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Waukesha County Environmental Education Resources Hub

Enhance your learning with these great resources from Waukesha County Parks and Land Use. Explore our virtual and in-person opportunities for learners of all ages. 

Topics are updated often, check back to see what comes next!

Environmental Education COVID-19 Response:

Updated: Wed., March 31, 2021

Guests and participants are required to comply with all applicable federal, state, or local orders and Waukesha County guidelines in force at the time of the event/program as they relate to COVID-19. Indoor programming will follow CDC guidelines to protect employees and members of the public from the COVID-19 virus. Programs may be conducted completely outdoors, so dress for the weather. In case of inclement weather, the program may be cancelled or moved indoors.

The Outdoor Classroom Series

Expand learning to the outdoors with an environmental education program at Retzer Nature Center! The 60-minute environmental education programs are perfect for home school groups, virtual learners, families, caregivers, scout troops, 4-H groups and more! Programs are geared towards elementary students. Programs will be conducted completely outdoors, so dress for the weather. In case of inclement weather, program will be moved to an openly ventilated location. 

See June Programming Line-Up (pdf) 

See July Programming Line-Up (pdf)

See August Programming Line-Up (pdf)

  • Programs available at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • $4 per student*
    *Free for adults and young siblings ages 3 and under
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Maximum of 20-30 paid registrants (program dependent)
  • Register online at least one day prior to program
    Search "Classroom" for listings. Sorry, no walk-ins.
Wednesdays at The Planetarium

All shows are held at the Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium located inside the Retzer Environmental Learning Center. Complement and expand your learning with a show on the dome! All groups welcome. The 60-minute shows are geared towards elementary students. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

See June Programming Line-Up (pdf) 

See July Programming Line-Up (pdf)

See August Programming Line-Up (pdf)

  • Shows available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • $4 per seat *
    *Free for young children ages 3 and under
  • 30 seats maximum per session (at the time of publication)
  • Register online at least one day prior to program. 
    Search "Wednesday Elementary" for listings.
Explore Our Activity Guides

Flip through our digital guides for information on events, programs, activities and more.

Public Environmental Education Activity Guide
May - August 2021

School Environmental Education Guide
2021 - 2022 School Year

Retzer Nature Center Activity Sheets

Download our digital activity sheets and enjoy them when you visit Retzer Nature Center.

Virtual Lessons and Videos

Learn from Park and Land Use staff about ecology, wildlife, land management, recycling, waste reduction, science applications, water conservation and more!

Busting Backyard Invasives
Nearby Nature: Plant Shapes - Earth Week Edition
Virtual Wildflowers Hike - Earth Week Edition
Native Nature - Earth Week Edition

The Power of Pollination
Backyard Birding - Earth Week Edition
Turtles vs Tortoises - Earth Week Edition

Understanding Soils:  What Homeowners Need to Know for their Basements
Super Soils: Composting at Home - Earth Week Edition
Nature Storytime & Craft - Earth Week Edition
 - Reading "What Matters?" by Alison Hughs and Holly Hatam

Ask the Experts Series on Facebook
Each month, experts from Waukesha County Parks and Land Use are joining the Retzer Facebook page live to answer your burning questions!

Watch the recordings:
-How to Green Your Lawn Q&A (Jan. 2021)
-Backyard Birding Q&A (Feb. 2021)
-Well & Septic Q&A (Mar. 2021)
-Invasive Species Q&A (Apr. 2021)

Follow their FB page and stay tuned for future topics live!

Resources for Teaching Outdoors

Helping educators, parents and caregivers use the outdoors to enrich learning and extend beyond the walls of a classroom. 

Resources, Projects and Ideas: