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The Wehr Nature Center boardwalk is an integral part of the Nature Center. Originally constructed of railroad ties and planks from the first County Stadium, the boardwalk made Mallard Lake and its adjacent wetlands accessible for visitors. Deterioration of the original boardwalk, built in 1974, required frequent repairs that became increasingly difficult.

Replacement of the old boardwalk began in 2002. A new, non-slip surface made from recycled composite plastic and wood material is being used. This new boardwalk is not only safer to walk on but it is also handicap accessible. A gathering area and over one-quarter mile of boardwalk has been built with new sections being added all the time.

How can you help?

The boardwalk is built and paid for by volunteers and donors. Your contributions are important to the boardwalk’s success.

Visit the volunteer page for opportunities in construction of the boardwalk

View Boardwalk Brochure


Each boardwalk donor receives a custom-engraved plaque which is placed permanently on a segment of the boardwalk.

Donation Builds (est.) Plaque Color
$150 2 ft. Green plaque
$500 8 ft. Black plaque
$1000 16 ft. Blue plaque

Make a Donation, Make a Difference

Donate Online:

Donate by Mail:  download and print Boardwalk Donation Brochure pdffile_pdf_small

Donate by Phone:  call Wehr Nature Center at 414-425-8550

Donate in Person:  come in 8:30 am to 4:00 pm 7 days a week except major holidays