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.
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).
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.