Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is an oasis of natural beauty and habitat located on the shores of Lake Michigan – just 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee. We connect people of all ages with nature and inspire them to become responsible stewards of the natural world.
While we graciously restore and preserve our 185-acre sanctuary for all to enjoy, we also treasure the opportunity to nurture the minds, bodies, and spirits of all who visit. There is abundant research showing the positive impact of nature on people of all ages – this is why we are so dedicated and passionate about what we do!
We offer unlimited opportunities for personal life enrichment by providing:
- Natural science education for audiences of all ages
- A magnificent, natural habitat for personal solitude or more active pursuits, such as hiking or cross-country skiing
- Volunteer and internship opportunities in environmental education and stewardship
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Center and property wheelchair accessible?
The Center is wheelchair accessible, with elevator access to other floors of the building. The designated parking area and the trail leading to the observation tower is paved and wheelchair accessible. Although the outlying prairie trails are regularly maintained, we do not recommend wheelchair usage.
Do you allow snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or biking on the trails?
Snowshoeing and cross country skis are permitted on the trails. To protect the prairie and its natural inhabitants, bicycling is not allowed.
Are dogs allowed on the trails if they’re on leashes?
Unfortunately, because dogs are naturally disruptive to wildlife and natural plantings, they are not allowed on the property.
Can we picnic on the grounds?
We do not have picnicking facilities on the grounds. Doctor’s Park, just south of Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, has tables for picnicking.
Is Schlitz Audubon Nature Center a county park?
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is a locally supported affiliate of the National Audubon Society (NAS). The Center and grounds are owned by NAS and are independent from the Milwaukee County Park System and the State Park System.
Does the building have wireless internet access?
Free wireless internet access is available in the Auditorium, Conference Room, and Hearth Room.