Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum

Hawthorn Hollow
Hawthorn Hollow
Hawthorn Hollow
Hawthorn Hollow
Hawthorn Hollow
Hawthorn Hollow

This nonprofit nature sanctuary cultivates appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural and local heritage through environmental education and sanctuary preservation.

Walking trails invite visitors to explore a 12-acre arboretum, the woodlands of Pike River Valley, prairies, gardens, and historic buildings of Somers’ past.

Hawthorn Hollow has long been a destination for bird lovers in Southeastern Wisconsin. With its floodplain and upland forests, arboretum and meadow, and wildflower prairie areas, Hawthorn Hollow is a sanctuary for many species of birds during both the springtime migration period and throughout the nesting season.

Annual events include Birds and Breakfast, Walk in the Woods Art Fair, and Holiday Boutique. Wildflower Hikes, Maple Sugaring classes, Bird Walks, Yoga in the Garden, Lunar Yoga, and other events and programs are also offered.

The Pike River Benefit Concert Series is held three evenings in the summer.

The Charles and Kathryn Heide Schoolyard Observatory at Hawthorn Hollow features a Meade LX200 – ACF 16″ telescope on an Alt-Az mount in an automated dome as well as two mounts for smaller telescopes outside the dome. In addition to open houses, the observatory hosts daytime and nighttime field trips and other events.

The Heritage Farmstead promotes healthy eating through demonstration of organic produce production and educational programs.

Hawthorn Hollow is available for field trips, group tours, weddings, and other rentals.

Hawthorn Hollow offers an opportunity to celebrate one of life’s most memorable events, your wedding! Let nature be your décor as you choose one of our picturesque landscapes to exchange your vows. All of our ceremonies can accommodate up to 100 people. We have three very unique places to choose from for ceremonies: Margaret’s Garden, The Amphitheater next to the banks of the Pike River, and The Town Hall. Built in 1859 and moved to Hawthorn Hollow in 1966, the Somers Town Hall is one of our most treasured buildings here in Somers. The quaint and rustic backdrop of the painted white exterior lends itself as a classic place to exchange your nuptials.

Hawthorn Hollow has two schools on its site. The First Pike River School was built in 1847, while the Second Pike River School was built in 1905-1906. Both schools moved to Hawthorn Hollow in 1967. The Kenosha History Center partners with Hawthorn Hollow to present the one-room schoolhouse program to area students in the second school.

The Friends of Hawthorn Hollow was established in 1988 to help preserve, maintain and further improve Hawthorn Hollow. This organization provides financial and maintenance support through memberships, fund-raising events, boutique sales, and volunteer work days.

Admission is free.


March 1 – October 31: 8am-5pm

November 1 – December 23: 8am-4pm

Closed: All Mondays & December 24 through End February except for events


Maple Sugaring Themed StoryWalk

March 8, 2021 through at least April 2021

Wine Wednesdays Under The Stars

Wednesdays in April

Hawthorn Hollow Bird Walk

April 29, 2021, May 6, 2021, May 13, 2021, May 20, 2021

Pike River Benefit Concert Series

June 18, 2021, July 16, 2021, August 13, 2021

Lunar Yoga

June 24, 2021, July 23, 2021, August 22, 2021, September 20, 2021

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