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Jul
27
Wed
9:00 am Welty Wednesday: Cool Reptiles a... @ Welty Environmental Center
Welty Wednesday: Cool Reptiles a... @ Welty Environmental Center
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Jr. Herpetologists (ages 6 yrs. and under) will learn about many of the cold-blooded animals found in Southern WI.  They will play a game of “Froggy, Froggy” where they become a frog trying to catch[...]
Aug
10
Wed
9:00 am Welty Wednesday: Things With Wings! @ Welty Environmental Center
Welty Wednesday: Things With Wings! @ Welty Environmental Center
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Birds, Butterflies and Dragonflies!  Participants (age 6 yrs. and under) will learn about the life cycles of our beautiful winged friends, through an interactive story, hike through the park, and fun butterfly craft that can[...]
Aug
12
Fri
9:00 am Fun Friday: Big Hill Expedition @ Welty Environmental Center
Fun Friday: Big Hill Expedition @ Welty Environmental Center
Aug 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Orienting and Map-making: Expedition participants (ages 6-12 yrs) will be learning how to make their own maps of Big Hill park and they will get a chance to use compasses to find their way through[...]

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. Men have become the tools of their tools It‘s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. ~ Henry David Thoreu

About Us

The Welty Environmental Center offers year-round programs for all ages. Notices of activities are published here on our website, our Facebook page as well as our periodic newsletter, The Warbler, available via email or regular mail.

The center is a place where both children and adults can gain hands-on encounters with biological, physical, and chemical elements of nature. It provides a challenge to its users to relate concepts of the natural and social sciences and humanities to environmental, ecological, and related social concerns. Our programs stimulate interest in local, regional, and global environmental issues.

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Carl Welty

Carl Welty | Beloit CollegeInternationally known as an expert on ornithology, one would have to look to John Audubon or Roger Tory Peterson to find another who has had more impact on bird study than Carl Welty.

Welty joined the Beloit College, Wisconsin, biology department in 1934. After a few years, he became disappointed in the lack of a current biology text on birds, so took on the job of research and wrote a book himself. Titled Life of Birds, it became the most widely used college textbook on ornithology in the United States and went through several revisions.

At their rural home in Turtle Township, Wisconsin, the Weltys established a wildlife refuge which was used as a learning center for students.

Welty Environmental Center
Big Hill Park

1201 Big Hill Court

Beloit WI
608-361-1377

Center Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 am
Park Hours: 5 am – 10 pm

 
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