Aldo Leopold Nature Center-Trails

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logo1Stop by anytime we are open and ask for a trail map to head out and explore!  The trails feature interpretive signs to help visitors read the landscape they are exploring!

Every fall, thousands of sandhill cranes use the sandbars and islands in the Wisconsin River for staging prior to migration.  Seeing and hearing these spectacular congregations of birds is an absolutely incredible experience.  The river just behind the Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm property provides the most premier vantage point for crane viewing available in the region.


Halloween At The Henry Vilas Zoo!

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content%20header%20-%20halloween%20at%20the%20zoo1Sunday, October 30th from 9:30am – 3:00pm.

 Henry Vilas Zoo along with local businesses will host a trick-or-treating at the Zoo as you walk the exhibits.  Be sure to stop by the activity tent for some extra fun!  Pumpkin Decorating Contest- new this  year!


As part of our commitment to animal conservation, Henry Vilas Zoo ensures all candy served at the Halloween at the Zoo is made by companies that are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.   Sponsored by Culver’s, Associated Bank and Chick-fil-A

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Fall Family Fun- DreamBank, Madison

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Celebrate autumn with seasonal activities, including leaf rubbings, making prairie seed balls and learning about how animals migrate and prepare for winter.

Wisconsin Science Festival 6th Annual Festival

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Celebrate the magic of science at the sixth annual Statewide Festival Oct. 20-23, with local Madison events that include flight simulation demonstrations, underwater robot workshops and Wisconsin-specific geology tours.  Locations vary, Madison and around Wisconsin




Dress For DAIS Fashion Show for Domestic Abuse Intervention

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More than 100 local women will rock the catwalk at the sixth annual Domestic Abuse Intervention Services Fashion Show on Oct. 20th at the Overture Center, Madison






Health and Wellness- UW Health at The American Center

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Free evening of health and wellness on Oct. 27, 6pm-8:45pm.  Sign-in begins at 5pm.

Take a cooking class in the Learning Kitchen with gourmet chef Julie Andrews, RD.  Find the present moment through guided meditation with Shilagh Mirgain, PHD.  Connect breath and movement with yoga in the Wellness Studio with Katie Schwartz.  CrossTrain with Alison Regal from the Sports Performance Team.  Hors d’oeuvre reception to follow  UW Health for more details visit




Madison Parks Hayrides Through the Parks

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Enjoy a hay wagon ride, pulled by a tractor in Elver, Olin, Warner and Cherokee Marsh parks!  Enjoy the scenic tour!



50th Annual World Dairy Expo

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The international trade show for dairy producers includes 2,500 head of cattle, commercial exhibitors, educational seminars and youth judging contests. No dairy event in the world compares to this event. It is consistently Madison’s largest convention, the Expo draws almost 67,000 attendees each year.

Oct 4-8, 2016
Alliant Energy Center
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Daily

Visit for more information.

Biking, Hiking Trails City of Madison

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trails-pastpeak-728x411Thousands of acres in our parks offer everything from easy strolls to hilltop climbs, meandering walks through woodsy trails and open fields.  You can hike through many of our conservation parks that feature natural areas that focus on the restoration of native plant and animal communities.  While our neighborhood parks provide a series of paths and trails of varying lengths and features great for walking.

Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Wagon Rides

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33333Treinen Farms invites you and your family to enjoy the Autumn season with fun stuff for all ages.

Enjoy our corn maze of twisty turns, a real family farm providing Belgian draft horses that pull our hay wagon, pumpkin patch, games, playground and concessions are open from the last weekend in September thru the end of October.