Once a farm for the Schlitz Brewery draft horses, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is Milwaukee’s comprehensive nature center. We offer six miles of trails that take visitors through 185 acres of forests, wetlands, restored prairies, ravines, bluffs, and Lake Michigan shoreline.
Our 185 acres that make up Schlitz Audubon Nature Center have a history much longer than the more than four decades it has been a place for environmental education.
Ahead of its time when built in 2003, our building was one of the nation’s most environmentally conscious Gold LEED-certified green buildings. The structure is called the Dorothy K. Vallier Environmental Learning Center, named after our founder.
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center has a wide variety of individuals who are enthusiastic, hard-working, and dedicated to supporting our mission.
We are governed by a talented and dedicated board of directors. This group of community leaders works with us to promote our mission, formulate policy, steward donor and member contributions, and provide oversight.
Our 2023-2027 strategic plan, On Kinship & Nature, contains these four strategic priorities:
- The Visitor Experience | Creating Diverse Connections with Nature
- Welcoming Everyone | Accessibility, Diversity, and Nature for All
- Conservation | Caring for the Land
- Education | Creating Enriching Experiences for the Community
Learn about our annual efforts to conserve our land’s diverse habitats on Lake Michigan and provide meaningful experiences and environmental education for all.