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
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