Flyers to Share with Your Group

Click here to download the Teacher Flyer and Parent Flyer to share Upham Woods highlights with your administrators, teachers, parents, and adult chaperones.

Residential environmental education programs provide the backbone of Upham Woods. Residential programs are popular with school groups, home school groups, scouting programs, and youth groups. Programs vary in length but are typically two to five days long. Groups can choose from a wide variety of programming options and themes. Through a combination of Upham Woods staff and group leaders, environmental and outdoor education lessons are presented through experiential, hands-on activities.

Our educational programming uses tested technology to support your learning objectives, bring kids closer to nature, and encourage scientific question-making. Your group will also write about their experience through scientific stories. At the end of a lesson, students are asked to incorporate the data they collected on their hike, during a water exploration or while studying our animals, into a story. These stories are compiled and we create a digital copy to share with home! Learn more about scientific storytelling and to read other group’s click here.

Some of the programs offered at Upham Woods include:

  • Interpretive geology and history hikes on Blackhawk Island and North Shore
  • Living history with a French Voyageur or an 1850’s Wisconsin lumberjack
  • Water ecology exploration utilizing stereoscopes
  • Raptor programs with a red-tailed hawk and barred owl
  • Team building challenge course and group initiatives
  • Orienteering courses
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Live amphibian and reptile programs
  • Outdoor survival
  • Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and broomball in winter
  • Campfires

Groups have the choice to stay in rustic cabins or a dormitory. Family style food service is available to groups comprised of 20 or more participants.

Guests utilizing Upham Woods for day or residential programs have a wide variety of environmental and outdoor education and recreation courses to choose from. Take a look at the full list of program offerings here.

If your group is interested in visiting Upham Woods, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss visitation options and to help plan your visit. We can be reached at 608-254-6461 or via email at

To schedule a program, first visit the Upham Woods Calendar to identify available open dates. Once dates are found, please fill out an online application to reserve dates. You will receive an email confirmation of your reservation acceptance. When your date requests have been approved, you will receive a confirmation contract and with a request for a deposit.

Registration Deadlines for Annual School Year Trips

We have recently established a set reservation timeline for reserving dates for the coming school year for those groups who visit Upham Woods on an annual basis. We will continue to use this timeline each year to make the reservation process easier and more predicable for our groups.

If you are an interested school group that would like to visit Upham Woods during the school season but miss these deadlines, please contact our Program Director at to learn more about available dates for your group.

This timeline applies to school trip reservations for the following Fall and Spring school calendar.

Feb. 15:  Call for reservation submissions – Online Applications for the next school year may be completed and submitted.
March 15:  Deadline to submit date reservation applications for next school year for priority scheduling
April 15:  Contracts will be issued back out to schools including the selected dates for the following year
May 15:  Signed contract and deposit due in the mail back to Upham Woods

We hope this preset schedule will add clarity and predictability to your school season planning process.  Any questions can be directed to the Program Director at or by calling 608-254-6461.

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