In Your Backyard: Lakeshore Nature Preserve Wants Your Input

A path leads into Muir Woods at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during spring on April 25, 2017. The area – named after famed naturalist John Muir – is part of the UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

The UW-Madison’s Lakeshore Nature Preserve is embarking on a comprehensive strategic planning process and we want your input to help guide the use and on-going management of the preserve over the next 10-plus years. Take the short (15 minutes) on-line survey available at  Your ideas and suggestions are extremely important to this planning process. The on-line survey will be available until May 6.

The goals of the strategic planning process include documenting the long-term desired impacts of the preserve and the many academic and research activities it supports across the campus; reviewing the preserve’s mission, vision, core values, and guiding principles; and engaging the many key stakeholders who use the preserve on a regular basis in a visioning process. The strategic plan will also establish the basis for a 2020 update of the 2006 Lakeshore Nature Preserve Master Plan.

The 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve is an outdoor laboratory, providing support for over 75 annual and on-going teaching and research projects across a variety of disciplines. From natural resources land management and invasive species control, to poetry and the performing arts, the Lakeshore Nature Preserve provides many of the university’s faculty, staff, and students with a place right on campus to do research, teach, and outreach outside and in nature. The preserve is also home to the iconic Picnic Point, Temin Lakeshore Path, a large collection of archaeological sites and American Indian mounds, along with many other landscapes indicative of the history and legacy of UW-Madison.

Questions regarding the survey may be directed to consultant or 608-265-3057.