The MacKenzie Environmental Education Center is set on 285 acres near Poynette, and is one of the most diverse education centers in the state of Wisconsin!
Here, your nature based education happens IN nature, with outdoor exploration and learning, as well as indoor, and is a valuable resource to educate those curious kids in all things natural in Wisconsin.
There are exhibits and museums which are a great base to start your day of nature based fun. Step back in time at the Logging Museum, that was built in the early 1800s. Inside are images of the state's logging industry in the 19th century, plus kids can see the historic tools used!
The Sawmill exhibit showcases hoe lumber was processed in the early days of the booming timber industry, and kids can learn about the state's conservation legacy, wildlife management and environmental health in the Conservation Museum.
Get connected with nature in the Arboretum, with over 100 tree species, then why not get out on the trails, and surround yourselves with even more natural beauty! The self-guided interpretive trails take you past many of the above sites and more
Let's not forget about those animals either! The wildlife exhibit is home to a range of amazing creatures, including bison, deer, red fox, gray wolves and lynx, All of the animals in the exhibit have been injured, orphaned or raised in captivity, so can't be released into the wild, but they are cared for to offer not only a great life for them, but give visitors a chance to see and learn more about them!
There is SO much to see and do at the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center, we feel like we haven't even scratched the surface, so you'll have to visit and see if all for yourselves!
Free but donations welcomed
Free but donations welcomed
Pets are not allowed in the wildlife exhibit, make sure you walk quietly and slowly, and make sure kids don't taunt the animals
Large picnic area provided, closed from November to April. Rest of year, feel free to bring your own lunch!
Healthy Eating Take bottled water
The entrance to the MacKenzie Center is located at the intersection of County Road CS & Park Road in Poynette, Wisconsin. The mailing address is W7303 County Hwy CS, Poynette, WI 53955. Many GPS units are confused by our address, so please review the directions below to assist. On Google Maps, type in “MacKenzie Center, Poynette” or the intersection and you should get correct navigation.
They are great for school groups to visit, so give them a call about arranging a field trip. After all, their purpose is to educate!
Give them a call to check the accessibility of all the trails and exhibits
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Grounds & Trails: Dawn to dusk. Wildlife Area & Exhibits: 10am - 4pm
Open year round
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