Retzer Nature Center | Earth Week- Waukesha

This is such a great event full of family fun hosted by Retzer Nature Center.


Friends of Retzer Nature Center’s
April 22-27 Free events all week long!
Earth Week Celebration!

Some programs do require registration, so secure your spot early!
Program Registration 262.970.6680 •

Sunday, April 22

Canoe Outing
Adults & Older Children
1:00 p.m. start time
Register by Monday, April 16:
Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the marsh, river, and wetlands in spring on a canoe outing led by Retzer Nature Center staff and guest naturalists. We will canoe on the Oconomowoc River at Loew Lake. Participants MUST provide their own U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket and canoe or kayak. All skill levels welcome.


Thursday, April 26

Preschool Hike
Ages 2-3, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Ages 4-6, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Register by Monday, April 23
Ages 2-3:
Ages 4-6:
A nature experience awaits children on this hike. Explore the sensory wonders of the outdoors while observing and comparing spring insects, flowers, and other treasures. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum of 15 participants per session.

Raptors – presented by Wildlife In Need Center
Adults & Older Children
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Register by Monday, April 23:
See and learn about these beautiful birds as naturalists from the Wildlife in Need Center showcase a few of their captive birds.

Friday, April 27

Morning Bird Hike presented by Benjamin Goss Bird Club
Adults & Older Children
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
This special Earth Week hike will explore the birds of one of the rarest wetland plant communities in Wisconsin: Brown’s Fen.

Saturday, April 28

Join in for the Friends of Retzer Nature Center’s

Free events are offered throughout the day for the whole family to enjoy: hiking, children’s crafts and activities, special programs, planetarium shows, campfire with s’mores, bird watching, a volunteer project and more. This special event coincides with the Grand Opening of Retzer Nature Center’s new interactive exhibit space!


All events are FREE; however, the following programs do request pre-registration:

Jack Young Memorial Earth Watch
5:00 a.m. – Noon
Register by Wednesday, April 25:

Volunteer Service Project
Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Register by Friday, April 20: