Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Inspiring Young Minds

Students that learn together, grow together.

WARF presents several programs that bring exciting and inventive scientific learning opportunities to K-12 students, educators and their families. Steeped in creativity and science, these programs are intended to intrigue young learners and encourage them to think outside the box.

In addition, WARF programs offer a wonderful hands-on opportunity for individuals to interact with UW-Madison faculty, staff and students and their research as well as community members as most programs are open to the public and held at the conveniently located Town Center in the Discovery Building. Here are some of our most popular programs.

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Afterschool Expeditions

  • A weekly, hands-on science discovery program at UW-Madison designed to help elementary and middle school students picture a career in science.

Field Trips

  • Held virtually through at least fall 2021 and available for students in elementary, middle and high school.

Saturday Science

  • A free monthly series that features interactive science learning through rotating exploration stations at the Discovery Building.

Summer Expeditions

  • A free summer program for students in grades K-8 to explore hands-on science learning at UW-Madison and the Morgridge Institute of Research.

Yearly Event

Wisconsin Science Festival

  • An annual statewide event series that showcases the wonders of scientific innovation and the arts through interactive exhibits with leading researchers and creative thinkers.