Free to PLATO Members and Guests
Registration is required
Masks are required during the walk
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 face mask during the walk.
- 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.
- Understand that PLATO may decide to cancel the walk based on changing health conditions such as surge in cases; conditions will be reviewed two weeks prior to the event.
This City of Madison Conservation Park is a natural gem on the shores of Lake Monona, a short bike ride from downtown Madison. Large red, bur and white oak provide the canopy under which a variety of spring wildflowers bloom. A seven-acre prairie opening adds to the diversity of the site. Turville is adjacent to Olin Park which has restrooms and a parking lot.
You will enjoy this leisurely paced 3 mile loop walk as we increase our understanding of this beautiful place. We will walk rolling hills through woods and along the Lake Monona shoreline. Our guide will tell us a little about Glacial Lake Mendota and the First Peoples who lived on the land after the waters receded. We will also hear a little about the use of the land during the 19th & 20th centuries.
On the walk back, we will capture several views of downtown Madison across Lake Monona.
About Our Tour Guide
You are in for a treat when you take a walk at Turville with history buff Ron Shutvet! Ron will point out interesting spots and share fascinating stories about the history of Turville Point and the people who lived there. You will also enjoy spring colors and seeing the birds and nature that make their home at Turville today. Look for migrating birds resting on the bay and busy squirrels collecting nuts below the ancient oaks.
Driving and Parking Instructions
Meet at the Turville Point parking lot (not the Olin Boat Launch parking lot) on the lakeside of John Nolen Drive at the railroad crossing. The address is 1202 Olin-Turville Ct • in Olin Park, Madison.
Narrow paths through hilly wooded terrain makes this a moderately difficult walk and especially slippery following a rain. A walking stick would be helpful.
Our leader will have a microphone along to assist in delivering his message clearly as possible. This will help us maintain outdoor social distancing requirements.
There are no bathroom facilities at this site.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org