SUMMIT — A new boardwalk on Henrietta Lake and a first-ever fall festival are planned to promote the little- known Field Station for the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee at Waukesha.
The 100-acre station, W349- S1480 S. Waterville Road, has 3.5 miles of mowed trails and a soon-to-be restored, 650-foot-long boardwalk on the eastern shore of Henrietta Lake. “We want to increase our public outreach and invite people to come and see what the station has to offer,” said Director Teresa Schuller.
“We’ve planned a day of free events and presentations for the whole family. Most of the activities are kid-friendly and parents and other adults will enjoy them, too.” The free festival is scheduled for Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We will have prairie tours, presentations about insect biology and pollinators, as well as an art-nature tour,” Schuller said.
“There will be children’s activities throughout the day, such as a scavenger hunt and seed bomb making. Food from Mama D’s will be for sale . “Any proceeds from sale items, the raffle or donations will be used to fund a new boardwalk for the ephemeral pond.”
The boardwalk provides lake access to carry-in paddle craft, as well as hikers, The boardwalk that allows hikers to cross the ephemeral pond at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee at Waukesha Field Station is hazardous due to deterioration brought on by age. University officials are raising money to replace the walkway.