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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Cliff Runner 10K

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Run
Location: High Cliff SP

High Cliff State Park will host the Cliff Runner 10K race. A state park vehicle admission sticker is required by all participants and spectators. Park visitors can expect minor traffic delays. For more information or to register, see the Race website.


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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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Summit Rock & Echo Valley Trail Hike

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Interstate SP

We will enjoy the beautiful overlooks of the St Croix River and share the history of the area as we hike up and down the rocky trail. Wear good hiking shoes, bring a filled water bottle and insect repellent. Meet at the Summit Rock Trail sign.


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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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Exploration Station - Rocks

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Geology
Location: Devil's Lake SP

You will "dig" this Exploration Station as you delve into rocks! 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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Track Casting Drop-In

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Stop by any time to make a plaster cast of an animal track! Make a print in the sand, fill it with plaster, and let dry while you enjoy the beach before you take it out to take home with you! Meet at the Ottawa Lake Beach.


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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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Birds of a Feather Drop In at the Beach

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Children's program
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Have you ever dreamed of flying like a bird? Drop in to learn about the unique adaptations birds possess that help them to fly and survive in a great variety of habitats. Everyone is invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children. Location: Long Lake Recreation Area South Beach (off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee). Get Directions - Long 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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Beach House Nature Center is Open!

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Interstate SP

Borrow a fishing rod, play with your child, create critters..... Many interesting activities will be offered at the Beach House.


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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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Drop in on Fish

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Fish study, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

How well do you know your Wisconsin fish? Drop in to test your fish ID skills and participate in some fun fish activities. 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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Snakes Slithering in the Grass

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activity: Amphibian/reptile study
Location: Willow River SP

Prairies need to be protected for snakes to survive. During this program come meet and learn about fox snakes while also learning about the importance of snakes and prairies in our lives and how we can protect them.


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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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Aztalan Guided Tour

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Culture Study, Hike, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Aztalan SP

Aztalan was a fortified town occupied by Native Americans between A.D. 1050 and 1200. It was the northern outpost of the speculator Mississippian Civilization that mysteriously vanished from the Upper Midwest after A.D. 1250. This tour will be led by archaeologist and Friends of Aztalan executive director, Robert Birmingham, co-author of Aztalan: Mysteries of An Ancient Indian Town. Sponsored by the Friends of Aztalan. Guided tours of Aztalan will be conducted every Sunday at 2 p.m. June through August. Group tours for any time can be arranged by calling Robert Birmingham at (608) 516-3421.


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Aztalan SP information

Aztalan State Park is a National Historic Landmark and contains one of Wisconsin's most important archaeological sites. It showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between A.D. 1000 and 1300. The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village. Portions of the stockade and two mounds have been reconstructed in the park.

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Mailing Address: N6200 Hwy Q, Lake Mills, Wisconsin 53551

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Stargazing at Newport - An International Dark Sky Park

Time: 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Activity: Astronomy
Location: Newport SP

Calling all stargazers! Enjoy the dark sky during the night of the new moon. Bring binoculars, telescopes or use one of ours. This informal gathering is open to all, and will be held if skies are clear. To protect night vision, please use a flashlight or head lamp with a red filter. We will meet at Lot 3, picnic and beach area. Rain date: July 24, same time.


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Newport SP information

Newport State Park, northeast of Ellison Bay, is Wisconsin's only formally-designated wilderness park. With 2,373 acres and 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the park offers quiet alternatives to bustling Door County. Explore 30 miles of hiking trails with hike-in campsites. There are evergreen and hardwood forests, wetlands and upland meadows.

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Mailing Address: 475 County Highway NP, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin 54210

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sand Jar Art

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Drop-in Program
Location: Peninsula SP

Drop by any time from 10:30 a.m. to noon (while supplies last). Activity takes about 20 minutes. Create a colorful paperweight from colored sand and a recycled baby food jar. Look at sand through a hand lens, and see if a magnet attracts any granules.


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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

Tuesday, July 25, 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, July 25, 2017

Mighty Oaks

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Tree study, Walk
Location: Peninsula SP

Welcker's Shelter Building. Peninsula welcomes Stephanie Jageman, forest researcher! Join Stephanie and the park naturalist for a short woods walk to identify oaks and other trees. Learn about oak wilt disease and how you can prevent it in your own backyard. Suitable for all ages. Less than 0.5 miles. Counts as a Wisconsin Explorer activity. FREE tree booklets, too!


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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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Archery

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Archery, Outdoor activity
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Take advantage of this opportunity to use the NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) equipment for target archery. All equipment will be provided. No prior training is needed. Appropriate for ages 4th grade and above.


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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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Animal Feeding Day

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 12:30 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 treefrogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 12:30pm.


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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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lake Michigan Series: Invasives

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, History
Location: Lakeshore SP

Meet with one of our naturalists to learn about the history, effects, and prevention of invasive animals in Lake Michigan. 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.


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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

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