Treasures of Oz

Celebrating the Natural Gems of Ozaukee County


2010 Event

Discover and explore Ozaukee County's natural treasures on July 24th ending at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve for a free, family-friendly celebration.

Everyone knows Ozaukee County is rich in natural sites and resources, but most people have seen only a few of these up close.  This day will change that with a wonderful celebration that invites everyone to come and discover what lies beyond.

Treasures will provide great opportunities for photos, birding, biking and geocaching as well as hiking, taking in the fresh air and getting a little smarter.  The adventure ends for the day with food, music, a silent auction and a chance to win prizes.

This is how it works:

1. Participants will visit selected treasure sites around the county from 9:00 a.m. until 3 p.m.-using a map and passport they can download here. The Interurban Trail is a great resource for biking to various sites and the trail map and suggested site routes will be available on the website.

2. Each site will have docents and volunteers to offer information about the site and its theme. Passports will be stamped at each site and the passports can be exchanged at the final event site for raffle tickets. Bicycle riders can get an additional stamp at Mequon Nature Preserve, Bratt Woods next to the trail or at Forest Beach. This stamp is worth additional raffle tickets.

3.  The Treasures celebration will take place at  Forest Beach Migratory Preserve from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. There will be informational tables from partner organizations, sponsors and more. There will be a silent auction (1:00 - 4:00) to benefit OWLT and the Interurban Bridge and/ or to provide start up funds for Treasures for next year.  There will be bluegrass and rock ‘n roll music by String-A-Long and Smokin' Joe's BBQ/Chuck's Place will be at Forest Beach with a wonderful menu of food and beverages for purchase.

2010 Treasure Sites with top notch docents and guides - View Map

  • Mequon Nature Preserve - This premier environmental education site begins at the LEEDS Certified green building. Trails move out from there where you can see ongoing restoration of wetlands and a historic maple-beech forest, that existed prior to European settlement of Wisconsin.
  • Highland Woods - provides a large part of the natural corridor between Cedarburg and Mequon/Thiensville. A beautiful conservation area, it is also a battlefield contested by native species and Invasive Plants. Learn how the native plants are winning with the help of local stewards and the City of Mequon.
  • Bratt Woods - On the shore of the Milwaukee River, this birding hot-spot supports a high quality southern mesic forest. The river is key to the local watershed and to every place downstream to Lake Michigan.
  • Lion’s Den Gorge - This extensive park on the Lake Michigan Migratory Flyway, includes deep gorges (one with staircase) that drop through old (untouched before the European settlement of Wisconsin) cedar and hardwood forest to the Lake Michigan shore. Bluffs tower 90 to 100 feet providing wonderful lake views.
  • Cedarburg Bog - home to over a thousand plant and animal species, this state natural area covers over 2000 acres in a lake basin scoured by the most recent glacier.
  • Riveredge Nature Center - Prairies are featured on this day at this private nature preserve, which you may want to join after your visit. (free admission on event day with passport)
  • Huiras Lake - one of the best state natural areas, with a diverse wetland forest and pristine seepage lake and information on nearby North Branch Milwaukee River Wildlife and Farming Heritage Area.
  • Forest Beach Migratory Preserve - on the Lake Michigan Migratory Flyway, you will see the transformation of this former golf course to a five-star bird hotel with nine different habitats.
  • Harrington Beach State Park - everything you could want including camping (even kayak only camp site.) (free admission on event day with passport)
  • Interurban Bike Trail Bridge- Clean energy transportation, outdoor recreation (Stamp only Site)

Treasures of Oz is brought to you thus far through this growing partnership of organizations:

  • Ozaukee - Washington Land Trust
  • Ozaukee County Parks and Planning
  • Wisconsin department of Natural Resources
  • City of Mequon Parks
  • Riveredge Nature Center
  • Cedarburg Bog, UWM Field Station, Friends of Cedarburg Bog
  • Friends of the Bog, WDNR
  • Harrington Beach State Park, Friends of Harrington Beach
  • Friends of Harrington Beach, WDNR
  • North Branch Heritage Project - WDNR
  • Ozaukee County Interurban Trail
  • Ulao Creek Partnership
  • The Land Conservation Partnership of Ozaukee County
  • MATC Environmental Health
  • Ozaukee Community Awareness Forum (OCAF)
  • Great Lakes Earth Institute
  • Ozaukee Humane Society

The objectives of Treasures of Oz are:

  • Create a family friendly event that will generate awareness and appreciation of the environment, local resources and natural areas in Ozaukee
  • Increase public knowledge of the importance of local watersheds and good stewardship, including specific ways that they can participate in stewardship activities.
  • Encourage public involvement in local stewardship.
  • Bring local environmental and outdoor interest groups together to maximize community education.
  • Encourage thinking about clean energy for planet health.

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
-- T. S. Eliot

Wisconsin department of Natural Resources

Event Information and Details



1.  Download a passport from the website and carry it with you.

2.  Each treasure site has its own unique stamp. Have a site volunteer stamp your passport before you leave the site.

3.   You may present your passport for tickets to a raffle ticket volunteer at any of three sites (see below for locations.)  The volunteer will make a check mark next to each stamp you have obtained so far.  For each stamp checked, you will get a raffle ticket to fill out with your name, phone number and/or email address. This is very important as you do not need to be present to win and this is the only way Treasures’ staff have to contact you to let you know if you have won a prize.  Write clearly because you can’t win if we can’t read it;)
You will turn your tickets in to the volunteer and they will see to it that your tickets get to the drawing in plenty of time.
The three raffle ticket sites are Lion’s Den Gorge, Cedarburg Bog and Forest Beach Migratory Preserve.

4.  If you get raffle tickets at one site and then continue to more sites, you may collect raffle tickets for the additional sites at the next raffle site or Forest Beach.

5.  The raffle drawing will take place after the event. Winners will be notified by phone or email. Many of the prizes are in certificate form and can be mailed to your address. You can provide us with your address by phone or email when you are notified.  For non-certificate prizes, pick-ups will be arranged. Notification to prize winners will be made within two days of the event and winners must reply within 5 days of notification to collect their prize. A list of winners and prizes will be posted on the Treasures of Oz website following all notifications. If phones are not answered, messages will be left, so remember to check your messages.


1.  Bicycle riders get extra raffle tickets for the extra energy and effort it takes to visit sites by bicycle.

2.  Before getting any raffle tickets, riders must get a bike stamp on their passport in order to receive double tickets. They can get this stamp at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, at Mequon Nature Preserve or along the Interurban Trail at Bratt Woods.

3.  When a passport with a bike stamp is presented for raffle tickets, double tickets are given. It is the responsibility of the passport holder to remind the raffle volunteer about the bike stamp.  Once raffle tickets are given, changes will not be made.


1.  Geocachers can receive a raffle ticket for each Treasure of Oz geocache they find. They need to present the code number of the cache (found on the cache container) to get the ticket.


A.  Most sites have accessible trails for part of the site.  
  1. Mequon Nature Preserve: rolling terrain, grass or wood chip
  2. Lion’s Den Gorge: wood chip trail, board walk,
  3. Cedarburg Bog: entire trail wide and flat with wood chip, board walk or grass
  4. Harrington Beach: wood chip, grass, or paved
  5. Riveredge
  6. Forest Beach:  rolling terrain, grass or wood chip
B.  Forest Beach Celebration - outdoor grassy area with paved parking and some paved paths around the celebration area. Area is generally flat or gently rolling.

There will be a handicapped accessible porta-potty


1.  Visitors are encouraged to carry water with them. Insect repellent is also suggested, along with long sleeves and long pants, depending upon the weather and location. Sun screen is always a good idea.

2.  Mequon Nature Preserve, Riveredge, Harrington Beach and Forest Beach Migratory Preserve have indoor rest rooms and available water.

3.  Lion’s Den has a porta-potty next to the parking area.

4.  For rest stops and food en route, we suggest checking out our various site sponsors in the area.


1.  Silent auction items will be displayed at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Some may be displayed on the Treasures of Oz website prior to that time.

2.  Each item will have a separate bid sheet with a minimum bid noted.  You bid on the item by printing your name and your bid amount on the bid sheet. Items will be sold to the highest bidder.

3.  All sales are final. There will be no exchanges or refunds.  Payments must be made by cash or check and must be made prior to July 31st or the item will be sold to the next highest bidder.

4.  The winning bidder will receive a receipt marked “paid in full” when the item is paid for. The winning bidder must present that receipt to claim the item from the auction area.

5.  Dollar values and item descriptions are not guaranteed by Treasures of Oz nor any of the partner organizations for tax or any other purposes. They are created in good faith from information given by the donor at the time of the donation. All items are sold in “as is” condition.

6.  By purchasing auction items, buyers waive any claims for liability against Treasures of Oz or any of its partner organizations, agents or staff. They shall not be responsible for any injuries, damages or other liability claims which may result from the use of items sold.

7.  All bids include tax. Bidders will not be responsible for paying tax in addition to their bid. Treasures will pay all applicable auction item tax.    


1.  Forest Beach has a treasure site as well as being the celebration site.

2.  Most of the celebration activities, except the silent auction, will be held outdoors. If the weather does not cooperate, then things will be moved inside.

3.  There will be a silent auction. All winning bids on the items must be paid by cash or check made out to the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust. The Silent Auction closes at 4:00.

4.  The food vendor for the event is Smokin’ Joe’s/ Chuck’s Place. Vegetarian options are available.

5.  Music for the event is provided by String A Long, a local bluegrass/ old time rock ‘n roll group.

6.  There will be over 20 exhibits on the grounds that will appeal to many interests.

Event Exhibitors

The Treasures of Oz Celebration  at Forest Beach

Current List of Exhibitors

Bird City

Cedarburg Bog. Friends of the Bog

Great Lakes Earth Institute

Harrington Beach, Friends of Harrington Beach

Hoppe Tree Service

Johnson Gardens

MATC Environmental Health

Ozaukee County Planning, Resources and Land Management

Ozaukee Community Awareness Forum

Ozaukee Humane Society

Ozaukee Interurban Bike Trail

Ozaukee Parks and Planning

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

Riveredge Bird Club

Riveredge Nature Center

The Land Conservation Partnership of Ozaukee County

The North Branch Milwaukee River Wildlife and Farming Heritage Project

Town of Grafton

Ulao Creek Partnership

Raffle Items

Here is the list of items that can be won in the Treasures of Oz rafle.

The winning names will be drawn after the event to be sure that all entries are received
from the site locations.  Winners will be noti?ed by email or phone and the certificates
for their prizes will be mailed.

Many of these items are multiples, with more than one winner:

Restaurant and food certificates from:
Tellos (Port Washington)
Panera (Mequon)
Fresh (Mequon)
Dixie Chiks (right near Forest Beach)
Out & Out (Cedarburg)
Noelle’s Bake Shop (Cedarburg)
Lake Church Inn (Belgium - right by Harrington Beach)
Paramount Grille & Bakehouse (Grafton)
Sweet Trio (Grafton)
Silver Creek Brewery (Cedarburg)
Highland House (Mequon)
Slow Pokes Local Food (Grafton)

Merchandise certificates from:
Boehlke Hardware (Friestadt/ Mequon)
Godin’s Piggly Wiggly  (Mequon)
Patricia Frances Interiors (Cedarburg)
Frenz Garden Center (Thiensville)
Landmark Feed, Seed & Supply (Cedarburg)

Entertainment certificates from:
The Family Farm (Grafton)
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (Milwaukee)
Cedarburg Performing Arts Center (Cedarburg)

Service certificates:
Aqua Massage from Rivercrest Chiropractic