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Saturday, Jun. 9 | 11:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Cost: $Free
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Kick off summer with a campus open house of interactive programs on the UW-Madison’s East Campus Mall and along the Lakeshore Path during Wisconsin Bike Week.  (All activities are free and drop-in except where indicated.)

Visit Alumni Park from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to experience the scents and tastes of summer. Enliven your senses with lavender demonstrations by Rebecca Powell ’78, the owner of Devil’s Lake Lavender Farm; nitro infusion demonstrations using locally grown herbs with artisanal chef and restaurateur Jonny Hunter ‘05, MPA’11; an all-ages Badger Pride Wall make-and-take art activity; a visit with a beekeeper; and free lemonade. Sign up for “From Frances Street to Frautschi Point,” a campus lakeshore boat tour with historian Don Sanford, author of On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota.

All activities are subject to change due to weather.

  • +Lake: Boat Tour

    Please note, the boat ride for June 9th has sold out. If you are interested in being added to the wait list, please contact McKenzie Zdrale at [email protected] or 608-308-5174.

    The boat will leave 11 a.m. from Goodspeed Family Pier, and there is only one ride on this day. Registrants, please arrive early to check in for the ride.

  • +Bike: Bcycle

    Try BCycle bike sharing for FREE on Saturday, June 9, courtesy of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Use promo code 922922 at any BCycle-station kiosk, follow the prompts, and start riding! Includes unlimited, free rides of 30 minutes or less during a 24-hour period. A credit card is required for use. Rides longer than 30 minutes will be subject to usage fees.

    Please note, Alumni Park is a pedestrian-only area. Enjoy Alumni Park on foot after parking your bike between Alumni Park and the Red Gym, near Memorial Union on Park St., or on the 600 block of Lake Street. Additional short-term event bike parking will be provided near One Alumni Place, the Alumni Park visitor center.

    The Howard Temin Lakeshore Path—from N. Park Street near Memorial Union on the east to Oxford Road on the west—is a great way to travel by bike from the East Campus Mall to the Allen Centennial Garden or the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.

  • +Green: Additional Campus Activities

    Chazen Museum of Art (750 University Ave.) 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Bring your wheels by the Chazen as we use the sun as a powerful tool for art making! Create unique nature prints, clown around in our photo booth, or enjoy a fun museum tour! All ages welcome!

    Allen Centennial Garden (620 Babcock Dr.) 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Make art with chalk, enjoy a plant activity, and add to the “wish tree.”

    Lakeshore Nature Preserve (2000 University Bay Dr.) 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Stretch your legs on a walking scavenger hunt to the tip of Picnic Point. Participants will receive a “Preserve” button. Please note: Bikes are not permitted on the trails within the Preserve. Bike racks are available.

    Round out your day on campus with the Isthmus Jazz Festival starting at 2:00 p.m. on the Memorial Union Terrace, next to Alumni Park.