Wisconsin Campus

Carpenter Nature Center’s Wisconsin Campus was established in the late 1980s when Al and Laurie Hein donated 98 acres of land south of Hudson to CNC. Since then, the Al & Laurie Hein Trust, Dan & Jean Greenwald, and several community partnerships have enabled CNC to expand to 300 beautiful acres of prairie and woodland in Wisconsin. We are proud to preserve the habitat of the many amazing plants and animals that call this campus their home. The trails are open seven days a week for hiking, enjoying nature, and periodic on-site programming. Donations are encouraged to help us preserve this wildlife habitat and provide affordable environmental education.

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Wisconsin Trail Map

Trail Descriptions


This relatively flat trail circles around a beautiful restored prairie. The trail totals to about 1.25 miles,  with an elevation varying 20 ft at the highest and lowest points; an easy stroll with access to parking, the Greenwald Information Kiosk, and the main property.


A short 0.25 mile trail through the restored prairie that joins Big Bluestem, weaving its way through the middle of the 80 acre prairie, between South and East Cove Roads.


This 0.63 mile trail encompasses a stroll down a  gradual 50 foot hill into a large basin full of vegetation. From the top edge of the basin take a glimpse of the spectacular view. This is also a great place to spot birds nesting.


This short 0.2 mile trail has a wide variety of plants from pine trees to prairie plants. In early summer, look for blooming Indigo in the prairie.


Use this 0.25 mile trail to connect to the prairie trails from the Ridgeline Trail. Experience this flat grassland area as you walk alongside the main driveway.


This 1.2 mile long trail winds around a deciduous forest with a gently sloping hill. Look for deer, squirrels, woodpeckers, and owl nests along the way.


Beginning from the Acorn Trail entrance, this 0.25 mile trail is surrounded by tall trees and is located in the middle of a deciduous forest. This trail was a favorite walk for Al and Laurie Hein when they lived on this property.

Directions to Carpenter Nature Center’s Wisconsin Campus

300 East Cove Road, Hudson, WI

From Carpenter Nature Center: Go south on County Road 21 approximately 1 mile to Hwy. 10.  Turn left and stay on Hwy 10 through Prescott, WI. Turn left at the stoplight onto Hwy 29. Turn left onto County Road F going north for 9 miles.  Turn left onto East Cove Road, heading west for approximately a quarter mile to 300 East Cove Road.

From Hudson: Go south on County Road F.  Turn right on East Cove Road, heading west for approximately a quarter mile to 300 East Cove Road.