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.

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. Naming opportunities include:

  • Restoration of a Fire Pit Circle along Picnic Point – $50,000
  • New Eco-Friendly cart/vehicle for transporting people and tools – $25,000
  • One year supply of native plants for Picnic Point – $10,000
  • Removal of invasive species and opening of 100 feet of shoreline view along the Lakeshore Path- $5,000