Continuing Education Workshops

Garden and Landscape Tours

Summer is the most beautiful time of year on the UW-Whitewater campus, and we invite the community to explore during free guided tours! 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 coordinator and Master Gardener volunteer, 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 will be held virtually if campus gatherings are cancelled.  More information on how to access virtual tours will be provided prior to tour dates.

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

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Registrations accepted online until one day prior to event. We do accept walk up registrations, if not sold out. You will need to email Kari Borne at you want to register after registration has closed.

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.  See the diverse array of native plant species and variety of ecosystems and watch how they change and thrive throughout the season.

Plants and Plans for the UW-Whitewater Nature Preserve: Saturday, July 11, 9:00 – 10:00 am

The July 11th Prairie Tour will be held virtually.  Please join us for a Facebook live tour at the UW-Whitewater Sustainability page here You do not need a Facebook account to watch, however you will need to be logged in to ask questions or comment.  The tour will remain archived on the page if you can’t join us at 9:00 am.

Campus Core Garden Tours:

Explore the many gardens between our campus buildings! In addition to the annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees in our landscapes around campus and the sustainability practices we use, we will dig into some campus history too!

History of the Whitewater Normal School Grounds: Thursday, August 6, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

We’ll visit the Chopp Arboretum, Memory garden, Hyer Hall, and the grounds of the Normal School.

Gardens and Trees of the South Campus Core: Thursday, August 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Heide Hall, the South Wyman Mall, Hyer Hall, Salisbury Arboretum, and Minnieska Springs is the focus of this tour.

Gardens and Trees of the North Campus Core: Wednesday, August 19, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

The final tour of the summer will explore the campus vegetable garden, Minnieska Springs, Micro Prairie, and White Hall.

All tours are walking tours with low activity levels. If you need accommodations or have questions about physical access, contact Kari Borne at or 262-472-1003. Prairie tours are not wheelchair accessible. Participants should be prepared for the weather conditions (sunscreen, water bottle, etc.) and should use their discretion on participating in inclement conditions. Tours are held rain or shine, and are cancelled only if severe weather warnings are issued.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from, sbc global and are blocked from receiving notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event. You will receive an additional reminder email 1-2 days before the tour with parking instructions and additional information.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here.


Parking permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times, with the exception of 5 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. Sundays. Vehicles arriving after Parking Services office hours may purchase a parking permit from the vending machine located behind the Visitor Center in the service drive. More information on parking is on the  Visitor Center  website.

Registration Terms & Conditions

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Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

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