Spring & Summer Events for 2017

Join us for these Friends-sponsored events. Space is limited and pre-registration is requested. To register click on the Events tab. Walks are free and are open to the public; a $5 donation is appreciated.


Woodcocks and Frogs

Thursday, April 20, 7:30 to 9:30 PM

At dusk it’s time to dance – for the woodcocks. Join Jim Reinartz and Kate Redmond for the first hike of spring at the Cedarburg Bog. If temperatures are mild, the early spring frog chorus will be noisy. Be sure to bring a flashlight!


Mammals of our Area

Sunday, April 23, 9:00 AM to noon

From howling coyotes to otters and flying squirrels, find out about the mammal species that may call the Bog home. Julia Robson works for Milwaukee County’s Wildlife Monitoring Program. Through a combination of indoor and outdoor activities, Julia will explore with participants evidence of the warm blooded residents of the Bog.


Frogs (and maybe Woodcocks)

Thursday, May 4, 7:30 to 9:30 PM

Most Woodcocks are settled on nests, but we’ll listen for the last of the sky-dancers and the late spring species of frogs. Bring a flashlight; boots not needed.


Bird Walk for Spring Migrants

Sunday, May 7, 7:00 to 9:00 AM

Dr. Peter Dunn, UWM ornithologist and researcher of numerous avian studies in the Cedarburg Bog, will lead a bird walk in search of migrants and resident Bog birds. Think early warblers!!! Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.


At the North End of the Bog

Sunday, May 14, 9:00 AM to noon

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day then exploring the trails at the north end of the Bog with Field Station Director Jim Reinartz! Meet in the parking lot on Highway 33 near Lakeland Rd. Note: No bathroom facilities.


Spring Bird Walk

Saturday, May 20, 6:30 to 8:30 AM

Accompany John O’Donnell for an early morning walk and exploration of the upland woods, grasslands, and (of course) the Bog. Warblers and vireos should be on the move! Bring your binoculars, good hiking shoes, and appropriate clothing for the weather.


Out of the Ice – Gifts from the Glaciers

Sunday, May 21, 10:00 AM to noon

Learn about the glaciers that covered Wisconsin and the gifts they left behind. Join naturalist Jim Ellis to explore the glacial landforms that contain and surround the Cedarburg Bog.


Spring in the Bog

Sunday, May 28, 9:00 AM to noon

Witness the exuberance of spring birds, flowers, ferns, frogs and more in this wonderful wetland. Naturalist Kate Redmond will lead hikers to explore the Cedarburg Bog in this busy time of year.


Late Spring Bird Walk

Sunday, June 4, 6:30 to 8:30 AM

Join Dani Baumann and John O’Donnell in search of early breeders and late migrants. We will especially be on the hunt for flycatchers, Indigo Buntings, and Scarlet Tanagers. Bring binoculars, good hiking shoes, and appropriate clothing.


What’s Up in the Bog

Sunday, June 11, 9:00 AM to noon

As spring turns to summer, we’ll enjoy the calls of Sandhill Cranes and the self-harmonizing song of the Veery thrush as we see what’s in bloom along the boardwalk. Naturalist Kate Redmond will be leading the way.



Saturday, July 8, 9:00 AM to noon

Wet areas provide the most diverse habitats for plants used by Great Lakes tribes. Join ethnobotanist Lee Olsen and find out what can be learned from the Indian names. He will also demonstrate utility uses (dyes, cordage, fiber, and construction), reveal medicinal plants, and identify food plants. Bring good hiking shoes and dress for the weather.

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