List of nature centers in Wisconsin

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This is a list of nature centers and environmental education centers in the state of Wisconsin.

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Name Location County Region Summary
Aldo Leopold Nature Center Monona Dane Southern Savanna website, 94 acre main site, exhibits on renewable energy, climate science, sustainability, naturalist Aldo Leopold, phenology, weather
Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve Suamico Brown Lake Michigan website, operated by the County, 920 acres of forest, meadows and wetlands, West Shores Interpretive Center
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary Green Bay Brown Lake Michigan 700 acre urban wildlife refuge
Beaver Creek Reserve Fall Creek Eau Claire Mississippi/Chippewa Rivers website, over 400 acres, includes the Wise Nature Center, citizen science center, butterfly house, observatory, youth camp, obstacle course, field research station, and charter science school
Bethel Horizons Nature Center Dodgeville Iowa Southern Savanna website, located on over 548 acres bordering Governor Dodge State Park, operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Blue Mound State Park Blue Mounds Dane Southern Savanna 1,153 acres (467 ha)
Brillion Nature Center Brillion Calumet Central Sands Prairie website, located on 40 acres within the 4,800 acre Brillion Wildlife Area
Cable Natural History Museum Cable Bayfield Lake Superior Northwoods website, museum operates 2 nearby properties
Camp Five Museum Laona Forest Lake Superior Northwoods 4 acres, includes a logging and forestry museum, historic logging equipment and riverboats, a petting zoo and a nature center with animal, plant and geology displays
Central Wisconsin Environmental Station Amherst Junction Portage Central Sands Prairie website, 200-acre teaching and learning center about the environment, operated by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources
Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area New Auburn Chippewa Mississippi/Chippewa Rivers 3,063 acres, exhibits about the area's geology, natural and cultural history
Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center at The Ridges Sanctuary Baileys Harbor Door Lake Michigan 1600 acre preserve
Crossroads at Big Creek Sturgeon Bay Door Lake Michigan website, 125-acre preserve, features indoor and outdoor laboratories, a greenhouse, a specialized botanical and environmental library, an observatory and astronomy center, a historical center developed and maintained by the Door County Historical Society, offers experience-based programs in science, history and the environment for learners of all ages
Devil's Lake State Park Nature Center Baraboo Sauk Southern Savanna 9,217 acres, known for its 500-foot-high (150 m) quartzite bluffs along the 360-acre (150 ha) Devil's Lake, exhibits on park's geology and natural history
Fallen Timbers Environmental Center Black Creek Outagamie Central Sands Prairie website, 456 acres, owned by six area school districts and operated by CESA 6, hands-on learning for students
Florence County Wild Rivers Interpretive Center Florence Florence Northern Highland website, exhibits and programs about the natural history of Northern Wisconsin, also area tourism information
Gitche Gumee Nature Center in Pattison State Park Superior Douglas Lake Superior Northwoods 1,225 acres, exhibits about the park's cultural and natural history
Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve Appleton Outagamie Central Sands Prairie website, 775 acres
Havenwoods State Forest Milwaukee Milwaukee Lake Michigan 237 acres, includes Environmental Awareness Center, urban arboretum, trails, education garden
Hawthorn Glen Milwaukee Milwaukee Lake Michigan website, 23-acre nature center, features nature museum, live native animals, operated by the City
Hawthorn Hollow Somers Kenosha Lake Michigan website, 40 acre nature sanctuary and arboretum, owned and operated by the Hyslop Foundation
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Menasha Winnebago Central Sands Prairie website, 76 acre urban nature reserve
High Cliff State Park Sherwood Calumet Central Sands Prairie 1,187 acres, located on Lake Winnebago, seasonal General Store Museum and nature programs
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Mayville Dodge Southern Savanna Over 21,000 acres, features the Horicon Marsh International Education Center
House In The Wood Delavan Walworth Southeast Glacial Plains website, outdoor education and retreat center, features live animals, 23 acres of lakeshore, forest, prairie and marsh habitats
Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary Sarona Washburn Lake Superior Northwoods website, 400 acres of forests, meadow, bogs and glacial lakes
International Crane Foundation Baraboo Sauk Southern Savanna Live crane exhibits, an interactive education center, guided and self-guided tours, a research library, visitor center, over four miles of hiking trails set among 100 acres of restored tall grass prairie, oak savanna, and wetlands
Interstate Park Ice Age Interpretive Center Saint Croix Falls Polk Lake Superior Northwoods Wisconsin park is 1,330 acres (538 ha) and the Minnesota park is 298 acres
Jordan Park Nature Center Stevens Point Portage Central Sands Prairie website, 271 acres, operated by the County
Kemp Natural Resources Station Woodruff Oneida Lake Superior Northwoods website, 235 acres, research and teaching facility operated by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences of the University of Wisconsin at Madison
Kettle Moraine State Forest Campbellsport Fond du Lac Central Sands Prairie Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center located in the Northern Unit, exhibits to learn about the frozen history of Wisconsin and the effects of the glacier
Kickapoo Valley Reserve La Farge Vernon Mississippi/Chippewa Rivers website, 8,569 acres, trails, visitor center with exhibit gallery, environmental education classes
Lac Lawrann Conservancy West Bend Washington Southern Savanna Region website, 137-acre nature preserve, outdoor education programs, plans for learning center
Ledge View Nature Center Chilton Calumet Central Sands Prairie 105 acres, operated by the County
MacKenzie Center Poynette Columbia Southern Savanna website, 250 acres, includes logging and conservation museums, native Wisconsin wildlife, an observation tower and an arboretum
Marsh Haven Nature Center Waupun Dodge Southern Savanna website, located at the north end of Horicon Marsh
Maywood Sheboygan Sheboygan Lake Michigan website, 135 acre city-owned park with an arboretum, ecology center
Mead Wildlife Area Milladore Wood Central Sands Prairie Education programs at the Stanton W. Mead Education and Visitor Center
Mequon Nature Preserve Mequon Ozaukee Lake Michigan website, 438 acres with over five miles of trails, an observation tower, and the PieperPower Education Center
Mosquito Hill Nature Center New London Outagamie Central Sands Prairie website, operated by the County on 430 acres
Myrick Hixon EcoPark La Crosse La Crosse Mississippi/Chippewa Rivers website, independent, non-profit organization that works in partnership with the City of La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department
Navarino Nature Center Shiocton Outagamie Central Sands Prairie website, environmental education facility located within the 1,000 acre Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Navarino Wildlife Area
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Necedah Juneau Central Sands Prairie 43,696-acre refuge, habitat for waterfowl and sandhill cranes, visitor center exhibits, programs
Neustadter Nature Center at Collins Marsh Collins Manitowoc Lake Michigan website, 4,200 acre state wildlife area, facilities include a nature center open by appointment, a screened-in shelter and 110 foot tower
Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center Coon Valley Vernon Mississippi/Chippewa Rivers 400 acres, includes preserved original late 19th century log and stone buildings, artifacts brought with the settlers from Norway, Native American artifacts, a hands-on nature room, an arboretum, and the Skumsrud Heritage Farm
Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest Sayner Vilas Lake Superior Northwoods Crystal Lake Nature Center at Crystal Lake Campground, over 232,000 acres
North Lakeland Discovery Center Manitowish Vilas Lake Superior Northwoods website, includes 12 miles of trails
Northwoods Wildlife Center Minocqua Oneida Lake Superior Northwoods website, wildlife rehabilitation center with resident animals, guided tours and education programs
Point Beach State Forest Two Rivers Manitowoc Lake Michigan Open weekday afternoons from Memorial Day through Labor Day
Pringle Nature Center Bristol Kenosha Lake Michigan website, located within the 197 acre Bristol Woods County Park
Raptor Education Group Antigo Langlade Lake Superior Northwoods Tours available in the summer of the raptor rehabilitation area
Retzer Nature Center Waukesha Waukesha Southern Savanna website, 335 acres, operated by the County
Richard Bong State Recreation Area Kansasville Racine Lake Michigan Molinaro Visitor Center features displays, live animals and hands-on exhibits about the recreation area
River Bend Nature Center Racine Racine Lake Michigan 743 acres
Riveredge Nature Center Saukville Ozaukee Lake Michigan website, 389 acres of prairies, forests, ponds and marshes along the Milwaukee River
Sanderling Nature Center at Kohler-Andrae State Park Sheboygan Sheboygan Lake Michigan 988 acres
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Milwaukee Milwaukee Lake Michigan website, 185 acres along the shore of Lake Michigan
Schmeeckle Reserve Stevens Point Portage Central Sands Prairie 275 acres, located on the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Seno Woodland Education Center Burlington Kenosha Lake Michigan website, operated by the Kenosha/Racine Land Trust, education for schools, educators, landowners about forestry and the national habitats of forest, prairie and wetland
Thousand Islands Environmental Center Kaukauna Outagamie Central Sands Prairie website, 350 acres
Treehaven Tomahawk Lincoln Lake Superior Northwoods website, residential natural resources education and conference facility owned and operated by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
Trees for Tomorrow Eagle River Vilas Lake Superior Northwoods website, natural resources specialty school, programs for families, schools, groups, teachers, adults
University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum Madison Dane Southern Savanna 1,260 acres, visitor center exhibits, public and education programs
Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center Wisconsin Dells Juneau Central Sands Prairie website, 310 acres, public and residential environmental education center, operated by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, 14 buildings including a nature center and a raptor enclosure housing educational birds of prey
Urban Ecology Center Milwaukee Milwaukee Lake Michigan Cares for 70 acres of urban land, offers environmental education and citizen science programs
Washington Island Art & Nature Center Washington Island Door Lake Michigan website, art gallery, exhibits on island natural and cultural history
Wehr Nature Center Franklin Milwaukee Lake Michigan website, operated by the County, located within 200 acre Whitnall Park
Welty Environmental Center Beloit Rock Southern Savanna website, located in Beckman Mill County Park
White Cedar Nature Center in Peninsula State Park Fish Creek Door Lake Michigan 3,776 acres
Whitefish Dunes State Park Nature Center Sturgeon Bay Door Lake Michigan 865 acres, exhibits about the ecology, geology and cultural history of the park
Wildwood Wildlife Park Minocqua Oneida Lake Superior Northwoods website, zoo and nature center with over 750 animals
Willow River State Park Hudson St. Croix Mississippi/Chippewa Rivers 2,891 acres
Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve Two Rivers Manitowoc Lake Michigan website, nearly 1,200-acre preserve

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