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August 13: ASL Day Camp

  Richland County 4-H, Vernon County 4-H, and Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center are excited to announce that we will be co-hosting an ASL day camp this year! This event is being planned by Deaf/Hard of Hearing youth who communicate with ASL. Activities will be co-taught by these youth leaders with support from adults who […]


Upham Woods Opens Registration for Nature’s Navigators STEM Camp

Join Upham Woods and the Nelson Institute this August for Nature’s Navigators STEM Camp! Our camp aims to broaden science opportunities for autistic youth by providing a summer camp that supports inquisitiveness in a nonthreatening, nontraditional, and inclusive learning environment. We provide nature-based, hands-on learning opportunities and encourage the pursuit of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and […]


June 10th: Accessible Kayak Training

Learn about accessible kayaking with Upham Woods on Saturday, June 10th from 1-4 pm. Registration required!*   Agenda for the Day: 1-2 pm: Adaptive kayak basics (set-up, transfers, disabilities 101)  2-4 pm: Canoe/Kayak along the Wisconsin River and depending on river conditions, we will practice saving a tipped adaptive kayak. You may bring your own […]


Upham Woods receives 3 grants for new opportunities!

We are excited to announce that Upham Woods is a collaborator on two Wisconsin Idea Collaboration Grants for 2023-25 and one Wisconsin Innovation Grant! This means that you will see new opportunities coming over the next few months. The first grant is an exciting collaboration between UW-Madison ecologists, the Division of Extension, Madison School and […]

Youth in hard hats use tools to clear away soil to build new trail.

April 22: Earth Day Celebration!

Come out to Upham Woods to experience a day full of fun! Sign up for a guided activity or explore the property on your own. We hope to see you here! Location: N194 County Rd N Wisconsin Dells, WI Date: Saturday April 22, 2023 Time: 10 am- 2:00 pm Sign-up encouraged, but not required: Sign-up […]


May 21: Exotic Pet Surrender

Do you have an exotic pet that you are no longer able to care for? If so, don’t release it into the wild! Instead, you can bring your pet to the Exotic Pet Surrender Event ! Area organizations will be accepting fish, invertebrates, reptiles, pet birds, small mammals, and plants –no questions asked. Domestic pets, […]

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2023 Camp Counselor Training!

It is that time of year again! Upham Woods will be offering an in-person camp counselor training. This training is $25 and will include a 2-hour online course plus a day at Upham Woods on April 8, 2023, 10 am-7 pm. Paddle to Blackhawk Island, eat pizza, and meet other counselors while learning the necessary […]

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. […]


April 2023: Chainsaw Safety Training 1&2

Become certified in chainsaw safety with these classes from Forest Safety Instruction. We will be hosting both a level 1 and a level 2 class in April. Classes are $120 each, please register online here. Level 1 is full! FULL: S.A.W.W Level One (8-hour course) Friday, April 7th from 8 am- 4 pm Level 1 […]