Upcoming MAPS Photo Outings & Meetups


AUGUST 17, 2017 – Sunflower Days – Pope Farm Conservancy – Middleton, Wisconsin – One half hour before sunrise.

(Thursday) with a rain date of Friday, August 18 (if needed).

The sunflowers will be located at the top of the hill, near the iconic stone fence. Please continue to check Pope Farm Conservancy’s website which contains a great deal of helpful information: https://www.popefarmconservancy.org/events/sunflower-days/  or their Facebook page for more info regarding the 2017 sunflower crop.  Also, there are directions and plenty of sunflower information given on both sites.

Early mornings are best as the east-facing sunflowers catch the sun as it rises.  It is also less crowded.  Your host Claudia Frost 630-772-0109 or cfinspirations@aol.com will meet you at the main entrance one half hour before sunrise.  Photographers may want to stay overnight the day before and spend a little time scoping out the place beforehand.

If you can’t make it on the 17th you may want to visit on your own at another time between August 12 and the 20th. And bring a MAPS buddy along. I will be staying August 16, 17 & 18 at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson on  2212 Deming Way, Middleton, WI, 53562  Book a room at: 855-239-9401 or through the website: Hotels.com   Very reasonable, nice breakfast, evening trolley to Madison stops by every half hour.


AUGUST 18, 2017 – (Friday) – MEET-UP- Olbrich Botanical Gardens  Madison, Wisconsin.

3330 Atwood Avenue.  Phone: 608.246-4550.  Website is: www.olbrich.org

Meet at the main entrance at 8 am.Fee  is $2 per person.  Be prepared to take lots of images – 16 acres of outdoor display gardens  and the Thai Pavilion, one of four located outside of Thailand. The others are in Germany, Norway, and Hawaii.

Please Note: for Hours and Directions: Website is:  www.olbrich.org/visit/hours.cfm#BusDetours


AUGUST 19 (Saturday morning  6:30 am) – MEET-UP Madison Farmers’ Market – Downtown Madison

Meet at Starbucks, 1 E Main St · (608) 250-5020 in downtown Madison at 6:30 am.

Wonderful Farmers’ Market but gets busier by the hour. Truly a Midwest Extravaganza!

Four city blocks around the capital building in downtown Madison.

AUGUST 19 (Saturday at 1 pm) – Lunch MEET-UP – at Mocha Moment

Short Distance from Rotary Botanical Gardens – Website is: mochamoment.com

1121 Center Avenue, Janesville,Wisconsin 53546

Mon.-Fri. 5 A.M.-9 P.M.; Sat. 5 A.M.-6 P.M

Lunch Menu website is: http://www.mochamoment.com/LunchMenuBoard.pdf

AUGUST 19, 2017 – MEET-UP – Rotary Botanical Gardens – (Saturday after lunch).  Just a couple miles off I-90 on the way back to Chicago suburbs.  (take I-90 to Exit 175A east on Racine Street to Palmer Drive, south on Palmer Drive 1⁄2 mile).

Located in Janesville, Wisconsin, Rotary Botanical Gardens is an award winning 20-acre, non-profit botanic showcase with over 24 different garden styles and 4,000 varieties of plants including hundreds of color-themed annuals. Adult (age 16+) $7.00; Senior (age 65+) $6.00; I believe our Morton Arboretum memberships can be used for free admittance.

Daily, 8:30 am – 8 pm

608-752-3885 – Website is: www.rotarybotanicalgardens.org

Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI 53545


AUGUST 19, 2017 – MEET-UP – Hummingbird Fest –  Sagawau Canyon Nature Preserve – Lemont, IL

Saturday – 9 am-2pm – Sagawau Canyon Nature Preserve at 12545 W 111th St., Lemont IL 60439- Cook County Forest Preserve program. Celebrate the beauty of these amazing birds – activities, viewing and demos of how the birds are banded for tracking and research purposes. Free.

Lunch at mattyspancakehouse.com at 10S642 Kingery Hwy, Willowbrook, IL 60527

Website is: mattyspancakehouse.com. Open:  6AM–3PM


SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 – Tour Fabyan Japanese Garden and Villa – Geneva – Wednesday,  10 am to noon

The park is located along the Fox River off Rt. 31, just north of Fabyan Pkwy.

Maps sign-up is required. Details will be posted on the website at:  MortonArboretumPhotographicSociety.com

There is a tour charge of $4.00 per person which will be taken out of the outings’ budget.  Be sure to pre-register so we can account for your attendance.


Further information about organized outings will be available on the MAPS website as soon as details become finalized.   Meet-ups & more casual photo outings do not require pre-registration – just your participation. 

MAPS Outings Team