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September 2020 e-News

I hope you and your loved ones are doing well during these challenging times. There are tremendous hardships that many in our community are facing. Job losses, the challenges of educating our children while maintaining our community’s health, or being unable to visit loved ones because of health concerns.

I find myself missing the in-person chats with our members at casual meet-ups and gatherings. At this time during the year, I am especially missing our annual fundraising dinner, which for over twenty years has signaled a sort of homecoming for many of our supporters; a return from summer vacation to the more structured work, school, and social calendars that autumn brings. Our Board of Directors and staff look forward to seeing everyone when we can once again gather together.

We are as busy as ever at OWLT. As you are aware, we are in the early stages of raising funds to Conserve Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs. Within the next month, you will be receiving our autumn appeal packet, which includes information regarding this endeavor.

Please take some time to review the information and reflect on how nature has impacted your life, especially during these challenging times. Giving the gift of free open land to the community is a priceless act of charity for today, tomorrow and forever.

Tom Stolp Executive Director

Join the Journey - Autumn Adventures Video Tour

Just because we are not gathering at the annual event does not mean sharing our good news is cancelled.

During the month of October, we invite you to join the journey as we present the Autumn Adventures Video Tour series, shared via email/social media.

This micro-series will feature an OWLT team member at one of the many conservation lands as they present various information, activities, highlights and future plans.

Join us during these casual micro-moments to learn more about how our great mission supports community well-being, provides wildlife habitat, and protects nature's health!

Hunting Season Safety Reminders

It is hunting season in Wisconsin and hunters and visitors alike are using preserves across our two counties. Most of the OWLT land open to the public has been protected with the assistance of programs that require hunting on these lands. The hunting community is one of our greatest assets.

By partnering with hunters, OWLT can protect and enhance our preserves through partnerships and gain outside knowledge of our sites through the public’s perspective.

We ask that hunters take extra precaution in following the rules of Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and continue to operate with the highest level of safety in mind as you participate in this Wisconsin outdoor tradition. We ask that you respect visitors to our preserves. We ask that visitors take extra precaution the next few months by staying on the trail, wearing bright colors or high visibility clothing, and being aware of hunters on our preserves.

OWLT lands are open for community use by all!

Read more on the OWLT Hunting webpage.


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Kratzsch Conservancy Workday, Tuesday, September 29th, 9am-Noon.

  • Schoofs Preserve Workday, Tuesday, Thursday, October 1st, 9am-Noon.

  • Fellenz Woods Seed Collecting Day, Tuesday, October 6th, 9am-Noon.

  • Forest Beach Seed Collecting Day, Thursday, October 8th, 9am-Noon.

The number of volunteers per event is restricted and all activities are pre-register only. 

Contact Josh at jschlicht@owlt.org if you are interested in registering.

In order to minimize the potential for infectious transmission of COVID-19, OWLT requires that staff, board and community members, participating in OWLT activities, adhere to state guidelines found at Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Photo Postcard Campaign:

Share that love of Wisconsin's natural areas with your elected officials to help secure funding for these special spaces. Visit the Gathering Waters website for more information.

Bike-n-Hike | Ride-n-Stride

Digital self-guided interactive tour map available on the:

Bike-n-Hike | Ride-n-Stride webpage.


If your company is interested in sponsoring (and being added to the maps) contact Leona at lknobloch@owlt.org.

ARTservancy: Sept 2020

Artists in Residence on the various nature preserves have developed creative and beautiful pieces of art. To learn more about the artists visit OWLT.org ARTservancy or Gallery224. You can view a rotation of the beautiful artwork created during ARTservancy in the new window exhibition space at Gallery 224, 303 N Franklin Street, Port Washington.

An Autumn Interlude of Renewal: Treasures of Oz - Oct 2020

Visit spectacular parks and preserves that are perfect for photography, meditation, hiking and just being in nature. This virtual event will run from October 14th through the 24th - giving everyone time to visit the sites without rush or congestion. Information can be found at Treasures of Oz.


Conserving Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs

To make a forever-lasting difference in our community is a rare opportunity. The Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs acquisition is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to preserve 131 acres of Lake Michigan land to support community well-being, provide wildlife habitats, and protect nature’s health. Supporting the protection of this land today is a legacy that will last forever!

Conserve Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs

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