To Do

There are a lot of ways for you and your family to explore the land! Check out some of these fun activities you can check out while you are hiking the trails!

Marty’s Playspace

Located behind the PieperPower Education Center! Made possible from the generosity of one family whom cares deeply for the natural world and the opportunity for all to find a place to explore and play. Everyone is welcome to climb, jump, and run throughout this area! All materials are natural and locally sourced!

Adventure Backpacks

Check out a R.E.D. Adventure Pack! Each pack is equipped with a self-guided “field trip” through our forests, prairies, and wetlands. All packs have instructions on how to do each activity and use each tool. Packs can be checked out April-October on Monday-Friday starting at 9:00am and must be returned by 4:00pm the same day. These packs are FREE to use, but donations are greatly appreciated!

Snowshoes

Free snowshoe checkouts are Monday-Friday starting at 9:00am and must be returned by 4:00pm the same day. Check outs will only be available with 4 or more inches of snow. Sizes are for those 4 years old and up.

Email Amanda the date and time you wish to use the snowshoes!

Observation Tower

Take the quick hike to the MNP Observation Tower! The tower is 40 ft high and is located at the center of the Preserve. It gives hikers a great view of the entire Preserve, and you can even see downtown Milwaukee on a clear day! Located on the top of the tower are two free telescopes and a Chronolog photo point monitoring system.

Hammock Station

Relax in your hammock at our Hammock Station located at Marty’s Playspace. Watch the butterflies and birds fly above you as you read or take a nap in a hammock. This is a bring your own hammock station, there are no hammocks available at the Education Center for public use. Multiple hammocks can be set up at this station at one time.

Trail Activities

Below are some fun activities for you to do as you hike the trails! Please leave all nature behind and where you find it and take any garbage with you. Respect other hikers on the trails. Staff work hard on preserve the quality of the trails, so please stay on the path.

Bird monitoring sheet

MNP scavenger hunt

Things to do at MNP This Summer

Ride the Rig

The Rig is a 4-wheel off-road wheelchair designed for individuals with limited mobility to travel anywhere a motorized bike would. It can reach speeds up to 12 mph! It is powered by an electric motor and the handles on the left and right sides of the chair allow the individual to maneuver.

The Rig is available to rent, free of charge, Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. It can seat one individual, at least 16 years and older and weighing up to 225 lbs. Reservations are required, email Marianne with your name, age of the individual using it, and date and time of use.  The Rig Waiver must be filled out before use. A staff member will go over safety and how to use The Rig prior to use.

Observation Platforms

Get closer to some of our ponds by standing on one of the Observation Platforms! These platforms are perfect for nature photographers and those interested in getting a closer look to our wetland restoration projects. One platform is located at Paul’s Pond, and the other on the Swan Road side of Harvey’s Woods.

Buy the MNP Children’s Books

MNP Executive Director, Kristin Gies, Peter Tonn, and Hannah Tews collaborated together to create four MNP children’s books! These educational books are perfect for your little ones to learn more about nature. “ABC @ MNP” and “Colors” are available now. “123 @ MNP” and “Homes” will be available later in 2024. These books can be purchased inside the Education Center, on Amazon, and on the Orange Hat Publishing website. Every purchase supports our mission!

Watch these videos to see what the land has to offer!