Conservancy for Healing and Heritage

Phase II construction begins -- Utility infrastructure added

Preparation for restroom addition and permanent heat.

Trenching six feet deep to lay the water/sewer and electrical service.

The utilities will serve the We Energies Foundation Healing Garden. Water to the Garden and pondless waterfall in the east garden as well as electrical will bring lighting and function throughout.

Milestone!  Access to the water and sewer lines from Ascension's Reiman Cancer Center out to the We Energies Healing Garden and Reiman Healing Chapel in the Woods. 

Just announced - We Energies Foundation donates $500,000 to name Healing Garden

$1,723,000 NEEDED to complete the Healing Garden, Lake & Nature Trails

Find out more


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

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 becomes an independent 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 opened to the public

2017 - initial clearing of the Healing Garden and upper Trail

November 2018 - Phase II initial work on the Healing Garden and Healing Chapel upgrades begins

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

Be a Partner! Be a Sponsor!

Partnerships mean the Conservancy is serving our community - just the way we like it! (Imagine all that will be happening when it's complete!)

Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Franklin High School

The Nature Conservancy

Ascension Healthcare

Reiman Cancer Center

Aurora Women's Pavilion 

Milwaukee County Parks

.....and more to come

Sponsor the Conservancy or the Lake & Nature Trails. 

BE A HERO! Help us finish by Spring 2019.  This is THE new community project in our area.

Funds raised is $3.2 million with $1.8 million needed to complete the Trails, educational nodes and observation decks. ​ 

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

No gift is too small. To find out ways you can help click the button below.

sPONsor and support here

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

Franklin forest will become public healing garden with the help of business leaders.  

view article here

NEW! WUWM radio article and audio story featuring Franklin High School students


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

               -- Nature Sacred


Hear first about our latest news and events!

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. 

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Find Us

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

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

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.

Where is the Conservancy?