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Campus Garden & Landscape Tours

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2021 Prairie and Landscape Tours

Looking for a safe and active way to enjoy the outdoors? Want to learn more about native and sustainable landscapes and ways to incorporate the practices in your gardening? Join us for free guided tours of the UW-Whitewater prairie and campus gardens! UW-Whitewater Continuing Education is pleased to offer tours of the prairie and nature preserve and campus landscapes and gardens throughout the season. Wes Enterline, UW-Whitewater’s sustainability director, will lead the tours.

All tours are free with registration and open to the public. These are walking tours with low activity levels and are held rain or shine, unless severe weather warnings are issued. Tours are limited to 8 participants and masks are required.  Walk-up registrations are not accepted.  Tours may be available virtually, and information on how to access virtual tour will be provided in advance.  

Five Tours | June - August, 2021

Questions? Contact Kari Borne at 262-472-1003 or

Event Protocols Due to COVID-19

Tours Available

Prairie Tours: 

Plants and Plans for the UW-Whitewater Nature Preserve

Over 100 acres on the campus’s northwestern border have been restored and actively managed as a native prairie and nature preserve.  Learn more about the diverse array of native plant species in the prairie and savanna ecosystems and observe them during this first peak of the growing season.

  • Plants and Plans for the UW-Whitewater Nature Preserve: Thursday, July 8, 6:00 – 7:00 pm - sold out; waitlist available
  • Plants and Plans for the UW-Whitewater Nature Preserve: Saturday, July 10, 9:00 – 10:00 am - sold out; waitlist available

Campus Core Garden Tours:

Explore the many gardens and natural spaces tucked between our campus buildings. In addition to providing information about the annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees in our landscapes around campus and the sustainability practices we use, this year will feature additional details about campus history on all three tours too!

  • History of the Whitewater Normal School Grounds: Thursday, August 5, 6:00 – 7:30 pm - sold out; waitlist available

This tour will visit the Salisbury and Chopp Arboretums, Memory Garden, Hyer Hall, Halverson Log Cabin, and Little Red Schoolhouse, which are all on the original grounds of the Normal School. This year we will provide an exclusive sneak peek inside the Log Cabin and Schoolhouse!

  • Gardens and Trees of the South Campus Core: Thursday, August 12, 6:00 – 7:30 pm - sold out; waitlist available

This tour will focus on trees and landscape beds near Andersen Library, Heide Hall, University Center, the South Wyman Mall, Hyer Hall, Salisbury Arboretum, Roseman Building, and Minnieska Springs.

  • Gardens and Trees of the North Campus Core: Thursday, August 19, 6:00 – 7:30 pm - sold out; waitlist available

The final tour of the summer will explore the campus vegetable garden as well as trees and landscape beds near Moraine Hall, Hyland Hall, Upham Hall, Winther Hall, Minnieska Springs, and White Hall.

Register Online

Registrations accepted online until noon 7/10/21 for Praire Tours and the Monday prior to each Garden Tour. 

We do NOT accept day of registrations. 

Credit Card

Your online registration and payment are always safe and secure.  We accept MasterCard and Visa credit card payments in our online registration system.  We will NOT accept credit card payments over the phone.  We will accept checks made out to "UW-Whitewater" and mailed to UW-Whitewater Camps and Conferences, 800 West Main Street, Room 2005 Roseman Hall, Whitewater WI 53190.

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Cost Information

Free with registration.

What You Will Need to Attend:

  • Facecovering
  • Water bottle
  • Walking shoes

Meet the Staff

Wes Enterline

Wes Enterline
Sustainability Director

Kari Borne

Kari Borne
Outreach Prgm Assoc Dir

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