Waukesha County

Week long activities April 18 - 22, 2017

Free programs will be offered throughout the week for the whole family to enjoy. Wrap up Earth Week on Saturday, April 22 for our day-long Earth Day Celebration Finale with hikes, children's crafts and activities, special programs, campfire with s'mores and the Magical Mystery Tour to our Brown's Fen.

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Earth Week Celebration! 

Raptors - Presented by the Wildlife in Need Center  Adults & Older Children 

Wednesday, April 19
7 pm

REGISTER BY: Monday, April 17 (Space is limited)   See and learn about these beautiful birds as naturalists from the Wildlife in Need Center showcase a few of their captive birds.  
 Preschool Hike   Ages: 2 - 6 yrs  Thursday, April 20
9 am - 10 am (Ages 2 -3 yrs.)
1 -2 pm (Ages 4 - 6 yrs.)
REGISTER BY: Monday, April 17    A nature experience awaits children on this hike.  Explore the sensory wonders of the outdoors while observing and comparing spring insects, flowers, and other treasures.  Participants must be accompanied by an adult.  Each session is limited to 15 participants. 
 Morning Bird Hike   Adults & Older Children  Friday, April 21 7 am Meet in the parking lot   This special Earth Week hike will explore the birds of the fen; one of the rarest wetland plant communities in Wisconsin.  

Earth Week Finale! 

Jack Young Memorial Earth Watch  5 am - Noon

Wednesday, April 19

Adults, families and scouts can observe a moment in nature's time by picking a spot onsite to quietly sit & record the sights, sounds,smells & wildlife activities going on around!  Equipment provided - pick a half-hour shift or more.
Family Bird Watch  10 am - 11:30 am  Meet by main entrance Learn how to participate in this fascinating and fun activity through a guided half hour discussion and 1 hour hike on wooded and open areas on gentle terrain, near the building.  Come see why bird watching is the fastest growing outdoor hobby and great fun for families.
Planetarium Show "A Total Eclipse Experience"  9:30 am - 3:30 pm  Show runs every half hour  On August 21, 2017 observers in the continental United States will have a chance to view a total eclipse of the sun.  Find out how eclipses occur, how cultures have reacted in the past and learn safe ways to view this spectacular event.
Family and Children Activities and Crafts  10 am - 3 pm    Kids of all ages will enjoy a variety of crafts and activities including:  Water Bug Life Cycle Adventure!  Leaving on the hour to visit the nearby Retzer pond or stream to look at interesting creatures living there and learn about their life cycles. 
Master Gardener Station  10 am - 3 pm   UW-Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand to demonstrate a variety of planting & garden options, and answer questions you might have on plants or gardening. 
Volunteer Service Project  Noon - 3 pm 

Friday, April 14

Join Retzer Nature Center staff in this worthwhile volunteer project of invasive species removal, or spreading wood chips on trails.  Must be 14 years of age or older. 
Trees & Wildflowers Hike 2 pm - 3 pm Meet by main entrance  Enjoy this guided hike on trails in wooded and open areas on moderately hilly terrain.  Discover the trees and wildflowers of spring. 
Family Concert by Tom Pease  3 pm - 5 pm     
Campfire Songs & S'mores  5 pm - 7 pm     
Magical Mystery Tour  Approx. 7:15 pm - 9 pm    This natural area features frogs, peepers, woodcocks, coyotes and constellations.  Enjoy our own treasure hunt!  This hike is on very hilly terrain in twilight and darkness, so bring your flashlight. 


Environmental Learning Center Hours: 8-4:30pm
Retzer Nature Center Ground Hours: Sunrise to 10pm (Year-Round)
There is no Daily Entrance Fee at Retzer Nature Center
Park System Office
515 W. Moreland Blvd. Rm AC 230 Waukesha, WI 53188
Business Hours: M-F, 8-4:30 pm (excluding Holidays)
Phone: (262) 548-7801 | Fax: (262) 896-8071
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