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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Nature Time for Preschoolers: Windy Days

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Indoor activity, Story time
Location: Havenwoods SF

What flies on spring's blustery winds? Geese, moths, and kites do! We'll go on a wind walk to learn about the wind and those who use it. 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. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


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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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trapper Education Class

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: History, Hunting
Location: Mead Wildlife Area Center

Ages 12 and up. Required by law for first time trappers, this course provides hands‐on learning about humane and efficient manners of trapping. Learn to select, care for and set traps, prepare pelts. Co‐sponsored with the Wisconsin Trappers Association. BYO lunch. Limit 25 people. Fee TBD. For more information www.dnr.wi.gov.


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Mead Wildlife Area Center information

The Stanton W. Mead Education and Visitor Center is a 6,208 square foot education and administration facility designed as an example of sustainable and environmentally-responsible construction. One of the goals of the Mead Wildlife Area is to provide wildlife and environmental programs to the citizens of Wisconsin. These programs help to foster a sense of environmental stewardship, that through education we can achieve a better understanding of the values and issues of our wildlife and natural resources.

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Mailing Address: 1 S2148 County Highway S, Milladore, Wisconsin 54454

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Maple Syrup Festival

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Festivals, Food, Music, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: MacKenzie Center

Come learn about how maple sugar and syrup was made by Native Americans and pioneers, as well as current methods used today. There will be live music, food, horse wagon rides, interpretative displays, and much more! A pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Friends of MacKenzie will be served from 8 a.m. until noon at the Main Lodge. The cost for the breakfast is $7 for ages 12 and older, and $5 for ages 3 - 11. For more information, check out the Friends of Mackenzie Website.


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MacKenzie Center information

The MacKenzie Center, just 25 miles north of Madison, is one of the most diverse education centers in Wisconsin. With interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming available for school and youth groups, MacKenzie is a wonderful place to visit and learn about the natural world. The State Game Farm is connected to the MacKenzie Center and is adjacent to the arboretum on the western half of the property.

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Mailing Address: W7303 County Highway CS, Poynette, 53955

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Trapper Education Class

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: History, Hunting
Location: Mead Wildlife Area Center

Ages 12 and up. Required by law for first time trappers, this course provides hands‐on learning about humane and efficient manners of trapping. Learn to select, care for and set traps, prepare pelts. Co‐sponsored with the Wisconsin Trappers Association. BYO lunch. Limit 25 people. Fee TBD. For more information www.dnr.wi.gov.


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Mead Wildlife Area Center information

The Stanton W. Mead Education and Visitor Center is a 6,208 square foot education and administration facility designed as an example of sustainable and environmentally-responsible construction. One of the goals of the Mead Wildlife Area is to provide wildlife and environmental programs to the citizens of Wisconsin. These programs help to foster a sense of environmental stewardship, that through education we can achieve a better understanding of the values and issues of our wildlife and natural resources.

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Mailing Address: 1 S2148 County Highway S, Milladore, Wisconsin 54454

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Wilderness First Aid & Environmental Health Certification

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area

Be prepared for the unexpected. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) teaches prevention and treatment of the most common medical emergencies in the wilderness. In addition to the WFA course that provides certification, the health impact of climate change and preparation for large scale disasters will be discussed. This two-day course provides extensive hands-on experience leading to WFA certification. $85 fee includes two meals, overnight dorm stay and all teaching materials. Student fee is $50. Registration limited to 20 participants. Register by March 22.


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Sandhill Wildlife Area information

The 9,150-acre State Wildlife Area was named for a series of gently rolling sandy ridges crisscrossing the property. Sandhill Wildlife Area lies within the bed of ancient Glacial Lake Wisconsin - an expansive region of flat, marshy land interspersed with forests covering parts of seven counties in central Wisconsin.

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Mailing Address: 1715 County Hwy X, Babcock, 54413

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Eye on Invasives

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Nature study, Plant study
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Garlic mustard, buckthorn, wild parsnip, dame's rocket oh my! What are these alien invaders and how can you help them from spreading?


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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, April 1, 2017

Snipe Hunt!

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Walk
Location: Havenwoods SF

We'll head out in search of oddly-shaped birds that dance and peent and sound like whirligigs in the sky. This is not an April Fools' Day joke! If we don't find any woodcocks, we'll just enjoy the early spring evening! If weather is questionable, call before coming.


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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, April 1, 2017

Finding Bigfoot Night Hike

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Go on an adventure to see if bigfoot really can be found in the bluffs at Devil's Lake. We'll use our detective skills to figure out which are signs and tracks left by other night creatures and which might be left by bigfoot! This is a great hike for kids of all ages. Meet at the Visitor Center on the North Shore.


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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

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