American Eagle Day
On June 20, 1782, the Bald Eagle was placed on the official Seal of the… Read Story >
Please keep in mind when you plan your visit:
Our trails are open 8:30am – 8:00pm Mon – Thurs and 8:30am – 5:00pm Fri – Sun. We look forward to your visit!
A friendly reminder: Because we are a nature preserve with wildlife and native plantings, pets are not allowed. However, registered service dogs kept on a leash and under the control of their owner/handler are welcome.
Please register at the Welcome Booth when you arrive. Admission fees are paid when you arrive if needed.
If this is your first visit, please read our general trail guidelines. Please note that because we are a nature preserve, pets are not allowed on the grounds. Service animals are welcome.
You can read about the current Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), a naturally occurring bird virus, here. It has been confirmed in poultry in Wisconsin and can infect raptors. While it doesn’t impact your visit to Schlitz Audubon, we are taking precautions to protect our captive raptor ambassadors.
There is so much to experience at Schlitz Audubon! Hike our six miles of trails through forests, prairies, wetlands, and Lake Michigan shoreline. We are a Milwaukee birding hotspot — bring your binoculars! See our Frequently Asked Questions for more Center information and trail guidelines. Visit today!
Special activities, included with your membership or admission, take place most weekends. Word with a Bird has returned! See your favorite birds from our Raptor Program up close at the Visitor Center from 1:00pm–2:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Our nature ambassadors are back on Sundays, 12:00pm–3:00pm on the trails to lead activities, introduce you to our animal ambassadors, and answer your nature questions.
Enhance your viewing experience by renting one of our family-friendly Nature Packs, which includes a wonderful winter scavenger hunt, an Animal Tracks and Traces Quick Guide, a magnifying glass, and a nature notebook to write observations or draw what you experienced.
View our calendar for educational program opportunities.
Located near the Visitor Center entrance, visitors can view a live bird of prey, daily from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Currently, Sky Walker, our Red-tailed Hawk, resides there most days.
Visit Mystery Lake to see frogs, turtles, waterfowl, muskrats, and other wildlife. This trail is wheelchair accessible.
Climb the 60-foot tower for a great view of our property and Lake Michigan from above the tree canopy. May be closed during inclement weather. A must-see view in autumn!
Stop by for a serene overlook of Lake Michigan. Located at the north end of the Lake Terrace Trail. Great for spotting ducks.
As you are hiking, you may see various structures that are in place for wildlife conservation. Some examples include bat boxes, an insect hotel, and nesting boxes for Eastern Bluebirds, Wood Ducks, and Chimney Swifts.
Our education center received a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) award from the U.S. Building Council. Learn more about our green building.
See live animals – including Emerson, the snapping turtle – and learn about their habitats.
Our child-friendly exhibits highlight our land and our green building.
In late spring, summer, and fall of 2023 head upstairs to see a nature-related art exhibit, which is wheelchair accessible via the elevator.
Stop by our Nature Store for nature books, Schlitz Audubon logo wear, local artwork, and nature items for all ages.
Relax in one of our wooden rocking chairs while listening to the Lake Michigan waves. You may even see some wild birds splashing in our Great Lakes fountain.