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Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville

Activities: Birding, Hiking, Nature Center, Wildlife Viewing


Over 485 acres of land and ten miles of trails that meander through prairies, woodlands, wetlands, and along a mile and a half of Milwaukee River shoreline. One of the oldest independent nature centers in the region, Riveredge had been modeling habitat restoration and stewardship since 1968. Access to the trails available to the public 365 days a year from dawn to dusk.


Terrain includes a vernal pond and creek, both designated as state natural areas; twenty-eight acres of prairie; a fen; six ponds; one and one-half miles of riparian habitat; several wet meadows; a conifer forest and seven deciduous forest types.


Identified by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as an ebird hotspot with 168 species of birds. Also, more than 580 species of plants, 26 mammals and seven amphibians, including these rare, threatened and endangered species: forked aster, fringed orchid, goldenseal, rusty patched bumblebee, ovenbird, swamp metalmark butterfly, and starnose mole.


A comprehensive nature center offering recreational opportunities and environmental education for adults, families and children, as well as opportunities to help with ongoing citizen science research projects, such as the rearing of and releasing of lake sturgeon into the Milwaukee River as part of the WI DNR’s Milwaukee Lake Sturgeon Rehabilitation Program.


Trail use fee requested ($5 per adult or $2 per child.) Free to members.

For more information, go to the Riveredge Nature Center website.


Story links:

Bird banding at Riveredge provides critical scientific data.

What is “needle ice?

Area Nature Centers Tap Maples for Syrup—and Fun!

Sturgeon Fest 2018

Sturgeon Fest: A child’s perspective (2019)

Scenes from Milwaukee’s Three-in-One Festival! (2022)


Gallery (click to enlarge)




4458 Co Hwy Y
53080, Saukville, WI, US