Waukesha County


Make the most of winter in the parks!

Explore the winding trails and quiet woods of the Waukesha County Parks by candlelight on a self-guided hike. Join us for both fun nights in February with your friends and family!

Self-guided hikes are 0.5 - 1 mile in length. Trails are mostly paved and will be cleared of snow as conditions allow. Please note that some areas may have snow packed down. Be sure to dress for weather conditions. Registered participants will be notified by email in the event of inclement weather cancellation; watch Park Alerts for the latest info.

February 15, 2024 • Thursday
6 - 8:30 pm
Fox Brook Park

2925 N. Barker Rd., Brookfield (directions)

Parks annual membership or Parks daily permit required for each vehicle • No event registration 

• Self-guided hike around the lake by candlelight from 6 - 8:30 pm
• The Gift of Wings Grill will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, coffee, hot cocoa, and snacks
• Campfire on the beach
• Well-behaved dogs on a 6 ft. leash are welcome
• Recommended: Purchase your Parks annual membership or Parks daily permit in advance (here)

Weather Date: Event may be rescheduled to Thurs, February 22 in the event of inclement weather. Watch for updates on www.WaukeshaCounty.gov/ParkAlerts

Shop Annual Memberships • Daily Permits  VOLUNTEER Feb 15, 2024

February 29, 2024 • Thursday
6 - 8:30 pm
Retzer Nature Center • Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium

S14W28167 Madison St., Waukesha (directions)

$5 / person • Register by Feb 27 (required)
Free for ages 2 or younger, Friends of Retzer Nature Center members, and Friends of the Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium members

• Self-guided hike by candlelight (0.2 and .47 miles)
• Warm beverages and sweet treats in the Community Room by Mama D's Coffee
• Snowshoes: free rentals! (conditions dependent)
• Campfire on the back patio
• Kids activities in the Community Room
• "Owls of Wisconsin" learning session with Owl hike by Ben Goss Bird Club (ages 10+ • weather dependent)
• Fun family night activities
• *Planetarium show “It's About Time! Cosmic Cycles We Live By" at 6:30 • 7:00 • 7:30 • 8:00 pm

*Free tickets required first-come, first-served • pick up yours in the Lobby at check-in

Sorry, no dogs allowed at Retzer Nature Center

Presented by the Friends of Retzer Nature Center and the Friends of the Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium

Register for RNC Wild Winter Night VOLUNTEER Feb 29, 2024