Waukesha County

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
Reptile Conservation Program
Join us at Retzer Nature Center to learn about Wisconsin’s reptiles and how you can help conserve their populations here in Waukesha County!

Snake & Turtle Surveys

What to wear: Dress for the weather and being outdoors! Surveys may occasionally wander off trail into natural areas and tall grass. Close-toed shoes and long pants are recommended. 

What to bring: Water, sunscreen, bug spray, and a camera for taking pictures! 

Snake Surveys
Date Location Time Register
Wed., July 3 Retzer Nature Center 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Register by noon on Tue., July 2
Wed., July 10 Retzer Nature Center 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Register by noon on Tue., July 9
Wed., July 17 Retzer Nature Center 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Register by noon on Tue., July 16
Wed., July 24 Retzer Nature Center 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Register by noon on Tue., July 23
Wed., July 31 Retzer Nature Center 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Register by noon on Tue., July 30

Turtle Surveys

Stay tuned for details...

Painted Turtle in the parks