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.

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.

The health and safety of our students, staff and guests are top priorities at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station. Our commitment is heightened in recent weeks as we address concerns regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and prepare to slow the spread of this virus to our campuses and communities.

Visiting School Groups: CWES has canceled all field trips with visiting schools through May 15th.  We are working hard to develop alternative online programming for our schools with scheduled dates.  Our Program Manager will contact schools to provide a list of options.

TRCCS: CWES is host to the Tomorrow River Community Charter School.  We are committed to hosting the school and following recommendations from the Department of Public Instruction.  Currently in-person learning is postponed through Match 15th.  Please follow the Tomorrow River School District webpage for updates. https://www.amherst.k12.wi.us/

Visiting Adult Groups: CWES has cancelled all meetings at CWES with adult groups through April 15th.  We are happy to reschedule those events for future dates.  We will be in communication with contracted groups with reservations after April 15th as we await more information from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Summer Camp: CWES is currently accepting summer camp registrations for camps running June-August.  We are implementing the highest standards for health and safety in alignment with our American Camp Association accreditation and recommendations from Portage County Health and Human Services.  Should any camps need to be cancelled or rescheduled, CWES would provide a 100% refund.

Please feel free to reach out to Tom Quinn, CWES Director, with any questions or concerns.  


​CWES is accredited by the American Camp Association! See the Summer Camp page for more details.