Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Summer at Schlitz Audubon

Summer has arrived, and lush leaf cover shades much of the Center’s six miles of trails. Flowering prairie plants rise to greet the bright summer sun and a cool breeze accompanies the fossils washing up along our Lake Michigan shoreline.

In early summer, what looks like crickets are usually young toadlets that have just emerged from the ponds. The small black tadpoles with gold flecks at Mystery Lake have grown up and are now looking for homes in the forest. Mystery Lake and Boardwalk Pond are home to numerous Painted and Snapping Turtles. Read more

Summer Panorama

For Summer 2017 Panorama, we celebrate the rarely heralded creatures found throughout the Center: Reptiles and Amphibians. Read about the vital roles reptiles and amphibians play in the ecosystem, our Reptile and Amphibian Conservation Area, citizen science in the ponds, and more!

Panorama also includes a listing of programs taking place during July, August, and September. Paper copies were mailed to members on June 16. To view a digital version, click here. To receive a printed copy, click here to learn about the benefits of membership. 

New Executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Helen Boomsma has been named Executive Director. Boomsma brings to the role more than 20 years of varied experience in leadership, fundraising, and community relations, often related to education initiatives. 

“We are very excited to have Helen lead our organization, as she is clearly passionate about Schlitz Audubon’s mission,” said John Grunau, Schlitz Audubon’s Board President. Read complete details

New Welcome Booth Construction Begins

We are pleased to announce that construction of a new Welcome Booth is underway at the Center’s entrance. This booth will allow us to personally greet every visitor and offer individual guidance upon arrival. Schlitz Audubon will keep members and the greater community posted as details develop.


Watch our video and discover the many treasures that await you at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.


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