Waukesha County

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Spring: April 1 - 30, 2022

Fall: Stay tuned for details!

Open Daily, Sunrise - 10 pm
Sponsored by Bridges Library System and Retzer Nature Center
Free, recommended for all ages. 

Enjoy a spring Story Hike, featuring the children’s book, 'Begin with a Bee' by Liza Ketchum.
Set out on the Orange Trail to read the book while enjoying the outdoors at the same time! 

This family-friendly event is free and completely self-guided. The Orange Trail is a mowed grass trail with some sloped terrain (approximately .75 mile). 

Please note:

  • The trail is not fully paved and is not lit after dark.
  • Retzer Nature Center grounds are open daily, sunrise - 10 pm. 
  • (Fall Hike Only): Special event admission fee applies on Sat., September 17 for Apple Harvest Festival

Story Hike sample photo
Photo from Fall Story Hike, 2021


Retzer Nature Center
Address: 
S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha, WI 53188
General Information: (262) 896-8007
Environmental Learning Center Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.); 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Saturday); Closed (Sunday)
Retzer Nature Center Ground Hours: Sunrise - 10:00 p.m. (Year-Round)

There is no daily entrance fee at Retzer Nature Center