2016 Field Trips

We have planned a spectacular line up of field trips led by an impressive group of naturalists, NGO & agency partners, and University faculty. Don't miss out on one of the best parts about coming to a SCB Congress. Please remember that you must sign up and pay for field trips when you register for the Congress. Field Trip registration will remain open until trips are full or until May 31st.  In the case of cancellation due to low registration, you will receive reimbursement. You may bring guests on field trips even if they are not registering for NACCB - simply purchase their reservation during online registration using the online participant Registration Form. *Field trips pricing coming soon, details subject to change.

Saturday, July 16th

Paddling the Lower Wisconsin River FILLED
We'll take off from Monona Terrace and arrive in Mazomanie where we will embark in two 8-passenger replica voyageur canoes for an 18-mile trip down the Lower Wisconsin River to Spring Green.
The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway covers 80,000 acres and contains or is next to several State Natural Areas Wildlife Areas and State Parks. The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway is a diverse resource with a wide variety of historical and archaeological sites, wildlife, fisheries, and scenic beauty. We will stop at a couple of State Natural Areas for brief hikes and eat lunch on a river sandbar. In case of rain, this trip will instead be a guided tour of the National Wildlife Health Center. 

Time: Depart Monona Terrace, 8:00am - 6:00pm

Capacity: 14 participants 

Meals, Gear, Accommodations: Box lunches from UW catering included. Dress appropriately for a day on the water with amphibious footwear that allows both boating and moderate hiking. Paddles and life vests will be provided. Bring any additional personal gear you may require for a day on the water (sun screen, swimsuit, change of clothes, insect repellant, water bottle).

Guides: Staff from the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Cost: $65 per person

Sunday, July 17th

Aldo Leopold Foundation & International Crane Foundation  FILLED

 Join us for a day at the International Crane Foundation and the Aldo Leopold Foundation, where you will visit Aldo Leopold’s Shack, celebrated in A Sand County Almanac. Box lunches are provided.  

ICF works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. ICF provides knowledge, leadership, and inspiration to engage people in resolving threats to cranes and their diverse landscapes. The ICF campus features exhibits of all the world’s cranes, an extensive captive breeding program for endangered cranes and restored prairies.

ALF fosters the land ethic through the legacy of Aldo Leopold, weaves a land ethic into the fabric of our society; advances the understanding, stewardship and restoration of land health; and cultivates leadership for conservation. The Aldo Leopold Foundation owns and manages the original Aldo Leopold Shack and also the 1,800-acre Leopold Memorial Reserve. The foundation’s headquarters are located in the Leopold Center, a green building built using pines the Leopold family planted 80 years ago.

Time: Depart Monona Terrace, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Capacity: We will accommodate 1 or 2 groups of 25 participants that will swap between the sites over the course of the day.

​Meals, Gear, Accommodations: Box lunches from UW catering included.

Guides: Senior staff of the International Crane Foundation and Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Cost: $65 per person

Baraboo Range, Devil’s Lake State Park & Badger Ecological Restoration Project FILLED

Spend the morning & early afternoon with us touring Devil’s Lake State Park, located in the heart of the Baraboo Range.  This 9,217-acre state park is known for its 500-foot-high quartzite bluffs along 360-acre Devil's Lake, which was created by a glacier depositing terminal moraines that plugged the north and south ends of the gap in the bluffs during the last ice age. 

During the afternoon, we will tour other portions of the Baraboo Range, the remains of a Precambrian rock formation known as Baraboo Quartzite, one of the most ancient rock outcroppings in North America. Topography is steep with bedrock close to the surface. It has been minimally developed and contains the largest block of southern forest in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the Midwest. The southern slopes are forested with oaks and hickory; north-facing slopes are mostly maple, basswood, and oak. Scattered ravines and steep valleys harbor northern species such as white pine, hemlock, and yellow birch. The Baraboo Hills are ecologically very diverse and contain a variety of natural communities and many rare species of plants and animals. Several organizations (e.g., TNC, Wisconsin DNR, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology) have protected key portions of the landscape. The National Park Service declared the Southern portion of the Baraboo Hills a National Natural Landmark. The Nature Conservancy designated it as one of the Last Great Places, one of only 77 of these places in the world.

Finally, we will will tour the recently decommissioned Badger Army Ammunition Plant, a 7,275-acres landscape that is being repurposed for conservation, prairie and savanna restoration, agriculture, education and recreation. The ambitious project is a collaboration between the US Department of Agriculture, Ho-Chunk Nation, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Time: Depart from Monona Terrace, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Capacity: 25 participants

Meals, Gear, and Accommodations: Box lunches from UW catering included. Dress for fairly rigorous hiking over sometimes rough terrain. Bring any additional personal gear you may require for a day outdoors (sun screen, insect repellant).

Guides: Staff from The Nature Conservancy, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Baraboo Range Preservation Association, and Badger Reuse Committee partners.

Cost: $45 per person

Yoga, Mindfulness, and Sustainability FILLED

Join us at The Studio in downtown Madison, WI, “one of the most breathtaking yoga studios in the country” for a workshop dedicated to movement, relaxation, and integral perspectives on mindfulness and sustainability.  The Studio is located in the heart of Madison, WI in the historic Machinery Row Building, overlooking Lake Monona. We will begin with a 1-hour yoga class (for all levels) taught by one of Madison’s experienced yoga instructors.  The afternoon will then transition into a discussion on mindfulness and sustainability through the lens of multiple perspectives, and in our every day lives.

Time: Depart from Monona Terrace at 12:30pm via the Capitol City Trail (12 minute walk). Yoga is 1:00 pm -2:00pm, discussion and tea to follow until 3:30pm

Capacity: 24

Meals, Gear, and Accommodations: Wear comfortable clothing for yoga and stretching, bring water bottle, small towel, yoga mat if you have one. Some mats available for rental. Tea & snack provided. Attendees must fill out waiver and new student form ahead of class, provided via NACCB registration.

Guides:  Dr. Alberto Vargas, UW Madison + Yoga Instructor from The Studio

Cost: $35 per person

*Keep an eye out for week-long yoga discounts from The Studio for NACCB attendees!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, July 18th 20th

Birding on the UW Lakeshore Nature Path & Preserve FILLED 

Calling all early-birds! Join local naturalists at UW Madison’s Lakeshore Nature Preserve for early morning birding trips. Guided birding will be offered Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings of the conference.

Time: Arrive on-own at the turn-around near College Library & The Memorial Union Terrace. See MAP.  Naturalists will begin the hike promptly at 6:00am and return to the meeting place by 7:30am

Capacity: 25 participants/trip (3 trip offerings)

Gear and Accommodations: Dress for light hiking and don’t forget your binoculars! Bring any additional personal gear you may require for a morning outdoors (sun screen, insect repellant).

Guides: Local naturalists

Cost: free


Thursday, July 21st

Aldo Leopold Nature Center FILLED

Join us for a tour of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, established in 1994 as an independent, non-profit organization with the mission to provide hands-on programs which “…teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands” as advocated by Aldo Leopold. Through hands-on interactive programs and special exhibits at campuses in Monona and Black Earth, ALNC is leading the way to engage, educate and empower the next generation of stewards of the land for a healthy, happy and sustainable future. This trip is open to all conference attendees, and is endorsed by the Environmental Education Committee of SCB.

Time: Depart from Monona Terrace, 9:00am - 12:00 pm

Capacity: 25 participants

Gear and Accommodations: Dress for light hiking around an urban nature center

Guides: Staff of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Cost: $20 per person

Natural History Hike at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum FILLED

Spend the morning touring the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. You will learn about the history and ecology of Curtis Prairie, Juniper Knoll, Gallistel Woods, and Wingra Woods. The Arboretum was established in the early 1930s on farmland fields and pastures, when the university decided to re-establish natural landscapes on the site, guided by university professors like Aldo Leopold and John Curtis. The Arboretum’s collection of restored ecosystems is not only the oldest but also the most extensive in the United States Ecological communities at the Arboretum include woodlands, savannas, prairies, and wetlands. 

Time: Depart from Monona Terrace, 8:00am -12:00 pm

Capacity: 25 participants

Meals, Gear, and Accommodations: Dress appropriately for light hiking on groomed trails. Bring any additional personal gear you may require for a day outdoors (sun screen, insect repellant).

Guides: Senior staff of the UW Arboretum and UW researchers

Cost: $30 per person

Photo Credit: cc Richard Hurd

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