Schlitz Audubon Nature Center offers a beautiful, natural setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions located just 15 minutes north of downtown Milwaukee. The venue sits on the shores of Lake Michigan with a serene forest setting. With lakes, ponds, prairies & woods, the venue provides striking backdrops for your wedding photography and a remarkable atmosphere to suit any wedding style from rustic to elegant.
Facilities and Capacity
Schlitz Audubon can accommodate up to 225 guests for ceremonies on our Pavilion lawn. The venue offers an inclement weather ceremony space with seating for up to 170 on our Veranda, keeping your guests dry, while still taking full advantage of the natural, outdoor setting. During colder weather, our interior spaces can accommodate up to 125 for an intimate hearthside ceremony in front of a natural stone fireplace, or up to 190 in our private auditorium space.
Enjoy cocktail hour on our covered Veranda, bar service in our Hearth Room, dining in the Great Hall with a separate space for dancing, and two dressing rooms including a private second-floor suite, complete with a full-length mirror and fireplace. Our "green" building also features three fireplaces, an excellent audio system for music, and wireless internet.
Our venue staff can assist with rehearsals, wedding procedures and event planning and will coordinate with all your vendors to ensure your event runs smoothly. A golf cart with seating for up to four is available for the couple and photographers to explore scenic spots on the grounds. The venue has 110 parking spots free to wedding guests. Schlitz Audubon can also provide lighting services, tree ceremonies, or rustic wine barrels for your decor as optional additions.
The in-house bar and bartenders at Schlitz Audubon are licensed and provide excellent customer service. Services may include a champagne toast for your reception, table wine, and our range of bar options which comprise house beers, liquors, and wines as well as premium liquor, signature cocktails, specialty beers and specialty wines.
We work with Compost Crusader to save all compostable organics from weddings as part of our commitment to conservation. Our LEED-certified “green” building uses energy-saving technologies for electricity as well as for heating and cooling the building to keep our visitors comfortable year-round. All weddings support the Center's mission of conservation, environmental education, and access to nature for all. Rental fees are tax-exempt.
Recommended by 95% of couples
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Amy · Married on 09/02/2017
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center was the absolute perfect location for our September 2nd wedding. Everything was gorgeous and we couldn't have hoped for a more beautiful setting. Jessica Buehler (the event coordinator) was fantastic to work with throughout the process. She was extremely organized and professional from the start and if it wasn't for her, our wedding wouldn't have gone as smoothly as it did; especially when it rain stormed and the ceremony had to be moved to the veranda at the very last minute. We originally planned to get married at the outdoor pavilion, and had our hearts set on that location until the downpour. However, the veranda wound up being even more perfect and beautiful than we had imagined. It fit all of our 115 guests easily, and provided a more intimate atmosphere (especially paired with the sound of rain falling behind us). It was wonderful having someone to help keep an eye on the details throughout the planning process and Jessica was great at communicating with everyone involved. We opted to include the owls in our package and we were thrilled to see them during the cocktail hour. Our guests loved the extra touch and couldn't get enough of the educational entertainment they provided. We were so glad that we chose Schlitz Audubon Nature Center as our venue. The outdoor scenery, the wildlife, and the building itself, all came together to provide us with the most romantic setting for our special day. I wouldn't have changed a thing!Sent on 11/29/2017
Annalise · Getting married on 06/20/2020
We’re in LOVE with our venue!
The first moment my fiancé and I walked into the space we were in love. The timeless elegance and natural beauty completely sold us! Jessica is such an amazing event planner and is just as excited for our wedding as we are!Sent on 02/27/2019
Rachel · Married on 02/02/2018
My fiance and I couldn't be happier with the Schlitz Audubon as our wedding venue. The events team was very responsive and flexible as we planned our winter, indoor wedding in front of their hearth room fireplace. You can add string lights and a visit from the birds of prey from their raptor program for a nominal extra cost. They were extremely professional and the best part is they're a nonprofit so the money you spent goes to a great cause!Sent on 02/20/2018
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