Madison, United States

Restoring Narratives at UW: An Environmental Lens

Restoring Narratives at UW: An Environmental Lens

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13 tour stops


Lake Mendota

Lake Mendota is a integral part of campus, and has gone through many changes.

5 min

Observatory Hill Overlook

Learn the rich cultural and ecological history of the views from Observatory Hill!

5 min

Observatory Hill

Observatory Hill is a natural formation on the University of Wisconsin’s campus.

6 min

Bascom Hill

Bascom Hill, known today as the heart of UW Madison's campus, has a rich history.

5 min

North Hall

A history of North Hall and a deeper look at its most famous resident: John Muir

4 min

Lathrop Hall

Lathrop Hall is home to the very first Dance Degree in the nation.

5 min

Leopold Residence Hall

The Legacy of Aldo Leopold at UW Madison

5 min

Lake Wingra and the Arboretum from Bear Mound

Explore the Ho-Chunk effigy mounds around the Lake Wingra area from Bear Mound

4 min

Ho-Nee-Um Pond; Lake Wingra

Wind through Wingra's Oak Savanna onto the 400-foot boardwalk along Ho-Nee-Um Pond

3 min

Science Hall

Science Hall is a building at UW home to the Nelson Institute among other departments

5 min

Earth Day 1970

April 21st 1970, students gathered here the day before the first Earth Day in protest

5 min

The Red Gym

Today the Red Gym houses many student-led organizations and engagement opportunities.

4 min

Eagle Heights Community Garden

The largest and oldest community garden resides at our very own UW-Madison!

5 min


From the institution of Earth Day and natural wonders like Lake Mendota, to influential figures like Aldo Leopold and John Muir, come join us as we explore the deeper ideas of UW-Madison’s environmental spaces, figures, and movements that connect us to this land and its multi-layered history. In the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, you can explore stories like this every day!

Itinerary 13 km / 1:15

Offline map included

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