Scenes from Whitnall Park and the surrounding Root River Parkway
||Bike Through Time: A Tour of Whitnall Park
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 9-11 a.m.
Age 10 & Up
Take a trip back in time! On this leisurely-paced, guided bike ride, you'll join Wehr Nature Center Naturalist, Howard Aprill, in exploring the ancient natural features in the landscape, historic landmarks, and the wildlife of Whitnall Park and the surrounding Root River Parkway. The 2-hour tour is just under 7 miles.
Ancient Natural Features
You'll see landscape features that include a 400-million-year-old bedrock outcropping with fossilized remains of Paleozoic sea life; Goat Mountain, created by Ice-Age glaciers; and Mangan Woods, with its pre-settlement burr oaks.
We'll stop at Trimborn Farm, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to walk the grounds, learning about the lime operations and kilns used in the manufacture of Cream City bricks. We'll also explore buildings from the 1850s, used in agriculture, dairying and horse boarding. From Trimborn Farm, we'll head to Boerner Botanical Gardens to see the Civilian Conservation Corps building. The structure was originally used in the 1930s as a dormitory for the young men who worked to create bridges, dams, and buildings in the park.
The Root River Parkway will be used for our return trip to Wehr. Early park planners intentionally left the parkway undeveloped as a means of flood control. This area along the Root River also provides wildlife habitat, and, therefore, great wildlife-viewing opportunities for us!
All participants are required to provide their own bicycles, helmets, and drinking water.
Preregistration is required by Thursday, Oct. 10.
Non-Milwaukee County Resident (Age 13 & up): $10 per person
Milwaukee County Resident (Age 13 & up): $7 per person
Friend of Wehr or child Age 12 & under: $5 per person
Regular Parking Fee in effect
Questions? Contact Us
Wehr Nature Center
9701 W. College Ave., Franklin, WI 53132