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September 2014


Star Gaze and Owl Prowl at Retzer Nature Center's Wild Winter Night

Looking to cure your cabin fever? Come out and explore all the winter wonders at night. Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison Street in Waukesha, will hold its annual Wild Winter Night from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2.

Enjoy guided winter night hikes throughout the evening, free snowshoe rentals (snow permitting) and an informal sing-along by a warm campfire with s’mores and hot cocoa. There will be indoor activities like the Shoe Box Relay Race, make a Nocturnal Pillow Box Owl and make your own Glow-in-the-Dark Goo! Explore the winter sky through an outdoor observation with telescopes, as well as an indoor Planetarium program entitled “Galileo”.

The guided Owl Prowl hikes are scheduled for 6:45 and 8:15 pm. Listen closely, will you hear or see an owl? Learn about the owl and other nocturnal animals and just maybe you will find an owl pellet!

Please note planetarium shows are limited to 90 people per show, and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 6:00 p.m. Show times are every half-hour starting at 6:30, 7:00, 7:30 and 8:00 p.m.

This event is held no matter what the weather, so please dress accordingly. There are a limited amount of snowshoes available so there may be a waiting time. A fee of $2.00 per person is payable at the door. No pre-registration is required.

Retzer Nature Center is part of the Waukesha County Park System, which is a natural resource based park system, that demonstrates stewardship while providing recreational and educational opportunities. For more information, visit our web site at or call the Park Office 24-hour automated hotline at (262) 548-7800.

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