Lakeshore Nature Preserve

Temin Lakeshore Path

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve permanently protects the undeveloped lands along the shore of Lake Mendota where members of the campus community have long experienced the intellectual and aesthetic benefits of interacting with the natural world.

The Preserve shelters biologically significant plant and animal communities for teaching, research, outreach, and environmentally sensitive use, and safeguards beloved cultural landscapes.

The Preserve symbolizes not just the beauty of UW-Madison, but its core values as one of the preeminent environmental research universities in the world. The Preserve is as essential to the university as its lecture halls, laboratories, and playing fields. It contributes to a powerful sense of place and fosters an ethic of stewardship to promote mutually beneficial relationships between humans and the rest of nature.

Gifts support more than one-third of the Preserve’s annual budget and are vital to the Preserve’s ongoing success.  Private gifts directly support:

  • Ecological restoration efforts including invasive plant control, prescribed fires, seeds, and plants
  • Outreach efforts including signage, displays and audio trail tour
  • Volunteer programs
  • Maintenance equipment and supplies
  • Capitol projects to enhance the Preserve
  • And much, much more!

Lakeshore Master Plan: A Vision for the Future

Lakeshore Map

Visit the Lakeshore Nature Preserve’s Interactive Map

A phased program of ecological restoration, maintenance and recreational enhancement for the Preserve has been outlined to maximize and coordinate research and community use of this beloved area. To discuss funding major projects please contact:

Gary A. Brown, FASLA
Director, Lakeshore Nature Preserve
30 N. Mills St., 4th Floor
Madison, WI 53715-1211
608-263-3023
gary.brown@wisc.edu