Nature Centers and Parks

The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is a 185-acre stretch of untouched land along the shore of Lake Michigan. Escape from the world of concrete to hike 6 miles of trails, walk along the beach and enjoy the spectacular view from a 60-foot observation tower. Attend workshops, see nature exhibits, meet resident raptors or go hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or geocaching.

The Urban Ecology Center's (UEC) three Milwaukee locations are known internationally for ecology programs, educational outreach, and river stewardship. The Riverside Park branch features an award-winning green building on 15 wooded acres - this beautiful environmental community center draws residents and visitors alike. The Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum, a 40-acre arboretum created along the Milwaukee River adjacent to the UEC, includes 6 acres of formerly industrial land which is undergoing a dramatic transformation into an Oak Savannah.

Urban Ecology Center’s Menomonee Valley branch was once a vacant tavern at 37th and Pierce Streets and is now a model of “green” building options. This environmental community center currently serves eight schools and aims to expand its program to serve 22 additional south side schools which will participate in UEC's Neighborhood Environmental Education Project.

Opened in 2013, the 24-acre Three Bridges Park marks the continued transformation of the former, long-abandoned rail yard in the Menomonee Valley into an asset for families, children, fishers, hikers, bikers, boaters, businesses and employees of the area. The park features two miles of trails, river access, and three new bike/pedestrian bridges.

With over 140 parks and parkways totaling nearly 15,000 acres, the Milwaukee County Parks system is a source of pride for the community, offering an impressive source of recreational enjoyment for citizens and visitors alike.

Dedicated to protecting and improving water quality and riparian wildlife habitat, Milwaukee Riverkeeper advocates for sound land management in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds.