Waukesha County

UPCOMING EVENTS
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Mar
2

Joint Conference Committee - HHS Board

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Joint Conference Committee - HHS Board

Where: Health & Human Services Board,  514 Riverview Avenue, Multipurpose Room, Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 03/02/2020 1:30 PM

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Mar
3

Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Alternative Interventions Committee

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Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Alternative Interventions Committee

Where: Waukesha County Administration Building, 515 West Moreland Blvd., Room A255, Waukesha, WI 53188

When: 03/03/2020 12:00 PM

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Mar
5

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Waukesha County Advisory Board

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Aging and Disability Resource Center of Waukesha County Advisory Board

Where: Health and Human Services Center    514 Riverview Avenue, Room 271  Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 03/05/2020 9:30 AM

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Mar
5

Community Development Block Grant Board

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Community Development Block Grant Board

Where: Waukesha Administration Center    515 West Moreland Blvd.  Room 255/259    Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 03/05/2020 2:30 PM

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Mar
11

Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Pretrial Committee

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Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Pretrial Committee

Where: Waukesha County Administration Building  515 West Moreland Blvd  Room A255     Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 03/11/2020 12:00 PM

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IN THE NEWS

Spring Workshop Day Offers Ways to Prepare for Warmer Days


Waukesha County and Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. invite the public to free workshops dedicated to popular springtime topics on Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Retzer Nature Center. Attendees can learn about gardening for pollinators, invasive species, home composting, sustainable home practices, and container gardening ideas.

 “These sessions are a great way for people to engage with local experts to discover new techniques and processes as they prepare their homes and yards for spring,” said Janet Barthel, Nature Center Supervisor. “The support from partners, like Johnson’s Nursery, makes these free programs possible for the community.”

 Each seminar will be led by an expert and will cover a range of information on the topic. Participants are welcome to come for one session or stay for them all. Registration is not required, but is recommended by March 13 at www.waukeshacounty.gov/springworkshops.

Visitors can also take advantage of the one-day Garden Gadget Sale and save $10 on Home Compost Bins or Rain Diverter Kits. Both are on sale for $50. Purchasers must be able to take items home after the workshops. No holds are available.

For more information on Retzer Nature Center’s Spring Workshop Day or Garden Gadget Sale, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/springworkshops or call 262-896-8007. Detailed workshop schedules available below.

About Retzer Nature Center

Retzer Nature Center is a part of the Waukesha County Park System, which is a natural resource based park system that demonstrates stewardship while providing recreational and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/retzernaturecenter, follow Waukesha County Parks on Twitter, or like us on Facebook

Retzer Nature Center Spring Workshop Day

Presented by Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.

Check in begins at 8:45 a.m. Registration not required, but recommended to reserve a spot by March 13.

Time

Workshop

Description

9:00 a.m.               

Invasive Worms

Presented by Bernie Williams,

Wisconsin DNR

 

Learn about invasive worms and their effects on yards, gardens and forests.

10:00 a.m.

Backyard Habitats 101   

Presented by Julia Robson, Waukesha County Conservation Biologist   

 

From planting for birds to managing invasive species, learn what you can do to create healthy livingscapes for wildlife.

11:00 a.m.

Home Composting for Healthy Soils         

Presented by Abbie Liedtke,

Waukesha County Recycling Specialist

 

Learn about how compost works to improve the health of your soils and how to create your own ‘black gold’!

12:00 p.m.

Home Makeover: Green Edition

Presented by Jayne Jenks,

Waukesha County Conservation Specialist               

Find ways to live a comfortable and sustainable lifestyle from recycling right to simple lawn care.

1:00 p.m.

Planting for Pollinators 

Presented by Carrie Hennessy,

Johnson’s Nursery

 

 

Learn about the best plants for native pollinators, specifically bees and butterflies. Learn how you can combat rapid habitat loss by making your own yard more attractive to these beneficial insects. Whether you have a sprawling green lawn or a tiny city lot, you still have the ability to attract native pollinators.

 

2:00 p.m.

Container Gardening     

Presented by Jennifer Lazewski,

Master Gardener Volunteer       

 

Container plantings are for everyone! With a little bit of space, anybody can have beautiful flowers or productive vegetables. Learn everything you need for great container plantings, including types of pots, the ideal soil mix, which plants to use, how to put together plant combinations, watering and fertilizing, and how to overwinter your pots.

 


Waukesha County Department of Public Works, along with their engineering consultants Graef-USA and RA Smith, will host a public information meeting fo...

Public Involvement Meeting: Moorland Road (CTH O): I-94 to Bluemound Rd (US 18) Rehabilitation/Pavement Placement Project


Waukesha County Department of Public Works, along with their engineering consultants Graef-USA and RA Smith, will host a public information meeting for a project to rehabilitate/replace the pavement along Moorland Road (CTH O) in the City of Brookfield. The informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel (375 S. Moorland Rd, Brookfield, WI). 

 

The meeting will be an open-house format with no formal presentation. Exhibits will be on display and handouts will be available. Persons with interest in this project are encouraged to stop by anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Representatives from Waukesha County, Graef-USA and RA Smith will be available to discuss the project, answer questions and gather public input and comments.

The Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel is ADA accessible. Hearing impaired persons needing assistance or persons requiring an interpreter. please contact the individuals below by Thursday, February 20, 2020.

For more information, please contact Ed Hinrichs of Waukesha County Public Works at 262-548-7740 or Mary Beth Pettit of Graef-USA at 414-467-8912.      

About the Waukesha County Department of Public Works

Waukesha County Public Works is committed to providing the foundations of success for the citizens and businesses of Waukesha County by constructing and maintaining quality transportation and building infrastructure. Get info on projects, plans, and more at www.WaukeshaCounty.gov/DPW.

 

Follow Waukesha County DPW on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WaukeshaCoDPW.


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Waukesha County Park System’s Conservation in the Parks Citizen Science Programs are looking for new volunteers to conduct wetland monitoring this spr...

Waukesha County is Looking for Volunteers to Help Improve Wetland Habitats


Waukesha County Park System’s Conservation in the Parks Citizen Science Programs are looking for new volunteers to conduct wetland monitoring this spring. Retzer Nature Center is offering two free orientation workshops in February for people interested in helping the county’s management of crucial wildlife habitats.

 

“These volunteers have an immense impact on our wetland conservation efforts,” said Julia Robson, Waukesha County Conservation Biologist. “Last year, they surveyed 43 different wetlands and documented over 20 species. The data they collect guides the management and improvement of these important natural areas.”

 

Volunteers do not need any prior experience to participate, the training will teach people how to identify and document the presence and distribution of sensitive wildlife populations such as salamanders, frogs, toads, crayfish and fairy shrimp. All equipment will be provided. The wetland monitoring orientation sessions will be held at Retzer Nature Center, S14W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha.


Sessions are being held on the following days:

 

For more information on the orientation sessions or to register, visit our website at www.waukeshacounty.gov/conservationintheparks or email parksinfo@waukeshacounty.gov.

 

About the Waukesha County Conservation in the Parks

The Waukesha County Park System is working with communities to promote environmental stewardship, provide research and educational opportunities, and create healthier natural areas throughout Waukesha County.

 


The Friends of Retzer Nature Center invite all to discover more about our feathered friends during Wild Winter Night at Retzer Nature Center on Saturd...

Discover the Wonderful World of Birds at Friends of Retzer Nature Center's Wild Winter Night


The Friends of Retzer Nature Center invite all to discover more about our feathered friends during Wild Winter Night at Retzer Nature Center on Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Retzer Nature Center is located at S14W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha.

 

“Winter is not just for the birds!” said Janet Barthel, Nature Center Supervisor. “Winter is also a great time to explore nature while prowling for owls, trying out snowshoes by candlelight and sipping hot cocoa by the campfire at Retzer. This family-friendly event will cure cabin fever for all ages and provide fun learning opportunities.”

 

This year, attendees will discover more about birds and the wintertime world with guided owl prowl hikes led by Benjamin Goss Bird Club experts, interactive exhibits and nature-themed activities, up-close animal encounters, and sky exploration with telescopes (weather permitting). Visitors can soar on their own with a self-guided candlelight hike on foot or try out our snowshoes for free on the trails (weather and snow cover permitting). The Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium will offer a special showing of Europe to the Stars every 45 minutes.

 

In addition, with the generous support of the Friends of Retzer Nature Center, visitors are welcome to taste our new hot cocoa ice cream floats and make s’mores while they roost by the campfire. Guests that ‘go green’ by bringing their own travel mugs will be entered to win fun prizes!

 

Admission is $4 per person or $15 per family (two and younger are free) and includes one planetarium show. Friends of Retzer Nature Center members receive free admission. For more information about becoming a Friends member, visit: www.friendsofretzer.org. The event is held regardless of weather. Attendees should dress accordingly.

 

For more Wild Winter Night information or details about volunteering, call Retzer Nature Center (262) 896-8007, or visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/wildwinternight.