Earth Day Activities in Waukesha

1. County Materials Recycling Facility (MRF)
220 S. Prairie Ave. Waukesha
See how your recyclables are processed.

2. Waukesha Water Utility Pumping Station
Sunset Dr-Fox Run Shopping Center
Find out where Waukesha’s water comes from.

3. E.B.Shurts Environmental Learning Center
810 W. College Ave. Waukesha
Tour the cave, critter & habitat display rooms.

4. Waukesha Wastewater Treatment Plant
600 Sentry Dr. Waukesha
Watch Waukesha’s water go from “flush” to clean.

Treatment Plant-2 tours only-10 & 11:30-first come, first served. Limit 20 each. All others have open hours, but final tours at the MRF & Water Utility are at 12:30.

Retzer Nature Center Earth Week Activities
All Earth Week programs are free
(I am mainly listing the things that are still registerable for according to the brochure. There are other activities, listed on/in the pdf linked above, and maybe if you called you could still register.)

Wisconsin Bats:Ecology & Monitoring
Tuesday, April 24 (7:00-9:00 PM) Adults & Families with Children 10+ Bill Mueller of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory will discuss WI bat ecology and monitoring their populations. Learn about threats facing WI bats, and our need to learn about their numbers and distribution. Learn how to use electronic equipment to survey for bats. Call (262) 548-7801 to register by April 22. Seating is limited to 100 people.

Birds of Prey
Wednesday, April 25 (7-8:30 PM) Adult Program Join wildlife rehabilitator Mary Schmaus for her program featuring live birds of prey (hawks and owls). Mary is an expert in the care & healing of injured birds of prey. Her goal is to release them, healthy & whole, back to the wild. She uses special hawks and owls, which cannot be released, to share the wonders of these marvelous birds. Please call (262) 548-7801 to register by April 23. Seating is limited to 100 people.

Preschool Nature Exploration
Thursday, April 26 – (10-11 AM) – 2-3 yr. or (1-2 PM) – 4-6 yr. A nature experience awaits children on a Retzer hike. Come & explore the sensory wonders of the outdoors while observing & comparing spring insects, flowers & other treasures. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. Call (262) 548-7801 to register by April 23. Max 15, min 5 per session.

Morning Bird Hike
Friday, April 27 (7-8:30 AM) Discover the birds returning to the diverse habitats of Brown’s Fen—one of Retzer’s finest nature areas. No need to register.

Saturday, April 28
(5 AM-12:30 PM)
Experience nature’s beauty in a whole new way by volunteering for Earth Watch. You’ll observe the often unnoticed activities of the birds & animals of Retzer during your 2 1/2 hour shift at one of our observation sites. Equipment is provided for watching & identifying the many beautiful creatures of the wild. Please call (262) 896-8007 to reserve your spot.

Groups depart at 9, 10, 11 AM – meet by main entrance
Join Retzer Naturalist Larry Kascht for a bird watching adventure. Learn how to participate in this fascinating & fun activity through a guided tour of feathered wildlife. This program includes 1/2 hour discussion and 1/2 hour hike on wooded and open areas on gentle terrain, near the building. No need to register.

(9 AM-3 PM)
Nature activities & games – “A SPRING FLING” Kids of all ages will enjoy a variety of crafts and activities celebrating the best of spring.
Geared for All Ages
Bubble Machine, Sunprints, Family Trail Rally
Geared for Ages 7 and up
Sprout a seed necklace, Sun & Moon Spiral Windchime
Geared for Ages 6 and under
Sprout a seed sunflower magnet, Discovery Fun Binoculars


The editors of and Metroparent magazine will teach you how to make a newspaper hat.

(Noon-3 PM) – Age 14 thru Adult
Join Retzer staff in this worthwhile volunteer project of invasive species removal or spreading wood chips on trails. Call (262) 896-8074 to register by April 20.

SAVE WATER, SAVE MONEY WITH RAIN GARDENS & RAIN BARRELS (1-2 PM) When it rains—where does your rainwater go? In this program, we will learn about two great ways to capture your runoff—rain gardens and rain barrels. You will learn the basic design principles to design and install your own rain garden and rain barrel. Handouts will be provided. No need to register.

(2-3 PM) – meet by main entrance
Enjoy this guided hike on trails in wooded and open areas on moderately hilly terrain. No need to register.

CONCERT BY TOM PEASE (3-5 PM) His music will get the whole family singing and dancing.

CAMPFIRE SONGS & S’MORES (5-7 PM) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR: Guided Twilight Hike Into Brown’s Fen (Approx. 7:15-9:00 PM) This nature area features frogs and peepers, woodcocks, coyotes, and constellations. Enjoy our own Treasure Hunt! This hike is on very hilly terrain, in twilight and darkness, so bring your flash- light. Recommended for older children. No need to register.

Earth Day Finale
Charles Z. Horwitz Planetarium Shows
Saturday, April 28
(9, 10, 11 AM, Noon, 1, 2, and 3 PM)
This program highlights the beauty of the spring season here in Wisconsin. Watch your favorite constellation characters like Leo, the Lion, Hercules, the Strong Man and Hydra, the Water Snake magically come alive to tell of their amazing sky adventures. Bring the whole family, program is suitable for all ages.

Earth Day Planetarium programs are presented FREE to the public to coordinate with Retzer’s Earth Day celebrations. Tickets for each show will be available starting at 8:00 AM at the Planetarium Ticket Office. Space is limited, so arrive early.

(I have to say Retzer Nature Center does Earth Day up well. So consider stopping by at some point. Thank you to for reminding me to finally look up the Retzer Earth day activities.


About skirnirh

I am a wife and mother of one who lives in San Jose, California. I enjoy couponing, walking/biking outside, financial matters, exercise, cooking and health news.
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