Field Station

The UWM at Waukesha Field Station is home to a beautiful restored prairie/oak savannah, a variety of forestland, an ephemeral pond, Henrietta Lake and Scuppernong Creek. Visitors will enjoy walking the 3.5 miles of mowed hiking trails, as well as boardwalks over wetland areas. The unique wood-fired kiln and the Wildlife in Need Center make it a truly amazing educational destination.

View the “Outdoor Wisconsin” Segment About the Field Station

Location and Hours

The field station is located in the Kettle Moraine area of southeastern Wisconsin,  10 miles west of the UWM at Waukesha campus.

It’s open year round, and visitors are welcome to come and explore during daylight hours. Admission is free. Bring a friend or canine companion.

9 people and one German Shepard gathered around camp fire, drinking, eating, and visiting with each otherClose up of compass plant in full bloom with prairie, barn buildings and lots of blue sky in the background

Education and Research

The UWM at Waukesha Field Station connects people of all ages to the land by providing a wide variety of educational and environmental experiences. It also encourages discovery through research for visitors at all levels of expertise:

  • K-12 students participate in discovery science activities during field trips.
  • UWM at Waukesha students experience education and research firsthand through coursework, internship opportunities, honors projects and independent study.
  • Adults can take advantage of learning opportunities available through Continuing Education.
  • UWM at Waukesha faculty and staff use the station for course components and research projects.
  • Researchers from other institutions use the station as a research venue.

Environmental Science Students in hip waders and aquatic nets doing research in Scuppernong CreekGroup of students in tall grass prairie holding notebooks and smiling and laughing

Group Reservations and Rental Information

Field station rental information is listed below. A deposit of 50% is due at least 48 hours prior to the event. Refunds are issued up to 72 hours before the event; however, no refunds are made if less than 72 hours’ notice is given.

Non-profit Profit K-12
Field Station Grounds only (Full day) $75 $150
Field Station Grounds only (Half day) $40 $80
Field Station Grounds and Classroom (Full day) $175 $350
Field Station Grounds and Classroom (Half day) $100 $200
Field Station Classroom Only (Full day) $125 $250 $75
Field Station Classroom Only (Half day) $75 $150 $50
Rentals for 5 days or more receive a 10% discount

Field Trips: If you are a K-12 teacher or youth group leader and you would like to arrange a field trip, contact Field Station Director Teresa Schueller.

Reservations: Contact Kelli Thorton, 262-521-5003

Volunteer Work Gatherings

Friends of the Field Station and the general public are invited to join us for work days throughout the year, including a prairie burn and planting in spring and invasive species removal in the summer and fall.

Work days typically run from 1 to 4 p.m., followed by a potluck campfire meal. Everyone is invited to join us for these events and stay for the meal. No reservations are needed – volunteers simply show up for the work day.
For information on upcoming work days, visit the Field Station Facebook page or contact Teresa Schueller.

Administration

The Field Station is owned by the University of Wisconsin with administrative duties delegated to UWM at Waukesha. A local campus Field Station Committee advises the campus dean concerning administrative policy, management, educational and financial matters.

Rules

  • No unauthorized collecting of plants or animals.
  • No firearms.
  • No hunting or trapping.
  • No unauthorized fires.
  • No unauthorized vehicles on trails.
  • Groups must have a responsible adult supervisor.
  • The university is not responsible for accidents.

Donations

Donations can be made through the UW-Waukesha Foundation. Please specify that funds are to be used for the Field Station. The Field Station depends on donations from the community to support programs, facilities and grounds.