Ledge View Nature Center is a Calumet 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 full-time by county naturalist assistants. 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 the rain, butterfly, and hummingbird gardens.
A Natural Gem in Our Own Backyard
In 1978 Ledge View Nature Center was founded as part of the Calumet County Parks System, the result of action taken by visionary citizens and community leaders to preserve a natural “gem.” With naturalists employed by Calumet County, and additional personnel supported by the Friends of Ledge View Nature Center Endowment fund, the nature center provides environmental education and recreation oppertunities to approximately 12,000 schoolchildren plus some 20,000 visitors each year.
Ledge View is a highly valued environmental education destination, serving 127 elementary, middle, and high schools from 44 school districts throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Park personnel, volunteers, and members of the Friends of Ledge View Nature Center continue to protect key habitats and enhance the natural cave system.