The Environmental Learning Center, built in 2003, was Wisconsin's first Gold LEED-certified building.

About Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Ahead of its time when built in 2003, our building was the first LEED Gold new building in Wisconsin. It is named the Dorothy K. Vallier Environmental Learning Center, after one our founder. The socially-conscious building was designed by the Kubala Washatko Architects. Sustainable features include use of site harvested timbers, design of a stable, well-insulated and self-shading building shell to reduce energy use, incorporation of natural daylight and ventilation, roof-mounted 10kw photovoltaic system, geothermal, and stormwater management. The facility includes an award-winning Nature Preschool, other educational spaces, a 200-seat auditorium, and a mezzanine art gallery. The Great Hall is transformed into a wedding venue, offering rustic to elegant celebrations.
Schlitz’ 185 acres offers six miles of trails that take visitors through 185 acres of forests, wetlands, restored prairies, ravines, bluffs, and Lake Michigan shoreline. Over 1.5 are miles of these trails wheelchair and stroller friendly, made of boardwalks and crushed limestone. A 60-foot observation tower provides breathtaking views of Lake Michigan.

Doors Open Weekend Experience

Hike the trails anytime throughout the day at your own pace or on a guided hike.
Other drop-in activities include a meet and greet with birds from the Raptor Program between noon and 2:00pm and encounters with other live animals between noon and 3:00pm.
You are welcome to explore the building on your own throughout the day, including their art gallery which will feature an exhibit by local artist Joanna Poehlmann.

1111 E Brown Deer Rd

Saturday Hours
Not Open

Sunday Hours
10 am - 5 pm

Photography, Video, Tripods Permitted

Handicapped Accessible
Fully wheelchair accessible


Photo Tour