Radical Raptors

Ever wonder about the Radical Raptor, Beauty, who calls Upham Woods home? Even though Beauty is in captivity, during nesting season, she will act like she is building a nest on the ground. This is a natural behavior for her because she was not always in captivity. Red tailed hawks make very large nests and […]

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The Change of Seasons

We have started our transition from our summer camps to our fall school groups at Upham Woods. All of the students are beginning their school year and are excited to learn. We feel a change in the weather as the air becomes more crisp. The days start to get shorter with less sunlight and the […]

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Conservation Challenge

  We hosted River Valley Middle School at Sauk County Conservation Day. Almost 90 sixth graders participated in the Conservation Challenge by completing an understory thinning project to increase light reaching the forest floor and establish a new trail corridor on our Blue Triangle Trail. Students also participated in recreational and educational stations run by […]

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Fall Fever 2019

On Sunday September 8th, Upham Woods was proud to host Fall Fever; a public, free event for families to get excited about the beauty of early autumn. Almost 40 community members from the surrounding Wisconsin Dells area attended Fall Fever. After the participants arrived, they loaded up the uniquely designed barge (2 row boats put […]

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Water Stories Summit

A Global view of the Earth shows us that most of our planet is covered in water. A satellite view of Wisconsin would reveal something similar. We are pockmarked with lakes, striped with rivers, and home to critters that live in our 5.3 million acres of wetlands. Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center is dedicating 3 […]

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DOTS in Milwaukee

Upham Woods made it back out to Milwaukee in April. Staff mentored La Escuela Fratney students working on climate change projects for the Milwaukee Public Museum. Our rock nerds, Tempestt and Isabelle, spent a lot of time discussing extinction events with a group that is comparing the extinction of the Megalodon and the endangerment of […]

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April Counselor Training Wrap Up

Youth Counselor Training is a great way to prepare young leaders to be role models for their peers. April 27-28 we saw 54 youth from 13 counties gather at Upham Woods. They learned how to be supportive role models for younger campers, role-played common summer camp scenarios, and how to bring the energy to evening […]

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Can You Feel the Beat? What Beat? ART BEAT!

 Every spring, Upham Woods is home to the state 4-H ART BEAT! program, which offers children in grades 3-5 the opportunity to be introduced to the world of creative arts.  Children participating in the program have the opportunity to try their hand at music making, theater, drawing and painting, and even art styles from around […]

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March Research Accelerators

In March, Upham Woods staff led the Research Accelerators in Milwaukee. Our team met with 3 different learner groups: Maryland Avenue Montessori School, Urban Ecology Center Young Scientist Club, and La Escuela Fratney. At Maryland Avenue, we met with groups working on inquiry research projects as widely focused as ecosystem development to tree preferences by […]

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Blog Series: What Working at Camp Means to Me 

Our staff are beginning to dream about the summer months after what seems like record snowfall for the month of February. With our attention shifting to summer planning, we’ve started sharing with each other about what working at camp means to each of us. This is the third in our series “What Working at Camp […]

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