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Riveredge Nature Center

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4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
(262) 375-2715

July 2018

CANCELLED: ID & Management of Summer Native and Invasive Species

July 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Update: Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, this workshop has unfortunately been cancelled. have no fear- we've got tons more hands-on workshops interested participants should love coming up! Check out Restoration After Emerald Ash Borer on August 2 or our big Southern WI Restoration Field Day on August 22. Join Riveredge Restoration Ecologist and Land Manager Matt Smith for a field day centered on plant ID and management at all scales. Students will cover woody and herbaceous species of management concern among multiple…

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Discovering Dragonflies (Dragonfly Count)

July 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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With their beautiful colors and large size (for an insect), dragonflies are excellent indicators of a healthy wetland. Changes in dragonfly diversity and population size can tell us a great deal about our impact on the landscape. Join us as we learn how to identify and document the dragonfly and damselfly fauna of Riveredge Nature Center. Questions? Contact Mary Holleback for more information at 262-375-2715. Cost: Free! (A $5 suggested donation helps us keep citizen science efforts going strong at…

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CANCELLED: Tree Climbing Open Climb

July 24, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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UPDATE: Due to scheduling conflicts and low early sign up , we've had to cancel this specific climb. There's lots more opportunities left to climb this year, though! Check our our tree climbing page for the full list! Explore Riveredge at a new elevation!  This isn’t your childhood tree climbing. With the help of our trained facilitators, you’ll get up in the trees like never before. Using the same professional equipment that arborists and scientists use when they ascend into the treetops, our highly trained…

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Riveredge Kids Cooking Series: Picnic in the Park

July 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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This program will be a feast for your mind and your appetite! Join Chef Terri  in creating delicious, easy-to-make recipes for beginner chefs and utilize healthy, fresh ingredients in the kitchen. This session we'll take our food "to go" and enjoy making a no-cook picnic sampler! We'll prep our feast and then enjoy a summer hike in the beautiful outdoors at Riveredge. We'll fill our picnic basket with trail pizza, garden fresh veggies with green herb dip, colorful fruit salsa, a…

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Photo Club

July 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Are you looking for a friendly group of photo hobbyists who enjoy both shooting and sharing their photos? This Photo Club brings together those who enjoy photography and wish to take better pictures through practice. Meetings are free and open to the public, and you’ll be welcomed as a photographer, regardless of your skill level. They are informal and include time for “shop talk” and networking with other members. Bring any pictures you want to share (prints, album, or digital…

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August 2018

Memory Cafe

August 1, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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In partnership with the Ozaukee County Aging Resource Disability Center (ARDC), Riveredge is offering a Memory Café. It meets at Riveredge on the first Wednesday of every month. The café is intended for people with all stages of memory loss and their caregivers. Fun indoor and outdoor (weather dependent) activities are planned for the group each month. The Café offers the opportunity for people to be socially, physically and creatively active in a natural setting. The group provides additional sources…

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Restoration After Emerald Ash Borer: how to recover your landscape and woods

August 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Emerald ash borer has left lasting effects on our landscape and economy, as a recent Journal Sentinel report makes clear. Did you know this destructive invasive species was actually first found in Wisconsin just a mile down the road from Riveredge ten years ago?  Ever since, Riveredge staff have been at the forefront of efforts to study and attempt to control the devastating effects of the beetle in the state. At this workshop, we invite you to learn from these efforts…

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Tree Climbing Open Climb

August 4, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Pictures of kids and adults climbing trees with ropes

Explore Riveredge at a new elevation!  This isn't your childhood tree climbing. With the help of our trained facilitators, you’ll get up in the trees like never before. Using the same professional equipment that arborists and scientists use when they ascend into the treetops, our highly trained and experienced facilitators will teach you everything you need to know to get harnessed up, in the saddle, and headed toward the treetops. Once you’re at a height that’s comfortable for you, you’ll be free to swing, spin, bounce,…

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Parent/Grandparent Child Trek- River Rambling

August 6, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Join a naturalist and step into the Milwaukee River! We’ll explore this wonderful, watery, world and seek out the creatures that call the river home. It's a perfect chance to spend some fun time together while beating the heat! Bring your favorite wading shoes (old sneakers work best), a towel and a change of clothes. Expect to get wet! Children must be 5 or older and accompanied by an adult. Feel free to pack a lunch and stay for a…

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Great Lakes Stewardship through Service-learning Extensions – Paid Professional Development

August 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Thanks to extremely generous support from the NOAA Great Lakes B-WET grant program, Riveredge Nature Center is expanding Testing The Waters, our longstanding watershed education program in 2018/19. Nearly thirty years since inception, the Testing the Waters (TTW) program has engaged more than 40,000 students and over 120 teachers from 50+ schools in seven southeastern Wisconsin Great Lakes counties. You can see an overview of what this expansion means here! An exciting part of this expansion is the opportunity for…

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Noel J. Cutright Bird Club – Chimney Swifts & Other Aerial Insectivores

August 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Bill Mueller, ornithologist and director of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, will help us understand the decline of Chimney Swifts, Common Nighthawks , Purple Martins and other swallows – all species that feed on insects in flight. Chimney Swifts especially have been the focus of conservationists because they are still fairly common and widespread, and work is being undertaken to slow down or reverse their decline. Learn more about how you can help protect these fascinating birds.…

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The Well Pennies Live At Riveredge

August 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Turning 50 has got us feeling ready to boogie! So in celebration of Riveredge Nature Center’s 50th Anniversary in 2018, we’re throwing a FREE two-part concert series, starting with a very special performance by The Well Pennies on August 9. This husband and wife folk duo has been blowing up nationally, with their incredible harmonies and lush arrangements receiving critical acclaim and lots of new fans. Come experience The Well Pennies magic all while surrounded by the magic of Riveredge's 379 acres of…

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Tree Climbing Open Climb

August 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Explore Riveredge at a new elevation!  This isn’t your childhood tree climbing. With the help of our trained facilitators, you’ll get up in the trees like never before. Using the same professional equipment that arborists and scientists use when they ascend into the treetops, our highly trained and experienced facilitators will teach you everything you need to know to get harnessed up, in the saddle, and headed toward the treetops. Once you’re at a height that’s comfortable for you, you’ll be free to swing, spin, bounce,…

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Open Tree Climb

August 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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https://www.riveredgenaturecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/treeclimbcalendar.jpg

Explore Riveredge at a new elevation!  This isn’t your childhood tree climbing. With the help of our trained facilitators, you’ll get up in the trees like never before. Using the same professional equipment that arborists and scientists use when they ascend into the treetops, our highly trained and experienced facilitators will teach you everything you need to know to get harnessed up, in the saddle, and headed toward the treetops. Once you’re at a height that’s comfortable for you, you’ll be free to swing, spin, bounce, walk the…

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Kayaking @ The Grafton Farmer’s Market

August 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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The Grafton Farmer’s Market is already a summer must visit, with loads of great local shopping and activities available every Thursday at Veteran’s Park, but this summer, Riveredge is working to bring a whole new level of adventure to the Market! Join us from 1-3 PM on select market days to experience an intro to kayaking on the Milwaukee River or an intro to our unique tree climbing program. This Thursday, we’ll be kayaking! Come spend an afternoon splashing on the Milwaukee…

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Raising & Saving Monarchs

August 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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With Carol Komassa – Butterfly Coach Carol has successfully raised Monarchs in Mequon, WI and Arizona. Benefit from her experience (and mistakes) and learn how easy it is to raise these insects in a responsible way. Resources and a hand-out will also be provided for supplies. Milkweed Seeds will be for sale, cash purchases only.  The monarch butterfly may be the most widely recognized of all American butterflies with its distinct orange, black, and white wings. Learn about these amazing…

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Southern Wisconsin Restoration Field Day

August 22, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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What is the Southern WI Restoration Field Day? The Restoration Field Day is a gathering for ecological practitioners, vendors, property owners, naturalists, and students of all ages. This full-day workshop will make ecological management accessible to everyone. Participants will explore a variety of land management tools, techniques, and services through field demonstrations, lecture-style presentations, hands-on learning experiences, and vendor booths led by experts in restoration ecology. Examples of offerings include planting native species, using dogs as an invasive species management…

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Little Explorers Playgroup

August 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Summer At Last! Let’s gather in the Natural Play Area and share the wonder of nature through outdoor play. We will make mud pies, hang out in the hammocks, and test what sinks and floats and venture into forests, fields, ponds and more. Nature sensory bins for babies and exploration tools for older children will be available. Indoor activities will be planned in case of inclement weather. Cost: Non-Members & Trail Pass Members $5.00 per child; All-Access Members: FREE! —— Playgroup Tips…

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CANCELLED: Plants for Green Schoolyards

August 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Update: Due to low enrollment, we've unfortunately had to cancel this workshop. But stay tuned for more professional development opportunities throughout the coming school year, and if you have any questions or interest in learning more about natural playspaces in your own school, Phyllis is always happy to chat! Find our more on our Playing Naturally initiative page or contact Phyllis at pmckenzie@riveredge.us or 262-375-2715. During this design workshop, participants will learn ways to include native plants in their schoolyard to attract pollinators,…

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Photo Club

August 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Are you looking for a friendly group of photo hobbyists who enjoy both shooting and sharing their photos? This Photo Club brings together those who enjoy photography and wish to take better pictures through practice. Meetings are free and open to the public, and you’ll be welcomed as a photographer, regardless of your skill level. They are informal and include time for “shop talk” and networking with other members. Bring any pictures you want to share (prints, album, or digital…

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September 2018

Noel J. Cutright Bird Club – Attracting & Feeding Birds with Dan Panetti

September 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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More than 52 million Americans feed wild birds or other wildlife around their homes. Why do they do it? In a recent major survey more than 80% said they feed birds because they want to bring nature and beauty to their area, or hope to enjoy the sound of birds in their yard. Almost as many reported that they pursue the hobby for the fun of it, or because they want to help birds. Dan Panetti, owner of Wild Birds…

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Memory Cafe

September 5, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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In partnership with the Ozaukee County Aging Resource Disability Center (ARCC), Riveredge is offering a Memory Café. It meets at Riveredge on the first Wednesday of every month. The café is intended for people with all stages of memory loss and their caregivers. Fun indoor and outdoor (weather dependent) activities are planned for the group each month. The Café offers the opportunity for people to be socially, physically and creatively active in a natural setting. The group provides additional sources…

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Nature Play: Raft Building

September 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Can you build a small raft that really floats? Join us to test your raft building skills. We'll use a mix of recycled and natural materials to create small rafts, test how much weight they can hold and send them out to sea on Farm Pond. Let's discover the key to creating a solid raft flotation! Cost per child: $7 for Non-Members, $5 for Trail Pass Members, and FREE for All-Access Members.

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CANCELLED Fly Fishing For Salmon

September 9, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Update: Due to low enrollment, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel this workshop.  Join fly fishing expert Jerry Keisow to learn about fly-fishing for those chinook and coho salmon that are entering our local rivers to spawn. Spend a few hours learning about the equipment and lures needed to catch these big fish. Find out the wheres, whens, and hows of this exciting season. Unfortunately, we will not be able to actually fish - salmon cannot get this far upriver. Jerry…

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Little Explorers Playgroup

September 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Hello Fall! Let's gather in the Natural Play Area and share the wonder of nature through outdoor play. We will taste the harvest's bounty in the Children’s Organic Garden, hunt for patterns in nature, play camouflage hide and go seek, and venture into forests, fields, ponds and more. Nature sensory bins for babies and exploration tools for older children will be available. Indoor activities will be planned in case of inclement weather. Cost per child: $7 for Non-Members, $5  for…

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Nature Detectives: Uncovering Nature’s Recyclers

September 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Nothing in nature is wasted! Come discover how today’s “trash” becomes tomorrow’s treasure. Uncover the mysterious creatures hiding under logs, leaves, and rocks with a naturalist. Explore the worm and compost bins, and the Riveredge Organic Garden to find out how worms made your lunch! Cost per child: $7 for Non-Members, $5 for Trail Pass Members, and FREE for All-Access Members.

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Science for Everyone: Owl Facts and Fiction

September 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Join Riveredge naturalist, Dan Wundrock, to learn more about some of Wisconsin's most secretive night time critters. You might just find out "who cooks for you, who cooks for you all!" Science for Everyone is a monthly lecture series sponsored by Riveredge and the Friends of LacLawrann Conservancy and the UWM Field Station. The series covers a wide range of topics including natural history, science, public policy and the environment. The programs are for the curious of any age and…

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Nature Tots: From Caterpillars to Butterflies

September 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Nature Tots: environmental education for children ages 3-5 with an adult. From egg, to larva, then a beautiful flying insect, we'll explore the life cycle of butterflies and moths at Riveredge. We'll practice counting, days of the week, and discover what these creature munch on in the wild. We'll sweep the prairies and enjoy a simple snack as we read Eric Carle’s very popular The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Cost per child: $7 for Non-Members, $5 for Trail Pass Members, and…

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Open Tree Climb

September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Explore Riveredge at a new elevation!  This isn’t your childhood tree climbing. With the help of our trained facilitators, you’ll get up in the trees like never before. Using the same professional equipment that arborists and scientists use when they ascend into the treetops, our highly trained and experienced facilitators will teach you everything you need to know to get harnessed up, in the saddle, and headed toward the treetops. Once you’re at a height that’s comfortable for you, you’ll be free to swing, spin, bounce,…

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Community Rivers Program: Crawfish Boil (For Saukville and Newburg Residents)

September 23, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Newburg & Saukville residents are invited to join us in combating an invasive species while enjoying a community picnic at Riveredge Nature Center. We'll head to the River to catch Rusty Crayfish, an invasive to our local waters, and boil them up to serve along side other pot-luck items from local residents. No charge to join to fun, just bring a little something to pass! To learn more about the Community Rivers Program and other great free ways for residents…

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Photo Club

September 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Are you looking for a friendly group of photo hobbyists who enjoy both shooting and sharing their photos? This Photo Club brings together those who enjoy photography and wish to take better pictures through practice. Meetings are free and open to the public, and you’ll be welcomed as a photographer, regardless of your skill level. They are informal and include time for “shop talk” and networking with other members. Bring any pictures you want to share (prints, album, or digital…

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October 2018

Noel J. Cutright Bird Club – Birdscaping in the Midwest

October 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Is your yard bird friendly? Just in time for winter, learn from Mariette Nowak, author of the widely read “Birdscaping in the Midwest,” how you can increase the variety of birds in your yard by growing native plants offering birds their natural habitat and a yearlong smorgasbord of berries, nuts, seeds and insects. Gardeners and native plant enthusiasts can play a vital role in restoring & preserving native communities that support not only birds, but also other wildlife including butterflies,…

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Memory Cafe

October 3, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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In partnership with the Ozaukee County Aging Resource Disability Center (ARDC), Riveredge is offering a Memory Café. It meets at Riveredge on the first Wednesday of every month. The café is intended for people with all stages of memory loss and their caregivers. Fun indoor and outdoor (weather dependent) activities are planned for the group each month. The Café offers the opportunity for people to be socially, physically and creatively active in a natural setting. The group provides additional sources…

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SOLD OUT: 50th Concert Series: Chicken Wire Empire & The Freques

October 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Turning 50 has got us feeling ready to boogie! So in celebration of Riveredge Nature Center’s 50th Anniversary in 2018, we’re throwing a FREE two-part concert series, concluding with a very special bluegrass getdown featuring Chicken Wire Empire. This Milwaukee based band has caught fire since their founding in 2014, becoming one of the hottest bands in the Midwest with their blend of bluegrass and roots bringing the party and the feels. Come experience the Chicken Wire Empire magic all…

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Children’s Library Story Time – The Salamander Room By Anne Mazer

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Stop by as a family to hear the story of The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer. Join us to find out how a very creative boy named Brian turned his bedroom into an incredibly amazing space for his salamander. After the story, we’ll have an activity tied to the themes of the book! Fee: FREE!  Recommended for Ages 7 and under.

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Tree Climbing Open Climb

October 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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It's the last open climb of this year's tree climbing season!  This isn't your childhood tree climbing. With the help of our trained facilitators, you’ll get up in the trees like never before. Using the same professional equipment that arborists and scientists use when they ascend into the treetops, our highly trained and experienced facilitators will teach you everything you need to know to get harnessed up, in the saddle, and headed toward the treetops. Once you’re at a height that’s comfortable for you, you’ll be…

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Family Weekend For Corporate Members

October 20, 2018 - October 21, 2018
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Employees (and their immediate families) of businesses/organizations with Riveredge Corporate Memberships can visit Riveredge for free on select weekends. Opportunity includes unlimited access at the Trail Pass Family Memberships level! Corporate members can email Natalie Dorrler to take advantage of this special offer! Learn more about Riveredge’s corporate opportunities here!

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Nature Tots: Gone Batty

October 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Nature Tots: environmental education for children ages 3-5 with an adult. We'll go batty as tots and family learn more about our favorite fall mammal: Bats! We'll create bat masks, play bat games, and discover how these creepy, cool creatures are helpful to humans. Cost per child: $7 for Non-Members, $5 for Trail Pass Members, and FREE for All-Access Members.

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Little Explorers Playgroup

October 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Hello Fall! Let's gather in the Natural Play Area and share the wonder of nature through outdoor play. We will taste the harvest's bounty in the Children’s Organic Garden, hunt for patterns in nature, play camouflage hide and go seek, and venture into forests, fields, ponds and more. Nature sensory bins for babies and exploration tools for older children will be available. Indoor activities will be planned in case of inclement weather. Cost per child: $7 for Non-Members, $5  for…

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Wild Animal Finders: Creeping For Coyotes

October 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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This session of Wild Animal Finders is all about a popular Riveredge predator: coyotes. We'll search for coyote dens on site, examine a coyote skull and fur, and discover how these canines use their super sense of smell to track down prey. Cost per child: $7 for Non-Members, $5  for Trail Pass members, and FREE for All-Access Members! Adults are free.

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Photo Club

October 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Are you looking for a friendly group of photo hobbyists who enjoy both shooting and sharing their photos? This Photo Club brings together those who enjoy photography and wish to take better pictures through practice. Meetings are free and open to the public, and you’ll be welcomed as a photographer, regardless of your skill level. They are informal and include time for “shop talk” and networking with other members. Bring any pictures you want to share (prints, album, or digital…

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November 2018

Cancelled-Gearing Up Your Family With REI

November 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Cancelled due to low enrollment.   Get ready to gear up. Join us as an REI gear specialist shares gear for the changing season to keep you and your family active in the great outdoors. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and try the gear out. A Riveredge Naturalist will lead a hike for this interested in doing so after the gear presentation. Free for all but please RSVP using the quick Google Form below.   

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Noel J. Cutright Bird Club – WI Threatened & Endangered Birds

November 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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There are 24 state endangered or threatened bird species that call Wisconsin home during the breeding season. Rare species found in Wisconsin range from the state-endangered Peregrine Falcon, fastest bird on the planet with recorded speeds of 220+ m.p.h., to the tiny but striking Kirtland’s Warbler – once considered the rarest bird in North America, -- to the federally-endangered Piping Plover found here solely on beaches along the Great Lakes. Richard Staffen, a conservation biologist for the DNR’s Natural Heritage…

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Memory Cafe

November 7, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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In partnership with the Ozaukee County Aging Resource Disability Center (ARCC), Riveredge is offering a Memory Café. It meets at Riveredge on the first Wednesday of every month. The café is intended for people with all stages of memory loss and their caregivers. Fun indoor and outdoor (weather dependent) activities are planned for the group each month. The Café offers the opportunity for people to be socially, physically and creatively active in a natural setting. The group provides additional sources…

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Little Explorers Playgroup

November 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Hello Fall! Let's gather in the Natural Play Area and share the wonder of nature through outdoor play. We will taste the harvest's bounty in the Children’s Organic Garden, hunt for patterns in nature, play camouflage hide and go seek, and venture into forests, fields, ponds and more. Nature sensory bins for babies and exploration tools for older children will be available. Indoor activities will be planned in case of inclement weather. Cost per child: $7 for Non-Members, $5  for…

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Children’s Library Storytime – Giving Thanks

November 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Stop by as a family to hear the story of Giving Thanks by Chief Jake Swamp. The First Nation Mohawk People taught their children to start each day by giving thanks to mother nature. Join us to hear their prayer. After the story, we’ll have an activity tied to the themes of the book! Fee: FREE, but registration below appreciated.   Recommended for Ages 7 and under.

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Nature Tots: A Log’s Life

November 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Nature Tots: environmental education for children ages 3-5 with an adult. After a tree falls in the forest, it has another life as home to a variety of creatures. We'll hike to Mayapple Woods and learn about the life cycle of trees and discover the many creatures that depend on forests. Cost per child: $7 for Non-Members, $5 for Trail Pass Members, and FREE for All-Access Members.

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Science for Everyone – Wild In Milwaukee

November 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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For 4 years, a team of UWM Field Station & Milwaukee County Parks researchers hunted the urban Greater Milwaukee area, documenting biodiversity in & around the city. Join Gary Casper and Julia Robson to hear the story of what they found, and how they found it. Learn about new tools and methods for discovering rare species & explore how this type of research can be implemented in our area for preservation and conservation purposes. Science for Everyone is a monthly lecture…

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Photo Club

November 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Are you looking for a friendly group of photo hobbyists who enjoy both shooting and sharing their photos? This Photo Club brings together those who enjoy photography and wish to take better pictures through practice. Meetings are free and open to the public, and you’ll be welcomed as a photographer, regardless of your skill level. They are informal and include time for “shop talk” and networking with other members. Bring any pictures you want to share (prints, album, or digital…

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December 2018

Children’s Library Storytime: The Snow Tree by Caroline Repchuk

December 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Join our friendly Children's Library Volunteers as we read the story The Snow Tree.  A black bear wakes up to see snow for the very first time and begins a quest to find nature's colors. His journey is a true celebration of the splendor of nature and t he timeless joy of friendship and sharing. Free for all participants. Donations Appreciated. 

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Little Explorers Playgroup!

December 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Chase the Chill! Join us for an hour of Nature Play and share the wonder of winter through outdoor play! We will sled down hills, imaginary ice fish on the pond, build snow forts and create some frozen artwork for all to enjoy. We'll also start and enjoy a winter campfire! Nature sensory bins for babies and exploration tools for older children will be available. Please dress for OUTDOOR play! Indoor activities will be planned in case of inclement weather.…

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Nature Tots: Treats for the Birds

December 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Big, small, short, tall- birds come in many shapes and sizes.  Peek out the windows and pop outside to practice bird watching during the Winter Season. We'll listen to bird songs and calls, play bird hide & seek, and finish up by creating a treat for the birds in your yard! Young learners will explore the different characteristics of birds and create their own imaginative bird. Participants can look forward to utilizing our new Discovery Pens throughout the program. Fee:…

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January 2019

TO BE RESCHEDULED: Winter Identification and Management of Native and Invasive Species

January 25, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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This program will be rescheduled due to extreme cold. Learn how to identify, manage and monitor trees and shrubs during the dormant season with Riveredge restoration ecologists and UW-Extension weed specialists. This field course will take place almost entirely outside, so please dress for the weather and please bring your own lunch. Free invasive plant identification/management guides will be provided! Cost: $55 per Riveredge Member | $65 per non-member | $35 per Student

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February 2019

Poetry Tea Time – Shake off the Winter

February 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Sit, sip, read & relax as we gather around warm cups of tea and sweet little snack foods to enjoy the magic of poetry! This volunteer led family program is open to everyone at a suggested donation of $10.00 per family. The poetry we share together will help boost our vitamin D and shake off cabin fever to help appreciate the wonders of winter. Snacks, Tea, Learning and Camaraderie are included. Hope to see you around the tea table! Suggested…

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March 2019

Maple Sugarin’ Day for Scouts & Youth Groups

March 9, 2019 @ 9:45 am - 4:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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$6.00

The sap is running and sugarin’ time is here! Join a naturalist for a guided tour of the sugarbush, tap a tree, collect sap and gather around the evaporator to see how boiling sap becomes syrup. Enjoy the final product on a pancake before heading for home. There are three available time slots for your troop or group, but they all usually fill early each year! 9:45-11:30AM (full) • NOON-1:45PM • 2:15-4PM Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Space is limited. Fee: $6.00 per child…

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Maple Sugarin’ Festival

March 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Riveredge’s Maple Sugarin' Festival will take you on a journey through the sugarbush where you will experience the maple sugarin’ season like never before. Along the way, you’ll learn how to tap a maple tree, observe live demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities, enjoy music, games, and so much more! When you reach the evaporator, you’ll see how sap is transformed into syrup and enjoy one of our our famous pancakes and 100% pure Riveredge maple syrup. Lunch & refreshments are…

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April 2019

Spring Egg Hunt

April 13, 2019
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Join us for the most naturally fun family egg hunt around! Each child will venture out to search high and low for hidden eggs on Riveredge's beautiful sanctuary. The best part? This is a candy-free hunt and small prizes will be awarded to all participants. With three different start times, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM there's options for all schedules! After the hunt, discover the wonders of Wisconsin’s egg-laying animals and meet some barnyard friends! You'll also have…

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Nature Tots: Egg-tastic!

April 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Springtime brings new life, including baby animals! Discover the different animals that lay eggs, and search for them in ponds, puddles, trees, and grass. Will you fly, waddle, or slither to find a place to lay your eggs? We’ll create an egg craft and hide our own eggs to let our friends seek! Fee: Non-members $7.00/child,  Trail Pass members: $5.00/child,  All-Access Members: FREE

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Earth Day Service Fest

April 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Free

Because the Earth gives to us 365 days a year! Join Riveredge and celebrate Earth Day right by working hand in hand with Riveredge staff on fun, informative service projects that give back to both the planet and our community! From preparing and planting cool garden beds in our children's organic garden to conducing grounds clean-up and invasive species removal to trail maintenance, this fest will provide you an opportunity to get your hands dirty while keeping our sanctuary green.…

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May 2019

Riveredge Building Closed For Memorial Day

May 25, 2019 - May 27, 2019
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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The Riveredge center will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday, but the trails will remain open for exploration and adventure dawn to dusk. Trail fees for non-members can be left in designated envelopes on the front door of the main building- thanks for helping us keep the trails maintained and healthy! Enjoy what looks to be beautiful weather and abundant sunshine with family and friends!

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CANCELLED: Wild Animal Finders: Turtles

May 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Sorry Folks! We are closed and our staff are observing the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Please feel free to hike the trails and keep an eye out for turtles as you go. Thanks for your understanding! Discover the world from inside a shell! Meet our Ornate Box Turtle. Glitter, then head outdoors in search of wild turtles at Riveredge. Learn as you hike around the pond, through the forest and near the prairie. Please wear sturdy walking shoes.   Children…

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June 2019

Riveredge Kids Cooking Series: Campfire Cooking, Beyond Smores!

June 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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This program will be a feast for your mind and your appetite! Join Chef Terri  in creating delicious, easy-to-make recipes for beginner chefs and utilize healthy, fresh ingredients in the kitchen. Join Chef Terri in celebrating creative campfire recipes for our young chefs.  For this session, we'll talk about fire safety, as well as learn how to make simple firestarters and roasting sticks.  We'll utilize a variety of cooking techniques to make campfire corn-on-the-cob, octopus hot dogs, camper's mac &…

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Little Explorers Playgroup

June 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Summer At Last! Let's gather in the Natural Play Area and share the wonder of nature through outdoor play. We will make mud pies, hang out in the hammocks, and test what sinks and floats and venture into forests, fields, ponds and more. Nature sensory bins for babies and exploration tools for older children will be available. Indoor activities will be planned in case of inclement weather. Cost: $7.00/child Non-Members, $5.00/child Trail Pass Members, All-Access Members: FREE! —— Playgroup Tips for…

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Community Reading Campout: Swapping Stories

June 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Free

Join us for our 4th Annual Community Reading Campout for an evening of story swapping: tent side! Join some of our amazing community partner friends from the 4H, Ozaukee Holistic Mom's Network, and the Oscar Grady Library as they host tents (yes, actual camping tents!) and read well-loved children's books!  Families are welcome to rotate from tent to tent to hear different stories and enjoy interactive activities provided by community partners. Once finished at the tents, families can make a…

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Parent or Grandparent/Child Trek: Tree Climbing

June 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Explore Riveredge at a new elevation!  This isn’t your childhood tree climbing. With the help of our trained facilitators, you’ll get up in the trees like never before. Using the same professional equipment that arborists and scientists use when they ascend into the treetops, our highly trained and experienced facilitators will teach you everything you need to know to get harnessed up, in the saddle, and headed toward the treetops. Once you’re at a height that’s comfortable for you, you’ll be free to swing, spin, bounce,…

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Parent/Grandparent Child Trek- Tubing the Milwaukee River

June 21, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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After a quick tour of the Sturgeon Streamside Rearing Facility, we’ll hop on inner tubes and float down the Milwaukee River. Along the way, we’ll discover the diversity of living things that make their home in the river. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that can get wet.  Bring a lifejacket and inner tube if you have them. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should be able to hike approximately 1 mile. Fee (per person): All Access Member $10, …

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Nature Detectives: Prairie Wonders Wander

June 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Let's wander to uncover some of the wonders of a Wisconsin prairie ecosystem. We’ll look for creatures big and small along with plants short and tall! Visit the climbing rocks, inspect prairie soil, and see how fire makes this ecosystem flourish! Fee: Non-members- $7.00/child, Trail Pass members-$5.00/child, All Access members- Free!

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July 2019

Summer Adventures: Pond Fishing!

July 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States

Spend a summer morning on the dock of Farm Pond with a pole in your hand and hopefully a few bites on your line! Learn how to tie a hook on your line, bait your hook, and safely cast your line into the water. We'll try to catch and identify the fish of Farm Pond before releasing them back into their home at Riveredge Nature Center. Bait and poles provided OR bring your own for this special experience.  Pre-registration required as…

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Parent/Grandparent Child Trek: River Rambling

July 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Parents and grandparents are invited to join the kids in their life on a special adventure at Riveredge! Join a naturalist and step into the Milwaukee River! We'll explore this wonderful, watery world and seek out the creatures that call the river home. Bring your favorite wading shoes (old sneakers work best), a towel and a change of clothes. Expect to get wet! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Feel free to pack a snack and stay for a…

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Family Overnight at Riveredge: Creatures of the Night

July 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - July 28, 2019 @ 9:00 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Join a Riveredge Naturalist for a unique opportunity to experience Riveredge after hours and enjoy one of our most magical opportunities available for families at Riveredge!  Spend the evening exploring the trails, looking for night creatures, catching fireflies, or relaxing at the campfire.  Pitch your tent by Heron Pond and slumber to the sound of the night choir.  We'll cook supper on the campfire, and in the morning you'll enjoy pancakes with Riveredge maple syrup.  Space is limited so register early.…

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August 2019

Family Night Hike: Bats, Stars, Lightning Bugs & Mars!

August 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Strap on your hiking shoes and grab a flashlight for this evening family adventure. Riveredge Naturalists will lead small groups on a hike to discover the sanctuary after dark. We'll stargaze and search for bats, learn about lightening bug communication and explore how our senses help us navigate the night. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $12 per family for Non-Members, $10 per family for Trail Pass members, $7 per family for All-Access Members

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Family Overnight at Riveredge: Exploring The Night Sky

August 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - August 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Join a Riveredge Naturalist for a unique opportunity to experience Riveredge after hours and to enjoy one of the most magical experiences available to families at Riveredge. Spend the evening exploring the trails, looking for night creatures, catching fireflies, or relaxing at the campfire. Pitch your tent on the Riveredge lawn and slumber to the sound of the night choir. We'll cook supper (provided by Riveredge) on the campfire, and in the morning you'll enjoy pancakes with Riveredge maple syrup.…

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Riveredge Adventure Challenge

August 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Paddle the pond, sing a silly song, and jump around at the third annual Riveredge Adventure Challenge!  Teams of family and friends are invited to complete a 3 mile trek dotted with a string of up to 8 physical and mental, wacky and wet, squishy and silly, fun-filled challenges! Teammates must work together to complete a challenge (task, obstacle, relay, etc.) before advancing to next challenge station. Participants should wear closed toed shoes and be prepared to get a little…

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Summer Adventures: Stroll to the Sturgeon

August 31, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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See the Sturgeon before they are released at Sturgeon Fest on September 28! Meet a fellow fish fanatic naturalist at the Nature Center and hike to the Mushroom along the Milwaukee River. Learn about Sturgeon adaptations and lifecycle along the way. Bid the Sturgeon farewell and good luck on their journey! Fee: $7.00/child for Non-Members, $5.00/child Trail Pass Members, All Access Members: Free    

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September 2019

Little Explorers Playgroup

September 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Hello Fall! Let's gather in the Natural Play Area and share the wonder of nature through outdoor play. We will taste the harvest's bounty in the Children’s Organic Garden, hunt for patterns in nature, play camouflage hide and go seek, and venture into forests, fields, ponds and more. Nature sensory bins for babies and exploration tools for older children will be available. Indoor activities will be planned in case of inclement weather. Cost per child: $7 for Non-Members, $5  for…

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Family Nature Club Kick-Off

September 13, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Help us kick off our 4th year of Riveredge Family Nature Clubs! We'll meet at the Riveredge Farm for an evening of outdoor activities and family time in the great outdoors. We'll go for a dip in Heron Pond, throw a fishing line in, sweep for insects, visit the Riveredge Farm chickens, and cookout over a campfire. Activities will be facilitated for adults and kids by our Family Nature Club leaders from Washington, Ozaukee, & Sheboygan Counties. Plan to pack…

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October 2019

Riveredge Kids Cooking Series: Spooky Foods!

October 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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This program will be a feast for your mind and your appetite! Create delicious, easy-to-make recipes for beginner chefs and utilize healthy, fresh ingredients in the kitchen. This session’s menu will satisfy your creepy cravings with mini mummy pizza pockets, roasted pumpkin bites, witches finger cookies, and yoda soda. With time between recipes, we'll even play a creepy Halloween game: Deadman's Game!  It’s sure to be spook-a-licious!  This program is limited to children 8-12 only, adults sit this one out to…

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Nature Tots: Seeds on the Move

October 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Nature Tots: Environmental Education for kids ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult In autumn seeds float, fly, fling and cling to get from one place to another. We will explore the forest and field in search of these fruits of fall. Then we will press apple cider and meet Johnny Appleseed! Fee: Non-members: $7.00/child, Trail Pass Members: $5.00/child, All Access Members: Free    

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Little Explorers Playgroup

October 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Hello Fall! Let's gather in the Natural Play Area and share the wonder of nature through outdoor play. We will taste the harvest's bounty in the Children’s Organic Garden, hunt for patterns in nature, play camouflage hide and go seek, and venture into forests, fields, ponds and more. Nature sensory bins for babies and exploration tools for older children will be available. Indoor activities will be planned in case of inclement weather. Fee: Non-members: $7.00/child, Trail Pass members:$5.00/child, and FREE…

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Barn Dance with Frogwater & Urban Barn Dance MKE!

October 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Dust off your straw hat, round up your dancing boots and grab your partner for a Barn Dance Fundraiser at Riveredge Nature Center! Join us Friday, October 18th after sun-down, or for you city-folk- 7:00pm! Learn traditional barn dances under direction of Patricia Lynch from Urban Barn Dance MKE, enjoy foot stompin' tunes by regional favorite, Frogwater, and sip a jar of brew from a local brewery. (We're much obliged to provided your first drink on us!) All ages welcome, no…

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Day for Dogs

October 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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We love our pups, and we know you love yours too! While we must normally limit dog access at Riveredge to protect the sanctuary's sensitive native plant and animal life, we wanted to offer you one day a year where your dog can be a "Riveredge Kid" too!  That's right- we're opening up some of our pristine nature trails for man's best friend to enjoy! Show your pups a piece of nature and enjoy a family hike through our beautiful restored wild…

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Wild Animal Finders: Spiders

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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‘Tis the season of spiders, bats, creepies and crawlies. Seek out spiders in various habitats and learn fact and fiction about spiders. Peek as spiders up close with hand lenses and a microscope. Create a spider frame to welcome spiders to your garden. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: Non-Members & Trail Pass Members: $5.00/person, All-Access Members: FREE!    

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Little Explorers Playgroup

October 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Hello Fall! Let's gather in the Natural Play Area and share the wonder of nature through outdoor play. We will taste the harvest's bounty in the Children’s Organic Garden, hunt for patterns in nature, play camouflage hide and go seek, and venture into forests, fields, ponds and more. Nature sensory bins for babies and exploration tools for older children will be available. Indoor activities will be planned in case of inclement weather. Fee: Non-members: $7.00/child, Trail Pass members:$5.00/child, and FREE…

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Trails & Treats

October 25, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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  Join us for an evening of tricks and treats on the trails of Riveredge! Families are invited to hike the Riveredge trails and visit educational stations along a one mile loop. Along the way,  visit with costumed woodland creatures educating you about their habits and habitats and receive candy-free treats as you go! Plus, tons more fantastic fall festivities! Here's a taste of the family fun you can expect:| Seasonal Crafts. Enjoy a crackling campfire with family and friends.…

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November 2019

Autumn Adventures: Fire Building Basics

November 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Nothing beats the smell of woodsmoke in the fall! Oxygen, heat and fuel are vital to the life of a fire. Join us to learn the basics of campfire building as we gather tinder, kindling, and fuel wood to catch our sparks!  How long can you keep the flame lit? Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: Non-Members-$7.00/child, Trail Pass Members- $5.00/child, and All Access Members: Free    

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Student Research Symposium: Meet the Future of Science!

November 9, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Come meet, learn from, and support the best and brightest of Wisconsin's future scientists! Top undergraduate and graduate students from Wisconsin colleges and universities will present a wide range of research in the natural sciences at this year's Student Research Symposium, and we'd love to have you there. With a full day of presentations, delicious catered lunch, and 379 acres of wild Wisconsin to explore, you'll be fully immersed in the wonders of the natural world. You especially won't want…

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Children’s Library Time: Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Imagine the fun of going on a Bear hunt-through tall, wavy grass (swishy, swishy!); swampy mud (squish, squish!); and a swirling whirling snowstorm (hoooo, woooo!)-only to find a real bear waiting at the end of the trail! Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Free for all- donations to support this program are graciously accepted.   

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Nature Tots: Turkey Talk

November 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Nature Tots: Environmental Education for kids ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult Waddle, Walk, and Talk like our fine feathered friend: The Turkey! Join us in discovering turkey feet and feather, then search for signs of turkeys at Riveredge. We will craft our own stuffed turkey to take home as well. Fee: Non-Members-$7.00/child, Trail Pass members-$5.00/child, & All Access Members: Free

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Handmade for the Holidays- Family Edition

November 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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The gifts made with love are the most appreciated of all. That's why Handmade for the Holidays is one of our favorite ways to enter the holiday season. Skip the mall lines and join us for a cozy day of natural merriment and  upcycled gift making. Children of all ages are invited to craft seasonal creations perfect for holiday gift giving to family and friends. Here's a  taste of what you can expect at this year's event!: Recycled Handmade Greeting…

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Riveredge Kids Cooking Series: Laura Ingalls Wilder Thanksgiving

November 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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This program will be a feast for your mind and your appetite! Create delicious, easy-to-make recipes for beginner chefs and harvest fresh ingredients from the Children’s Organic Garden. Laura Ingalls Wilder is the best-known author of Little House on the Prairie and other books about growing up as a pioneer girl in the Midwest (beginning in the forests of Pepin, WI). In this class, we can experience the flavor of some of her homespun favorite recipes including: cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes…

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Merry & Bright- Crafting Event for Adults

November 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Make your Holiday Merry & Bright with your own two hands! Skip the crowds and join us for a day of creativity and merriment! Adults are invited to cozy up and settle into an afternoon of holiday gift making with a DIY touch. Enjoy a glass of wine, a mug of hot cocoa, and light refreshments during your crafting extravaganza! Crafting Stations will include: Bottle Cap Garden Stakes Beach Glass & Driftwood Mosaics Mini Woven Baskets Plant Stamped Pennants Beaded…

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March 2020

Maple Syrup Supper (Friday OR Saturday Night)

March 6, 2020 - March 7, 2020
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Maple Syrup Suppers are completely full. 5:30-8:30PM We can't think of a better group to celebrate the start of the maple sugarin' season with than our awesome members! We have two options for this great night of fun - Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7. On both nights, the festivities will start at 5:30 PM. Members (and any guests they'd like to bring with them!) are invited to eat, drink, and be merry while learning more about the sugaring season. On the…

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SAWW Chainsaw Training: Level 1

March 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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$135

Join SAWW (Safety and Woods Worker) trainer Luke Saunders (Forester with Adaptive Restoration LLC) for a hands-on training in chainsaw use, maintenance, and technique. Spend time both outside and in the classroom, practicing how to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably, and productively.   This class is part one of a four level series through the Safety and Woods Working training program (SAWW). Topics include: personal protective equipment (PPE) body mechanics chainsaw safety features the chain and the cutter tooth reactive forces…

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SAWW Chainsaw Training: Level 1

March 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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$135

Join SAWW (Safety and Woods Worker) trainer Luke Saunders (Forester with Adaptive Restoration LLC) for a hands-on training in chainsaw use, maintenance, and technique. Spend time both outside and in the classroom, practicing how to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably, and productively.   This class is part one of a four level series through the Safety and Woods Working training program (SAWW). Topics include: personal protective equipment (PPE) body mechanics chainsaw safety features the chain and the cutter tooth reactive forces…

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April 2020

Canceled | Spring Identification and Management of Native & Invasive Species

April 30, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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$55

This outdoor program has been canceled due to the forecast.  Learn how to identify, manage and monitor herbaceous species during the early spring season. This field course will take place almost entirely outside, so please dress for the weather. Free invasive plant identification/management guides will be provided. Please bring lunch.  Schedule 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Native and non-native species identification – How to encourage or control clonal herbaceous species – Managing species at various scales from backyards to hundreds of acres 12:30…

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May 2020

Canceled | Become a Water Quality Monitor

May 2, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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This program has been canceled due to social distancing protocols. Join Milwaukee Riverkeeper and Riveredge staff to learn how to assess the water quality of a nearby stream or river. You’ll find out how to identify aquatic invertebrates and do five water quality tests. Monitors are asked to conduct tests monthly during the summer and submit their data to the statewide Water Action Volunteers website. For questions, and to register, contact Mary Holleback at 262-375-2715 or mholleback@riveredge.us. Fee: Free ($5…

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Canceled | SAWW Chainsaw Training: Level 2

May 6, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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$135

This program has been canceled due to social distancing protocols. Join SAWW (Safety and Woods Worker) trainer Luke Saunders (Forester with Adaptive Restoration LLC) for a hands-on training in chainsaw use, maintenance, and technique. Spend time both outside and in the classroom, practicing how to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably, and productively.   This class is part two of a four level series through the Safety and Woods Working training program (SAWW).  Topics include: basic chainsaw maintenance review of the cutter…

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Canceled | SAWW Chainsaw Training: Level 3

May 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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This program has been canceled due to social distancing protocols. Join SAWW (Safety and Woods Worker) trainer Luke Saunders (Forester with Adaptive Restoration LLC) for a hands-on training in chainsaw use, maintenance, and technique. Participants in Level 3 training will spend most of the day in the field practicing techniques to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably and productively This class is part three of a four level series through the Safety and Woods Working training program. Topics include reviewing information from…

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June 2020

How to Catch the Rain: Family Rain Barrel Workshop!

June 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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Riveredge Nature Center wants to help our communities take action to manage storm-water and improve water quality. Families are invited to learn about some backyard green infrastructure through the use of rain barrels. Simple step by step instruction on how to create and then put your rain barrel to use will be provided. Call Cassie Bauer at 262.416.1364 with questions. Workshop supplies are such that each family will be allowed one barrel per registration.    Cost: Free for the Village…

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December 2020

Winter Camp

December 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am - December 30, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States

                      Do your kids miss summer camp and wish they had something exciting to do during winter break? We've got just the solution! Join us at Riveredge for our sixth annual Winter Camp! Our beautiful 379 acres unveil a whole new world in winter. During our fun-filled days, we’ll hike, snowshoe, build campfires, create winter crafts, play awesome games and much more! Both indoor and outdoor activities are carefully planned based…

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