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Hours of Operation

Trails are open dawn to dusk, year-round.
Parking lot is locked from 8am – 5pm during October – January.

Visitor Center
Open everyday from 8:30am – 4:30pm
The Friends of Wehr Nature Store (ran by volunteers) is typically open from 10-2pm though hours vary – call ahead.

Holiday Hours:
While observing holiday hours, trails remain open – the Nature Center is closed:

  • January 1st (New Year’s Day)
  • Easter Sunday
  • July 4th (Independence Day)
  • Close at Noon the Day before Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving Day and the Day after Thanksgiving
  • December 24th (Christmas Eve) through the December 26th (Day after Christmas)


$5 per day/per vehicle.
$4 per day/per vehicle for veterans or disability (payment must be made inside the Visitor Center)
Friends of Wehr members park for free.

For tour bus parking, contact Wehr at 414-425-8550
Select Programs and special events charge fees for participation.
Organized group nature hike pre-registration is required.


Photography/Videography That REQUIRES a Permit
Any photography/videography by a paid or professional photographer – and any photography using final images in the stream of commerce – requires a Photography/Videography Permit.

Photography/Videography That Does NOT Require a Permit
You do not need a permit to take personal-use photos of Wehr Nature Center plants, wildlife, or casual shots of a person in your party.

Help Sustain Wehr by Observing These Rules

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Explore Trails

Explore more than five miles of actively managed nature trails through woodland, wetland, prairie and oak savanna on 220 acres of protected land in Whitnall Park.

All Abilities Loop

1-Mile Loop (Easy)

Made up of boardwalk, the All Abilities loop invites people of all abilities to roll, stroll, or amble through a variety of wetland habitats. Enjoy the view of Mallard Lake from the accessible pier and take a rest on one of several benches. This trail is actively expanding to include a stop at the new Accessible Observation Blind and connection back to the Parking Lot (coming soon).

Lake Loop

 1.5-Mile Loop (Easy)

Made up of boardwalk, woodchips, gravel, and dirt, the Lake Loop follows the shoreline of Mallard Lake to a beautiful waterfall which flows into the Root River. This trail leads you through wetland, lowland forest, and along the base of the prairie and is great for bird watchers and explorers alike.

Grasslands Loop

0.9-Mile Loop (Moderate)

Made up of woodchips, stairs, grass, and dirt, explore the native grasslands of Wisconsin along this scenic trail. Stop by the interpretive exhibits to learn the difference between an Oak Savanna and a Tall Grass Prairie. This trail features steep, long slopes.

Woodland Loop

1-Mile Loop (Moderate)

Made up of boardwalk, woodchips, stairs, and dirt. Hike up and down moraines left behind by the glaciers. Visit 200yr old oaks in our Oak Woodland & hike through an early succession forest. Be prepared for some extended, steep slopes with steps on paths.

Connector Trails

These foot paths are made up of wood chips, grass, and dirt which serve to connect the looped trails and provide access to other unique points of interest within Wehr Nature Center’s property.

Key Features

adults with binoculars on boardwalk

Accessible Boardwalk & Pier

Donated and built by the Friends of Wehr Nature Center, the accessible boardwalk and pier are made possible through member support and make possible all season and all abilities travel through a variety of lake and wetland habitats at Wehr.

2 people looking out on Viewing Deck

Mallard Lake & Accessible Viewing Deck

Donated and built in 2011, the accessible viewing deck allows visitors of all abilities to enjoy an scenic view of Mallard Lake– a beautiful vista to sit and reflect, as well as an important wildlife hotspot.

kids playing in natural play center

Early Childhood Play Space

Dedicated in Memory of Carol Block, this is an area for young explorers to enjoy nature. Built in 2011 and located right outside the center, the play space offers a sandbox, stepping stones, and a log cabin playhouse.

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Inside the Wehr Nature Center

The exploration area features a variety of natural history displays, wildlife viewing, and an indoor beehive. The Marilyn J. Gardner Room is a multi-purpose room used for educational programs and private special events.

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Flock of wild turkeys


Checked the bird feeders at Wehr lately? This is the time of year when many species of birds are nesting. Nesting birds feed insects to their young and don’t often visit feeders during the summer months.