Treasures of Oz showcases natural beauty


The Treasures of Oz, a celebration of the county’s natural beauty, will be held at seven sites from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16.

The event will include exhibits, food and music, as well as a raffle and silent auction at Forest Beach Nature Preserve in the Town of Belgium.

A passport and more information about the tour can be downloaded at

The sites are:

The dam at Thiensville Village Park, where the Milwaukee River watershed fish passage is located. An underwater camera will show the fish using the passageway, and Matt Aho and his staff from the fish passage program will be on hand to talk about the program, which reconnects streams and waterways that were separated as farms were created and communities grew.

Bike Path Island, just east of Green Bay Road in the Milwaukee River and underneath the Ozaukee Interurban Trail bridge in Grafton, where staff from the Bureau of Land Management will discuss the federally owned island. Staff members from the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA will have water safety information and ferry people to the island with boats.

Bratt Woods Nature Preserve northeast of Bike Path Island, where members of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust will discuss its mission and where people can learn about shinrin-yoku, a way to destress in nature that is part of basic medical practices in Japan.

The Ozaukee Interurban Trail, which runs the length of the county from the Milwaukee County line in Mequon to the Sheboygan County line in Belgium.

Riveredge Nature Center in the Town of Saukville, where Mary Hollebeck and naturalist Kate Redmond will show off the center’s new education structure, floating dock and sturgeon rearing facility and discuss invertebrates and water quality.

Hawthorne Hills Park in the Town of Saukville, where people will have two areas to visit — the Shady Lane Natural Area, which offers trails through a pristine woods and the Ozaukee County Park program will have staff available to talk about birding and tree identification, and the H.H. Peters Youth Camp, where  Milwaukee Riverkeepers will talk about river and water trails.

Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, where there will be walking tours offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Jean Lord and raptors from PineView Wildlife Rehabilitation will be on hand for a 9 a.m. talk, Randy Hetzel and his critters will be around throughout the day and the Monarch Project will explain how to raise monarch butterflies. A native plant sale will also be held at the preserve.



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