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Nature Centers

The natural world up close

Beaver Creek Reserve

Enjoy a multitude of flora and fauna on more than 400 acres of diverse habitat. Beaver Creek Reserve offers a butterfly house, citizen science center, obstacle course, field research station, and much more.

S1 County Highway K
Fall Creek

 beavercreekreserve.org
 (715) 877-2212

Chippewa Moraine Interpretive Center

Exhibits and videos explain the glacial history of the region. Live and stuffed native animals are also on display. Visitors can also hold a snake, pet a turtle, dig for fossils, or snowshoe. Part of the Chippewa Moraine Ice Age State…

13394 County Hwy M
New Auburn

 dnr.wi.gov
 (715) 967-2800

Crystal Cave

Knowledgeable guides will lead you on a one-hour tour through a maze of well-lighted passages where glistening cave formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, and rippling flowstone can be seen hanging from the ceiling or covering the…

W965 State Road 29
Spring Valley

 acoolcave.com
 (715) 778-4414

Irvine Park Zoo and Nature Area

With over 300 acres of natural and scenic beauty, this FREE park offers a zoo with cougars, bear, bison, tigers and many other wildlife and a petting zoo, scenic dam, museum, picnic shelters, restrooms and historical displays. Take a tour of…

Bridgewater Avenue
Chippewa Falls

 chippewafalls-wi.gov
 (715) 723-0051

Lake Wissota State Park

This 1,062 acre park combines pine and hardwood forests, lake, prairie, and marshland. Visitors to the park will enjoy the scenery, and if you're a bird watcher, you can find up to 200 different avian species throughout the year.

18127 Cty. Hwy. O
Chippewa Falls

Rose & Lily Gardens

See nature’s beauty of over 500 roses, teas, floribunda, grandifloras, miniatures and climbers.

1 Bridgewater Avenue
Chippewa Falls

Wise Nature Center

The Wise Nature Center is your starting point for exploring the reserve. Stop in, pay trail fees, rent equipment, grab a map, and check out the animal exhibits, observation deck, and nature store - Adults $3, children 15 and under $1, members…

S1 County Road K
Fall Creek

 beavercreekreserve.org
 877-2212