Waukesha County


Friends of Retzer Nature Center's Scarecrow Lane

September 22 - October 31, 2023

Open Daily, Sunrise - 10 pm
Free! Recommended for all ages.

Visit Retzer Nature Center for our popular self-guided hike around Scarecrow Lane!
Enjoy the unique scarecrows displays and changing colors of autumn along the Blue Trail. Find the scarecrows on the west end of the Learning Center building, near the Children's Garden, and loop to the Retzer pond. Expect woodchipped and mowed grass trails with some sloped terrain.

Feeling Creative?
Join our Build-A-Scarecrow At Home fun! Learn more!


• The trail is not paved and is not lit after dark.
• Retzer Nature Center grounds are open daily sunrise - 10 pm. 
• A special event admission fee applies on Sat, September 23 for our annual Apple Harvest Festival.

click button to launch your Scarecrow Lane scavenger hunt form


Build-A-Scarecrow At Home

Install your Scarecrow creation between September 15-22, 2023

Schools, churches, families, businesses, scouts, 4-H, daycares, and individuals are encouraged to build a family-friendly scarecrow at home to display at Retzer Nature Center from September 22 - October 31, 2023.


  • Read the Build-A-Scarecrow Instructions online before creating your scarecrow at home.
  • Register your scarecrow online by Sept 22, 2023 at 4 pm. (You will need to create an account in our system.)
  • Complete the Scarecrow Identification Card. Insert it into a zippered or sealed bag and pin it to your scarecrow.
  • Install your scarecrow on the stakes provided along the blue loop trail from Sept. 15-22, 2023.
  • Remove your scarecrow Nov. 1-5, 2023.
  • Any scarecrows not removed by Nov. 6, 2023 will be discarded.
  • Please, no violent or gruesome scarecrows. Retzer Nature Center reserves the right to remove any inappropriate entries.

Retzer Nature Center is not responsible for any loss or damage to displays.

 Register Your Scarecrow Instructions: Build-A-Scarecrow Scarecrow Identification Card