Community Programs

Enjoy the beauty of Upham Woods in all seasons through these public programs!

Upcoming Programs

September 14: Training on Accessibility in the Outdoors
August 4: Service Project- Volunteers needed
This image shows Upham Wood's red-tailed hawk named Beauty.
October 15: Accessible Bird Event
A father helping his son roast a marshmallow
2022 Summer Camp Updates

Paddle Pass Program

After completing an educational orientation program, annual Paddle Pass holders will be able to launch their own canoes and kayaks on the Wisconsin River using the parking lot and established shoreline access points at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center.  A Paddle Pass is also your connection to community paddling events and land stewardship volunteer opportunities in the Upper Dells.

REGISTRATION: 2022 Paddle Pass Sign-Up

FEE: $5, payable by card after registration or payable by check at orientation

UPCOMING ORIENTATIONS: We do not have any more scheduled group orientations; if you are still interested in Paddle Pass, please sign up and we will schedule an individual orientation.

Passholders are required to check in and out through the main office like all other visitors during business hours.  For access outside of business hours, paddlers should contact Upham Woods at least 24 hours in advance of their visit.  Weekends, mornings, and evenings can likely be accommodated with appropriate advance notice.  We will work with paddlers to meet their needs. The following special days have already been arranged to help you access the river.

UPCOMING OPEN PADDLES (for people who have already attended an orientation session)

* Note: This program does not provide access to Blackhawk Island or hiking.  The pass cannot be used commercially in any way whatsoever.*

This image shows three children standing under a structure supported by wooden beams. All of the children are holding archery bows. The closet child has the string pulled back and is aiming the arrow.

Partnership Programs with City of Dells/Delton Parks & Recreation Department!

These programs are open for people of all abilities in our community! Registration is available online through the Dells/Delton Park and Rec Event Registration website.

May Fishing Club

This FREE club meets on Saturdays & provides an introduction to fishing. The program is led by naturalist staff at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center and all equipment is provided. Upham staff will serve as lifeguards by the waterfront for the program.


Ages: All ages are welcome

Location: Upham Woods

Dates: Saturdays; 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28

Time: 9-11 AM

Fee: Free

April Archery Club
Learn the fundamentals of archery including basic rules, safety measures, equipment, and techniques in order to gain or improve archery skills.


Ages: Grade 4 and up

Location: Upham Woods

Dates: Saturdays 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30

Time: 9-10 AM

Fee: $30