Waukesha County

Discover the Wonderful World of Birds at Friends of Retzer Nature Center's Wild Winter Night

The Friends of Retzer Nature Center invite all to discover more about our feathered friends during Wild Winter Night at Retzer Nature Center on Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Retzer Nature Center is located at S14W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha.


“Winter is not just for the birds!” said Janet Barthel, Nature Center Supervisor. “Winter is also a great time to explore nature while prowling for owls, trying out snowshoes by candlelight and sipping hot cocoa by the campfire at Retzer. This family-friendly event will cure cabin fever for all ages and provide fun learning opportunities.”


This year, attendees will discover more about birds and the wintertime world with guided owl prowl hikes led by Benjamin Goss Bird Club experts, interactive exhibits and nature-themed activities, up-close animal encounters, and sky exploration with telescopes (weather permitting). Visitors can soar on their own with a self-guided candlelight hike on foot or try out our snowshoes for free on the trails (weather and snow cover permitting). The Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium will offer a special showing of Europe to the Stars every 45 minutes.


In addition, with the generous support of the Friends of Retzer Nature Center, visitors are welcome to taste our new hot cocoa ice cream floats and make s’mores while they roost by the campfire. Guests that ‘go green’ by bringing their own travel mugs will be entered to win fun prizes!


Admission is $4 per person or $15 per family (two and younger are free) and includes one planetarium show. Friends of Retzer Nature Center members receive free admission. For more information about becoming a Friends member, visit: www.friendsofretzer.org. The event is held regardless of weather. Attendees should dress accordingly.


For more Wild Winter Night information or details about volunteering, call Retzer Nature Center (262) 896-8007, or visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/wildwinternight.

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