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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Discovery Bird Hike

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Master naturalist Andy Raddatz will lead a discovery bird hike at Kohler-Andrae. Meet Andy at the closed gate just west of the camp host sites to walk to the Friends Pond for a hike around the Ancient Shores Trail to search for birds in the park. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Bring insect repellant, sunscreen, binoculars and field guides if available. This 1.75-mile hike lasts about 2 hours and is best for ages 8 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Please no dogs on this hike. All vehicles will need a state park admission sticker.


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Kohler-Andrae SP information

Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is the home of majestic sand dunes, miles of golden beach, shimmering blue Lake Michigan water, whispering pines, an abundance of wildlife, and recreational activities for everyone. Kohler-Andrae State Park is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore, and is open for everyone to explore and enjoy.

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Mailing Address: 1020 Beach Park Lane, Sheboygan, Wisconsin 53081

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Nature Time for Preschoolers: Eight-Legged Hunters

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Story time
Location: Havenwoods SF

Web weavers, wolf spiders, and daddy longlegs are all eight-legged animals, but they find food in very different ways. Come explore the lives of some of these hunters. Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5 and their parents, grandparents or other adult. These programs are not for day care centers or organizations.


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Havenwoods SF information

Havenwoods State Forest is Wisconsin's only urban state forest, featuring 237 acres of grasslands, woods and wetlands in the city of Milwaukee. Hike, run, bike and watch wildlife on over six miles of trails. Explore one of the four ponds, stroll over the 120-foot bridge or find a bench to sit and relax outdoors.

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Mailing Address: 6141 N. Hopkins St. , Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Lake Michigan Series: Lake Sturgeon

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Festivals, Fish study, Outdoor activity
Location: Lakeshore SP

Join one of our park naturalists for a discussion about the history of Lake Sturgeon, their current threatened status, and the restoration efforts in place to bring this species' population up. Learn what you can do (and sponsor a sturgeon of you like at RiverEdge Nature Center's Sturgeon Fest on 9/30). Free-Content geared toward middle school-adult. Meet at the north entrance (just south of Discovery World).

Free parking is available at the park's south entrance road (access from Erie St.). It is about a 15-minute walk from the south entrance, but on the way you can take in the lovely views of the prairies throughout the park! Paid parking is available at the north entrance at O'Donnell Park.

Sponsored by the Riveredge Nature Center


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Lakeshore SP information

In the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Lakeshore State Park provides a unique urban oasis with recreational and educational opportunities geared to the urban population. Lakeshore State Park offers great views of the city and Lake Michigan and has a reservable, overnight boat slip.

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Mailing Address: 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The French and the Fur Trade

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, History
Location: Interstate SP

Historian, educator, re-enactor, Isaac Walters, will be coming to Interstate Park to enlighten us about the area's past fur trade and the people who influenced who we are today! Isaac has worked as an interpretive park ranger at Grand Portage, has been a consultant for the National Park Service, Minnesota Historical Society and has given lectures to numerous groups and organizations such as the North American Voyageur Council and the Wisconsin State Historical Society. Sponsored by the Friends of Interstate Park. Meet at the Ice Age Center.


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Interstate SP information

Interstate is Wisconsin's oldest state park, established in 1900. Located along the picturesque St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the park provides scenic views of the river and the steep-sided gorge known as the Dalles of the St. Croix. The Ice Age Interpretive Center features a film, photographs, murals and information

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Mailing Address: State Highway 35, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Nature Photos with a Naturalist

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Photography
Location: Lakeshore SP

Bring your camera or smart phone for a hike in the park, focusing on taking pictures of our plants, animals and scenery. Naturalists will help guide and provide information about the organisms you are photographing. Free-All Ages. Meet at the north entrance (just south of Discovery World).

Free parking is available at the park's south entrance road (access from Erie St.). It is about a 15-minute walk from the south entrance, but on the way you can take in the lovely views of the prairies throughout the park! Paid parking is available at the north entrance at O'Donnell Park.


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Lakeshore SP information

In the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Lakeshore State Park provides a unique urban oasis with recreational and educational opportunities geared to the urban population. Lakeshore State Park offers great views of the city and Lake Michigan and has a reservable, overnight boat slip.

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Mailing Address: 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Stick Walking Exercises in the Park

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Activity: Walk
Location: Interstate SP

Bring your walking sticks, we will review the basics and add new exercises that you can do as you enjoy the outdoor environment. Class is FREE. Your vehicle will need a park admission sticker. Meet at the Ice Age Center.


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Interstate SP information

Interstate is Wisconsin's oldest state park, established in 1900. Located along the picturesque St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the park provides scenic views of the river and the steep-sided gorge known as the Dalles of the St. Croix. The Ice Age Interpretive Center features a film, photographs, murals and information

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Mailing Address: State Highway 35, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ice Age Trekkers

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Join us for an unwinding 1.95-mile evening hike along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail between Hwy 28 and County Road H. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot. Location: Meet at the Ice Age Trail parking lot off County Road H (east of the Milwaukee River near Kewaskum). Get Directions - Ice Age Trail Crossing.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit information

The Kettle Moraine Northern Unit is comprised of about 30,000 acres stretching 30 miles across Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Washington Counties. The forest is managed for multiple use, including recreation management, sustainable forest products, water quality and soil protection, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, native biological diversity and aesthetics.

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Mailing Address: N1765 Highway G , Campbellsport, Wisconsin 53010

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Nature Storytime

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study, Story time
Location: Interstate SP

Naturalist Colleen Tolliver will share a story and activity with pre-schoolers and their parents. A short activity following the story will reinforce the story's nature-related theme. Nature Storytime will generally last between 30-60 minutes, depending on the participants. Time will be spent outdoors, weather permitting, so parents should dress their children accordingly. Meet at the Ice Age Center.


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Interstate SP information

Interstate is Wisconsin's oldest state park, established in 1900. Located along the picturesque St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the park provides scenic views of the river and the steep-sided gorge known as the Dalles of the St. Croix. The Ice Age Interpretive Center features a film, photographs, murals and information

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Mailing Address: State Highway 35, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Fall Color Festival Bike Rides on the John Muir Trails

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Biking, Festivals, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Join us on Saturday, Sept 30, 2017 for a full day of heart pounding, side aching, gear grinding mountain bike excitement for the entire family. The Fall Color Festival is an annual mountain bike fundraiser held at the John Muir trails in Southeastern Wisconsin. Proceeds support future trail development and trail maintenance. This is your day to give back to the trails and the sport you love. Rides of different lengths for both children and adults are available.

For more information about the race or to register, see the Fall Color Festival website.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit information

More than 22,000 acres of glacial hills, kettles, lakes, prairie restoration sites, pine woods and hardwood forests can be found in the Southern Unit, making this a popular area for a wide variety of visitors. The Forest is 30 miles long, extending from the village of Dousman, almost to the city of Whitewater. The forest headquarters is 3 miles west of the village of Eagle on State Highway 59.

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Mailing Address: S59 W36530 County ZZ, Dousman, Wisconsin 53118

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Fall Color Weekend

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Activities: Festivals, Food, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Governor Thompson SP

Come enjoy the beautiful fall colors at Governor Thompson State Park the weekend of Sept. 30 - Oct. 1. You can go for a hike on our best marked "Color Trail" and when you're done, enjoy snacks and refreshments in the Visitor's Center. Visitors may also want to take the short drive into Crivitz for the Crivitz Harvest Fest on Sept. 30 at the Crivitz High School.


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Governor Thompson SP information

Governor Thompson State Park was established in 2000, the Wisconsin State Park System's centennial year. With more than 2,800 acres of woods, a family campground, picnic area on Woods Lake, skiing and hiking trails, and six miles of shoreline on the Caldron Falls Flowage, visitors will find an atmosphere that is perfect for solitude, reflection, and recreation.

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Mailing Address: N10008 Paust Lane, Crivitz, Wisconsin 54114

Saturday, September 30, 2017

National Public Lands Day

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Help DNR staff and volunteers collect native prairie seeds and work on a variety of other projects. Long pants, sturdy shoes, and gloves are recommended. All ages welcome. Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education Center on Hwy. 28.


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Horicon Marsh Education Center information

Horicon Marsh has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations. This renowned marsh is now home to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The Wildlife Education Program has been conducted at the marsh since the mid-1980s. This program focuses on the abundant wildlife resources of the marsh, their ecology and applied management.

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Mailing Address: N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, 53032

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Animals of Willow River Children's Hike

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Willow River SP

Kids ages 3-12 are welcome to come on this 1/2 mile loop hike (Hidden Ponds Trail). We will learn about the animals that make up this park and meet some live ones after the hike


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Willow River SP information

With nearly 3,000 acres of prairie, forests, and panoramic river scenery, Willow River State Park offers year-round recreation opportunities in western Wisconsin. The park is about five miles northeast of Hudson, and has a campground, a boat launch and a 400-foot beach and picnic area centered on 172-acre Little Falls Lake.

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Mailing Address: 1034 County Highway A, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Adult Hikes & Workshops: Fall Foraging: Nature's Harvest

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Plant study
Location: Havenwoods SF

Fall is a time of abundance for the savvy forager. Come search for the fruits (and nuts, roots, leaves, and fungi) of nature's labors. Learn how to identify some fall edibles that may be growing in a park, woodlot, or yard near you. Samples likely! Adults and youth over 12 are invited to join a naturalist on these fall walks!


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Havenwoods SF information

Havenwoods State Forest is Wisconsin's only urban state forest, featuring 237 acres of grasslands, woods and wetlands in the city of Milwaukee. Hike, run, bike and watch wildlife on over six miles of trails. Explore one of the four ponds, stroll over the 120-foot bridge or find a bench to sit and relax outdoors.

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Mailing Address: 6141 N. Hopkins St. , Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Geology and Nature Hike

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP

This is a 75-90 minute hike on the beautiful Echo Rock Trail. We will look at the different rock formations and the geologic history of the Mirror Lake area. Along the trail, we will also look at the types of plants, trees and wildlife. Meet at the boat landing parking lot.


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Mirror Lake SP information

This park is named for its centerpiece, a lake which often is so Locationcalm that not a ripple marks its surface. The lake reflects a wooded shoreline with cliffs up to 50 feet high, a swimming beach, and wetlands that are home to a variety of wildlife. The park's 2,200 acres includes several picnic areas, wooded campsites, summer rentals, and a cabin for people with disabilities.

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Mailing Address: E10320 Fern Dell Rd., Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Copper Falls Art in the Park

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Festivals, Geology, Nature study, Walk
Location: Copper Falls SP

Experience peak fall colors at Copper Falls State Park...hike our signature Doughboy's waterfall trail with history and geology expert Kent Goeckermann at 1 p.m. Check out art exhibits from local artists and crafters. Wood carving demonstration during the event. Waterfalling in Wisconsin author will also be on hand for book signing/sales. Kids can check out the naturalist cabin with cool pelts and tracks along with other fun nature activities. T-shirt stamping and pumpkin carving available (while supplies last). Refreshments available at the Concession Building. FREE ADMISSION -- no park sticker required on this day. Followed at 7:30 p.m. by "Universe in the Park" program.


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Copper Falls SP information

Ancient lava flows, deep gorges, and spectacular waterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. Log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s add to the park's charm. There is plenty to do; hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The North Country National Scenic Trail passes through Copper Falls State Park.

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Mailing Address: 36764 Copper Falls Road, Mellen, Wisconsin 54546

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Falcons of the Driftless

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor skills, Wildlife study
Location: Kinnickinnic SP

This will be a great "all ages" opportunity to learn about these amazing native birds. Children are welcome, and don't forget your camera! How fast can a falcon fly? What makes them different from an owl or an eagle? What does it take to become a falconer? Bring your questions and curiosity about raptors too.


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Kinnickinnic SP information

Located where the St. Croix and Kinnickinnic rivers meet, Kinnickinnic State Park offers experiences in two types of worlds. Enjoy the quiet and solitude of the Kinnickinnic River Valley and the many popular water-based recreational pursuits on the St. Croix River. A large sandy delta is found at the junction of the rivers.

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Mailing Address: W11983 820th Ave., River Falls, Wisconsin 54022

Note: Event dates and times are subject to change or cancellation. Please verify event status, dates and times prior to attendance.

Last revised: Monday, February 27, 2017