Explore, Support, Participate

The Friends of Wehr Nature Center is committed to sustaining an accessible nature destination; a place for all seasons, a place for everyone.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of Wehr is to support the Wehr Nature Center in its mission to inspire current and future generations to explore and value the natural world.



Visit 220 acres of nature preserve with 5 miles of trails and a visitor center complete with educational exhibits and live animals.

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Buckthorn Busting


Experience Wehr’s array of programs for youth, families, and adults.

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Hike for Health

Apr 17, 2024 10:30AM—11:30AM

Frog Frolic for Families

Apr 20, 2024 6:30PM—8:30PM

Great Whitnall Park Clean-up

Apr 20, 2024 9:00AM—12:00PM

News & Updates

Judy Brooks-Levar, Wehr’s bundle of energy

It’s hard to imagine a time before Judy Brooks-Levar volunteered at Wehr. For 24 years, Judy has been a ray of sunshine to all she encounters at Wehr. Judy came to Wehr with a background in special education. She continues to share her enthusiasm for children of all ages by conveying her love and knowledge…
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Wehr Nature Center Land Management Update

Since I began work at the Nature Center last May, the focus has been concentrated on three areas, savanna, our “beach” prairie, and the area by the bird blind. Have you noticed changes? Whether you are a regular visitor to Wehr Nature Center, or you come out only occasionally, you’ll probably notice some changes in…
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Memories from Wehr’s Longest Serving Volunteer

Mary Gease has been volunteering at Wehr for 44 years. Mary shared these memories and stories in interviews in 2014 and 2023. Getting Started with Seed Collecting My first volunteer job was seed collecting. Mariette Nowak (Nature Center director), Jane Appleyard, and Sally Jean Lohr taught me how to process seed. Most were sold as…
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Land Management Update

I am officially in my 4th month as Land Manager here at Wehr Nature Center and it feels like I’ve been here so much longer…and I mean this in the most sincere way. Working with the weekly volunteers of Phenology, Eco Warriors, Wheel n’ Chip, and Earth Care has made me feel like one of…
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Your dollar goes a long way to supporting accessible and educational nature experiences for all.



Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization and are infused in every aspect of the nature center.