Thursday, August 20, 2015

Nature Centers Free Saturday!!!

Menomonee Valley Urban Ecology Center

Looking for a last hurrah to end the summer?  And would you like it if it was completely free?!  I love free, and I love that the Greater Milwaukee Foundation offers a Free day at our nature centers to celebrate 100 years of service to our community.

Visit Schlitz Audubon Nature Center on Saturday between 9 and 3.  There's a complete schedule of activities at their website.  Expect lots of outdoor fun like hikes, science projects, a trip to the ponds, and of course meet the resident raptors.  While you're there hike to the top of the tower for a great view of the lake.
Get hands on with snakes and turtles

Mequon Nature Preserve is also open for free with a special event thanks to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Their outdoor activities run from 9-5 and include an obstacle course, petting zoo, games, face painting, live music, and tractor rides!  Hurrah!

Food trucks will be at both Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and Mequon Nature Preserve, so come for the whole day and eat there if you like.

All three of our Urban Ecology Centers will also be participating from 9-5, though there normally isn't any admission here.  The activities they ordinarily charge for will be free.  Try the climbing wall and slide down the secret slides at Riverside.  Walk through the Arboretum to the river and try a kayak. Canoe on the lagoon at Washington Park and check out the pocket parks. Learn about the bees that live on the green roof at Menomonee Valley branch and hike out to the Three Bridges Park behind the building to see the amazing views of the valley and painted murals.
Have you ever touched a snake?

Kayaks will be in the water on Saturday

Climb the wall at Riverside Park

River Edge Nature Center at Saukville is also included.  Though it's a bit of a drive, this is one place where you are encouraged to climb trees, and that makes it worth it in my opinion! They use harnesses, so it's not as scary as you might imagine.  You need to preregister if you plan to climb.  Be sure to check out the link to the nature center for details on fairy home building, geocaching, tile painting and river exploration...but especially for PARKING DETAILS.  There is another event so you may need to park at Fireman's Park in Newburg.  While there, be sure to check out the baby sturgeon project.

This is going to be a great weekend!  Get out and enjoy it!
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