Waukesha County

Week long activities April 22 - 28, 2018

Free programs will be offered throughout the week for the whole family to enjoy. Wrap up Earth Week on Saturday, April 28 for our day-long Earth Day Celebration Finale with hikes, children's crafts and activities, special programs, campfire with s'mores, the grand opening of Retzer Nature Center's new interactive exhibit space, and the Magical Mystery Tour to our Brown's Fen.

Earth Week Celebration! 


Canoe Outing

Adults & Older Children

Sunday, April 22
Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the marsh, river, and wetlands in spring on a canoe outing led by Retzer Nature Center staff and guest naturalists. We will canoe on the Oconomowoc River at Lowe’s Lake. Participants must provide their own U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket and canoe or kayak. All skill levels welcome.
*Please check our website for any cancellation notices at www.waukeshacounty.gov/retzernaturecenter
REGISTER BY: Monday, April 16
Raptors - Presented by the Wildlife in Need Center Adults & Older Children Thursday, April 26
6:30 - 7:30pm
See and learn about these beautiful birds as naturalists from the Wildlife in Need Center showcase a few of their captive birds. To learn more about this organization visit www.helpingwildlife.org
REGISTER BY: Monday, April 23 (space is limited)

Preschool Hike

Ages: 2 - 6 yrs

Thursday, April 26
9 - 10 am (Ages 2-3)
1 - 2 pm (Ages 4-6)

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. Maximum of 15 participants per session.
REGISTER BY: Monday, April 23

Morning Bird Hike presented by Benjamin Goss Bird Club Adults & Older Children Friday, April 27
7 am; Meet in the parking lot

This special Earth Week hike will explore the birds of one of the rarest wetland plant communities in Wisconsin, Brown’s Fen.


Earth Week Finale! 

Jack Young Memorial Earth Watch 5 am - Noon Adults, families and scouts can observe nature by quietly recording the sights, sounds, smells & wildlife activities going on! Equipment provided—pick a half-hour shift or more.
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, April 25
Planetarium Show “Perseus and Andromeda” 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Show runs every half-hour

The skies shine with beautiful laser light to tell the story of how Perseus saved Andromeda from Cetus, the mighty Sea Monster.

Family Bird Watch 10 - 11:30 am
Meet by main entrance
Learn the do’s and don’ts of birding and participate in this guided half-hour discussion and 1-hour hike in wooded and open areas.
Family Activities & Crafts 10 am - 3 pm

Kids of all ages will enjoy a variety of crafts and activities including:
Water Bug Life Cycle Adventure:  Visit the nearby Retzer pond or stream to look at interesting creatures living there and learn about their life cycles.

Globe Toss: Test your basket shooting skills!

Community Mural Project: Lend a hand on this awesome pledge to help our planet.

Crafts: Make Nature Faces, Seed Bombs, and Sticks Maker Space!

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 any questions.
Grand Opening of New Interactive Exhibit Space 10 am - 4 pm Engage in new recycling, water resources, composting exhibits, and more. Enjoy fun activities and prizes for all ages!
Volunteer Service Project Noon - 3 pm Join Retzer Nature Center staff in worthwhile volunteer projects, which include invasive species removal and spreading wood chips on trails. Must be 14 years of age or older. 
REGISTER BY: Friday, April 20
Trees & Wildflowers Hike 2 - 3 pm 
Meet by main entrance

Enjoy a guided hike through the woods, prairie, and over the hills of Retzer Nature Center’s many trails. Discover the tree and wildflowers of spring.

Family Concert 3 - 5 pm Tom Pease's afternoon concert is full of fun for all ages.
Campfire Songs & S’mores 5 - 7 pm Enjoy a s'more around the fire while singing classic camp songs.
Magical Mystery Tour Approx. 7:15 - 9 pm

Guided Twilight Hike into Brown’s Fen.
Enjoy our own treasure hunt featuring frogs, peepers, woodcocks, coyotes, and constellations! This hike is on very hilly terrain during twilight and in 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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