Our Address

W2348 Short Road

Chilton, WI 53014

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

The trails are open from dawn to dusk.

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

Contact Us

TEL: 920-849-1471

E-MAIL: Ledgeview@calumetcounty.org

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Mission Statement

Friends of Ledge View Nature Center, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to the study, appreciation, and protection of the natural environment through support of Ledge View Nature Center in Chilton, Wisconsin.

A Natural Gem in Our Own Backyard

  The origins of the Friends of Ledge View Nature Center began with the vision and hope of just a few

individuals who saw the potential of Ledge View as a nature center. Spurred by threats of quarrying the site, this small group organized the Friends of Ledge Park in 1979. Through their efforts the site was saved from quarrying and became part of the Calumet County Park System.


  In May 1981 the Friends of Ledge Park morphed into Calumet Nature Studies, developed a newsletter, appointed officers and applied for non-profit 501(c)3 status. It defined its mission as the promotion of the study and appreciation of nature in Calumet County.


 Calumet Nature Studies provided labor and material for trail development, prairie planting, enclosing the original nature center pod and funded the building of the observation tower. In 1998 Calumet Nature Studies tackled its biggest project by funding two thirds of the new nature center addition.


  To better clarify its relationship to Ledge View Nature Center, the Calumet Nature Studies board changed its name formally to the Friends of Ledge View Nature Center in April of 2007. Its mission being an organization dedicated to the study, appreciation and protection of the natural environment through the support of Ledge View Nature Center.

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Volunteer Opportunities

  • Fundraising

  • Active board members - Help make a difference!

  • Endowment  board member

  • Check bluebirds houses from spring to fall

  • Center sit on Sunday afternoons

  • Special events: front counter, kitchen, parking, trail guides

  • Cooking maple sap

  • Cutting firewood

  • Trail trimming

  • Some minor park maintenance

  • Tree planting 

  • Invasive species control

  • Build cabinets for new displays

  • Sit on event committee

  • Flower bed weeding and mulching

  • Contribute to the quarterly newsletter

Today more than 250 families or individuals support Ledge View Nature Center through their membership or as volunteers.


At Ledge View, volunteers support the future.

Their hard work is what visitors see.


Membership in the Friends of Ledge View can bring the pleasure of camaraderie and the satisfaction of volunteer accomplishment.

For a membership form, please click here.

Would you just like to volunteer? No problem, just fill out the membership form and click on the volunteer only tab.

Thanks to the Fundraising Efforts of the Friends of Ledge View Nature Center these are just some of the displays that have been added to

Ledge View Nature Center.

As you walk in the front door the first thing you will see is the Escarpment Display with a waterfall.  

The Bat Display was completed in 2002 to help the public understand the importance of bats in Wisconsin. 

The Ruth Boll Pavilion was finished in 2012 to provide a covered picnic area for schools and the public.

The Tracy Wagner Memorial Tower was installed in 1993 with the help of the Marine Corp. of Engineers and WPS. 

The Sturgeon Display was completed in 2003, with a new tank installed in February 2016 with the help of Sturgeons for Tomorrow and other donors. 

The Friends of Ledge View Nature Center funds the care and maintenance of the numerous Live Animals that can be found in the building.