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Hawthorn Glen Nature Preserve's 25-acre woodland is home to native wild animals, plants

Cassandra's Hidden Gems
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Posted at 6:04 PM, May 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-31 20:04:57-04

MILWAUKEE — I love this Hidden Gem and I am so excited to share it with you! Hawthorn Glen Nature Preserve is managed by Milwaukee Recreation (MKE REC). It is a jewel in the heart of the city, but once on the grounds, you feel as though you were in a remote area.

Hawthorn Glen is a 25-acre woodland play field, which is home to many native animals and plants. There are play areas for younger kids and a nature museum, but the thing I enjoy the most is the hiking trails. Though only about one and a half miles, the trails, both paved and soft, offer the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of being outdoors as well as get a good workout.

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For decades, MKE REC has worked to combine enrichment programs and activities with Milwaukee Public School facilities, giving after-school access to Milwaukee's youth, adults, and families. The success has earned Milwaukee Recreation and our city, the national recognition as the "City of the Lighted Schoolhouse."

To learn more about MKE REC, click here.

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