Havenwoods State Forest
Havenwoods is an island of nature within an urban Milwaukee environment.
Having once been the site of a family farm, a County House of Correction, a US Army disciplinary barracks and training facility, and a US Army Nike missile site (former Nike Ajax Missile installation), the healing land includes 40,000 tree plantings, wildflower plantings, prairie restoration, pond site, and several miles of nature trail
Havenwoods State Forest includes environmental awareness center with an auditorium, classrooms, displays, and a resource center, grasslands, woods, wetlands, Lincoln Creek (A green space and environmental education center within Milwaukee city limits), an urban arboretum, yard care and educational garden areas. Environmental education programs and walking trails are available for educators, youth groups, families and adults. There are trails for nature study, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. Schoenecker Park abuts the property on the northeast. A variety of gardens exist at the Havenwoods State Forest including a children's garden, organic garden, herb garden, ethnic garden, shrubs, and prairie plants. Wildlife now abounds in this haven in the city, and it is home to the Butler's garter snake, a threatened species in Wisconsin. Spring is a great time to see snakes and hear toads and frogs, a reptile and amphibian. Rain gardens and rain barrels (at Milwaukee County University of Wisconsin-Extension Consumer Horticulturist, will show how to create a beautiful yard with native perennial plants while reducing rainwater runoff) are in place and a flood control site prevent local flooding, filters chemicals, and provides habitat. There are recreational opportunities for the nature enthusiast including 1 mile of nature trails, 7 miles of hiking trails. In the winter, 2.5 miles are open to cross country skiers. Pets of all sizes are allowed. There are no additional pet fees.
Keep eye on the park or forest of your choice for additional activities and special events such as Wildflower Walks (search for flowers and learn how they grow), Learn the Sky with your Naked Eye (learn about the night sky and find the North Star), Preschool Story time: Sprouting Seeds (Could a dried-up, brown seed really be alive), Discovery Saturday (bird watching with binoculars), lots of nature-centered crafts and activities for youth and some for adults. When you're hiking, you can forget you're in the city. Lots of wildlife and gorgeous prairie flowers. Also don't forget to visit nearby Urban Ecology Center Inc, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Riveredge Nature Center and Wehr Nature Center, Havenwoods State Forest , Growing Power etc.