Waukesha County

Spring Workshop Series

At Retzer Nature Center - Presented by Johnson's Nursery, Inc.
S14 W28167 Madison St.,Waukesha, WI 53188

Save on Native Plants for your Home!
Stop by the Nature Center to pick-up a 20% Off In-Stock Native Plants Coupon from Johnson’s Nursery in Menomonee Falls. Coupons good through May 31, 2019.

Think spring and prepare for warmer weather at these expert-led series of workshops and programs. These monthly programs are free and open to the public. Come for one session or stay for them all! Registration required by Friday before the program. 

Saturdays, 9am-Noon:


FEBRUARY 9, 2019

Better Birding - Register by Fri., February 8th

All attendees will receive 20% Off In-Stock Native Plants Coupon from Johnson’s Nursery & a Waukesha County Parks Birding Guide
8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcome & Registration  
9:00-9:45 a.m.

Birding for Beginners
With Benjamin Goss Bird Club and Waukesha County Parks

Tips on becoming a birder or becoming a better birder. Plus, an overview of hotspots in Waukesha County Parks!

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Bird Friendly Garden Design
With Carrie Hennessy from Johnson’s Nursery

Learn how to design your home landscape for the birds with trees and shrubs.
11:00-11:30 a.m. Citizen Science Online Discover eBird & iNautralist to help track data! Designed to help amateurs and professionals alike. Learn the basics and see how you can get involved!
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Winter Bird Hike

Apply your new birding skills on the trails at Retzer Nature Center. Bring your binoculars or use ours! Dress for the weather.


MARCH 9, 2019

Spring Gardening - Register by Fri., March 8th

All attendees will receive 20% Off In-Stock Native Plants Coupon from Johnson’s Nursery 

8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcome & Registration  
9:00-9:45 a.m.

Rain Gardens & Rain Barrels

Discover how rain barrels help restore a more natural water flow while saving you money. Not only will we explore how to install rain barrels, but we will learn about the benefits of rain gardens too

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Gardening for Pollinators 
With Zannah Crowe from Johnson’s Gardens

Learn about the important role pollinators play as indicators of our environmental health. Learn how to create a productive and beautiful pollinator habitat.
11:00-11:30 a.m. Home Composting

Learn how to create your own compost, how to use it, and different bin styles to build or buy. Hot or cold, you’ll create “black gold”!

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Planning Your Spring Garden
With Master Gardener Volunteers

Learn how to establish your garden site and prep your soil. Decide which plants to grow and how to start from seed inside.


APRIL 13, 2019

Citizen Science Day - Register by Fri., April 12th

All attendees will receive 20% Off In-Stock Native Plants Coupon from Johnson’s Nursery 

Learn more about Conservation in the Parks Citizen Science opportunties

8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcome & Registration  
9:00-9:50 a.m.

Wild in Waukesha - Citizen Science Projects Presentation

Join Waukesha County Parks and Land Use for the launch of our first-ever county-wide Citizen Science Program! Our conservation biologist will discuss how you can help study and protect rare plant and wildlife populations through Citizen Science in Waukesha County. Citizen Scientists will be trained to help monitor wetlands, birds, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, and more! No prior experience necessary.

10-10:50 a.m.

Migratory Bird Survey Program & Hike

Learn how to do a bird survey and why we should. Then help document breeding and migratory birds with our trained staff using the Retzer's vital natural areas. Dress for the weather.

11:00-11:50 a.m. Wetland Monitoring Program & Hike

Learn about wetlands and what goes into monitoring them. Then learn about surveying for sensitive species that inhabit our local wetlands such as frogs, toads, salamanders, and fairy shrimp! Dress for the weather.

Environmental Learning Center Hours: 8-4:30pm
Retzer Nature Center Ground Hours: Sunrise to 10pm (Year-Round)
There is no Daily Entrance Fee at Retzer Nature Center
Park System Office
515 W. Moreland Blvd. Rm AC 230 Waukesha, WI 53188
Business Hours: M-F, 8-4:30 pm (excluding Holidays)
Phone: (262) 548-7801 | Fax: (262) 896-8071
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