Waukesha 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.
Our Conservation in the Parks Programs are focused on working with our communities to promote environmental stewardship, provide research and educational opportunities, and create healthier natural areas throughout Waukesha County.
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 wetlands.
Effectively protecting and managing these diverse and unique natural resources 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.
Reptile conservation, bird conservation, wildlife nest box monitoring, mammal monitoring, wetland monitoring, and invertebrate monitoring.
Habitat restoration volunteer workdays, self-led garlic mustard removal, rare plant conservation, and photo point monitoring
The Parkland Conservation Fund is a stewardship fund focused on conservation and park enhancements.
Help gather data on wildlife species within the Park System to assist in making sure that common species remain common and that rare, threatened, and endangered species are protected. This data will also help our staff plan and prioritize their land management and habitat restoration efforts. Monitors are trained to use protocols to gather and record data in the field. For some projects, monitors may work independently or with trained personnel.
For any project, attendance at a training program is required and all equipment will be provided. No prior experience required. Questions? Email our Conservation Biologist.
Help study and improve the health of our prairies, wetlands, and woodlands by taking part in one of our stewardship projects. From planting trees and native wildflowers to removing invasive species that are having a negative effect on our natural areas, you can become a certified Site Steward through training with Park and partner organization staff or simply attend a public habitat restoration workday when it’s convenient for you!
Questions? Email our Conservation Biologist.
Waukesha County Park System
515 W. Moreland Blvd • AC 230
Waukesha WI 53188 (map)