Nature Center Campaign 2018

Making Room for Education and Preservation

Rendering of proposed White Cedar Nature Center. (Artist: David Hackett, Sturgeon Bay, WI)


By Summer 2019, an expanded Nature Center will lie at the heart of Peninsula State Park, inspiring young and old to learn about and enjoy the outdoors. It will offer a comfortable gathering place for everyone who wants to know more about this diverse ecosystem found in Door County. It will also be a launching point for efforts to preserve our unique natural resources and history.


The Nature Center was converted in 1964 from a winter warming hut on Bluff Road, which was built in 1939. Many educational programs have taken place there over the years, and thousands of visitors have enjoyed viewing the exhibits. The structure has served the Park well throughout its history.

However, the Nature Center is showing its age. Very little renovation and updating has happened over the years. There are no indoor restroom facilities. And, there is no room for larger groups to gather. This limits our ability to provide meaningful educational programs and effectively serve future visitors.


The proposed plan will increase the footprint of the existing Nature Center to add accessible flush restrooms, a new activity/meeting room for up to 50 people, and functional storage and program preparation space. An outdoor observation deck and additional parking will also be constructed if sufficient funding is received.


We estimate the total cost of the project will be $450,000. The primary components are:

  • Project design, building addition, electrical, plumbing, and fixtures: $340,000
  • Observation deck and furnishings: $30,000
  • Parking lot reconstruction and paving: $80,000


Join us in making it possible to educate future generations about the importance of caring for and preserving our natural resources. Please make your gift today by:

  • Mailing a check to Friends of Peninsula State Park at P.O. Box 502, Fish Creek, WI 54212
  • Giving via boxes at the Park and local businesses
  • Making a gift of stock (contact us for instructions)
  • Donating online (see form below)

For more information, please review our Nature Center Campaign FAQ.

Thank you for your support!