Waukesha County Land Conservancy

protecting and caring for environmentally significant land
and water in Waukesha County for future generations

Waukesha County Land Conservancy's Adopt-A-Preserve program is the official coordination system for generous volunteer efforts to remove invasive species, trash, maintain trails, and sustain land for wildlife and public use spanning over 3,000 acres in Waukesha County. 

The Adopt-A-Preserve program helps preserve, protect, and care for the environmentally significant lands and waters for our community and generations to come.




Adopting one of our preserves ultimately leads to cleaner, healthier green spaces and a cleaner, healthier community! It’s a great way to:

  • create healthier and important habitat for local and rare wildlife;
  • build teamwork and collaboration within groups or businesses;
  • give back to your community;
  • fulfill volunteer hours, increase skillsets, and build experience;
  • explore the county you live or work in; 
  • learn how to be a steward of Wisconsin’s beautiful landscapes and natural communities, to carry into your own yards and landscapes; and,
  • have fun in nature!

What preserves are available for adoption?

Although all of our owned preserves are available for adoption, some are better suited for specific adopters. For example, a neighborhood, individual, or family can adopt the preserve in their back yards, and a property with a parking lot may be more suited for a business, organization, or group to adopt. 

Once we receive your application, we will be in touch with preserve options for you – unless you have one in mind that is available for adoption! Please note, site visits take place between April and December - weather dependent - for new adopters.

Click here to view an interactive map of all WCLC's owned preserves. 


Our Adopt-A-Preserve adopters are made up of a diverse group of individuals, families, businesses, schools, church groups, and more. We couldn't do the work we do without them! 

Become an adopter today by filling out the online application below. 

Thank you for your interest in our Adopt-a-Preserve program. We will review your application and get back to you as soon as possible.
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Questions or to learn more:

Call 262-875-3070 

Email wclc1992@gmail.com

You can also fill out the online application above, 

and enter your questions in the last box.