If you enjoy nature, the Fox Cities offer an exciting array of venues-from Earth's core to the cosmos and everything in between. Getting out in nature is easy at the many inviting parks and unique nature centers.
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1000 Islands Environmental Center
7.2 miles of trails.
Stroll along riverbank trails, hike nearby woods and keep your eye to the skies for a chance to see bald eagles that nest here. Nature center with trophy mounts from North America, Africa and Asia as well as several live critters.
Apple Creek Orchard
Lovely 2 acre Apple Farm. On scheduled tours we walk our visitors through the orchard, showing them different ways to grow apples. In the stores we sell fresh carmel apples, chocolates, jams, honeys, maples syrup, pumpkins, apple cider, fall giftware and soy candles.
Bauer’s Apple Shed
Hours: Late apples should be ready about Sept. 15, 2016. Mon – Sat: 9 am to 6 pm – Sun: 10 am to 5 pm
More Information: We offer Pick-Your-Own or Pre-picked Apples, Apple Syrup, Pumpkins, Honey, Jams & Gift Baskets, Squash & Gourds
Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin
2 miles north of Hwy 41, 1st driveway after Broadway Dr.
$2 ages 3-18, kids under 3 Free
Accommodates groups and individuals. Hayrides, sleighrides, cutter rides and carriages offered year-round. Party room available with campfire. Petting zoo. Reindeer. Birthday parties available.See More
Opens September 24, 2016 through October. Weekends only: 10 am – 5 pm (Closing early on October 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm.
Products: Pumpkins, squash, gourds, cornstalks
More Information: Offering a “Pumpkin Picking” ride to the field to pick a pumpkin of your choice, mini pumpkins, gourds, and colored corn. Or purchase our pumpkins and fall products from our shed. Enjoy our round-bale climbing area, a straw-bale maze, a sorghum grass maze, a straw catepillar, and a straw slide. Family fun for everyone! During the weekdays and week nights in October we are open for large groups by appointment only. Please call the Farm Hotline for reservations.
Fox River Navigational System Authority
We have preserved the heritage of one of the nation’s most unique transportation systems—the Fox River lock system. Of the 17 locks, 16 have been restored to full working order and are a recreational, historic, and economic asset to northeast Wisconsin.See More
Fox Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail
The Fox Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail is a paddle friendly water trail designed to enable non motorized water craft easy passage through the Fox River. The first segment of the trail is complete with portages at the Appleton locks and signage from Menasha to Kimberly. New segments will be added annualy that will extend north to Green Bay and south to the Mississippi River. (dated 8/28/10)See More
Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve
An 8.5 mile trail system for hiking, jogging, bird watching, cross-country skiing and nature observation. Earth sheltered Nature Center with natural history exhibits, nature store, restrooms and auditorium for programs and meetings. (775 acres)See More
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve
3 miles of trails.
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve includes 76 acres of forested wetland, wetland meadow, open water and upland field communities. Wheelchair and stroller friendly 3+ mile trail system allows access to the wetland without getting wet feet. 5,000 sq. ft. Nature Center includes live and mounted animals, indoor Discovery Den children's play area and bird watching solarium. Outdoor children's adventure area includes tunnels and mounds for climbing and crawling. Monthly public programs and special group programs for a fee.