Fact Sheet

Founded: 1971
Children Educated: Annually, over 27,000 children – many from urban schools and low-income families – participate in programs at the Center. Over 3,300 children receive scholarships annually.
Preschool: Our nationally known Nature Preschool, for 3, 4, and 5 year olds, began in 2003. The school was the first one of its kind established in Wisconsin and currently serves 142 children.
Environmental Education: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center offers a wide range of educational programs for preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, and for families, adults and seniors. Paid professional educators and naturalists teach our students. SANC’s Director of Education has been with the Center for 30 years. More than half of our educational staff members have taught here for over 10 years. The Raptor Education Program reaches 43,600 adults and children annually. Our program is home to 16 resident birds of prey including two Bald Eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and a Turkey Vulture.
Annual Visitors: 145,000
Dorothy K. Vallier Environmental Learning Center: Our state-of-the art sustainable building opened in May 2003. It received the first Gold LEED certification award in the State of Wisconsin for its “green” building. The environmental learning center has proven to be one of the top environmentally sensitive buildings in the nation. The building’s “green” features include extensive use of recycled materials and daylighting, geothermal heating and cooling system, photovoltaic solar power system and low-flow plumbing.
Nature Preserve: The Center is situated on 185 acres along the shores of Lake Michigan, just 10 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. Our nature preserve is the largest undeveloped tract of land remaining on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee County. The Center owns another 40 acres along the Milwaukee River also used for environmental education.
Organization: The Friends of Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Inc., (FOSANC) Board of Directors offers managerial and financial support. FOSANC membership includes over 3,000 friends. The Center is locally supported and does not receive any funding from the National Audubon Society, Schlitz, federal, state or local government.
Operating Revenue: Fundraising & Outside Support (34%)
Admission & Programs (47%)
Investments & Endowments (19%)
Operating Expenses: Nature Programming & Land Stewardship (63%)
Preschool (21%)
Administration (10%) Fundraising (6%)
Staff: Full-Time: 26 (administrative and educational)
Part-Time: 26 (administrative and educational)
Volunteers: Approximately 475 adult and student volunteers support all facets of the Center’s operations.
Attractions: There are 6 miles of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. A 60-foot observation tower overlooking Lake Michigan provides breathtaking views of a beautiful lakeshore and surrounding community. A Nature Store is open to all visitors. Building rentals are available for corporate retreats, conferences, weddings and social events.
Membership/Admission Fees: Individual: $50
Individual + 2 people: $65
Family: $60
Family + 2 people: $75Members: Free; Non-Members; Adults: $6; Children: $4
Hours: Open seven days a week year-round, 9 am – 5 pm. Expanded evening hours throughout the summer (June 20 – August 30), Sunday – Thursday: 9am – 8pm, Friday & Saturday: 9am – 5pm.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day.

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