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 lakesin 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.
Together, 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? First, you can learn about the forest habitat including various plant and wildlife species. Bird migration in the Spring along with resident birds who call the Conservancy home. Second, water quality and the impact of keeping our water clean from pollution and run-off. We'll serve as a study lab for students who will be tracking female frogs to determine why they're populations are decreasing. And you'll have opportunities to learn about conservation, forest bathing and preserving our environment from experts. You may want to explore on your own the nooks and crannies of the Trails, observing nature undisturbed. Who knows what you'll learn!
The Conservancy serves a broad and beneficial range of interests: environmental, conservation, wellness and well-being, education and heritage.
But we need your help so we can get this done by Fall 2018. Support, no matter how small, is appreciated! Scroll down to make a tax deductible donation.
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
"Walking through the towering trees, smelling the scent of sweet flowers and shrubs, sitting by the shimmering pond, hearing the birds and butterflies flutter around, this is nature's gift of healing, it brings joy into my heart, and health into my soul. The gifts of nature surround me and fill my spirit with the calmness of a single rose, the energy of a bubbling brook, and the peace of life on Earth which allows my body to heal. Having the Conservancy for Healing and Heritage in our community is such a wonderful place for us to gather our peaceful thoughts, rid ourselves of stress, and begin our journeys of healing our bodies and spirits."