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Leave Your Mark Project

Leave Your Mark at Retzer Nature Center provides an opportunity for patrons to contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the Nature Center.

Patrons may purchase personalized, engraved planks, to be installed on the newest boardwalk. Purchase a plank and Leave Your Mark to recognize family, friends, your business, a favorite nature quote, or a special event or memory.

$300 per plank

Each six-foot, recycled composite boardwalk plank can accommodate messages up to 80 characters in length, including spaces. Two planks can be purchased for longer or more artistic messages.

Engraving Ideas:
- In Memory of
- In Honor of
- The Smith Family - John, Abby, Julie, and Mark

Financial gifts to the Leave Your Mark program have a direct impact at Retzer Nature Center, and funds will be applied to the highest priority projects that are planned to enhance existing and future amenities and programs. Enhancements may include trail and wayfinding improvements, land management activities, new educational facilities, and more. Projects are prioritized annually based on need. 

Engraved Boardwalk Plank Policy
• Waukesha County staff will review and approve content for all engraved messages. 
• Engraved planks will have routine maintenance performed over the lifespan of the plank, which is expected to be 20-25 years; however, there is no guarantee on duration.
• Existing messages on planks that require replacement will not be transferred.
• Engraved planks will be installed according to the following schedule (subject to change):

Donation Month Installation Month*
 December - February  End of March
 March - May   End of June
 June - August  End of September
 September - November  End of December
*Weather permitting

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


Sample engraving

Boardwalk Location