Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Our mission is to conserve our land’s diverse habitats on Lake Michigan and provide meaningful experiences and environmental education for all.
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Schlitz Audubon Nature Center offers a wide range of educational programs for toddlers through senior citizens. Schlitz Audubon’s sustainable Gold LEED certified Educational Center is situated on 185 acres along the shores of Lake Michigan, just 10 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. We have 6 miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and a 60-foot observation tower overlooking

Lake Michigan. We are a proud partner of National Audubon, working together in the areas of education and avian conservation.

Join us on Wednesdays, January 17, 24 & 31 for Winter Ecology Workshop! Each day will have a slightly different focus an...
01/08/2024

Join us on Wednesdays, January 17, 24 & 31 for Winter Ecology Workshop! Each day will have a slightly different focus and habitat that we visit. They will all showcase aspects of winter ecology plus explore some of the many characteristics of animal and plant survival during this time of scarcity in the natural world.
https://www.schlitzaudubon.org/event/winter-ecology-workshop/

Join us on Wednesdays, February 21 through March 27 for Tai Chi! This is a 6-week introduction to Yang style short form ...
01/06/2024

Join us on Wednesdays, February 21 through March 27 for Tai Chi! This is a 6-week introduction to Yang style short form tai chi, with an emphasis on relaxation, alignment, and fluid movement. Gentle tai chi movements build balance, stability, flexibility, and ease.
https://www.schlitzaudubon.org/event/tai-chi-2/

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Photojournalist Mike De Sisti recently shot his first roll of film in 20 years. We're thrille...
01/04/2024

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Photojournalist Mike De Sisti recently shot his first roll of film in 20 years. We're thrilled that some of the photos he shared were taken at Schlitz Audubon!

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photojournalist Mike De Sisti shot his first roll of film in 20 years. Check out the photos.

Join us on Sunday, January 14 for Scouting for Deer! Search the trails for deer and the evidence that they have left beh...
01/04/2024

Join us on Sunday, January 14 for Scouting for Deer! Search the trails for deer and the evidence that they have left behind, including hoof prints and antlers. Learn about how deer have been part of human history and the many adaptations they have to thrive in our backyards.
https://www.schlitzaudubon.org/event/scouting-for-deer/

Join us on Saturday, January 6 for Raptor Saturday! Let’s celebrate Bald Eagles! Join Valkyrie, one of our resident Bald...
01/03/2024

Join us on Saturday, January 6 for Raptor Saturday! Let’s celebrate Bald Eagles! Join Valkyrie, one of our resident Bald Eagles and learn about this national symbol as we compare this species to other eagles around the world and to other charismatic raptors of Wisconsin and more! Sponsored by We Energies Foundation.

Let’s celebrate Bald Eagles! Join Valkyrie, one of our resident Bald Eagles and learn about this national symbol as we compare this species to other eagles around the world and to other charismatic raptors of Wisconsin. We’ll discuss how far conservation efforts have come, why winter is a good t...

Happy Holiday! We'll be open until 3pm on 12/31 and closed on New Years Day, but open regular hours the rest of the week...
12/30/2023

Happy Holiday! We'll be open until 3pm on 12/31 and closed on New Years Day, but open regular hours the rest of the week. Come for a hike!

Join us on Wednesday, January 10 for Bird Club! Hear a presentation by American Bird Conservancy’s Dr. Bryan Lenz to dis...
12/29/2023

Join us on Wednesday, January 10 for Bird Club! Hear a presentation by American Bird Conservancy’s Dr. Bryan Lenz to discuss the scale of the window collision problem, how birds see the world, the science behind collisions solutions, and what you can do to keep your windows from killing birds.

Join a welcoming community of bird enthusiasts on the second Wednesday of the month. New and experienced birders will meet to learn together, discuss bird-related issues, and hike to discover birds on the property. Our co-host is Dan Panetti, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Mequon. Join us for a...

Join us on Tuesday, January 9 for Star Search! Hear about some of this season’s upcoming astronomical sightings and even...
12/29/2023

Join us on Tuesday, January 9 for Star Search! Hear about some of this season’s upcoming astronomical sightings and events. Learn about some of our favorite planets and constellations visible this winter. Weather permitting, we’ll head outside to search for the stars!

Discover the stars of Schlitz Audubon’s skies with Naturalist Jacob Kempinski. Hear about some of this season’s upcoming astronomical sightings and events. Learn about some of our favorite planets and constellations visible this winter. Weather permitting, we’ll head outside to search for the ...

Join us on Sunday, January 7 for Family Birding; Winter Shorebirds! Naturalist Laine Cotteleer will teach you how to use...
12/28/2023

Join us on Sunday, January 7 for Family Birding; Winter Shorebirds! Naturalist Laine Cotteleer will teach you how to use binoculars! Then, you’ll go on a guided hike down to Lake Michigan to see who’s that dappling and diving in the icy waters!

Naturalist Laine Cotteleer will teach you how to use binoculars! Then, you’ll go on a guided hike down to Lake Michigan to see who’s that dappling and diving in the icy waters! Discover Wisconsin’s winter shorebirds, ducks, and other birds that might be migrating through the area. This program...

We are so lucky to partner with the incredible team over at Tall Guy and a Grill Catering who love our reptiles as much ...
12/28/2023

We are so lucky to partner with the incredible team over at Tall Guy and a Grill Catering who love our reptiles as much as we do and share our goal of creating more sustainable weddings. Did you know they were certified as a Green Caterer by the Green Restaurant Association in 2022? The first caterer in Wisconsin to obtain this designation!

Our team is obsessed with Emerson, the Snapping Turtle at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, so our front office team gifted a turtle sponsorship🐢 to our culinary team for the holidays.

For those of you who don't know, Emerson was found abandoned in the bathtub of an empty apartment as a young turtle. He was brought to the Milwaukee Public Museum and then moved to Schlitz Audubon to serve as an Animal Ambassador in 2000.

We love visiting Emerson when we cater events and weddings at Schlitz and now we have our very own plush Emerson in the kitchen to adore everyday 💚

Happy Holidays! We'll be open until noon on 12/24 and closed on Christmas Day but open throughout the week. Come for a h...
12/23/2023

Happy Holidays! We'll be open until noon on 12/24 and closed on Christmas Day but open throughout the week. Come for a hike and visit our Art Gallery!

Join us on Sunday, January 7 for Identifying Winter Ducks! We'll start this program with a duck identification presentat...
12/22/2023

Join us on Sunday, January 7 for Identifying Winter Ducks! We'll start this program with a duck identification presentation, including showing taxidermied duck mounts for up-close looks. Then, we’ll head down the bluff to the shores of Lake Michigan to witness the wonderful winter ducks of Wisconsin.

Naturalist Laine Cotteleer will start this program with a duck identification presentation, including showing taxidermied duck mounts for up-close looks. Then, we’ll head down the bluff to the shores of Lake Michigan. We’ll stroll along the beach to witness the wonderful winter ducks of Wisconsi...

Join us on Saturday, January 6 for a Literary Hike, featuring Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd He...
12/21/2023

Join us on Saturday, January 6 for a Literary Hike, featuring Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich. As we explore Schlitz Audubon, the selected pages and words of Heinrich will lead our discussion of the readings.

This season’s guided hike, led by naturalist Melanie Ziolecki, will follow the pages of Winter World by Bernd Heinrich. In this book, we learn how the animal kingdom relies on some astounding evolutionary adaptations to survive winter. As we explore Schlitz Audubon, the selected pages and words of...

We are saddened to share that Tucker, our 13-year-old male Eastern Screech Owl, passed away recently. Tucker was with us...
12/21/2023

We are saddened to share that Tucker, our 13-year-old male Eastern Screech Owl, passed away recently. Tucker was with us for 12 years and excelled in his role as an educational ambassador. He participated in nearly 1500 programs, giving the public an up-close look at this not-often-seen species and, being a brown screech owl, created unique memories for many.

Join us on Thursday, February 29 for Wingspan & Wine! Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special, friends, fam...
12/20/2023

Join us on Thursday, February 29 for Wingspan & Wine! Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special, friends, family, or even yourself? Give a unique wine tasting experience: Sampling wines from around the globe while meeting our birds of prey, including owls, falcons, hawks, and even a Bald Eagle!

At Wingspan & Wine on February 29, you'll taste wines from around the world while you mingle among the birds of prey from our raptor program!

So glad the little ones at St. Francis Children's Center enjoyed Traveling Nature Tales! Naturalist Melanie Ziolecki tak...
12/20/2023

So glad the little ones at St. Francis Children's Center enjoyed Traveling Nature Tales! Naturalist Melanie Ziolecki takes this new program on the road to groups of 3–5 year olds. Young learners connect to nature through their five senses with a story, nature artifacts, and meeting one of our animal ambassadors!

Join us on Mondays, January 8 – February 12 for Gentle Power Yoga! During this six-week series you will discover that Yo...
12/19/2023

Join us on Mondays, January 8 – February 12 for Gentle Power Yoga! During this six-week series you will discover that Yoga is for every BODY. During each class, local yoga instructor Chrissy Kruger-Gruendyke will guide you through a series of movements and regenerative poses that focuses on breath, balance and strength.

Mondays, January 8 – February 12 During this six-week Gentle Power yoga series you will discover that Yoga is for every BODY. During each class, local yoga instructor Chrissy Kruger-Gruendyke will guide you through a series of movements and regenerative poses that focuses on breath, balance and st...

Due to its popularity, JoAnna Poehlmann’s delightful, multi-faceted exhibit entitled Fin/Feather/Fungi/Frog/etc. has bee...
12/15/2023

Due to its popularity, JoAnna Poehlmann’s delightful, multi-faceted exhibit entitled Fin/Feather/Fungi/Frog/etc. has been extended through February 29! Visitors can view this distinguished art in our Art Gallery, located on the second floor of Schlitz Audubon’s Visitor Center. To learn more about her life and art, purchase JoAnna’s book, NOW AND THEN, a broad collection of images and descriptions of her artwork, available in our Nature Store!
Learn more about the exhibit: https://www.schlitzaudubon.org/2023/09/12/the-art-of-joanna-poehlmann/

12/14/2023

Thank you Real Milwaukee for visiting with our Raptor Program Director Lindsay Focht, who made an appearance with Zari, our Great Horned Owl, to talk about our Raptor Program!

Join us on Saturdays, January 13 & 20 for a two-part Winter Watercolor Workshop! Created for beginning and intermediate ...
12/14/2023

Join us on Saturdays, January 13 & 20 for a two-part Winter Watercolor Workshop! Created for beginning and intermediate level painters looking for an afternoon with other bird, wildlife, and nature enthusiasts. This workshop introduces simple techniques while exploring elements of nature and wildlife found at the Center.

This is a two-day workshop: Saturdays, January 13 & 20 Explore basic watercolor painting with a two-day workshop. Created for beginning and intermediate level painters looking for an afternoon with other bird, wildlife, and nature enthusiasts. This workshop introduces simple techniques while explori...

The Geminid Meteor Shower will be visible from late night to dawn around the peak dates of December 13 and 14, and in 20...
12/13/2023

The Geminid Meteor Shower will be visible from late night to dawn around the peak dates of December 13 and 14, and in 2023 the moon shouldn't block the view. Learn more about this spectacular night sky event!

Predicted peak: The peak is predicted** at 19:27 UTC on December 14, 2023. But the night of December 13 might be good as well. When to watch: Since the radiant rises in mid-evening, you can watch for Geminids from late night to dawn around the peak dates of December 13 and 14. Good news … a young ...

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1111 E Brown Deer Road
Milwaukee, WI
53217

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm
Saturday 8:30am - 5pm
Sunday 8:30am - 5pm

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(414) 352-2880

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