About Us

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The building is open from 8 am - 4:30 pm seven days a week, except holidays.


The trails are open from dawn to dusk.

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 There is no fee to hike the trails or walk through the nature center. 

 Dogs on a leash at all times are welcome. A dog waste bag dispenser is available by the kiosk next to the building.

Ledge View Nature Center is a county park best known for its cave system. It is located midway between Green Bay and Milwaukee, just south of Chilton. The park has grown tremendously since 1978 when it was dedicated, thanks to a unique partnership between Calumet County and the Friends of Ledge View Nature Center. Today, 105 acres of wooded ledges and open prairie include hiking trails, a 60-foot observation tower offering expansive countryside views, and a nature center staffed by 3 full-time naturalists and an intern. The caves and quarry, long recognized as educational opportunities, are featured prominently in programs at Ledge View. In addition, visitors can enjoy an arboretum; interactive exhibits on bats, lake sturgeon, birds, and the Niagara Escarpment; and check out the flowers in rain, butterfly, and hummingbird gardens.

hiking trail in the woodsFamilies and individuals are invited to come on public tours of the caves and birding or flower hikes, go cross-country skiing, rent snowshoes for a winter walk, and participate in workshops.

School classes grade 3 and up can get down and dirty, experiencing guided exploration in natural caves April through mid-November; they can discover ancient sea life with sedimentary geology and fossil-hunting; in March, the kids help tap sugar maple trees and collect sap, while learning about Wisconsin's sugaring history, then taste real maple syrup; kids of all ages can meet live animals in hands-on animal programs; and the naturalists take students trekking out into the white world on traditional wood-framed snowshoes January and February.

We invite you to come explore the Ledge!