Get more involved at the Preserve!

Sign up for Thursday Restoration Rangers or special educational events!
Project or event will vary seasonally. Please reserve your spot ahead of time.

Special Events


Ozaukee-Washington Birding Coalition (OWBC)

Run by Mequon Nature Preserve, Riveredge Nature Center, Friends of the Cedarburg Bog, and Lac Lawrann Conservancy. Go to the Ozaukee-Washington Birding Coalition Facebook page or contact Nick for more information and on how to attend. 


Craft and Storytime

At 10:00 am on:

Tuesday, August 16th
Tuesday, September 20th
Tuesday, October 18th
Tuesday, November 15th
Tuesday, December 13th 

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! Limit 15 children. Masks are recommend but not required.


CANCELLED: Saving and Raising Our Monarchs 

Saturday, August 20th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Carol Komassa, Monarch Conservationist, at Mequon Nature Preserve

Learn about the most beloved butterfly in the USA, the Monarch, The Pollinators role and Milkweed. Survival rates, predator facts and why they are endangered.  Enjoy a video of the Monarch Life-Cycle and Migration.

Learn how to successfully raise Monarchs from egg to releasing the adults back to nature and how you can help this species and our planet naturally.

Carol (Monarch Conservationist, Instructor and Certified Master Gardener) has successfully home raised and released over 500 Monarchs in Mequon, WI. and in Arizona.  Learn from her experience (and mistakes!) and learn how easy it is to raise these winged wonders in a responsible way. Resources, wonderful visuals and a hand-out will also be provided. Suitable for adults and children 16+.

This event is FREE! A $5.00 donation is greatly appreciated. There is limited seating. RSVP to save your seat to


Junior Nature Book Club 

1st Wednesday of each month from 4:00-5:00 pm 

Starts: September 7th

If you are a middle-schooler (5th-8th grade) and love to read, come be a part of our Junior Nature Book Club! Each month, we will read a nature-themed book. Each participant will get a FREE copy of the book. We will then get together (with snacks!) and discuss the book. Email Marianne at if interested!


Monarch Tagging 

Saturday, September 10th 1:00-3:00pm AND Tuesday, September 13 4:00-6:00pm 

The monarch butterflies are beginning their migration down to Mexico! Become citizen scientists by learning how to catch, tag, and release monarch butterflies. This data will then be uploaded to Monarch Watch. Tags and nets will be provided. This event is recommend for those 4 yrs and older and who are able to hike up to 1 mile. Email Amanda at if you plan on attending!

Restoration Rangers

From May-October, every Thursday from 9am-12pm, you can be a part of our Restoration Ranger program and work out on the land with staff! Please email Amanda at by the Wednesday before by 5pm to let us know you will be coming!

Ages 13 and up. 

Typical projects include: removal of invasive species (such as buckthorn, garlic mustard), mulching, weeding, brush removal, planting



Please dress for working outside. NO open-toed shoes. Gloves and tools will be provided.

You will be contacted in case of cancellation.

For more information contact:

Amanda Neimon