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COVID-19 Update – March 17, 2020

For the safety of our visitors and the community as a whole amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bubolz Nature Preserve has made the decision to cancel all events currently scheduled through the end of April. This means that our education programs, events and facility rentals will no longer be held during this period of time.

We encourage those who would like a refund to contact our staff and we will be happy to provide one. Our events team will happily work with those who would like to reschedule their event for a later date. Thank you to those who have offered their fees as a donation, we are truly grateful for your generosity.

The trails and restrooms will remain open at this time to provide those seeking a respite the opportunity to get out of confined spaces and into the outdoors. Please, be respectful of each other’s personal space as you enjoy your time on the trails. Our education team will be working on posting activities online for families to do at home in the near future as well. Please, watch our Facebook page and website for more updates.

Trail Update –

Update 3/13/2020

All hiking trails are back open for hiking.  Wilderness remains closed due to high water.  Please stay off of this trail.  Trails are icy, muddy and wet in places.  Thank you for a great ski and snowshoe season.

With over 8.5 miles of trails, Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton, Wisconsin offers year round access to nature.  The trail systems offers five trail options for hiking, walking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

Bubolz Nature Preserve Rules

  • Have a great time!
  • Be respectful of others and preserve property.
  • No dogs , bikes or motorized vehicles of any kind
  • Stay on the designated trails.
  • Be careful not to leave any litter.
  • Do not release wildlife or domesticated animals.
  • No smoking or alcoholic beverages.
  • Do not collect plant, animal or natural materials.
  • No firearms or flying drones.
  • Be aware of your surrounding: safety first!

Professional Photography Permit

We love visitors at the Bubolz Nature Preserve and encourage visitors to take casual photographs for their own personal use. We also welcome novice and professional photographers to showcase local nature through photography.

However, if you are coming to the preserve for the sole purpose of taking posed photos of people, you need a photography permit so that we can coordinate with our staff, programs and visitors to provide you with a positive photography experience. This includes wedding, family, engagement, graduation, prom, senior photos or the like.  A photography permit is available for $100/year and can be purchased in person or on our website

It is also strongly encouraged that you call ahead to be sure you are not interfering with preserve programs and/or activities. In addition, there are times the preserve may be closed to photography, and calling ahead will save you the inconvenience of having to relocate.

Please note that taking professional photos without a valid permit will be considered trespassing and you will be subject to fines from the Grand Chute Police Department.

Thank you in advance for adhering to our policy.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Samantha Ziepke, Office Manager at (920) 731-6041.

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Winter Trail Map

Winter Trail Map