Waukesha County

Due to COVID-19, Waukesha County's in-person services may be limited or altered. Click here for hours and updates

Working with our communities to promote environmental stewardship, provide research and educational opportunities, and create healthier natural areas throughout Waukesha County.


Check out our programs and projects

Wetland monitoring, reptile conservation, bird conservation, wildlife nest box monitoring, mammal monitoring, invertebrate monitoring

Habitat restoration workdays, rare plant conservation, photo point monitoring

Reptile Conservation Program 

There are 37 species of reptiles (snakes, turtles, and lizards) found in Wisconsin. Wow! Help our staff determine what species of reptiles call Waukesha County home by assisting us on snake cover board surveys and turtle hoop net trapping surveys throughout the summer. Join our trained staff to help collect data on turtles, snakes, and even lizards that call Waukesha County home! 

Questions? Contact our Conservation Biologist at parks@waukeshacounty.gov.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

*Please note that many programs have been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic 

Program Date Time Location Description Registration
Reptile Monitoring Workshop May 6, 2020 CANCELED Retzer Nature Center

There are 37 species of reptiles (snakes, turtles, and lizards) found in Wisconsin. Wow! Join us at Retzer Nature Center to learn about Wisconsin’s reptiles and how you can help conserve their populations here in Waukesha County! Learn how to collect data on turtles, snakes, and lizards that live in the park system‘s natural areas. Recommended age 13+.

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Snake Survey May 13, 2020 CANCELED. Retzer Nature Center

Help our staff determine what species of snake call Waukesha County Parks home by assisting us on snake cover board surveys throughout the summer. Recommended for ages 5+. 

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Snake Survey (Advanced) May 20, 2020 CANCELED Retzer Nature Center

Advanced surveys require a significant level of previous snake survey experience with our staff. Recommended for ages 13+. Help our staff determine what species of snake call Waukesha County Parks home by assisting us on snake cover board surveys throughout the summer. 

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Stay tuned for updates on programs after May 26, 2020

Snake Survey June 10, 2020 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Retzer Nature Center

Help our staff determine what species of snake call Waukesha County Parks home by assisting us on snake cover board surveys throughout the summer. Recommended for ages 5+. 

Register Online
Turtle Survey June 10, 2020 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Mukwonago Park

Get your muck boots ready to join our staff on a live turtle trapping survey! Assist us in recording data on the species captured and learn more about how you can help conserve turtle populations in Wisconsin. Surveys will be wet and muddy, so dress for the occasion! Recommended for ages 13+. 

Register Online
Snake Survey (Advanced) June 11, 2020 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mukwonago Park

Advanced surveys require a significant level of previous snake survey experience with our staff. Recommended for ages 13+. Help our staff determine what species of snake call Waukesha County Parks home by assisting us on snake cover board surveys throughout the summer. 

Register Online
Turtle Survey June 11, 2020 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Mukwonago Park

Get your muck boots ready to join our staff on a live turtle trapping survey! Assist us in recording data on the species captured and learn more about how you can help conserve turtle populations in Wisconsin. Surveys will be wet and muddy, so dress for the occasion! Recommended for ages 13+. 

Register Online
Snake Survey June 18, 2020 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Retzer Nature Center

Help our staff determine what species of snake call Waukesha County Parks home by assisting us on snake cover board surveys throughout the summer. Recommended for ages 5+. 

Register Online
Snake Survey (Advanced) June 24, 2020 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Retzer Nature Center

Advanced surveys require a significant level of previous snake survey experience with our staff. Recommended for ages 13+. Help our staff determine what species of snake call Waukesha County Parks home by assisting us on snake cover board surveys throughout the summer. 

Register Online
Snake Survey July 2, 2020 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Retzer Nature Center

Help our staff determine what species of snake call Waukesha County Parks home by assisting us on snake cover board surveys throughout the summer. Recommended for ages 5+. 

Register Online
Snake Survey July 8, 2020 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Retzer Nature Center

Help our staff determine what species of snake call Waukesha County Parks home by assisting us on snake cover board surveys throughout the summer. Recommended for ages 5+. 

Register Online
Snake Survey July 15, 2020 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Retzer Nature Center

Help our staff determine what species of snake call Waukesha County Parks home by assisting us on snake cover board surveys throughout the summer. Recommended for ages 5+. 

Register Online
Snake Survey July 30, 2020 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Retzer Nature Center

Help our staff determine what species of snake call Waukesha County Parks home by assisting us on snake cover board surveys throughout the summer. Recommended for ages 5+. 

Register Online
Snake Survey August 5, 2020 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Retzer Nature Center

Help our staff determine what species of snake call Waukesha County Parks home by assisting us on snake cover board surveys throughout the summer. Recommended for ages 5+. 

Register Online

Painted Turtle in the parks