Community Programs

We offer many community programs throughout the year to enjoy the beauty of Upham Woods in all seasons! Programs are open to all. For upcoming events, check out our calendar.

Upham Woods 5th Annual BioBlitz and Species Inventory

Join natural resource professionals to find and identify plants and animals on guided hikes!

Friday, May 8, 2020

  • 5:30 pm-6:30 pm: Macro-invertebrates
  • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Aquatic species

Saturday, May 9, 2020

  • 10:30 am – 2:30 pm: Blackhawk Island Hikes (Plants, Mammals, Birds)
    • Pack a lunch to eat on the island!
  • 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Share your collections with the group
  • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Group paddle around Blackhawk Island

For more information, please click Upham Woods bioblitz flyer for an informational flier or contact Caroline Zimmerman or call (608) 254-6461


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.

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.

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

AGES:   All


  • Saturday, April 11, 2020, 9am
  • Saturday, June 6, 2020, 9am
  • Sunday, August 30, 2020, 1pm
  • Other dates and times can be added on request, contact John Celley for more details!

LOCATION:   Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center

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


Contact John Celley at Upham Woods, 608-254-6461,, with any questions about this program.

Partnership Programs with City of Wisconsin Dells Parks & Recreation Department!

Upham Woods partners with the City of Wisconsin Dells Parks and Recreation Department to provide programs for the Lake Delton/Wisconsin Dells community! Registration for partnership programs is available ONLINE through the City of Wisconsin Dells Park and Rec Event Registration website.
Upcoming partnership program offerings include:

The program is for all abilities. Participants will learn the basic rules, safety
measures, equipment, and techniques in order to gain or improve archery skills.
This program is in partnership with Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center as
they will be leading the activities at their site.
Register by: April 8
AGES: Grade 4 and up
DATE: April 9 & 11 and April 16 & 18
TIME: 4:30–5:30 pm
LOCATIONS: Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center
FEE: $30 Dell/Delton, $40 NR

Enjoy a paddle on the Wisconsin River with Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center.
We will be canoeing from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. for anyone who would like to join.
No canoeing experience necessary as you will be educated on proper paddling
techniques in order to navigate the river. We will host three separate dates.
All ages welcome. Upham Woods provides all the equipment.
AGES: Family program, youth must be 6 years or older
DATES: May 6, 13, and 20
TIME: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center
MIN/MAX: 5/20
FEE: $5 per person per day







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