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For information, contact:
Kohler-Andrae State Park
1020 Beach Park Lane
Sheboygan, WI 53081
920-451-4080

Kohler-Andrae State Park Sanderling Nature Center

Sanderling Nature CenterVisit the nature center in the northern area of the park amidst the dunes overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan to learn about the park's animals, plants, history and sand dunes. The nature center is about one mile north of the campground and about 0.25 miles south of the park entrance.

Hours

The Sanderling Nature Center is open May through October. Hours are typically from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hours may vary depending on staff availability.

Things to do

Park guests can explore exhibits and use interactive kiosks to learn more about the park. Visitors can watch an 8-minute movie, "Welcome to Kohler-Andrae" or one of many other nature films. Families can enjoy reading together from our picture book collection. Visitors can observe Lake Michigan vessels and waterfowl from the rooftop observation deck.

A variety of fun-filled educational programs for children and adults are typically scheduled May through October. Watch for bulletin board announcements posted throughout the park or ask at the park office for times and locations. See the Get Outdoors! Events Calendar for a list of all nature programs and events.

Wisconsin Explorer patchesBecome a Wisconsin Explorer and discover the natural world. Pick up a booklet at the nature center. The booklets are full of hands-on, exciting and educational activities for days on the beach, rainy days at home or starry nights. Complete at least half of activities and return it to any state park, forest or recreation area. Receive a patch and certificate for completing the activities.

Field trips

School groups should contact the park office to schedule a visit.

Gift shop

Visitors can find souvenirs at the nature center gift shop. Souvenirs include field guides, park clothing, chocolates, patches, note cards and other surprises. The gift shop is operated by the Friends of Kohler-Andrae State Park. This non-profit group uses profits to support park improvements.

Nature trails

The nature center is surrounded by the Kohler Park Dunes State Natural Area. The Creeping Juniper Nature Trail and Dunes Cordwalk leave from the nature center.

Volunteers

The center is staffed by local volunteers that have donated their time and talents to help keep the building open for others to enjoy. The volunteers help at the front desk, sell items and develop displays. Please contact the park office if you would like to become a volunteer at Kohler-Andrae State Park.

Last revised: Monday August 21 2017