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Support Welty field trips and help us earn a $13,500 match by Sept. 1!

Your support has put Welty on track to our largest participation ever—but we’ve had to raise our field trip fees, due to inflation. We keep charges low so schools can afford to come, but program revenue only begins to cover expenses. We have to make up over $13,500 in income to fully pay for this year’s 179 school field trips. Can you help?

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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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Making ripples in the STEM field–Welty’s Muddy Waters Camp

In addition to field trips and games about the importance of wetlands, we had some amazing regional guest speakers join us for our first STEMinist day camp!

Meet our 2023 Summer Interns!

We are so happy to kick off the summer season by welcoming our 2023 summer interns!


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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  53511

Center Hours: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm