Map of Upham Woods with the expansion drawn onto the map in purple.

Celebration of Expansion

  On Saturday, August 27, supporters of Upham Woods came together to celebrate the expansion of the Upham Woods property thanks to the generosity of Robin C. Buerki and Blackhawk Wawbeek Foundation. The new 1.5 acres is situated along Upham Woods’ northwest border and is accessible along the North Shore Trail. Attendees first gathered at […]

Image of Lake Superior Estuarium at Barker's Island.

Training on Accessibility in the Outdoors at LSNERR

Upham Woods along with the Office of Access Inclusion and Compliance, the Community Development Institute, the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (LSNERR), and many others recently received a grant supporting efforts to address the concern that many individuals with disabilities or other health concerns experience barriers to accessing outdoor spaces and programming. These barriers […]


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 […]


Bee Seeking a Flower

Hi everyone, I am Zoe. I am the new Garden Intern at Upham Woods! I have previously worked for Upham and have always had an affinity towards the garden and the natural areas that Upham Woods has and has watched over. In Wisconsin, it is crucial to have pollinators, both for the native plant species […]

This image shows Clinton Middle schoolers carrying their teacher on a stretcher that they built themselves out of logs and string.

We’re back!

Overnight trips for youth are officially back! The week of May 23 we hosted our first overnight school trip in over 2 years with a visit from Clinton Middle School. This group brought a lot of energy and over 60 years of traditions with them. They learned survival skills, met a red-tailed hawk, went canoeing, […]

Message to Upham's community in a graphic

June 5th, 2020 – A Message To Our Communities:

We continue to meet weekly and you can find updates, notes, additional action items, at the end of this post. Last week our team reflected on the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of systemic racism and police violence. This week, we have decided what we will do. We […]


 Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center to Participate in The 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase: Learning from Research and Practice

At home learning resources are available at the end of this post. Water Stories Summit from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension will be featured May 5th-12th at Wisconsin Dells, WI, April 30, 2020 — Justin Hougham, Director of Upham Woods and Associate Professor at UW-Madison Division of Extension will be featured in the […]


Introducing a Walk a Day

As November progresses and I have been spending more time in the office, I have missed being out on the trails and have made it a point to take a walk every day because like Ranger Mac says, “If you didn’t take a walk yesterday, you missed out on many things that may not come […]