Fundraisers

Friends of Wehr Native Plant Sale Fundraiser

Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, 2024; 10 am - 3:30 pm

It is never too early to start planning your gardens! Join the “growing” movement to help pollinators and birds by adding native plants to your yard. The Friends of Wehr Annual Native Plant sale offers a wide selection of native flowers, grasses, and sedges for a variety of habitats. Use the pre-order process to get the greatest choice of plants and the best chance of getting those plants. Some plants are available by pre-order only; exact plant availability varies and is not known until delivery. Shopping in person provides the opportunity to browse and ask questions. Pre-order forms must be received by April 25. Visit the Plant Sale page for plant resources to help you plan your order.

Wehr Nature Center’s Apple Festival!

Cider Sunday - "An Apple A Day"

Sunday October 1, 2023, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Celebrate fall during this family-friendly event for all ages. This year’s theme is “An Apple a Day” with a focus on the nutritional benefits of apples as well as the physical and mental health benefits of getting outside in nature. This year, expect to:

  • Listen to the sounds of live music from The Sweet Sheiks and The Bluegrass Allstars
  • Amble the trails among the autumn colors, enjoy a new apple-themed Story Stroll and sensory scavenger hunt
  • Learn about who loves apples just as much as we do through an interactive presentation with live animals by David Stokes
  • Enjoy tasty apple treats, handmade apple cider, and homemade cider beer provided by the Milwaukee Beer Barons
  • Engage in pumpkin bowling, children’s crafts, activities, and more!

Cider Sunday is the Friends of Wehr Nature Center's largest fundraiser and supports the center's vision to be a regional leader in providing access to nature for all. Proceeds benefit the educational programming and land management that help make Wehr Nature Center a natural gem in southeastern Wisconsin.

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Get Free Admission and More with FOW Membership!
Join Friends of Wehr (FOW) now and get membership benefits through the end of 2024. Benefits include free admission to Cider Sunday, free parking, Halloween Haunts priority registration, discounts to programs and events, 10% nature store discount, and more.

Flavors of Fall Fundraiser

Saturday, November 11, 2023 5-7:30 pm

Savor the flavors of fall made from local Wisconsin products. Our partners, the Beer Barons of Milwaukee, will be sharing a unique seasonal beer brewed especially for us! Enjoy an evening with friends and do a little holiday shopping at the Fall-themed silent auction while helping the Friends of Wehr raise money for Wehr’s program and facility-accessible improvements.

Fees: $40 per person; $30 Friends of Wehr members. $5 gets you an extra wine or beer.

Reservations guarantee a seat. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows.

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Friends of Wehr present their 13th Annual

Groundhog Day Chili Cook-off Fundraiser

Saturday, February 3, 2024, 5:30-7:30 pm

Do you think your chili is THE BEST chili around? You are invited to match your skill and favorite (secret, of course) chili recipe with others of your ilk at Wehr Nature Center’s Groundhog Day Chili Cook-off. And the best part is, you get to take home a blue ribbon and have bragging rights to share with your family, friends, and the whole neighborhood if you win.

To be a chili cook, you must register. Call 414 425-8550 by Monday, January 29th, and then bring six or seven quarts of your fabulous ready-to-serve chili to Wehr by 5:00 pm on February 3rd. Registered cooks get their meals FREE.

Join the fun as a chili taster. Purchase a ticket online to partake of the MOST FABULOUS chili around. You will enjoy samples of all the chilis before voting on your favorite to determine Wehr’s supreme chili cook. Your meal will also include assorted side dishes, cornbread, chili fixings, delectable desserts, and one glass of wine or beer.

Help us raise funds. Bring your wallet and bid at the Silent Auction to discover some great finds. All funds raised by this event will support Wehr’s programs and facilities.

$40 per person, $30 for members of the Friends of Wehr One alcohol drink included, more available for $5 each. Reservations guarantee a space. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows.

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