Hikers will enjoy the beauty of the woodlands and wetlands as they hike throughout the Conservancy on nearly two miles of woodland and wetland trails.
Along the lake trail, there will be three overlook decks featuring spectacular views. Additionally, designated sitting areas will be strategically placed for rest. When you reach the lake, a covered deck and pier will provide pristine views of Kopmeier Lake. As you wind your way through the wetland and woodland trails, Polish style inspirational shrines will be a reminder of the heritage of the area.
Over ten acres in size, Kopmeier Lake is the only glacier lake in Milwaukee County. Created by the Ice Age over 10,000 years ago, it is spring fed and a jewel of nature attracting wildlife of all kinds.
UPDATE!! A DNR survey of the lake found no invasive species of any type. Water quality is excellent and there is NO environmental degradation present. It is a beautiful lake, the best in Milwaukee County. We promise to keep it this perfect for generations to come.
The nature trails and Kopmeier Lake provide an educational and unique experience on historic conservancy land.
There is nothing quite like it anywhere else. A sparkling, spring-fed body of water that plunges 35ft deep. On the high ground above this glacial lake is a forest of high-quality hardwoods with a forest floor alive with flowers and mushrooms. This idyllic retreat is a little jewel that has been hiding in plain sight for well over a century.
And it's on its way to being one of the most attractive and innovative nature preserves in the state.
The Lake and Nature Trails will be accessible to everyone and serve as an "environmental learning lab" for all ages. What can you learn at the Conservancy?
The Conservancy serves a broad and beneficial range of interests: environmental, conservation, health and well-being, education and heritage.
We are pleased to have Franklin High School ECO Club and AP Environmental Sciences classes as learning partners. Students assist with land stewardship by monitoring flora and fauna, identifying invasive species, and developing initiatives to maintain an ecological balance on the property. The high school’s environmental curriculum is supported and enhanced by our partnership, as field studies allow the property to serve as an "environmental learning lab" outdoor classroom. We are confident that our collaborative efforts will enhance and maintain the quality of the Conservancy, while creating well-informed young men and women, ready to continue to make a difference in society.
Additional partnerships are welcome. Contact us for more information.
The southern edge of Kopmeier Lake and Conservancy forest
Check out this great video showing progress at the Trails!
"There has been rigorous evidence showing the therapeutic effects of forests. First, the forest environment can boost the immune system by increasing the number of natural killer cells, which may facilitate recovery from cancer. Second, forests can relieve the symptoms of environmental diseases. Third, forests can improve psychological stability in patients with depression and alcoholism. Finally, forests offer many other benefits such as improving cognitive ability. A study showed a 30 min trek decreased negative feelings such as stress, depression, anger, fatigue, anxiety and confusion and improved cognitive skills. gather our peaceful thoughts, rid ourselves of stress, and begin our journeys of healing our bodies and spirits."
Naming rights for the Trails is $500,000. Other sponsorship options are available. No gift is to small. And we appreciate every one.