ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use is a network of several divisions that are dedicated to providing comprehensive environmental education opportunities for Waukesha County residents. Through collaboration, cooperation, and communication, the Waukesha County Environmental Education Team is working to develop inquiry-based, active learning programs for children and families.
The goals of the Waukesha County Environmental Education Team include:
• Improving the quality, access and coordination of environmental education information, resources, and programs.
• Promote the use of environmental education in schools and communities to improve academic achievement and stewardship.
• Increase the capacity of Waukesha County to develop and deliver comprehensive environmental education programming.
• Promote collaborative and creative thinking, decision making, and communication for active and meaningful learning both in schools and over a lifetime.
• To increase environmental awareness, knowledge and skills that will allow citizens to make informed decisions and take responsible action.
The Waukesha County Environmental Education Team is working for you and leading the way through comprehensive environmental education programming.
FOR SCHOOL GROUPS
Our philosophy: At Retzer Nature Center, our goal is to teach students the workings of the local land system while they strive to make personal connections to nature. Such an approach is the best way to foster an early understanding and appreciation for the land, one that will last a lifetime.
Our approach: We use a two-layer teaching approach in all of our programs. First we use a hands-on activity that encourages students to touch, smell, listen to, and observe the natural world around them. Naturalists then take this opportunity to interpret and expand on specific ecological concepts.
There are many educational programs to choose from, for all age levels. Please take a look at our school guide:
2012-2013 Educational Program Guide (for teachers) and feel free to contact us with any questions. Bring Retzer to your classroom!
For program information and registration please call (262) 548-7801.
FOR SUMMER CAMPS & DAYCARES
We offer a large variety of summer programs to choose from, for all age levels. Please take a look at our summer guide: 2013 Summer Program Guide.
We offer a selection of programs to earn badges, pins and beltloops for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. For program information, please call the Nature Center at (262)896-8007. Program guide for scouts.
Retzer Nature Center is an accessible facility for all visitors from the paved Adventure trail with handrails to our adjacent gardens and observations areas located around the building. We strive to provide quality learning and enjoyment to the public as they explore the outdoors and scenic surrounding on each visit. We also offer a variety of programs both here at the Nature Center and for traveling to your facility. Please take a look at our "Nature's Wonders Renewed" program guide for available programming.
Learn what is a native plant and what is an invasive species with our "Weeding the Way' Manual.