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    • October 10, 2023
    • 9:30 AM
    • 2003 University Bay Drive, Madison
    • 11


    Lakeshore Nature Preserve: History and Future Plans


    Join us for an autumn walk through the woodland, prairie, savanna, and gardens of the UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve. We will start at the entrance to Picnic Point then walk to Frautschi Point and back.  Discover some of the history of this beloved UW-Madison campus landscape, hear and see some current ecological restoration and management projects, and learn about recent planning efforts including a master plan update and plans for a new outreach center.

    Parking Instructions and TrailheaD

    Park in Lot 130 (2000 University Bay Drive). This parking lot is located across the street from the entrance to Picnic Point. Parking passes will be provided by our walk leader, Bryn Scriver, the UW-Madison Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

    Meet just inside the entrance to Picnic Point, across the road from Lot 130.


    On the walk you must be able to climb small hills for 10 yards covered with loose gravel.

    guest policy

    Members must register their guests. During the early weeks of registration, each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per trip. (Members may bring more than one  guest near the registration deadline date if openings are available. Check with trip organizer.)  PLATO membership is $60.00/year.

    covid policy

    If you would feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please do so.

    If you are feeling poorly or currently have symptoms of COVID, please call us to cancel your participation.

    Length, Difficulty, and Pace of Walk

    This will be a 2 to 2.5 hour walk covering about 2 miles at an easy pace. There are some gentle hills. Trail surfaces vary between crushed limestone, old asphalt, mowed grass, and packed earth. There are some roots and rocks on the trails that could pose a tripping hazard. You may find a walking stick useful.

    Other information

    • Restroom facilities are limited.
    • Bring your own drinking water.
    • Closed-toe shoes are recommended.

    the Mission of the lakeshore preserve

    The Lakeshore Nature Preserve shelters natural environments and cultural resources through active learning, research, and outreach in a place of respite and well-being.


    The UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve is partially funded by UW-Madison. They rely on gifts to fund ecological restoration including invasive plant control, prescribed fires, seeding, and planting; equipment and supplies; volunteer and outreach programs, and teaching and research by and for UW students. To learn more about giving to the Preserve visit:


    For further information, contact the walk organizer(s):

    Michael Diiorio,, (608) 257-9164

PLATO is proudly supported in part by Oakwood Village.

PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in association with:

for more information, contact us at:


6209 Mineral Point Road #203
Madison, WI 53705

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