Initial Publication Date: May 23, 2016

Evening Activities

Please join your friends and colleagues for these post-dinner events:


Earth Educators' Rendezvous Opening Reception
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.- Gordon Dining and Event Center
Join us for the opening reception for the 2016 Earth Educators' Rendezvous. Take this opportunity to meet new colleagues, catch up with old ones, and anticipate a great week of Earth education. Light appetizers and a no-host bar.


Special Evening tour of the Wisconsin Geology Museum
7:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. The museum is opening to host a special Rendezvous gathering. Stop by anytime between 7 and 9 p.m. to come discover the amazing history and geology of our planet. The UW-Madison Geology Museum is free to visit, and welcomes visitors of all ages.


A sample of Wisconsin's finest ales and lagers:
HopCat - 222 W. Gorham Street 7-8:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Brewing Tap Haus - 107 State Street
The Great Dane - 123 E Doty Street
Visit just one, or create your own sample tour (all within close walking distance).

GER Theme Issue - Preview and Author Discussions
Please join us at the optional Tuesday evening session from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Gordon: Concerto Meeting Room for a gathering of authors that have submitted letters of intent and interested community members to connect around the theme issue (Synthesizing Results and Defining Future Directions of Geoscience Education Research in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Geoscience Education. This one hour session will include 1-min introductions of authorship teams that plan to submit a paper to the theme issue and allow teams and audience members to connect, network, and collect input about their work in progress. This session aims to encourage, support, and provide an opportunity for cross-communication and community building across GER researchers invested and interested in the upcoming theme issue. We hope that you also use this as a meeting point for continued GER discussion over dinner at local restaurants.


LGBTQ+Allies Meetup
We invite any LGBTQ participants and allies to meet up for an informal time of food, drinks, and socializing on Wednesday evening. We will start the meet up at 6:30 PM and carry on as long as there are people wanting to hang out. We are going to meet at Rockhound Brewing Company, just a few blocks south of the Ogg Dorm on Park St.

We won't be making a dinner reservation so folks are welcome to drop in for just a few minutes or stay as long as they like. But please contact John McDaris (, so we can get a rough head count or if you have any questions.

Feeling adventurous after sitting all day? Tour the UW-Madison Arboretum
Trails are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Arboretum's trail system comprises more than 20 miles of footpaths, boardwalks and fire lanes. It is a 20 minute walk from Ogg Hall to the East Entrance (longer to the Visitor Center). Arboretum Map (Acrobat (PDF) 3MB Jun6 16)
The Arboretum offers free informational tours in Longenecker Horticultural Gardens and the Wisconsin Native Plant Garden. Spring and summer tours are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Tours are open to the public and begin at the Arboretum Visitor Center. They are intended for adults. Unfortunately, there are not buses that access the Visitor Center. If interested in the 7 p.m. tour, possible options include renting a bike or sharing a cab.


Concerts on the Rooftop - The Love Monkeys
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Bars Open 6:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
A truly unique Madison experience! Enjoy spectacular local bands accompanied by the best views in the city! Concerts on the Rooftop offer a wonderful opportunity for networking after work, or kicking back with friends and family.


Concerts on the Terrace at the Memorial Union - Conundrum
9:00 p.m. - 11:55 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Conundrum, a jam trio from Milwaukee who combine all types of music from jazz to electronic to punk to ambient, all in a guitar/bass/drum trio. They never play the same song twice but like to create new jam journeys for every show, so it is a new experience for them and you.

Saturday morning for breakfast:

Dane County Farmers' Summer Market on the Square
The Largest Producer-Only Market
The Dane County Farmers' Market prides itself on being the country's largest producer-only market. This means that every vendor on Capitol Square grows and tends to the products you purchase. The farmers you interact with milk the cows, process the cheese, collect the eggs, and tend to the bounty of vegetables. Take part in the Madison tradition that brings together the highest quality products in the state. We've got your grocery list covered with plenty of vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads, and much much more! Stop by each Saturday to see what new items are popping up as the season progresses.

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