Retzer Nature Center Trails Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Centered around the nature center, the trail system offers a wide variety of landscapes in a relatively small area. Pass through pine forest and on to a meadow overlook where you can scan the horizon for miles around, then descend into one of the few places in this part of the state to see a type of wetland known as a fen. Wildflowers and birds are abundant and you’ll cross a small stream toward the end of the hike.
This property was meant to be a retirement home for John and Florence Retzer. It started with a 90-acre purchase back in 1938, but in 1973 Florence left the land to Waukesha County, intending that it become a conservation park. They had already given it its start, planting thousands of trees and shrubs, bringing wildflowers back to land degraded by agriculture with the help of the Wisconsin Conservation Department."