Natural Areas

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Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Program

The Natural Areas Program is a creative use of partnerships that engages Wisconsin’s largest community through the science and beauty of restoration ecology. The Milwaukee County Park System has 9,200 acres of natural areas. These resources include upland and bottomland forest, fens, oak savanna, remnant wet-mesic prairie, shrub-carrs, open marsh, lagoons, pollinator gardens, and surrogate grasslands. These are natural resources that have been historically molded by the influences of a great lake, Wisconsin’s ecological tension zone, and over 150 years of Euro-American settlement.

The Natural Areas Program has created stewards, advocates, donors, and in effect a corps of restoration ecologists. It has also developed important community partnerships and has trained thousands of volunteers. These volunteers consist of university students, elementary school students, community groups, government agencies, NGO’s, religious institutions, and private corporations. These partnerships are an integral part of the management plan for Milwaukee County's natural areas.

Citizen-Science Opportunities  

Citizen-Based Wildlife Monitoring Program
Come to the general information session to earn about volunteer opportunities to help monitor and protect the local wildlife.
Program Information/Registration Form 


Dec. 16, 2015
6-8 p.m.

Wehr Nature Center
9701 W. College Ave.


Natural Areas Programs Registration

Natural Areas Field Trips
Natural Areas staff will be leading a series of field trips exploring the park system from April–October, 2015. Through the series, participants will have the opportunity to accompany staff along the Forked Aster Hiking Trail System, through hotspots for warblers and wildflowers, and off the beaten path to discover the ecology of natural areas. Participants will also have the opportunity to work alongside staff on wildlife research projects. See Flyer (pdf)

Registration and payment required 3 days prior to program date.

10-participant minimum
Come with a friend!

See Calendar above


Project R.E.D. Invasive Species Workshop
Come learn from the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, the River Alliance of Wisconsin, and Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Program staff how to be a Riverine Early Detector (R.E.D.). Learn how to identify invasive species in your river during this FREE interactive workshop. The protocols are fun and get you outdoors for a real field experience!
See Flyer (pdf)

Free Workshop on Aug. 20, 2015, to register contact Becky by Aug. 19, 2015.

(262) 338-1794


Fishing in the Neighborhood
Get Hooked on Fishing! Fishing in the Neighborhood will host free open fishing events at Milwaukee County Parks lagoons and ponds. Finterns, Kendalyn and Chloe, will be ready to teach fishing techniques and skills to beginner anglers and young fishermen. The whole family is invited to fish! Poles and bait will be provided. Individuals 16 and older will need a fishing license.
  See Flyer (pdf)

No registration required.

See Calendar above


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