Whitnall Park and Wehr Nature Center

The largest park in Milwaukee County, Whitnall contains the 220-acre Wehr Nature Center as well as the Boerner Botanical Gardens. Diverse habitat and park amenities offer wonderful birding opportunities and outdoor fun. Trails traverse a glacial moraine covered by forests of maple, hickory and 150-year old oak trees. Boardwalks, a viewing platform and a visitor center are popular places. There’s even a golf course. The Wehr Nature Center offers spring bird walks and an environmental program. In 2003, the Boerner Botanical Gardens opened a new education and visitor center to compliment their rose, herb and rock gardens.

Directions: Exit I-43 at Layton Avenue, then west to Loomis Road, south to Grange Avenue, west to South 92nd Street, south to College Avenue, and west on College Avenue to the park entrance.

Whitnall Park & Wehr Nature Center map

Gazetteer: Page 31, A-6 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 88, F-2 (10th edition).

Phone: 414/425-7303 (Whitnall Park), 414/425-8550 (Wehr Nature Center).

Web site: Whitnall County Park (pdf) | Wehr Nature Center

Signature species: Waterfowl and woodpeckers.

Rare species: White-fronted Goose, Western Grebe, Purple Gallinule, and Townsend’s Solitare.

Seasonality: Open all year.

Parking: Parking lots.

Fees: Some fees apply at Wehr.