Wehr Special Events

Halloween Haunts: Pandemic Edition

Join us for Wehr’s 32nd Annual Halloween Haunts on October 15, 16, & 17, from 6 to 8:30 pm.  The pandemic edition of our beloved event will be held entirely outdoors and follow all public health protocols to keep visitors and volunteers safe. Halloween Haunts educates families about misunderstood nature in a kooky, slightly spooky way. Families follow a path lined with hundreds of amazing Jack-o-lanterns into the Enchanted Forest and learn about misunderstood nature from friendly costumed characters such as owls, frogs, and skunks. While we won’t be able to hold our usual indoor Halloween carnival due to social distancing standards, we will send each child home with a goody bag that includes a Halloween craft and prize. Masks are required for all participants 3 years and older, so start planning your Halloween themed face apparel!

Advanced Tickets go on sale Monday, September 21 online

Cost: $10 per person

Important Halloween Haunts Information

  • All participants (3 years old and up) will be required to wear a mask that covers their nose and face while at Wehr
  • Group size will be up to 10 people and can include multiple parties. If you would prefer to not be mixed with other families, you can purchase a 10-ticket block and bring along friends from your “COVID-19 bubble”
  • This event is designed for adults and children four and older
  • Advanced ticket purchases only. No tickets will be sold at the door
  • Limit of 10 tickets per person. Group size will be limited to 10 people to allow for social distancing
  • Hikes leave the building every 7 minutes between 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable, and the program runs rain or shine

Bug Day 2020 goes virtual!

Join Wehr Nature Center for its annual celebration of the multi-legged creatures with whom we share the world. Join us for all the buggy fun. Virtual event will feature four (4) live programs on Saturday, September 12th. An additional four (4) pre-recorded programs will be available for viewing at a time of your choosing for the following week. Sessions cover lots of buggy topics for families, and kids of all ages.

View complete live and pre-recorded programs included with this event

Homemade Holidays - Stay tuned for potential virtual event

Bring the kids, grandkids, neighborhood bunch, Girl Scout or Cub Scout group to Wehr Nature Center to create homemade gifts from natural, recyclable and reusable objects. Children can make and take three different projects for the admission fee (additional projects are $1). Projects include faux stained glass, bird houses, popup cards, a variety of ornaments and more! Stop by anytime during the hours of the event to make your works of art. Recommended for children ages 5 and older.

Stay tuned for 2021 dates...

With most 2020 events on hold or canceled, we are looking towards next year to be back better than ever!

Maple Sugaring

Celebrate the spring thaw and our Wisconsin heritage at Maple Sugar Days. The program includes a short walk to the sugarbush, a visit to an old-time sugarin’ camp, a boil down demonstration and hands-on activities for children. A pancake with real maple syrup will top off your day. The guided hikes begin at 1 pm and continue every 15 minutes until 4 pm. Maple sugar treats and tapping equipment will be available for purchase.

Women and Girls in Science

Celebrate National Women’s History Month by learning about the important contributions of both historical and contemporary women to science. This open house event will feature local women scientists who will share their passions, hands-on science activities for children, and presentations and displays about historic female scientists. Youth groups are welcome to attend. Bring your questions to ask our scientists; they love helping the next generation! Recommended for ages 10 years and up.

Reptile Day

Discover the world of reptiles and amphibians! Meet colorful snakes, wondrous turtles, and strange lizards and salamanders. See dozens of species on display and enjoy a guided hike to look for turtles and listen for frogs. Learn all the ways to live peacefully with our misunderstood and scaly wild neighbors. Kids can enjoy crafts and refreshments available for purchase.