Regular outdoor activities in Madison and Milwaukee

“It’s nice just to be able to get out and visit and not have to only talk about cancer,” explains Autumn Kath, Program Manager at Gilda’s Club. Autumn has been leading regular nature walks all over the Madison area, at places like the UW Arboretum and Pheasant Branch.

The walks started due to the desire to find a way to safely gather during the pandemic. Now, they’ve continued because those who participate enjoy the social outlet as well as the exercise. “You’re just present together,” shares Autumn.

There have also been several outdoor activities in the Milwaukee area for young adults, with many more coming soon. Young adults experience unique challenges when facing cancer. These activities create community that reduces isolation along with the benefit of being active in nature. So far, they’ve snowshoed, practiced mindfulness along the shores of Lake Michigan, met owls after an evening hike, and more.

Look for more activities with the warmer weather, including bike rides, kayaking, hiking, and mindful nature photography.

Would you like to support outdoor activities at Gilda’s Club? Contact Lindsey at (608)828-8862.


  1. 1
    dennis drabek on March 30, 2023

    Any more info on Madison area walks?

    1. 2
      Marc on March 30, 2023

      Keep an eye on the program calendar, our weekly “What’s Happening” emails, and our social media for the latest programs.
      Here are a few of the upcoming Madison area walks that we’ve already scheduled:

      Monona Bay Walk – Monday, April 10th at 9-10am
      Arboretum Bloom Walk – Saturday, May 13th from 1:30-3pm
      Cherokee Marsh Walk – Thursday, June 8th 4-5pm

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