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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.

The 40 acres of varied terrain offer 2 miles of trails winding through the woods of the Pike River Valley, a 12-acre Arboretum, a variety of gardens, and three historic buildings surrounded by prairie.

Annual events include Birds and Breakfast, Walk in the Woods Art Fair, and Holiday Boutique and Bake Sale. Wildflower hikes, maple sugarin’ classes, bird walks, and other events 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 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.

Open:

March 1 – October 31: 8am-5pm

November 1 – December 23: 8am-4pm

Closed: All Mondays & December 24 – End February

Events

Observatory Open House

2020 dates: Jan. 25, Feb. 29, March 28, April 18, May 2, May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 21, Dec. 12

Maple Sugaring

March 14, 2020 and March 21, 2020

Equinox Telescope Tour

March 20, 2020

Birds and Breakfast

May 9, 2020

Pike River Benefit Concert Series

June 26, 2020, July 17, 2020, August 14, 2020

Walk in the Woods Art Fair

September 12, 2020

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