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 […]


Arts Camp is back!

  You could smell the creativity in the air as 4-H members from around the state joined together for a weekend of Arts.  Youth leaders and adult volunteers came together to run creative programming in visual arts, photography, theater, music, and communication for over 100 excited middle schoolers. Ashlynn, an adult volunteer from Winnebago County, […]


Fall Fun at Upham’s Accessible Birding Event

On a crisp fall morning in October, community members flocked to Upham Woods to learn about birds in an accessible setting. The morning was filled with multiple naturalist-guided activities, from mobile birding on paved paths around Upham Woods to seated birding around a bird feeder. Two participants in these morning activities were friends, Monica and […]

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

Students explore conservation professions

  Just a few hour’s worth of dedicated conservation work gives us a brand new trail to the beach!  On Tuesday, October 11th middle schoolers from River Valley took part in the Sauk County Conservation Day here at Upham Woods. This event was organized by the Sauk County Land Resources and Environment department in collaboration […]

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 […]