Waukesha County

UPCOMING EVENTS
Mar
9

Spring Gardening - Spring Workshop Series

Retzer Nature Center
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UPCOMING MEETINGS
Feb
21

Park and Planning Commission

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Park and Planning Commission

Where: Waukesha County Administration Center, 515 West Moreland Blvd, Room AC 255/259, Waukesha, WI

When: 02/21/2019 1:00 PM

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Feb
21

Park and Planning Commission

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Park and Planning Commission

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

When: 02/21/2019 1:00 PM

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Feb
21

Park and Planning Commission

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Park and Planning Commission

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

When: 02/21/2019 1:00 PM

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Feb
25

Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Victim Rights Committee

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Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Victim Rights Committee

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

When: 02/25/2019 12:00 AM

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Feb
25

Marsh Country Health Alliance Commission

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Marsh Country Health Alliance Commission

Where: Dodge County Administration Building - Room 1A, 127 East Oak Street, Juneau WI

When: 02/25/2019 9:30 AM

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IN THE NEWS

The Friends of Retzer Nature Center’s Wild Winter Night returns on Saturday, February 16 at Retzer Nature Center from 6 to 9 p.m. to explore the wonde...

Explore the Secrets of Nighttime Nature at Friends of Retzer Nature Center's Wild Winter Night Event


The Friends of Retzer Nature Center’s Wild Winter Night returns on Saturday, February 16 at Retzer Nature Center from 6 to 9 p.m. to explore the wonders of the natural world at night. Retzer Nature Center is located at S14W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha.

 

“This is a perfect event for residents to celebrate winter in Wisconsin,” said Dale Shaver, Park System Director. “Cure your cabin fever with candlelight hikes, educational activities, fun campfire songs, and don’t forget to top it off with some hot cocoa.”

 

New this year, attendees will enjoy guided nature hikes on candle-lit trails for an in-depth look at the winter world of Retzer. In addition, with the generous support of the Friends of Retzer Nature Center, attendees can borrow snowshoes (weather and snow cover permitting), delight in hot cocoa, s’mores and songs by the campfire and enjoy family friendly nature-themed activities.  Also, the Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium will be offering an indoor planetarium program, “The Solar System.” Planetarium shows run every half hour from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

The event is held regardless of weather. Attendees should dress accordingly.

 

Admission is $3 per person or $10 per family (two and younger are free). Friends of Retzer Nature Center members receive free admission. For more information about becoming a Friends member, visit: www.friendsofretzer.org.

 

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

 

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.


Think spring and prepare for warmer weather at expert-led workshops and programs. Retzer Nature Center invites residents and visitors to a series of f...

Retzer Nature Center Announces New Spring Workshop Series


Think spring and prepare for warmer weather at expert-led workshops and programs. Retzer Nature Center invites residents and visitors to a series of free programs highlighting popular springtime topics.

 “These workshops are a great way for people to engage with local experts as they prepare for spring,” said Janet Barthel, Nature Center Supervisor. “The support from local partners, like Johnson’s Nursery, make these programs possible for the community.”

 The series runs one Saturday a month from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, February through April at Retzer Nature Center, located at S14W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha. 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. The programs highlight birding, gardening and citizen science. 

Spring Workshop Series Lineup:

  • February 9: Better Birding
  • March 9: Spring Gardening
  • April 13: Citizen Science Day

Registration is free, but required by Friday before the program. For more information or to register for Retzer Nature Center’s Spring Workshop Series, call 262-896-8007, or visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/springworkshops. 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 Series

Presented by Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.

 

Better Birding

Saturday, February 9, 2019: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Check in begins at 8:45 a.m. Register by Friday, February 1st.

Time

Workshop

Description

9:00-9:45 a.m.  

Birding for Beginners

Tips on becoming a birder or becoming a better birder. Plus, an overview of hotspots in Waukesha County Parks!

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Bird Friendly Garden Design

With Carrie Hennessy

from Johnson’s Nursery

Learn how to design your home landscape for the birds with trees and shrubs.

11:00-11:30 a.m.

Citizen Science Online

Discover eBird & iNautralist to help track data. Designed to help amateurs and professionals alike. Learn the basics and see how you can get involved.

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Winter Bird Hike

Apply new birding skills on the trails at Retzer Nature Center. Bring your binoculars or use ours! Dress for the weather.

 

 

Spring Gardening

Saturday, March 9, 2019: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Check in begins at 8:45 a.m.  Register by Friday, March 1st

Time

Workshop

Description

9:00-9:45 a.m.  

Rain Gardens & Rain Barrels

Discover how rain barrels help restore a more natural water flow while saving you money. Learn the benefits of rain gardens and how to install rain barrels.

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Gardening for Pollinators

With Zannah Crowe

from Johnson’s Gardens

Learn about the important role pollinators play as indicators of our environmental health. Learn how to create a productive and beautiful pollinator habitat.

11:00-11:30 a.m.

Home Composting

Learn how to create your own compost, how to use it, and different bin styles to build or buy. Hot or cold, you’ll create “black gold”!

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Planning Your Spring Garden

Learn how to establish your garden site and prep your soil. Decide which plants to grow and how to start from seed inside.

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Sale

Get discounts on environmental gadgets during the seminars.

 

 

Citizen Science Day

Saturday, April 13, 2019: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Check in begins at 8:45 a.m.  Register by Friday, April 5th.

Time

Workshop

Description

9:00-9:50 a.m.  

Wild in Waukesha - Citizen Science Projects Presentation

Join Waukesha County Parks and Land Use for the launch of our first-ever county-wide Citizen Science Program! Our conservation biologist will discuss how you can help study and protect rare plant and wildlife populations through Citizen Science in Waukesha County. Citizen Scientists will be trained to help monitor wetlands, birds, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, and more! No prior experience necessary.

10:00-10:50 a.m.

Migratory Bird Survey Program & Hike

Learn how to do a bird survey and why we should. Then help document breeding and migratory birds with our trained staff using the Retzer's vital natural areas. Dress for the weather.

11:00-11:50 a.m.

Wetland Monitoring Program

& Hike

Learn about wetlands and what goes into monitoring them. Then learn about surveying for sensitive species that inhabit our local wetlands such as frogs, toads, salamanders, and fairy shrimp! Dress for the weather.


Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow has declared a cold weather emergency from 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 29 until 6 p.m. Thursday, January 31 due to a...

Waukesha County Offices to Close Wednesday and Thursday Due to Extreme Cold


Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow has declared a cold weather emergency from 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 29 until 6 p.m. Thursday, January 31 due to a stretch of anticipated cold weather that has been described by the National Weather Service as historic. All non-essential Waukesha County offices will be closed all day Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31, 2019.

As part of this closure, the Waukesha County Courthouse will be closed and all court matters will be rescheduled. County offices will reopen on Friday, February 1, at 8 a.m.

All 24-hour operations such as the Communication Center, Jail, Mental Health Center and Sheriff’s Department are not affected by the closure and will maintain their regular schedule.

More information is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov.


Waukesha County Park System’s new Conservation in the Parks Program is offering two free orientation workshops in February for people interested in vo...

Waukesha County Parks to Host Free Wetland Monitoring Orientations for Volunteers


Waukesha County Park System’s new Conservation in the Parks Program is offering two free orientation workshops in February for people interested in volunteering to conduct wetland monitoring this spring.

 

“We are so pleased to be able to offer opportunities for citizen members of the public to get hands on with conservation by helping collect valuable data for our parklands,” said Dale Shaver, Park System Director. “The data collected will be used to guide the management and improvement of the unique natural elements of our parks for future generations to enjoy.”

 

The wetland monitoring orientation sessions will be held at Retzer Nature Center, S14W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha, on Saturday, February 16 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. or on Tuesday, February 19 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Registration is required three days prior to the program.

 

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.

 

“It is thrilling to experience the abundance of life within an ephemeral wetland,” said Julia Robson, Waukesha County Conservation Biologist. “Preserving the ecological integrity and function of these natural areas is important since they provide crucial habitat for species of amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates.”

 

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.

 


Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow has declared a Winter Weather Emergency from 6 p.m. Sunday, January 27 until 6 p.m. Monday, January 28 due to an...

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow Declares Winter Weather Emergency, Non-Essential County Offices and Courts to Close Monday


Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow has declared a Winter Weather Emergency from 6 p.m. Sunday, January 27 until 6 p.m. Monday, January 28 due to anticipated heavy snow and hazardous road conditions. All non-essential Waukesha County offices will be closed all day Monday, January 28.

As part of this closure, the Waukesha County Courthouse will be closed and all court matters will be rescheduled. County offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 29, at 8 a.m.

“Closing county offices will keep residents and employees off of the roads which will not only help prevent the risk of accidents for them, fewer cars on the roads will help our Department of Public Works crews clear snow more quickly and efficiently.”

All 24-hour operations such as the Communication Center, Jail, Mental Health Center and Sheriff’s Department are not affected by the closure and will maintain their regular schedule.

More information is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov