Ledge View Nature Center consists of an exhibit hall and 105 acres of county property. The park and nature center are open to the public year-round. Hours for use of the grounds are dawn to dusk. The building is open 8-4:30 daily (closed on major holidays).
Planning a visit?
Check out the interactive exhibits and live animals in the nature center! Since the nature center is located on an outcropping of the Niagara dolomitic limestone, with caves, within a few miles of Lake Winnebago, its exhibit focus is on the Niagara Escarpment, Wisconsin bats, and Lake Sturgeon.
Outdoors, two miles of gravel foot trails loop the park, taking hikers or winter cross-country skiers through maple-oak forest, field, and along wooded mossy ledges. Kids and the kids-at-heart can play on the Fun Trail, a small obstacle course in the woods behind the nature center. Those interested in plant identification, or gardening for wildlife and rain management, may like to walk through the arboretum or around the gardens.
A 60-foot observation tower in the prairie provides expansive views of the rural countryside, to a distance of 15 miles on clear days. –But you won’t be able to see Lake Winnebago: the landscape is in the way!
There’s also a quarry on the property, used by the naturalists teaching about Wisconsin’s sedimentary and Silurian natural history. An ephemeral pond fills part of the quarry in spring, making it a wonderful place to hear frog song at that time of year. Visitors should stay back from the quarry walls, as natural erosion loosens the dolostone.
The park features indoor and outdoor picnic areas for visitors with bag lunches. A pavilion on the grounds can be used by picnickers or rented for events.
Ledge View Nature Center is staffed by three naturalists, who teach school and family programs as well as outdoor education activities. Programs for the public can be found in the schedule of events. School classes and other groups are encouraged to call for more information.
To see our event schedule for dates, times and information, click here.
Bringing a dog?
Dogs leashed at all times to the owner are permitted on the trails. Because the park is a wildlife refuge, dogs are not permitted to run free. Trail courtesy: please pick up and remove dog droppings, and please restrain your dog when passing other hikers.
The Friends of Ledge View Nature Center
Ledge View is fortunate to have the support of a nonprofit volunteers’ group, the Friends of Ledge View. The Friends fund an internship for the park and cover the costs of developing and maintaining exhibits, through sponsorship of annual events like Maple Syrup Sunday (late March), Footloose 5K Walk for Health and Discovery a la Carte (May), Escarpment Bicycle Tour (first Sunday in August), Fall Fest (September) and Halloween Candlelight Cave Tours (October). Volunteers also participate in projects around the park, sharing their experience and love of the natural world to educate the visitors of today, as well as the children of tomorrow.
Between Calumet County and the Friends of Ledge View we are able to offer a modern, well maintained facility with quality features and a one-of-a-kind experience.
To see some of what goes on behind the scenes, visit the FLVNC website or check out the park’s Facebook page.