Take a trip 10,000 years in the past when retreating glaciers formed this impressive landscape. Hawthorn Glen is a 23-acre nature center that sits entirely in the city of Milwaukee and conveniently across (60th street) from the Quarry Heights Neighborhood. Natural features include steep bluffs, flood-plain, hardwood forest, spring-fed wetland and a restored prairie. Visitors to this urban nature center can explore five different habitats interconnected by a trail system.
The public is welcome to utilize the facility and nature museum. The well-marked ¾ mile self-guided nature trail is accessible in the evenings or on weekends (the lower trail is mostly blacktopped and ADA accessible). Many seasonal programs are offered on the weekends.
Visit their Nature Museum and see native animals of Wisconsin, including tree frogs, several species of turtles and a six foot bullsnake. It is open weekdays (4:00-5:00 pm) and weekends (11:00-11:45 am and 3:00-4:00 pm). Admission is FREE!
The Quarry Heights Neighborhood is conveniently located adjacent to Hart Park and hundreds of miles of dedicated bike & pedestrian paths including the Oak Leaf Trail and the Hank Aaron State Trail. Bike and pedestrian route improvements and expansion are ongoing and include a Bublr Bike Rental station just to the west of our neighborhood in the Historic Wauwatosa Village. (Summer of 2016)
Bike To Work, Shop, School or Play!