• EXPLORE, EXPERIENCE & LEARN AT BEAVER CREEK RESERVE

    With more than 400 acres of diverse habitat including upland woods, river bottom forests, wetlands, and savannah areas, Beaver Creek Reserve is home to a multitude of flora and fauna. Our nature reserve is bordered by the Eau Claire River and two trout streams that run through the property.

    Explore the rich, natural diversity of Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley at Beaver Creek Reserve.

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    Extraordinary discoveries every day!

    Extraordinary discoveries every day!

  • HOURS & FEES

    RESERVE FEES

    Members of Beaver Creek: Free
    Nonmember: $3 trail fee for adults
    $1 trail fee for children (15 and under)

    NATURE CENTER

    The Wise Nature Center is your starting point for exploring the reserve.

    April - November
    Mon- Sat: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
    Sun: Noon-4:00 pm
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    OBSERVATORY

    Imagine the moon, planets, and galaxies appearing larger and brighter than when seen by the naked eye!

    Open on clear Saturday nights: May - October
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    BUTTERFLY HOUSE

    Walk among and interact with a variety of Wisconsin's native butterflies in their natural environment.

    Open Jul 5 - Sep 4
    Mon - Sat: 11:00 am-3:00 pm and Sun: Noon-3:00 pm
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  • NAVIGATE YOUR WAY AROUND OUR NATURE RESERVE

    Enjoy several miles of scenic hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country ski trails.


  • SEE WHAT OUR NATURE RESERVE HAS TO OFFER

    Take advantage of all that our Wisconsin nature reserve has to offer. Enjoy the many different events and activities each season brings.

    Beaver Creek Reserve
    S1 County Road K
    Fall Creek, WI 54742

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  • RENT OUR FACILITY FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT

    Get the whole crew together to celebrate a milestone at Beaver Creek Reserve. Whether you stay for an afternoon or overnight, the nature reserve has tons of stuff for all ages.

    Contact us to plan your next:

    • Field Trip
    • Business or Group Meeting
    • Corporate or Private Retreat
    • Day or Overnight Camp
    • Group Tours or Equipment Rentals
    • Wedding or Banquet
    Get together to celebrate a milestone!

    Get together to celebrate a milestone!

    VIEW OUR FACILITIES

6 WAYS TO ENJOY BEAVER CREEK IN

  • winter

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    Go for Snow

    When the snow falls, it is time to hit the trails.

    Snowshoeing and Cross-County Skiing are available when the condition allows. Rentals are only $3 per person. Contact us for trail conditions.

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    Go Birding!

    Become a birder

    Winter may not seem the most obvious time, to learn about and count birds, but we have three great programs for birders of all ages and experience levels:

    Christmas Bird Count for Kids, Dec, 17
    Bird Banding Demo, Jan. 7
    Golden Eagle Count Information Session, Jan. 7

    Interested in bird programming but these don't work for you?

    Contact the Citizen Science Center

    Candlelight Snowshoe Hike

    Perfect for all ages and experience levels

    There is something magical about the landscape in the snow, lit only by the moon and glowing candlelight.

    Snowshoe rentals are only $3. Cap your hike with a hot cup of chocolate.

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    Get Frosty

    Snow Day, Your Way

    Come out to BCR for the first ever Frosty Frolic. Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Dogsledding, Campfire Fare and more!

    Register Here

    Join a Club!

    Join a group today

    Quilt Club, Photo Club, Bird Club, Chippewa Valley Watercolor Artists, Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society and our BRAND NEW Book Club all meet at BCR!

    View Our Calendar
  • spring

  • summer

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    HOURS:

    July 5 – Sunday before Labor Day

    
Monday – Saturday:
    11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


    Sunday:
    12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    The Butterfly House is included in the cost of admission to Beaver Creek Reserve. Join us weekly through the summer months!

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    Discovery Room

    HOURS:

    Grand Opening, June 29th from 4-6 pm

    Check out the BRAND NEW Scheel’s Discovery Room!
    All new interactive exhibits, Beaver Bank Crawl through, Fledgling Forrest and More.

    Explore Beaver Creek

    Beaver Creek Butterfly Festival

    HOURS:

    Join us 12:30 until 3:00 pm

    Join butterfly enthusiasts from the area to celebrate the unique wonder and beauty of our native butterflies.  Butterfly Festival is our fastest growing event! Join us for seminars, caterpillar lab tours, kid’s events, a special treat and much more!

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    See the Stars

    Hobbs Observatory is open for public viewing on clear Saturday nights, as volunteers are available. The third Saturday of the month, join the CVAS for the Hobbs Observatory Astronomical Series. Topics vary. See our calendar for dates and more information.

    UPCOMING VIEWING DATES

    Become a Citizen Scientist

    Thanks to a grant we are undertaking a large scale biotic survey of Beaver Creek Reserve. Learn how to conduct a survey and then hit the field to conduct important research.

    VIEW RESEARCH PROGRAMS

    Storybook Hiking Trail

    UWEC Students created a special book called A Home for Beaver specifically for Beaver Creek Reserve. Come check out their wonderful book on our stroller-friendly Storybook Hiking Trail.

    SOUTH TRAIL MAP
  • fall

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    Hit The Trails!

    See the fall foliage on foot.

    The 9+ miles of trails offer hikes ranging from a half mile to 2 miles and are appropriate for beginners to experienced hikers.

    Please check in at the Wise Nature Center before hitting the trails to pay entrance fees and check our latest trail conditions.

    Explore Our Nature Trails

    Cook Up Some Fun

    Dutch Oven Cooking Fun

    Join Executive Director Erik Keisler to learn how to cook as the lumberjacks did long ago. Enjoy cooking demonstrations with hands-on food preparation that will put you in the driver’s seat. Chili, stew, cobblers and more will satisfy your appetite. Bring the whole family!

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    Play Like a Kid!

    Explore our Nature Nooks

    Beaver Creek is currently making updates to our Nature Nooks

    Stop out and see what we've been up to!

    Relax and renew!

    Monday yoga with Karen Wise.

    Now purchase a punch card for 10 classes and use them between now and the end of 2017!

    Beaver Creek Annual Meeting

    Meet your fellow members

    Join members, staff and volunteers for an engaging evening with Steve Betchkal, President of the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society.

    Family Geocaching

    Treasure Hunt!

    Join us for a family geocaching event lead by Naturalist, Ruth Forsgren.

SEASONAL FEATURES

Find more things to do throughout the year.

Get involved

At Beaver Creek Reserve, we Connect People with Nature. Through involvement with our organization, youth and families take part in numerous activities that expose them the vast natural world around us. Check the links below to learn more about how you and your family can become involved at the reserve.

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