The Wisconsin Science Festival Needs Your Help

How can you get involved with #WiSciFest? Volunteer to help or host an event.

Now accepting submissions for 2017 events!


  sign up   to host an event in your community or an exploration station at the Discovery Expo in Madison.


Think outside of the lab! Anyone who is enthusiastic about science can host an event, whether it's a community science expo at your school, a relaxed Science on Tap night at your pub or an intimate night of stargazing in your local park. The only limit is your curiosity.

Why participate?

  • Share your passion for science, technology, engineering, art and math
  • Deepen connections in your community
  • Gain exposure for your business or organization and increase attendance at your venue
  • Connect with organizations statewide
  • Join citizen science projects
  • Benefit from statewide festival promotion
  • It's free!

Unique opportunities for 2017

  • Bring a UW–Madison expert to your event! The UW–Madison Speaker's Bureau connects faculty experts with venues around the state. Interested? Let us know. We'll work with you to make a match and cover the costs.
  • Take part in a citizen science project to find new medicines! The Small World Initiative (founded by UW–Madison professor Jo Handelsman) and the festival seek citizen scientists throughout Wisconsin to submit soil samples to aid in the hunt for new antibiotics. All you need is a shovel or a garden trowel.

Discovery Expo

  • Held all four days of the festival at the Discovery Building in Madison
  • Features dozens of hands-on STEM exploration stations
  • Thursday & Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Learn more or sign up to host an exploration station

On the fence? Have questions? Need ideas?

Our goal is to help you host an awesome event and we are here to help with ideas and more. To get started, contact Wes Marner at 608.316.4716, [email protected].


Event hosts have a great time! More than 92% of sites report a favorable festival experience, and last year, 77% of sites were ready to commit to participate this year.

Volunteer for the festival

A major event like the Wisconsin Science Festival requires hundreds of volunteer hours throughout the four-day experience. Thank you to our welcoming, inspiring and engaging volunteers who helped make the 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival the best yet!

Why volunteer?

  • Engage kids in science, engineering, art and more
  • Enjoy a unique program in the Discovery Building and learn something new
  • Help others discover the wonder and power of science
  • Network with other volunteers and UW–Madison faculty and staff
  • Get a cool #WiSciFest t-shirt

Who's eligible?

Anyone can volunteer! We are always looking for new team members and you don't have to be a scientist. As long as you are passionate about learning, you belong here. We welcome high school and college students, families and adults.

Bring a friend! Volunteering is always more fun with a friend and we will ensure you can work together.

We encourage community groups and corporations to volunteer at the festival. Group opportunities are excellent team building experiences that will help you connect with the community. To learn about group opportunities, please contact us at [email protected] or 608.316.4382.

What could I do as a volunteer?

  • Welcome visitors
  • Answer questions
  • Run programs and experiments
  • Assist with volunteer management
  • Prep for the festival
  • And more!

Get started now!

Sign-up for festival volunteer shifts begins on September 1 through the Discovery Building website. If you are a new volunteer, you can get started now by creating your volunteer profile. Please be aware that training requirements for festival volunteer shifts vary. Requirements will be posted in the shift details.

For information about volunteering for the 2017 festival, or to learn about group/corporate volunteer opportunities, please contact us at [email protected] or 608.316.4382.