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Indian Mound Guided Walk

  • Tue, May 09, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Lake Mendota's North Shore
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This is self-drive day trip on Tuesday, May 9, 2023

(Rain Date: Thursday, May 11

We know people have greatly valued our Four Lakes (DeJope) area for centuries, because they built roughly 1,200 effigy (animal/spirit-shaped) and other mounds on the high grounds overlooking the lakes starting about 800 BC. While the vast majority was destroyed through development, our guide will lead us on a two-mile walk where you will see remaining conical, linear, and effigy mounds. You will also learn the fascinating background of the indigenous people who lived, traded, hunted and fished the shores of Lake Mendota going back 12,000 years. By the end, you will know what to look for in finding the indigenous earthworks that we so often overlook in our midst. (Photo by Teri Venker)

Teri Venker is a volunteer docent and researcher for the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation. She also leads tours of Indian Mounds around the Madison area, which partly stems from her lifelong interest in Native American history and culture. Her career at the UW was in marketing and communications for the UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Union, the UW Colleges and UW-Extension. Teri is a UWRA member.

Special details:

  • Limited registrations:  This event is limited to 30 participants.  A wait list will be established if more than 30 registrations are received. Wait-listed registrants will be contacted if there are cancellations.
  • Length of tour:  It is estimated the tour will last about 1 hour.
  • Degree of Difficulty:   Must be able to walk considerable distances on uneven grounds (paths).  There are no benches for resting.
  • Parking:  Participants should meet at 10:00 A.M.  Tour will start approximately at 10:15 A.M.


Park in a lot on the grounds of the Mendota Mental Health Institute

across from 3417 Harper Drive, which comes off Troy Drive.  

  • Lunch:  While this is a free event, lunch arrangements have been made at Bear and Bottle, 601 Sherman Avenue for lunch.  Participants will be able to order off the menu.  Bear and Bottle has agreed to do separate checks and will add a 20% gratuity. To view their menu, click here.

If you have preliminary questions for the speaker, please send to Program Coordinator Al Liegel at by Monday, May 1.

Registration Deadline:  Wednesday, April 24


Advance registration is required.  You are encouraged to register online.  To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.

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