University of Wisconsin-Madison


Earth Fest at the University of Wisconsin–Madison will bring together all things environment and sustainability and unite our campus over the one resource and interest we all share: our world. Dive into groundbreaking research or dig in the dirt at community gardens. Sift and winnow the latest research or sort and filter recyclables. Make career connections for your future or master sustainable techniques for your home.

Earth Fest is for all members of the Badger community: from students to alumni, faculty to friends, and seasoned experts to future Badgers.

When is Earth Fest?

April 19–26, 2024.

Who is organizing Earth Fest?

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Office of Sustainability.

What’s happening to the Nelson Institute Earth Day and Office of Sustainability Earth Week events?

They will be combined into the new Earth Fest event.

What types of activities will be offered?

Earth Fest is first and foremost a learning experience. You will find activities for all learning styles — from faculty lectures to hands-on experiments. We believe in offering inclusive, holistic ways to learn about the world around us.

Why are we doing this?

Earth Fest will unite the campus events that have previously been held separately as part of celebrations around Earth Day and Earth Week. Earth Fest event will help us demonstrate the inherent interdisciplinarity of environmental and sustainability efforts happening across UW–Madison, and showcase our commitment to creating a just, equitable, and sustainable world.

How can I stay informed about Earth Fest?

The best way to receive updates about Earth Fest is to subscribe to Nelson Institute emails (select “upcoming Nelson Institute events” on the subscription form) and the Office of Sustainability newsletter.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

If you’re wondering how you can get involved or have additional questions about Earth Fest events, email us at

Media inquiries can be sent to Diane Stojanovich at