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.

 News & Events


CWES is hosting it's first Teen Leadership Weekend! This workshop is designed for high school students age 15-17 who are interested in working at summer camps. Whether you want to be a camp counselor, want to explore a career path in camping, or just love summer camp, this workshop will give you the knowledge and guidance to help you be great leaders.​ To learn more and register for the weekend, visit the Teen Leadership Weekend website​.


​CWES is excited to announce that we are now Accredited by the American Camp Association! See the Summer Camp page for more details.

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​