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General Information

Navarino Nature Center is a member supported, 501c3 non-profit, working in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on the 15,000 acre Navarino Wildlife Area (WDNR). 


Nature center staff and volunteers work to help area students and residents learn more about nature thru environmental education and outdoor skill programs.


Established in April 1986 by a group of  residents concerned about ecology and environmental education.  In January of 1987 in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) a site was selected on the 15,000-acre Navarino Wildlife Area.  A parking lot, well, amphitheater and cabin were added in 1990.


In 1999, a 40 x 70 Educational facility was built allowing the nature center to have a all-weather facility for programs.   Programming increased from 1999 to 2008 increasing the number of offerings beyond school and public programs to include: summer camps, group offerings (4-H, scouts, etc.), early childhood facilities and health care centers.  During the fall of 2008 the nature center broke ground on a Green Building / Renewable Energy facility helping to increase the educational offerings to the surrounding communities.

The Navarino Wildlife Area (WDNR) is located in southeastern Shawano County and northeastern Waupaca County, and consists of 15,000 acres of wetlands, forests, prairies and agricultural fields.  There are a variety of recreational opportunities available to all visitors including but not limited to the following: hunting, hiking, birding, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, wildlife viewing, auto tour, geocaching, photography, biking (on roads), cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, walking your dog, sledding and many others.

Navarino Nature Center works in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) 

Navarino Nature Center is member supported. So if enjoy all that NNC offers and exploring the Navarino Wildlife Area, please consider becoming a member today or making a donation to aid in NNC's continuing to make the outdoors enjoyable for all.

Navarino Nature Center accepts:  cash, check, credit or debit card (*)

(*) Note: Applicable fees of 2 – 4% may apply to use of credit / debit cards.

Tim Ewing, Director / Naturalist

Welcome to Navarino Nature Center's home on the web!   There is a lot of info about the nature center and wildlife area, however the web doesn't match the real thing so I hope to see you on the trail sometime.  


Tim has been at Navarino since 2000.

Education is a Bachelors in Science, Forestry Outdoor Recreation from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Kaylee Lietz, Assistant Naturalist

Welcome to Navarino's website. I am so excited that you are  here and want to know more about Navarino. I am constantly learning a lot about this great facility and wildlife area. I strongly recommend anyone to come out and see the wonders for yourself!


Kaylee has been at Navarino since September 2015. She has a Bachelors in Science in Biology (Zoology) and Wildlife Education and Information from University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point.

How to contact Staff:


Call: 715-758-6999



Tim Ewing (Director/Naturalist):

Kaylee Lietz (Asst. Naturalist):

Sarah Olson (Accountant):


Or click here for general inquiries

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