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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Adult Owl Prowl @ Grant Park

Dec 09, 2022 7:00PM—9:00PM

Grant Park Clubhouse, 100 Hawthorne Ave, South Milwaukee

Operation Recon Nature – Veterans & their Families

Dec 10, 2022 10:00AM—11:00AM

Operation Recon Nature – Adult Veterans

Dec 10, 2022 3:30PM—4:30PM

News & Updates


We had a volunteer recognition luncheon on November 6th.  Thanks to the 397 volunteers who logged in 12,635 hours in the last year to support the Nature center and it’s programs. Jim Wroblewski, Deb McRae and Ted Bosch; all shown in the photo, were the three Friends who logged in the most hours last year…
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Don’t feed the animals

Thank you to the nice human that thought they were doing something kind for wildlife by leaving a large pile of bread next to the trail in the woods.  Unfortunately, it is not a great thing for wildlife to eat. Think about that gluten intolerant friend or family member that can’t eat bread and what…
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Prairie Burn

You may notice cutting of the vegetation on the perimeter of the prairie areas.  We are preparing fire breaks for a burn in the spring. Our goals of the burn is to set back woody species like: 1. Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) a species that contains a chemical called Juglone which controls competition and if…
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Bird Blind

Construction began on the replacement bird blind on November 3rd. The new bird blind will have a wall with openings at three heights for increased accessibility. There will be two benches and a pergola covering. The long term plan is to extend the boardwalk to the wall and onto the parking lot to complete our…
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Be part of the FOW community and enjoy all the member benefits.



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.