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Plan Your Visit
Although the CDC has loosened its mask requirements for vaccinated adults in certain circumstances, our mask policy at the Center remains. This enables us to protect our hundreds of preschoolers and school-aged children who are not yet eligible for vaccination. Please help us by wearing a mask when you are within six feet of others – including when passing on the trails – and when inside the Visitor Center. Please postpone your visit if you are sick or believe you have been exposed to the virus. See our latest COVID-19 updates here.
Our trails are open 9:00am-8:00pm, Monday-Thursday and 9:00am-5:00pm, Friday-Sunday. 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.
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 Grassy Lot 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 and answer your nature questions.
On the weekends, enhance your viewing experience by renting one of our family-friendly Nature Packs, which includes a Super Summer Scavenger Hunt, a Rocks and Minerals Quick Guide, a magnifying glass, and a Nature Notebook to write observations or draw what you experienced.
View our calendar for educational program opportunities.
Mystery Lake Boardwalk
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!
Milner Lake Michigan Viewing Deck
Stop by for a serene overlook of Lake Michigan. Located at the north end of the Lake Terrace Trail. Great for spotting ducks.
Wildlife Conservation Efforts
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.
Due to COVID-19, some of these features are not currently available.
Gold LEED Certified Building
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.
Live Animal Exhibits
See live animals and learn about their habitats. Due to COVID-19, our only current live animal exhibit is Emerson, our snapping turtle.
Our child-friendly exhibits highlight our land and our green building. (Not currently accessible, due to COVID-19.)
Mezzanine Art Gallery
Head upstairs to see a nature-related art exhibit, which is wheelchair accessible via the elevator. Past exhibits have included nature photography, paintings, quilts, and other two-dimensional art. Schlitz Audubon has a collection of John James Audubon prints, generously loaned by the Jeff Rusinow Family Charitable Foundation, which regularly rotate into the gallery. (Due to COVID-19, there is no art exhibit currently.)
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.