated participants do not need to wear masks unless they feel more comfortable doing so.
    • Acknowledge that going on the walk is voluntary and a personal decision. PLATO recommends full compliance with safety standards: masks, social distancing, and handwashing. We are not responsible for enforcing public health orders. 


    Our leaders will have directional microphones to assist in delivering the message clearly as possible.  The microphones have added greatly to the quality of the conversations as we walk and make informational stops along the way.

    Length, Difficulty & Pace of Walk

    A two to three mile walk along several trails through mixed hilly and flat terrain at a  moderate pace with stops for information.  The walk will take about 2.5 hours, but will depend on the informational stops we make along the way. 

    There will be opportunities to shorten or lengthen the walk, depending on group interests and abilities.

    On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is very  steep, the trails are rated 2.5.  

    Handicap Accessibility?

    The trails are not particularly handicap accessible.  They may be manageable with someone to assist you.  Please call me at 608 257-9164 to further evaluate the trails.

    Driving and Parking Information

    We will meet at Frautschi Point parking lot to start our walk.  There is a new path from the Frautschi Point parking lot that will give us quick access to the Preserve and Picnic Point.  The following directions will guide you to the trail parking lot.

    From University Avenue, take University Bay Drive at light at Farley St., go up the hill, and sharp left at the top of the hill onto continuation of University Bay Drive (Highland Ave. continues straight). Continue down along soccer fields, then take left onto Lake Mendota Drive, across from soccer fields. Turn left onto Lake Mendota Drive, drive about 0.2 miles up hill to where Lake Mendota Drive curves sharply to the left. The Frautschi Point parking area is on the right at the curve.

    Additional parking is available near the University housing, across the road.

    To find how to get to Frautschi Point from your location, click on Google Maps and enter your beginning location with Frautschi Point as the ending location.

    To learn more about Lakeshore Preserve Nature Area, go to the following website:  https://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/visit/places/picnic-point/

    General Guidance

    PLATO has the right to cancel any event if it is apparent that the activity itself does not comply with the current guidelines.  PLATO can also cancel any activity if there is an increase in COVID cases (or hospitalizations or deaths), which would increase an infection risk for the participants.

    Questions?  Contact trip leader Mike Dilorio at mdiiorio1234@

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    For more information about PLATO, contact:

    PLATO Office Operations
    UW-Madison Continuing Studies
    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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