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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Discovery Bird Hike

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Master naturalists Andy and Janet Raddatz will lead a morning bird hike at Kohler-Andrae. Meet at the closed gate just west of the host sites to walk to the Friends Pond and hike the Ancient Shores Trail. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Bring insect repellant, sunscreen, binoculars and field guides if available. The 1.75-mile hike is best for age 8 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please.


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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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Survival tools

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor skills
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Make simple survival tools using some surprising materials & learn great survival tips! 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, August 27, 2016

Wild Women Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activity: Outdoor skills
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

A fun and hands-on workshop designed for women ages 18 and up, focusing on various outdoor skills. Pre-registration required.


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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, August 27, 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, August 27, 2016

Morning Hike

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Blue Mound SP

Enjoy a guided morning hike with park naturalist Reed Cockrell. Meet at the north end of the pool parking lot by the Friends Shelter.

Morning hikes are held most Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Check with the park office to confirm dates and times and to see what topic will be covered.


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Blue Mound SP information

Perched atop the highest point in southern Wisconsin, Blue Mound State Park offers spectacular views and unique geological features. A swimming pool is available in during summer. Over 20 miles of scenic hiking, off-road biking, and cross-country ski trails, as well as a family campground, access to the Military Ridge State Trail with bike-in campsites, and a rustic cabin for people with disabilities make Blue Mound a popular destination year-round.

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Mailing Address: 4350 Mounds Park Rd., Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

Saturday, August 27, 2016

History and Nature Hike of Mirror Lake

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

This is a 60-minute hike on an easy trail. We will look at the different native (and non-native) plants and trees of the park and discuss how Mirror Lake State Park (and the surrounding area) has changed over time. Meet at the park office.


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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, August 27, 2016

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Hike, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Plant study
Location: Interstate SP

Adults and children ages 8 and older will enjoy a lively presentation and short hike to learn surprising and useful facts about the abundant plants in our area. Presented by Dr. Kelley A. Hagenbuch D.C., M.H., a practicing chiropractor and herbalist in the Twin Cities. 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, August 27, 2016

Exploration Station - Deer

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Drop by the Exploration Station and check out deer! Drop in to discover how deer use their senses, how they communicate, and the signs they leave behind. 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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sun Observation

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Outdoor activity
Location: Capital Springs SRA

Safely view the sun's surface, observe sun spots and solar prominences through safe solar filters and low to moderate magnification eyepieces. Join astronomy enthusiast Bob Terrell as he demonstrates the superior viewing capabilities of a hydrogen-alpha filter, which removes all but a very tiny part of the red light from the solar spectrum. This is a free event open to the public. Families welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area. If inclement weather, rain date is Aug. 28. Park in the gravel driveway on your left as you enter the main entrance. Telescopes will be set up near the large Bur Oak tree by the parking lot.


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Capital Springs SRA information

Just minutes from downtown Madison, Capital Springs State Park and Recreation Area and Dane County's Lake Farm Park, offer many recreation opportunities, including camping, hiking and skiing trails, picnicking, fishing, and a boat launch on Lake Waubesa. The Capital City State Trail connects Capital Springs and Lake Farm Park to the city of Madison.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Underwater Wonders

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Fish study, Nature study
Location: Big Foot Beach SP

Have you ever wondered what tiny critters live in a pond? Come and do some exploring in the water with our park naturalist at the fishing pier on Ceylon Lagoon. You may be surprised by what you discover! See you there.


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Big Foot Beach SP information

This 271-acre park on the shore of Geneva Lake offers wooded campsites, a sand beach, 6.5 miles of hiking trails, and picnic areas. No alcoholic beverages are allowed anywhere in the park.

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Mailing Address: 1452 S. Wells St., Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Leafy Banners

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program
Location: Peninsula SP

Let's "build a tree" while learning about photosynthesis. We'll identify at least three Peninsula trees by leaf shape. Kids will craft banners to hang at camp sites, using leaves and paint. Nature Center.


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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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Animal Feeding Day

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Drop-in Program, Indoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the watersnake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as they tackle a cricket or two. Meet at 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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Drop in on Bats

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Bats are one of nature's misunderstood creatures. Drop in and find out about the bats who live in Wisconsin. We'll dispel some bat myths and make a thumbprint bat. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau.


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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, August 27, 2016

Drop in at the Beach: Dragonflies, Butterflies and other Insects of Mirror Lake

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Insect study, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Stop in and try to catch and identify the different type of dragonflies, butterflies, damselflies and learn about their life cycles.


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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, August 27, 2016

Learn the Outdoor Basics: Drop In at the Beach

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Come tie knots, build fires, pack a day pack, keep safe in the sun, follow a map, dress for the weather and more. Everyone will go away with a better understanding of basic skills for spending time outdoors. All are invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children. Location: Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Beach (off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect). Get Directions - Mauthe Lake Recreation Area.


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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, August 27, 2016

General Store Museum and Nature Center Drop In

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, History, Nature study
Location: High Cliff SP

Visit the General Store Museum to learn about the history of the park and the Village of High Cliff. Also drop-in at the Nature Center (on the back side of the General Store Museum) anytime between 1 and 5 p.m. for a family-friendly activity!


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High Cliff SP information

High Cliff State Park is the only state-owned recreational area on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest lake. The park gets its name from the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. The magnificent 12-foot statue of Winnebago Indian Chief Red Bird, standing high on a huge granite rock, overlooks the lake and is a popular destination in the park.

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Mailing Address: N7630 State Park Rd, Sherwood, Wisconsin 54169

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