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Friday, July 29, 2016

Trailbuilding on the Ice Age Trail

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day
Location: Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Help build the Ice Age Trail! Mobile Skills Crew trained volunteers specialize in working safe, having fun and building and maintaining high-quality, sustainable Ice Age Trail segments. Camping, education and environmentally-friendly trail building techniques are components of projects. No experience is necessary to attend, and volunteers are welcome to participate in projects. Event runs Tuesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 31 at the Wood Lake segment in Taylor County. For more information or to register to volunteer, see the Ice Age Trail Alliance website.


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Ice Age National Scenic Trail information

The Ice Age Trail is a National Scenic Trail located entirely within Wisconsin. The trail is also one of 42 designated Wisconsin state trails, and the only one specifically designated as a "State Scenic Trail." From Interstate State Park on the Minnesota border to Potawatomi State Park on Lake Michigan, the Ice Age Trail winds for more than 1,000 miles, following the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Naturalist Led Kayak Tour

Time: 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Peninsula SP

Must pre-register at Nature Center. Limited to fifteen participants. Arrive at Nicolet Beach Rentals by 9:45 a.m. Naturalist-led tour. Learn about the Niagara Escarpment, shorebirds and park history on this 2-mile paddle along Peninsula's breathtaking coast. Beginners welcome. A lifeguard is not on duty. Youth age 17 and younger must be in a kayak with an adult. $18 plus tax per person payable at Nicolet Beach Concessions. Tour may be cancelled due to weather.


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Peninsula SP information

Considered Wisconsin's most complete park, Peninsula offers 468 campsites, three group camps, a summer theater, an 18-hole golf course, sand beach, bike trails, a lighthouse and eight miles of Door County shoreline. The rollicking waves that skip towards Peninsula's sky high bluffs are part of the Niagara Escarpment.

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Mailing Address: 9462 Shore Rd., Fish Creek, Wisconsin 54212

Friday, July 29, 2016

Mystery Critter

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Peninsula SP

Drop by the Nature Center any time for this 15-minute, on-your-own activity. Follow clues around the Nature Center to determine the identity of a mystery critter. Prizes for kids!


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Peninsula SP information

Considered Wisconsin's most complete park, Peninsula offers 468 campsites, three group camps, a summer theater, an 18-hole golf course, sand beach, bike trails, a lighthouse and eight miles of Door County shoreline. The rollicking waves that skip towards Peninsula's sky high bluffs are part of the Niagara Escarpment.

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Mailing Address: 9462 Shore Rd., Fish Creek, Wisconsin 54212

Friday, July 29, 2016

Exploration Station-Tracks!

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Drop-in Program, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Drop by the Exploration Station and make some tracks! Test your tracking skills. Create a simple tracking booklet. Make a plaster track to take home and more! These activities will happen outside the Nature Center.


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Devil's Lake SP information

Founded in 1911, Devil's Lake is the third oldest state park in Wisconsin, the largest, and the most visited. Devil's Lake offers magnificent views from 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. Enjoy lakeshore picnic areas, sandy swimming beaches, 29 miles of hiking trails, or ease into the backcountry solitude. Devil's Lake is a beautiful year-round park with an intriguing natural history along the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

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Mailing Address: S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913-9299

Friday, July 29, 2016

Family Fun Drop-In

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Interstate SP

Drop-in activities between 1-2:30 p.m. Check at the park office upon arrival for the program location within the park.


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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

Friday, July 29, 2016

Ready, Set Go Play! - Nature Play Station

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activity: Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Take a nature break and bring your kids to play! We'll have lots of fun, hands-on activities that you can play in. Activities will be happening outside the Nature Center.


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Devil's Lake SP information

Founded in 1911, Devil's Lake is the third oldest state park in Wisconsin, the largest, and the most visited. Devil's Lake offers magnificent views from 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. Enjoy lakeshore picnic areas, sandy swimming beaches, 29 miles of hiking trails, or ease into the backcountry solitude. Devil's Lake is a beautiful year-round park with an intriguing natural history along the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

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Mailing Address: S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913-9299

Friday, July 29, 2016

Check in, Drop By: Nature Table

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Potawatomi SP

Potawatomi is home to many plants and animals. Stop by the nature table at the front office this Friday for hands-on exploration. Touch a porcupine, try on an antler, and more. Ask questions about the park and pick up your free Wisconsin explorer book.


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Potawatomi SP information

Potawatomi State Park on the shore of Sturgeon Bay in southern Door County, has 1,200 acres of gently rolling upland terrain bordered by steep slopes and rugged limestone cliffs. The park is named in honor of the tribe that inhabited Green Bay's shores and islands when Europeans first settled the area. The tribe called themselves Bo-De-Wad-Me which means "keeper of the fire." Eventually the spelling and pronunciation were changed to Potawatomi.

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Mailing Address: 3740 County Road PD, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Secrets of Eagle Peak

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Outdoor activity, Walk, Wildlife study
Location: Interstate SP

Discover many secrets of the Peak and enjoy a beautiful view of the St. Croix River Valley. See the nest of our resident pair of bald eagles and perhaps glimpse this year's eaglets. Meet at the Eagle Peak Trail sign in the Pines Group Camp.


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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

Friday, July 29, 2016

Playing with Shakespeare: Get Outside with Will Children's Workshop

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Outdoor activity, Theater production
Location: Havenwoods SF

Think Shakespeare is old and boring? Think again! Join the Summit Players for 45 minutes of fun and brain acrobatics! Play some games, work with some text, and explore the natural world. Learn how Shakespeare used nature in his plays and why his characters talk the way they do. Shed any iambic penta-jitters, then join us for the show! 5:30 p.m. workshop; 7 p.m. performance.


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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

Friday, July 29, 2016

Geologic Features of the Door Peninsula

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Geology
Location: Potawatomi SP

Join Ron Stieglitz, Professor Emeritus of Earth Science and Geology at University of Wisconsin Green Bay for an exploration of Door County's geologic history. Meet at the amphitheater.


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Potawatomi SP information

Potawatomi State Park on the shore of Sturgeon Bay in southern Door County, has 1,200 acres of gently rolling upland terrain bordered by steep slopes and rugged limestone cliffs. The park is named in honor of the tribe that inhabited Green Bay's shores and islands when Europeans first settled the area. The tribe called themselves Bo-De-Wad-Me which means "keeper of the fire." Eventually the spelling and pronunciation were changed to Potawatomi.

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Mailing Address: 3740 County Road PD, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Friday, July 29, 2016

Shakespeare in the Park: "A Midsummer's Night Dream" or "As You Like It"

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activity: Theater production
Location: Havenwoods SF

The Summit Players are back! We loved them last year, and we are happy to host them again. Join them for a stripped-down, six-actor production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" or "As You Like It". This theater troop created a new cutting of the script to make a tight, one-hour and fifteen minute show of mayhem, character switches and hilarity. The production is 'Shakespeare out of a trunk,' with minimal set, costumes and props and a focus on actors, as per the style of Shakespeare's time. Prior to the performance, company members will lead a 45-minute children's workshop. 5:30 p.m. workshop; 7:30 p.m. performance.


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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

Friday, July 29, 2016

Lawn Chair Bat Watch

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Night event, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

It's a great time to bring a comfy lawn chair and watch the bats! We'll park our chairs by the bat condo and watch the bats emerge from the houses. We'll have fun bat information and a bat scavenger hunt for the kids to do while the wait to the bats to emerge. Meet at the bat condo (near the north shore boat launch).


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Devil's Lake SP information

Founded in 1911, Devil's Lake is the third oldest state park in Wisconsin, the largest, and the most visited. Devil's Lake offers magnificent views from 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. Enjoy lakeshore picnic areas, sandy swimming beaches, 29 miles of hiking trails, or ease into the backcountry solitude. Devil's Lake is a beautiful year-round park with an intriguing natural history along the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

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Mailing Address: S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913-9299

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Trailbuilding on the Ice Age Trail

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day
Location: Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Help build the Ice Age Trail! Mobile Skills Crew trained volunteers specialize in working safe, having fun and building and maintaining high-quality, sustainable Ice Age Trail segments. Camping, education and environmentally-friendly trail building techniques are components of projects. No experience is necessary to attend, and volunteers are welcome to participate in projects. Event runs Tuesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 31 at the Wood Lake segment in Taylor County. For more information or to register to volunteer, see the Ice Age Trail Alliance website.


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Ice Age National Scenic Trail information

The Ice Age Trail is a National Scenic Trail located entirely within Wisconsin. The trail is also one of 42 designated Wisconsin state trails, and the only one specifically designated as a "State Scenic Trail." From Interstate State Park on the Minnesota border to Potawatomi State Park on Lake Michigan, the Ice Age Trail winds for more than 1,000 miles, following the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dragons and Damsels

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Insect study, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Visit their habitats to catch and release dragonflies and damselflies. Discover what makes them so unique and so important. Meet at the Visitor Center.


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Richard Bong SRA information

Once designated to be a jet fighter base, Richard Bong State Recreation Area is fittingly named after Major Richard I. Bong, a Poplar, WI native who was America's leading air ace during World War II. The air base was abandoned three days before concrete was to be poured for a 12,500-foot runway. Local citizens had the foresight to protect this open space for future generations.

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Mailing Address: 26313 Burlington Rd., Kansasville, Wisconsin 53139

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Extreme Saturday Morning

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Calling all youth to come explore the extremes of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! The program involves completing a required number of activities in one of three age appropriate books (ages 3-5; ages 6-8; and ages 9+) to earn a very cool patch. Get help from a naturalist who will work with youth on activities from one of the first four topic areas of the books. Locations: Picnic Shelters at Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee).


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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

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Kite Building Workshops

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Join in the fun of making and decorating a pocket sled kite during one of the workshop sessions and then head right out to fly the kite on the beach. This workshop is best for children age 12 and under; younger children will need parental help. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A fee of $5 per kite kit will be collected at the workshop to cover material costs. Call the park office at 920-451-4080 to register as only a limited number of spaces will be available. Two workshop times are available: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Meet at the park bathhouse area. No pets allowed.


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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

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

Last revised: Wednesday, April 13, 2016