Waukesha County



Amazing Renewable Energy*


(Rotation breakdown: Retzer 1 hr., Recycling 30 min., & Planetarium 1 hr.)

This program is all about understanding energy and how we all can minimize negative environmental impact using alternative forms of energy. Learn about energy sources and compare fossil fuel energy and renewable energy- solar, wind, water, and geothermal. Discover how energy from the earth can be used to help heat and cool our homes and buildings, and observe Retzer's eco-house solar panel to learn how sun is captured to create energy. Capture the energy from the sun to make a solar print. Explore how recycling and consumer choices save energy and try Retzer's energy bike to demonstrate the amount of energy used by different types of light bulbs. Finally, we will see the Planetarium show Dynamic Earth that explores the inner workings of Earth's climate system.

*This is a Community Connections, Impacts & Actions Collaborative Curriculum program hosted by Waukesha County. 


Duration: 150 minutes
Fee: Yes
Offered: School Year
Location options: Retzer Nature Center, Charles Z. Horwitz Planetarium located at the Retzer Nature Center


Grade 6-8 program listing