Conservancy for Healing and Heritage

ABOUT THE CONSERVANCY

A healing garden, woodland and wetland paths, a healing chapel in the woods, a glacier lake and overlook decks.

Welcome to the Conservancy 


Located in Franklin, WI,  the Conservancy for Healing and Heritage is a 36-acre parcel of land in southeastern Wisconsin that features a rare combination of ecosystems. This unique piece of land is Milwaukee County’s only kettle and glacier lake. And for the first time ever, it will be open free to the public.   


We are protecting this natural habitat while creating shared spaces for comfort, inspiration, healing and education. The Nature Trails, Healing Garden, Healing Chapel in the Woods, and Kopmeier Lake are surrounded by forestland with a history leading back to the settlement of greater Milwaukee in the 19th century.  The lake is flanked by a steep glacial moraine covered in mesic hardwoods. The forest floor is alive with wildflowers in the spring and mushrooms in the fall. 


Stay awhile - relax, rejuvenate, restore.  

Ice-Age History

The land was born of the Ice Age. Carved by glaciers that created a steep gravel ridge which then retreated, leaving behind an enormous block of ice buried in the outwash. That mammoth cube melted to become a 35 ft deep spring fed lake.  


1889 - Kopmeier Family purchases the land

1955 - They donate land to Archdiocese of Milwaukee

1987 - Archdiocese sells to the Polish Heritage Alliance for the future site of the Polish Cultural Center

2003 - Conservancy for Healing and Heritage is formed as a 501(c)3

2005 - Conservancy purchases 36 acres including Kopmeier Lake and the surrounding woodland and wetland

2016 - Reiman Healing Chapel in the Woods is completed and opened to the public

2017 - initial clearing of the Healing Garden and upper Trail



The lake and the land around it is protected from future development forever.  

Be a sponsor!

Funds raised is $2.5 million with a remaining $2.4 million needed to complete the Healing Garden and Nature Trails. ​


A memorial or honorarium is a way to recognize a family member or friend.

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LATEST NEWS


 “Viewing forest landscapes, for even short periods of time, has relaxing effects such as lower blood pressure and heart rate.”    

               -- Nature Sacred

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Steve Jagler "C-Level" column

Franklin forest will become public healing garden with the help of business leaders.  Read the full article and view the video and slide show below.

Please Help Our Cause

Your support will enable us to meet our goals of completing the Healing Garden and Nature Trails. Plus, our mission to conserve this precious land for the entire community. 

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Find Us

The Conservancy can be accessed from the parking lot of the Wheaton Franciscan Medical building on 

S. 74th and W. Rawson Avenue in Franklin, WI.  Drive to the far end of the parking lot -- the Healing Chapel is on the right.


The entire Conservancy is situated between W. Rawson Avenue on the south, W. Loomis Road on the north, and between S. 74th and S. 68th.

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