Welcome to CWES!

The Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) is a 200-acre teaching and learning center located 17 miles east of Stevens Point on glacial Sunset Lake. Since 1975, we have been an integral part of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point College of Natural Resources program and is staffed with professional natural resource and environmental educators.

Our Mission: To foster in adults and youth the appreciation, understanding, skill development, and motivation needed to help them build a sustainable balance between the environment, economy, and community.

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Your Trip to CWES
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Do you have questions about what your upcoming trip to CWES will be like? CWES now has an orientation video for school groups. Just click on the video.
If you are a teacher already coming out for a field trip to CWES, check out the Planning a Trip page.You can find resources for your visit and, if you scroll down, you can find pre- and post-visit activities available to help enhance your experience.

"Lead the Pack" is an outdoor adventure program for incoming UWSP freshmen that takes place in August at CWES.  Learn more here!

 News & Events



​CWES is excited to announce that we are now Accredited by the American Camp Association!

While we have always run a clean, organized, safe and fun camp, we decided to make it official by applying for American Camp Association (ACA) Accreditation in 2014. During an extensive eight-month process, CWES submitted to a thorough review of its operation by the ACA — up to 300 standards. American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.
We are now officially American Camp Association Accredited, one of only 78 camps in the entire country to achieve first-time accreditation in 2014. CWES and ACA form a partnership promoting summers of growth and fun in an environment committed to safety. For more parent-focused information about accreditation, visit ACA’s www.CampParents.org.

CWES is now tobacco-free, part of UW-Stevens Point's new tobacco-free policy. Smoking and tobacco products are prohibited on all CWES trails, parking lots, shelters, buildings and property. Click here for more info...

UWSP news  - CWES to benefit from UW-Stevens Point Foundation grant​