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


August 27: Celebrate our Expansion!
September 14: Training on Accessibility in the Outdoors
This image shows Upham Wood's red-tailed hawk named Beauty.
October 15: Accessible Bird Event


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

Goodbye Beauty

We have sad news to report: our beloved red-tailed hawk ‘Beauty,’ Ambassador raptor of 22 years, was determined to have a large mass growing on her liver and almost no liver function by UW-Madison Veterinary Services late last week. There was no course of treatment. We were faced with the difficult decision to either take […]

Beauty the red-tailed hawk is being held by a staff member in the center of the photo. In the background there is a powerpoint presentation that says "Meet Beauty."
Upham Woods Comes to You!

From mini donuts to carnival rides to animal exhibits, there is something for everyone to do at the county fair. And this year there was an extra special appearance by Beauty, our Red-Tailed Hawk! The Sauk County fair ran July 11-17 and Beauty made 3 appearances to teach community members about raptor adaptations and raptor […]