Welcome to Upham Woods

Operating since 1941, Upham Woods is a model residential outdoor learning center, managed by the University of Wisconsin – Madison Division of Extension. The center sits on a prime location on the Wisconsin River, two miles north of the Wisconsin Dells, offering an excellent “river classroom” to study both the natural and cultural history of Wisconsin. The center rests on 318 total acres of forested land, including a 210-acre island called “Blackhawk Island.” The facility consists of 14 buildings including a fully equipped nature center and a raptor enclosure housing educational birds of prey. The center supplies lodging for 200 people, meals, and outdoor education year-round for youth and youth leaders, including environmental lesson plans, summer camp programming, leadership workshops and other conferences.

Upcoming Events


Youth in hard hats use tools to clear away soil to build new trail.
April 22: Earth Day Celebration!
April 1: Adult Education
April Archery Club
Youth canoeing in a red boat up river towards the camera
Summer Camp Registration
people canoeing along sandstone bluffs on the Wisconsin River
Summer Master Naturalist Training


Donate to Upham

Upham Woods has long provided environmental education to the public, making certain this valuable knowledge and connection to nature is accessible to the people of Wisconsin. To help ensure we can continue this mission, we are happy to accept any donations or contributions our community might send our way.

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Recent Blog Posts

a preview of the annual summary
2022 Annual Summary

Thank you for all of your support throughout 2022. It has been an exciting year filled with the return of overnight youth groups, new staff members, and countless memories! We hope you enjoy this annual summary as we celebrate all that we have accomplished! Please click on the images below to see the full report. […]

Teaching on the Road

Now that we are getting into winter, naturalists at Upham Woods are doing more outreach in the local community as well as other parts of the state. We love visiting different communities to talk with people about what is important to them. The following blog post is from our WisCorps Service Member Matt who has […]