Discovery Trail at Retzer Nature Center Now Revitalized and Expanded

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The Discovery Trail at Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha has been revitalized thanks to contributions from the Waukesha Rotary Club Foundation, the Friends of Retzer Nature Center, and funding from Community Development Block grants.

The project has revitalized Retzer’s old Adventure Trail with expanded accessibility into nature for all ages and abilities. 

The Insect Exploration Station on the revitalized Discovery Trail at Retzer Nature Center

The new Discovery Trail includes a variety of “Exploration Stations” for outdoor education, sensory-based play experiences, and STEM activities for families and school groups. 

See the Discovery Trail Map.

This multi-phase project refreshed the original ‘Adventure Trail’ with the reconstruction of the accessible path and an expanded connection to the accessible boardwalk.

The Wood Exploration Center along the Discovery Trail at Retzer Nature Center

Other additions include a gateway feature, a stone seat wall gathering space, exploration stations – including insect, wood, animal tracks, and eagle nest – as well as a habitat free-play area, boulder scramble, and native plant observation areas.

Phase 3 Wish List items include an interactive Nature Sensory Station, a Wing Span Station, Spider Web Station, Education Signage, and native plants restoration.

The Nest Exploration Station on Discovery Trail at Retzer Nature Center

You can also explore “Vista Trail,” where you’ll get a good view of Waukesha, and the “Nature Trail” where there are boardwalks and babbling brooks.⠀

While you’re there, explore the nature center with fish, small animals, and educational materials, plus many beginner level nature trails perfect for hiking with kids. Outside of the nature center is a charming Children’s Garden.

Retzer Nature Center is also home to the Horwitz-Deremer Planetarium, which was recently selected to be one of the few sites in Wisconsin to view the first images from the Webb Telescope.

Learn more about the project: https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/discoverytrail

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