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Nature Centers

Wisconsin has many outstanding nature centers, which sponsor a variety of conservation and educational activities. They love having volunteers, and you can learn a lot in the process.

Click here for an extensive list of Wisconsin nature centers.

Here is information on some nature centers:


Beaver Creek Reserve

Fall Creek

Beaver Creek Reserve has various volunteer opportunities during the spring and summer months. Volunteer opportunities at the Nature Center include: nature center hosts, volunteer naturalists to help with birthday parties, plant sale volunteers, summer camp volunteers, butterfly house guides, caterpillar lab volunteers, volunteers to help with work days at the Reserve and volunteers to help with special events. Anyone interested in volunteering with the Reserve can contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ann Arneson, at or 715-877-2212 ext. 106.

The Citizen Science Center also has many volunteer opportunities. Summer volunteer opportunities include: stream monitoring, bat monitoring, fresh water mussel monitoring and grassland bird monitoring. If you have any questions about available Citizen Science opportunities, feel free to email our CSC director, Jeanette Kelly, at

The Reserve also offers multiple summer internships.  We offer a writing summer internship. The writing intern works with our Assistant Director on brochures, flyers and articles for the quarterly edition of our newsletter. We also bring on two naturalist interns to help with summer groups and camps during the summer months. These internships are unpaid. If you have questions about these summer internships, I would be happy to give you a more detailed description of them. For more information, contact Angela Sommers,


Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve

4815 N Lynndale Drive Appleton, WI 54913

(920) 731-6041

The Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve is a 775 acre  independent, nonprofit wildlife preserve and environmental education facility, located in Outagamie County. It provides educational and recreational opportunities to encourage persons of all ages to develop and practice a sound environmental ethic, which reflects an understanding and appreciation of nature.


The Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum

UW Fond du Lac

Beaver The Formal Arboretum is an innovative attempt to depict the native plants and plant communities of Wisconsin in a design representing the "Tension Zone" of our state. This is the area of overlap of northern and southern WI plant communities, which occurs in the Fond du Lac area. It consists of savannah, lowland forests and northern mixed forests, plus their associated wildflowers. The Gottfried Arboretum seeks volunteers in the following areas: Arboretum Committee, Grounds Maintenance, Prairie Forest Volunteers, Office Assistant, and Outreach Volunteers. For more information about volunteering, contact Erika Jensen by phone at 920-324-5329 or by email at


Heckrodt Wetland Preserve

1305 Plank Road (Highway 114), Menasha, WI 54952


Heckrodt is your spot for both volunteering and summer internships! We have three paid internships available this summer and I am attaching the position descriptions, plus they can be found on our website at We use volunteers in every aspect of our operations. We ask volunteers to fill out an application (you can find it on our website) prior to volunteering. A big project being undertaken in the spring of 2012 n the repair of several large sections of our boardwalk. Volunteers are critical to getting this project done.If students don't find something they are interested in volunteering for in particular, a call or email to Andrea telling us what they would like to do may get our idea juices rolling (


Ledgeview Nature Center

One mile south of Chilton, Calumet County, between Hwys G & 57.


Ledge View Nature Center is a 105-acre park of prairie fields and deciduous upland woodland with two and a half miles of hiking trails. The park features a 60-foot observation tower, a Fun Trail (simple obstacle course), a dolostone quarry, Niagara ledges, arboretum, rain garden, butterfly garden and caves (accessible only on guided tour).


Mosquito Hill Nature Center

N3880 Rogers Road, New London, WI  54961

(920) 779-6433

The Mission of Mosquito Hill Nature Center is to provide environmental education and recreation that foster understanding, appreciation, and sound stewardship of the natural world for people of all ages.


Riveredge Nature Center

4458 County Hwy Y, Saukville, WI 53080


Our 370-acre sanctuary has ten miles of trails around ponds and fens, through woodlands and prairies, and along the Milwaukee River. It is one of the premier nature centers in the Great Lakes Region. Our goal is to build a self-discovered awareness that we are part of nature, and to empower people to act on that knowledge. We aim to help others to live well on this earth. 

by linnm37 — last modified Oct 24, 2012 03:16 PM
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