With more than 379 acres of land and ten miles of meandering trails, wild Wisconsin is closer than you imagine. Lose yourself in one of the most beautifully restored natural sanctuaries in southeastern Wisconsin. With prairies, woods, ponds, and over one mile of Milwaukee River shoreline, you’ll always have something new to explore at Riveredge.
Riveredge Nature Center is also home to The Riveredge School, the first nature-based public charter elementary school in the region. During the school year, you may encounter any of the 90 Riveredge School students outdoors exploring and learning throughout the property.
Riveredge Visitor’s Center Address
4458 County Hwy Y Saukville, WI 53080
Looking for directions? Searching “Riveredge Nature Center” on Google Maps or other services should get you to our nature center, or check out our directions page for printable navigation! If you’re visiting Riveredge for a specific program, please note the location of your program may not be the main Riveredge Visitor Center, and may be one of these location of an address listed below (such as Sugarbush House or River Outpost).
* Updated * Visitor’s Center Hours
Beginning Tuesday, December 1, the Riveredge Visitor’s Center and Nature Store will be open Monday – Friday. All regularly scheduled programming takes place; program attendees will meet in the specific location where the Riveredge staff member directs participants to meet. In the interest of everyone’s safety, anyone entering any building at Riveredge will be required to wear a mask for the time being.
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday: (snow dependent pop-up hours) 9:00am – 4:00pm not open this weekend due to lack of snow Sunday: (snow dependent pop-up hours) 12 noon – 4:00pm not open this weekend due to lack of snow
Our trails are open every day from dawn to dusk! We don’t believe exploration and adventure need a schedule!
Riveredge charges an entrance fee to hike the trails. Members cover this cost and hike/ski year ‘round with their annual membership dues (and get much, much more).
The current fees for Non-Members are below. Trail fees can be paid through cash or check in our trailside payment kiosks, otherwise feel free to pay here online.
- Adults: $5.00
- Children ages 4—13: $2.00
- Children 3 & Under: Free
- Family: $15.00
All non-member trail users (hikers, skiers, and snowshoers) are required to purchase a trail pass at the Visitor’s Center, by using our pay envelopes found at the front door to the visitor center and at trailheads, or the link listed above. The passes can be returned within one week for a rebate of up to $12 on the membership price.
The Riveredge campus is comprised of 379 acres and has a additional buildings spread out across the property. If you’re visiting Riveredge for a specific program, please note the location of your program may not be the main Riveredge Visitor Center, and may be one of these locations.
Skiing and Snowshoeing at Riveredge
Cross Country skiing and snowshoeing are welcome on Riveredge trails. We generally do not groom trails, updated trail conditions can be found here. When snow is sufficient (4 inches of packed, 6 inches of new snow) we have snowshoes available to rent during our regular hours for use only on Riveredge trails (and must be returned before close). All Access Members can check out snowshoes for free, rentals for Trail Pass Members are $5/hour per pair and $10/hour per pair for non-members. We do not have cross country skis available to rent.
River Outpost/Connie’s Classroom/West Parking Lot
Trail maps are available at our Visitor Center, at trail heads, or download a digital copy below to bring with you on your mobile devices!
Riveredge Pet and Pond Netting Policies
Riveredge Nature Center does not allow pets. Domesticated pets both on and off leash or on can be disruptive to native and migratory wildlife habitat, which we work hard to cultivate. Thank you for your understanding and please watch the video below explaining reasons behind our pet policy; a list of dozens of parks where people can walk with their pets can be found here.
Riveredge does not permit the use of nets or tools while exploring in the ponds. Frogs and amphibians breathe through their skin and nets and tools can damage their skin, making it difficult for them to breathe and survive. For this reason, we don’t use nets or tools during our pond exploration programs. Additionally, nets are an extremely easy way for invasive species to be introduced into new locations, and make vulnerable this sanctuary that we work so hard to cultivate for native and migratory wildlife. Check out this video explaining how to catch a frog with your hands.
Riveredge Drone and Photography Policy
Riveredge Nature Center does not permit drone flying, drone video, or drone photography onsite or within its airspace. Drones can be disruptive to birds and other wildlife, as well as the experience of anyone visiting to immerse in these tranquil 379 acres of restored native habitat. Terrestrial photography is gladly welcomed; all participants must stay on trails. If visiting Riveredge specifically for a photo shoot (graduation, wedding, anniversary, family pictures, et cetera), one of the people in the group must be a member of Riveredge. We’ve spent 50 years restoring this habitat and appreciate you being a part of the Riveredge community.
As you’re out on the trails, we invite you to help us spread the word about Riveredge pet and net policies and refer to this page for more information.