Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When are you open?
    • Trails are open everyday of the year from sunup to sundown. The PieperPower Education Center is open Monday-Friday from 10:00am-2:00pm.
  • Is there a fee?
    • No fee! We are FREE!!  No parking pass or entry ticket needed to hike the land. Mequon Nature Preserve does not receive tax-dollar assistance; donations are greatly appreciated but not required.
  • Can I pick the plants or take animals home with me?
    • MNP Inc. is working hard to restore the historical habitats of southeast Wisconsin. To keep this process moving forward, do not pick plants or disturb animals on the property.
  • Are there maps and other informational signs on the trails?
    • Yes! Many of the signs you will see on the trails will tell you about the different plant and animal species that can be found on the land. Other signs will also explain the land restoration processes being done. Paper maps are available in the kiosks at the Education Center and can also be found online. MNP also has a FREE mobile app that acts as a digital map as well as providing educational material.
  • Are there bathrooms?
    • The only bathrooms on the property are in the Education Center (8200 W. County Line Road). The bathrooms are available from 10:00AM to 2:00PM, Monday through Friday. There are also two Port-o-Potties located near the Education Center that are cleaned and maintained.
  • Can I bring my dog?
    • YES!! Mequon Nature Preserve is one of the few natural areas that allow dogs!
    • Per City of Mequon Ordinance (Chapter 54, Section 54-25):
      • All dogs must be on a leash no more than 10 feet in length.
      • Dog waste must be picked up and placed in the garbage.
      • Failure to follow these ordinances can result in a fine.
    • Keep dogs on the trail and out of the wetlands.
  • Are there garbage cans?
    • There are no trash receptacles along the trails. Plan to take trash with you when you leave. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG POOP BAGS ON THE TRAILS! We want to keep the trails clean for all who hike them, so please pick up after your dog. There are four dog waste reciprocals throughout the trails, please use them for dog waste only.
  • Can I camp on the grounds?
    • No! No alcohol, campfires, or fireworks are allowed on the grounds.
  • I don’t want to hike, but I still want to use the trails. Can I do other recreational activities?
    • Yes! Biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are allowed.
    • Feel free to have a picnic! There are picnic tables throughout the Preserve and a grassy area behind the Education Center.
  • Are the trails easy to go on with a stroller or wheelchair?
    • Most trails are ADA accessible and stroller-friendly.
    • Click here for a downloadable map depicting the ADA trails (will be updated soon)
  • Can I drive on the trails?
    • No. Only MNP staff and the police can drive vehicles on the trails.
  • I’m a photographer, can I take photos with my clients here?
    • Yes! All we ask is that you respect the land and other visitors. You do not need to inform staff if you plan on doing a photoshoot here.
  • Are there any other fun activities for my family to do on the trails?
    • Yes! See the videos below for some fun spots for people of all ages to enjoy!
    • MNP Backyard Scavenger Hunt: Walk the trails or explore your backyard and try to find these items! Make sure to take pictures of you finding the objects and share them with us! MNP_ScavengerHunt
    • Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram for fun events happening on the land

Check out all the exciting things our land has to offer!