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Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee

Activities: Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Nature Center, Snowshoeing, Wildlife Viewing

Valkyrie the eagle, posing

Six miles of trails lead visitors through 185 acres of forests, wetlands, restored prairies, ravines, bluffs and Lake Michigan shoreline. There is evidence of active management of the land, restoring habitats unique to the Midwest and reclaiming bountiful natural history. A network of wheelchair accessible trails and boardwalks encourages everyone to cultivate a relationship with the natural world.


Winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.


A comprehensive nature center offering experiential, environmental education for people of all ages, including an in-house Nature Preschool. The Center keeps resident live hawks, owls, falcons, and eagles.


A designated Important Bird Area because of the habitat for waterfowl on Lake Michigan and identified as an ebird hotspot with 258 species recorded. You might see any of the following common species: Diving ducks, loons, grebes, Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, and Red-breasted Merganser, along with many less common ones.


A 60-foot tower offers panoramic views of Lake Michigan as well as the property.


Admission fee required. Free to members.

For more information, go to

Story links: “Raptors get top billing at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center” in The Natural Realm

Photo essay: A misty morning at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center” in The Natural Realm


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1111 E. Brown Deer Rd.
53217, Milwaukee, WI, US