#MKEthemost of staying at home
While the Wisconsin Safer at Home Order remains in effect, parks buildings and facilities — such as playgrounds, beaches, sports courts and golf courses — will be closed. Trails, however, will remain open for walking and biking, as long as social distancing requirements are followed. Brighten your day with activities related to parks and nature!
Social Distancing in Parks, on Trails
Keep a 6-foot distance to keep yourself and others safe. Visit a neighborhood park and loop the lagoon, or explore the 125-mile Oak Leaf Trail, by bike, skates or scooter.
Find a Park Near You!
Plan Your Route on the OLT!
Plan Your Native/Pollinator Garden
Create an oasis for pollinators by using native plants in your yard! This year's plant sale will be by PRE-ORDER ONLY! Select from more than 130 different types of plants.
Native Plant Sale Pre-Order Deadline: May 1
See What Plants Are Available
Find Plant Photos & Details
Just for Fun or to Gather Data to Help Scientists
This month we're launching a fun, new #staysafeathome community squirrel census. To take part you'll simply watch for squirrels in your garden, backyard or neighborhood and record your sightings to earn electronic badges.
Get Details & the Squirrel Tracker App!
Color Your Cares Away
Parks-Inspired Coloring Sheets
The journal, Art Therapy, reported that "making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones in your body." Combine that with our parks-inspired images, and your day feels more like a walk in the park!
Watch for More!
Calling All Backyard Birders!
As you await the arrival of spring migrants, the bird illustrations below — along with some colored pencils and your birding guide — will keep your bird ID skills in top shape!
Through eBird, explore recent sightings of birds in our area or submit your sightings!
Look What Flew Into Town!
The Domes at Home
Activities From Friends of The Domes
Each week, Friends of The Domes bring you new educational videos; family-friendly, nature-related activities; and a little punny horticultural humor!
See the Latest Activities!
Go With Your Creative Flow
Submit Fond Memories in the Parks
Now's a great time to let out your inner poet or writer! Think back to fun times in a particular park — as a child, on a first date, statata winter wedding at poems, haiku (5-7-5), written, audio or video, photograph or artwork
Send Us Your Memories!
Virtual Woodcocks & Wine
Join Wehr Nature Center for a presentation about the sky dance of the American Woodcock. Observe the virtual sunset as you await the unique mating dance of these birds. Feel free to watch with a glass of wine or other tasty beverage!
April 8, 7-8 p.m. FREE
Register for Your Link!
The Gardens at Home
Activities From Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens
From suet bird feeders to biodegradable seed-starter pots, and nature bracelets to wild weavings, Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens has brought together some great activities for kids and adults alike.
See All Activities!