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Plan Your Visit
Beginning April 19, pre-registration for weekday hiking will no longer be required. Our trails are open 9:00am-5:00pm. Please register at the Welcome Booth when you arrive. Admission fees are paid when you arrive if needed.
On Saturdays and Sundays, pre-registration on our website is still necessary.
Weekend Morning Hiking: 9:30am-1:00pm
Weekend Afternoon Hiking: 1:00-pm–4:30pm
Note: It’s prescribed burn season at Schlitz Audubon–an important land management tool. As you are near our Visitor Center, you may notice areas that have been burned for this reason. Burns are carefully and methodically done in order to control cool-season grasses, unwanted brush, and to promote the growth of native plants.
If this is your first visit, please read our general trail guidelines.
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!
As the viewing area does not allow for proper social distancing, there will be no bird displayed in our Raptor Exhibit, following our current Covid Guidelines.
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. These include Emerson our Snapping Turtle, a snake, and a flying squirrel.
Our child-friendly exhibits highlight our land and our green building.
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.
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.