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Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center provides educational opportunities to youth, youth leaders, and adults through programs focused on environmental and leadership education.

Operating since 1941, Upham Woods is a model residential outdoor learning center, managed by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. The center sits on a prime location on the Wisconsin River, two miles north of the Wisconsin Dells, offering an excellent "river classroom" to study the both the natural and cultural history of Wisconsin. The center rests on 310 total acres of forested land, including a 210-acre island called "Blackhawk Island." The facility consists of 14 buildings including a fully equipped nature center and a raptor enclosure housing educational birds of prey. The center supplies lodging for 200 people, meals, and outdoor education year-round for youth and youth leaders, including environmental lesson plans, summer camp programming, leadership workshops and other conferences. Upham Woods employs four full time administrative staff and five full-time seasonal teaching naturalists.

Upham "At a Glance" Information

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Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center

N194 County Road N, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Phone: (608) 254-6461
Fax: (608) 253-7140


Legacy Campaign

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Give now to the Legacy Campaign - You may give online at the UW Foundation; note that your donation is for the Upham Woods Legacy Campaign. Thank you for your support!


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Family Camp Weekends

Join us at one of our open enrollment family camp weekends in 2014:

  • January 11-12
  • July 25-27
  • October 24-26

For all the info, visit the Family Camp page on our blog.


Map and Directions

Calendars showing open dates for planning a visit

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Seasonal Environmental Educator Job information

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