Mequon Nature Preserve has many family-friendly events throughout the year! These events are FREE to attend! Stay tuned to the website and our social media for the latest updates.

For more information contact:

Amanda Neimon


Upcoming Events

Craft and Storytime

Listen to a seasonally-themed book read by one of our staff members! Then take a short, guided hike and come back for a fun nature craft! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Email Amanda at to claim a spot! At 10:00 am on Tuesday:  July 23rd, August 27th, September 24th, October 22nd, November 26th, and December 17th.  

Ozaukee Washington Birding Coalition Events

Wednesday, November 13th at 7 p.m. “Motus in Wisconsin: A Big Leap in Wildlife Tracking” by Jacob Woulf , Motus coordinator for Lake Michigan Bird Observatory Hybrid live and Zoom program

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is a collaborative research effort that uses small radio tags and receiving stations to detect animals (primarily birds) as they move across the landscape. Unlike GPS transmitters that give precise location data, Motus tags emit a radio signal that can only be detected within a short distance (~9miles) of a Motus tower. Many organisms that carry Motus tags are not large enough for a GPS transmitter; Motus tags are also significantly less expensive than GPS transmitters. Because of their limited detection range, Motus towers must be strategically placed. LMBO received a large grant to construct 16 Motus stations along the western shore of Lake Michigan and also is working on a buildout of stations moving westward across the state.

Woulf graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in animal biology and in 2022 with a master’s degree in environmental science and policy. While there he tracked movements of American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants during the breeding season; he was hired by LMBO to help expand the Motus network in Wisconsin.


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Blood Drive 

Donate blood at the MNP Blood Drive on Thursday, August 8th from 8:00am-1:00pm inside the PieperPower Education Center! Many community members rely on frequent blood transfusions for their blood disorder. You can help save lives! Click this link to sign up to donate.  

Summer Playdate 

Saturday, July 27th from 12-3pm behind the Education Center

Spend a day outside with your family! There will be lots of fun activities, refreshments, and fun for all. This event is free but registration is required. One ticket per family. Click this link to register! Thank you to Keiding Inc, Johnson’s Nursery, Kwik Trip, and Ascension Living Alexian Village Milwaukee for sponsoring this event.

Mequon Nature Preserve Biodiversity Programming: 2024

Biodiversity Assessment on Local Scales 

Fridays, September 6, 13, 20, 27 at Mequon Nature Preserve

The Course: The ongoing collapse of biodiversity is an existential crisis for human societies, and solutions drilling down to local scales are on the front line of conservation efforts. This course will immerse students in methods to acquire, summarize, and interpret biodiversity data on regional to individual property scales. Mornings will be classroom sessions, and afternoon field sessions will immerse students in reading a landscape. It will be especially useful for conservation biologists desiring to describe biodiversity, assess species’ status in project areas, and to manage habitats for recovering specific wildlife populations. The course will drill down from national and state assessments to a property management level. We will explore how practitioners address recovery of impaired species, and utilize the Species of Local Conservation Interest (SLCI) paradigm developed in the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern to assess local scale species’ conservation status. Topics will include biodiversity preservation planning and goals, wildlife monitoring concepts, data management and interpretation, integrating critical habitat needs for wildlife into property management plans, and tracking success. Lessons will focus mainly on birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, with concepts applicable to other groups such as fish and invertebrates.

Recommended materials: Please bring a notebook or laptop for notes and exploring data. Class handouts will be provided, and online readings assigned.  There are no required books. No lodging, accommodations, or food provided (bring a lunch each day).

Tuition: $200.00

Click this link to register:

Email Cory Gritzmacher at with any questions.

Instructor: Gary S. Casper, Ph.D., is Director of Biodiversity Programs at the Mequon Nature Preserve, with over 45 years’ experience in wildlife conservation, biodiversity, and monitoring. Gary is also an Associate Scientist with UW-Milwaukee Field Station, and headed up the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern Wildlife Assessment, which developed concepts central to this course. Gary managed collections at the Milwaukee Public Museum for over 20 years, and is an Associate Editor for two peer reviewed scientific journals. His research has focused mainly on the Upper Midwest and Canada, where he is currently implementing an acoustic amphibian monitoring program in western Great Lakes Network national parks. He has authored hundreds of publications, and his most recent book is Field Guide to Amphibian Eggs and Larvae of the Western Great Lakes.

Additional assistance will be provided by Mequon Nature Preserve staff as we explore restoration progress at the preserve.

Astronomy Programs 

Astronomy with Binoculars

Thursday, August 29th from 8:00-9:30pm at the Education Center

In August’s evening sky, summer constellations begin to yield to their autumn counterparts. After a short talk about the zodiac and the equinoxes, we’ll aim our binoculars at star clusters and other sights in Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Hercules, and the Summer Triangle. During short breaks, we’ll view Saturn, star clusters, and nebulae through telescopes. Please bring your binoculars, a reclining lawn chair (or a blanket, if you’re comfy on the ground), warm clothing, and insect repellent. A few pairs of binoculars will be available to use if you don’t have your own. This program is geared towards people of all ages. Sign up is required. Click the link to register!

The Sun’s Neighborhood 

Wednesday, October 23rd from 7:00-8:30pm inside the Education Center 

The Sun’s Neighborhood: When you look at the stars, can you tell which ones are closer and which are farther away? Knowing the Sun’s place in space can help you see the night sky in 3D. Let’s explore the kinds of strange objects we find in “The Sun’s Neighborhood.”  After this one-hour presentation in the auditorium, we will have telescopes set up outdoors for views of Saturn, star clusters, and perhaps a comet. Dress warmly. This program is geared towards those 16 years and older. Sign up is required, click the link to register!

This program will be led by Jim Hahn. Jim is a lifelong amateur astronomer and science enthusiast. He got his first telescope and learned the constellations at the age of 8, built his own telescope at 15, and has been an informal astronomy educator for several years, giving presentations at local nature centers and schools. Jim is an active member of the Northern Cross Science Foundation, a local astronomy club focused on public outreach, and stays current by reading books and periodicals on the subject, both in print and online.

Find Us At These Community Events

Lakeshore Chinooks Baseball

Support MNP on Thursday, July 25th at 6:35pm

Want a fun way to spend time with your family and support MNP at the same time? Go to the Chinooks Baseball game! Simply go the Lakeshore Chinook’s website, click buy tickets, and enter promo code MNP8200. This will get you a $20 ticket package (includes a ticket and a Chinooks hat). MNP will receive $7.00 for every package sold!

Bioacoustics Program

Thursday, August 8th at 7:00pm at Retzer Nature Center 

Speaker: Dr. Gary Casper, Director of Biodiversity Programs at the Mequon Nature Preserve.

Ever wonder if turtles talk? Do you love birds, bats and frogs? Join us to learn how bioacoustics can monitor our fellow creatures with this exciting emerging science, and its application in on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts here in Wisconsin and beyond. Dr. Gary Casper is Director of Biodiversity Programs at the Mequon Nature Preserve and has been studying bioacoustics for nearly 20 years. He uses this technology for acoustic monitoring programs throughout the western Great Lakes region, setting out digital recorders to log natural sounds. Set in both remote wilderness areas and in noisy urban cities, these electronic ears reveal a world of sounds and are an excellent tool for monitoring wildlife. This talk will demonstrate how these systems work, play animal sounds for you to hear, and demonstrate the methods developed to analyze terabytes of data to track how animals communicate in our noisy world. Free and open to the public!

Monthly Outdoor Exercise Classes  

Yoga with Glysa 

Join us at the Mequon Nature Preserve this summer for a delightful series of Family Yoga Classes, designed to bring wellness and bonding to families of all sizes and ages. These sessions provide a perfect opportunity to engage in gentle and fun yoga practices surrounded by the tranquil beauty of nature. $12.00 per attendee with a portion donated to Mequon Nature Preserve. This class is outside on Wednesdays at 11:00am from June-August next to Marty’s Playspace. Sign up with this link!

Exercise with Longevity 

Participate in different strength and conditioning classes! Josh meets you at your level to help build your strength. Classes are on Tuesdays at 8:00am near Marty’s Playspace from June-August. Each session is $10.00 with a portion being donated back to Mequon Nature Preserve. Email to sign up!