Seventy-five years ago, Aldo Leopold, John Curtis, Norman Fassett and students reclaimed a piece of Wisconsin’s ecological heritage and sparked a movement. With support from the university, Madison community and Civilian Conservation Corps workers, they re-seeded a prairie–documenting their efforts in what would become a “recipe” for ecological restoration efforts, locally and nationally.
Today, the 1,200-acre Arboretum showcases a variety of restored Wisconsin landscapes, but, the centerpiece for many remains the 72-acre Curtis Prairie.
On Sunday, June 21, the Arboretum celebrates its birthday with naturalist-led walks, cake, and punch at its Visitor Center (1207 Seminole Highway). All events are free and open to the public. For more information, see the Arboretum events calendar.