Education Outside The Classroom

See below for upcoming and on-going events!!

The CFL participates in a number of outreach education efforts involving children and adults. The most visible of those efforts is College for Kids, Grandparents UniversityKites on Ice and Saturday Enrichment Program Winter Program (not offered in 2016). 

CFL students, staff, and faculty participate in educational efforts throughout the state. CFL has shared research with associations, state officials, and ecological groups throughout the state. LTER School Yard program , the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant project and the Institute for Biology Education provides information, guidance and instruction to teachers and school children of all ages throughout the state.

The Center receives calls from all over Wisconsin with questions about water, fish, aquatic habitat, and state regulations, The Center maintains a resource list and often times we refer calls to county and state agencies.


, MADISON:  23 JUNE, 2-6PM


Click HERE to see pictures of previous Open Houses.

Frozen Assets

FREE winter fun at The Edgewater and on Lake Mendota

Feb 3, 4 & 5.  Starting at 10am daily!

Ice science lab:  Learn about freshwater and lake ice science with the UW-Madison Center for Limnology, including PhD student Samantha Oliver, post doc Dr. Jake Walsh and Director Emeritus Dr. John Magnuson.  Friday and Saturday

Science on Tap

Science on Tap - Anna Pidgeon shares her research on birds and their environment with a full house at the Minocqua Brewery

First Wednesday of the Month (except July and August) at the Minocqua Brewery or online (and watch archived videos): The Series provides a forum where the public engages experts in an informal, two-way conversation about important issues of the day. Speakers provide 15 or 20 minutes of opening remarks, then the floor is opened for questions, letting the audience join the conversation. The result is a dynamic, engaging community gathering.
Sponsored by:  UW-Madison Trout Lake Station, UW-Madison Kemp Natural Resources Station, Minocqua Brewing Company, Minocqua Public Library and Lakeland Badger chapter of the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association

World Fish Migration, 2016

On a beautiful Saturday in May, a team of CFL students and faculty woke up extremely early to drive down to Chicago. There they gathered at the Shedd Aquarium for an event celebrating "World Fish Migration Day," an annual date when such events are held across the globe to raise awareness about open rivers and migratory fishes. Close to 40 million people participated in the day worldwide and 10,000 of them were at the Shedd. Thanks to our volunteers, a lot more people know a lot more about the existence and struggles of some amazing fishes!  Adam Hinterthuer, 2016 Newsletter

Wisconsin Public Television: "Yahara Watershed: A Place of Change", featuring CFL director, Steve Carpenter

Learn how agriculture and urban life co-exist alongside about 370,000 people in the Yahara Watershed. This show is focused on the Water Sustainability and Climate's Yahara 2070 research project that created scenarios about possible alternative futures for human well-being in Wisconsin's Yahara Watershed through the use of interviews, workshops and a computer model to calculate key natural processes. "Yahara 2070 is a research project that asks what might the Yahara Watershed surrounding Madison look like in the year 2070. UW-Madison researchers came up with four possible scenarios for the future, then created a computer model that fills in facts so the future can be discussed using science, not speculation." WPT 

Grandparent's University, 2016