Waukesha County

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Thank you for considering a gift to the Waukesha County Park System. 
Your donation will help assure that the park system's natural resources are restored, cared for, and preserved for future generations. 

There are many ways to support Waukesha County Parks.

Help Protect Waukesha County's Natural Areas and Parklands

Donate to the Parkland Conservation Fund

The Parkland Conservation Fund is a stewardship fund focused on conservation and park enhancements. Your financial gift will support important projects and will help preserve the diversity of ecotypes found throughout the park system.

Stewardship Donation
Donations at any level add up to big change! Each donation makes a difference and will be recognized with a personalized Certificate of Commitment. 

Tribute Gifts
Donations can also be made to honor a loved one, celebrate a special occasion, or pay tribute to an individual. Gifts will be recognized with a personalized Tribute Certificate. 

Donations will be applied to projects with the highest priority, and will focus on the preservation of native plant communities and reforestation of park woodlands to create environments for wildlife and enhance the natural beauty of the land. Donations will also help with enhancing existing and future amenities in the parks. Projects are prioritized annually based on needs. 

Charitable contributions given directly to Waukesha County are tax-deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Current Park System Projects

Leave Your Mark Boardwalk Project at Retzer Nature Center

Leave your mark on the boardwalk at Retzer Nature Center. The Leave Your Mark Project provides an opportunity for patrons of Retzer to contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the Nature Center. 

The custom planks allow for recognition of friends, family, yourself, your business, or a special event or memory while supporting our efforts to improve the educational and recreational enjoyment of our visitors.

Discovery Trail Project at Retzer Nature Center


Help us revitalize Retzer's old Adventure Trail with expanded accessibility for all ages and abilities. The new Discovery Trail will include a variety of "Exploration Stations" for outdoor education, sensory-based play experiences, and STEM activities for families and school groups. 

Volunteer in the Parks

Volunteering with Parks and Land Use is a great opportunity for individuals and groups to enjoy the outdoors while giving back to the community in various ways.


Legacy Forest Archives

The Legacy Forest program began in 2000 and was discontinued at the end of 2018. The program has transitioned into a comprehensive donation program to enhance the beauty of the Waukesha County Park System through the Parkland Conservation Fund.

Park patrons that previously participated in the Legacy Forest program may access Legacy Forest information through the online archives. Each location features information on memorial names, tree species, and a map of the plantings.

Please note: Legacy Forest trees over 3 years old will not be replaced if they perish or are damaged.

Legacy Forest Archive Maps