Retzer Nature Center  LbNA # 10128

Placed DateAug 14 2004
LocationWaukesha, WI
Found Bystarbambi
Last UpdateJul 22 2015

Last checked April 15, 2011

Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Moderate - there are some steep hills.

Bring your bug spray during the summer months!

Florence Retzer, who bequeathed this property to Waukesha County, loved following butterflies through the nature center. On this particular day you will be following one such butterfly through the nature center. Your first spotting occurs at the trail head sign where the butterfly begins down the path.

At the T-intersection, the butterfly heads right to the "Welcome 1" sign. Knowing she will need the information and numbers on the Adventure Trail signs, she begins recording the numbers and corresponding sign titles (and you should too).

Once the butterfly has made it all the way around the Adventure Trail (she said "You're Welcome" to sign 30) she follows the four-color post and yellow slat "road" out of the trees and into an opening. Here at the crossroad, the butterfly heads off at a bearing of 120 degrees. She comes to a post marked with a (Magic Meadow) on her left side, and notices a railing and bench just ahead. She flies up to the bench and takes a moment to enjoy the spectacular view, hoping you are enjoying it as much as she is. From the bench, she finds 310 degrees and flies down the path. At the (Planting Trees) post, she takes a left. Upon coming to (The Retzers) post she takes a right. Following this path for a little while, she comes across a yellow (Weedy Brush) and takes the next left turn. The butterfly quickly comes to a red (Northern Flowers) and takes another left, following the red path. The butterfly then crosses a tractor trail and heads into the woods with you close behind.

In the woods, and enjoying the sites, she comes across an "Improving Waters" sign and takes a left. Just past the red (The Retzers) post, she takes another left (If you hit the Compost Demo Area you missed where she turned). Shortly after the rock wall to the right, she notices a trail at 284 degrees. The butterfly realizes this trail was very easy to miss and hopes you will see it, the railing to the left and tree to the right mark it pretty well.

Now on the purple trail, the butterfly is enjoying her flight when she comes across a beautiful overlook. She flies up the stairs and enjoys the site of the nature center.

While you are enjoying the view, the butterfly decides to play hide-and-seek. When you turn to follow her, she is gone. Standing at the top of the stairs, before you turn to go down, you will see a group of fallen logs that is ahead of you and to the left. There you will find the waiting butterfly.

Once done with the stamp, please rehide the box and cover it with other logs. To get back to the parking lot, go back down the purple path to the railing and tree that had marked the purple trail. Turn right to head down the path in the direction that you were originally travelling - this will put you on the GREEN trail. After going up a hill, the path comes to an opening. Go left, which will take you just outside the tree line on the BLACK path. When you get to a T, take another left to head back into the woods. After a little while, you will end up back where you first entered the woods. Follows this RED/WHITE path to return to the trail head.

A status update on this box would be appreciated!