Join Retzer Nature Center and Waukesha County Parks to officially kick off our new Citizen Science Program! Take part in stewardship projects or become a wildlife monitor, work within our communities to promote conservation in the parks, engage in research and educational opportunities, and help create healthier natural areas throughout Waukesha County!
Waukesha County Park System is a natural resource based park system with over 9,000 acres of parkland, 35 miles of trails, eight lakes, and is home to the renowned Retzer Nature Center. The county has worked to acquire natural areas of regional and statewide ecological significance containing a diversity of ecotypes and rare flora and fauna found within the area.
The natural areas within the park system contain a variety of habitat types including oak savanna, oak woodland, maple-basswood forest, fens, prairie, southern mesic forest, lowland hardwood swamps, and many wetlands. Effectively protecting and managing the diverse and unique natural resources in Waukesha County is of paramount importance in preserving the ecological integrity and function of these green spaces for the enjoyment of generations to come.
Our staff, volunteers, and corporate sponsors work together to restore and monitor the natural areas and species within them throughout the Park System. They do so through the use of a variety of research, citizen science programs, and stewardship projects.
Check out our upcoming programs and projects
|OAK-tober||October 12, 2019||Join us this OAK-tober to support the conservation of our globally imperiled oak ecosystems by helping to collect native plant seeds for future restoration projects in Waukesha County! We are partnering with The Nature Conservancy to host this seed collection event starting at Mukwonago County Park and finishing at a nearby TNC preserve. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided when we are finished to celebrate our hard work and spending a fall morning with the oaks! Children (12+ years old) are welcome if accompanied by a parent.
Meet at Picnic Area 1 at Mukwonago Park
|Mukwonago Park||9:00 - 11:00 a.m..||Register by October 11, 2019|
|Wild In Waukesha: General Information Session||January 16, 2020||Join Waukesha County Parks and Land Use for our 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.||Retzer Nature Center||6:30 - 8:00 p.m.||Register by January 15, 2020|
August 2019 - February 2020 Environmental Education Activity Guide now available! Click here!