Arboretum Garden Stroll

View the UW-Madison Arboretum’s gardens in their annual display of fall colors! This gently paced stroll through the gardens is well-suited for a multigenerational outing. Learn about plants, animals and fungi; phenology; and ecology. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and come prepared for weather and insects. Walks take place rain or shine, except in unsafe weather. … Continued

Lakeshore State Park History Hike

Learn about the history of our state’s only manmade, urban state park and the surrounding area on a walk with our park manager. Meet at the park’s north entrance, just west of Discovery World. All ages and abilities welcome! On-street parking is available near Discovery World.

Universe in the Park – Buckhorn State Park

Universe in the Park (UitP) is a popular outreach program of the department of astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A UitP session begins just after sunset with a 30-40 minute talk about astronomy. At the end of the talk, weather permitting, we set up a telescope and provide park visitors the opportunity to view … Continued

Free Outdoor Movies with the Madison Mallards

Back for its second year, join the Wisconsin Science Festival and Madison Mallards for a fantastic night of outdoor movie events featuring mesmerizing mushrooms and a world of wonder! Attend one or both of the below films. Blanket/grass seating will be available in front of vehicle parking section. Before the lights go down, explore self-guided … Continued

Beakers & Broomsticks Family Concert

Ken Lonnquist and friends perform original songs with Halloween flavor and science themes at the Madison Children’s Museum. Costumes encouraged!

An Evening with the Stars

What can you see in the night sky? Join GLAS at the Matheson Memorial Library for an evening of stargazing and planet spotting. Please note this event will be held in the lobby/parking lot of the library; the library itself closes at 6 p.m.

Science and a Story

Join the Ellsworth Public Library and local author Carin Thoms for Science and a Story. Carin will share her new book Sara Goes Fishing and then we’ll spend the rest of the morning exploring the world of fish, worms and bugs!

Dane County 4-H Halloween Science Fright Night

Are you wary of the scary? Need you be leery of the eerie? Experience Halloween science at our hands-on exploration stations in astronomy, chemystery, fizzix, enginweirding and mathemagics. Chat with scientists from UW Space Place, the Wisconsin Science Museum, the UW Biotechnology Center, Thermo Fisher and Dane County Extension.


Join the experts from the Pewaukee Astronomy Club at the Pewaukee Public Library and take a look through their personal telescopes! They will point out celestial items of interest and share their extensive knowledge. We will be outside; please dress for the weather. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, they will present an informative show in … Continued

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