You don’t want to miss
“Ozaukee’s Other Coast - The Milwaukee River”
A FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT
Time: Things begins at 9:00 when all of the sites open. Sites stay open until 3:00 pm. Forest Beach Migratory Preserve stays open until 4:30 so you have time to turn in your passports for free raffle tickets and time to bid on our silent auction, listen to a little music, and have a bite to eat after all that touring.
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The Treasure Sites
- The Dam at Thiensville Village Park: Ozaukee Fish Passage Program Ozaukee has an internationally recognized model program in reconnecting the streams and waterways that were separated as communities grew and lands were farmed. Ozaukee lost many of its fish and aquatic species because of this. To date, this Program and its partners have removed or remediated 286 impediments to fish and aquatic life passage, restoring access to over 132 miles of in-stream habitat and thousands of acres of wetland habitat. Come see the fish passage engineered around the dam, discover the underwater camera that lets you “fish” from home and more. Matt Aho and staff from the MRWFPP will be on hand to tell you about this landmark program.
- Bike Path Island: Did you know that Ozaukee has federally owned islands in the Milwaukee River? Visit this one, Bike Path Island, with staff from the Bureau of Land Management. The Kettle Moraine/Feith Family YMCA will be on hand with water safety information and with boats to ferry you over to the island.
- Bratt Woods Nature Preserve: Two things going on here -
- Ozaukee Washington Land Trust staff will talk about land trusts and explain how OWLT is protecting thousands of acres in this area and creating some (32 to date) public preserves.
- Learn about Shinrin-yoku, a way of de-stressing in nature that has become part of basic medical practice in Japan and is only recently becoming known in this country. You can easily spend time doing this incredibly simple activity in Bratt Woods and make it part of your lifestyle.
- The Ozaukee Interurban Trail: get a trail map and learn about all this trail has to offer.
- Riveredge Nature Center: This incredible center is celebrating 50 years of serving our area! Riveredge’s Mary Hollebeck and Naturalist Kate Redmond will be on hand at Riveredge to show you their new river’s edge educational structure, their floating dock, the famed sturgeon-rearing facility and talk about invertebrates and water quality on this stretch of the river.
- Hawthorne Hills County Park has 2 featured areas -
- Shady Lane Natural Area, on the banks of the river, offers trails through a pristine woods which remains very much as it was in pre-settlement times. Andrew Struck and Ozaukee County Park staff will be on hand to talk about birding and tree identification. Milwaukee Riverkeeper will be there to share their expertise on the river and water trails.
- Down the trail is the HH Peters Youth Camp, a little know Ozaukee facility that can be rented for youth group camping. Milwaukee Riverkeeper will have more information there (including maps for our water trails) and park staff will acquaint you with this beautiful facility. You can visit HH Peters, Shady Lane or both.
- Forest Beach Migratory Preserve: Forest Beach will offer 3 walking tours at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. Our walk leaders are Bill Mueller, director of Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory which is located at Forest Beach), Carl Schwartz (with WGLB&B and former director of Bird City Wisconsin) and Shawn Graff (former executive director of OWLT and current vice-president of the American Bird Conservancy.)Forest Beach also offers another exciting talk with Jeanne Lord and her raptors from Pineview Wildlife Rehabilitation at 9:00 am. Randy Hetzel and his critters will be around all day. The new Monarch Project will explain how to raise monarch butterflies. There will be a native plant sale to benefit Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory.
Exhibits Here is a list of most of the exhibits that are at Forest Beach this year.
- Respect Our Waters
- Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium
- American Bird Conservancy
- Sierra Club - Great Waters Group
- Interfaith Earth Network
- Friends of Harrington Beach State Park
- Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
- The White Clover for Honeybees Project
- The Breeding Bird Atlas of Wisconsin
- Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
- Riveredge Nature Center
- The Monarch Project
- Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
- Bird City Wisconsin
- Ozaukee County Planning and Parks
- Ozaukee County Land and Water Management
- Native Plant Sale
Food: Fresh grilled burgers and brats with Port Washington Boy Scouts Troop 885
(veggie burgers available)
Music: Steve & Friends
Silent Auction: Supporting merchants and individuals have been really generous! We have cool sport things like luxury box seats (with buffet and drinks) for the Milwaukee Brewers June 22nd game, rounds of golf at area clubs and parks and a Green Bay Packers football - even foot golf and disc golf certificates. We have doggy gift baskets, membership packages to Schlitz Audubon and Riveredge Nature Centers, and just a boat load of certificates and gifts from area merchants - spas, restaurants, stores, craft beers, coffee…You just have to see this!
Raffle: Raffle tickets are given for each passport stamp that visitors have on their passport.
Bonus: Anyone biking (we are talking bicycles here) to the event gets double raffle tickets. A bike stamp to verify this can be obtained only at Forest Beach.
Hope to see you all on the 16th. Please share this widely! Until then, stay happy and healthy!