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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Winter Wildlifers

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Snowshoeing, Story time
Location: Crex Meadows

Families are offered a chance to discover wildlife through stories, songs, hands-on activities, games, crafts, and snacks. Winter Wildlifers is a free, no-registration, no-obligation program that encourages families to get out and enjoy nature. Dress for the weather. Ages 2 - 8.


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Crex Meadows information

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is a 30,000 acre property of wetlands, brush prairies, and forests scattered across a gently rolling landscape. It is located in western Burnett County. Find it from Highway 70 in Grantsburg. Directional signs will guide you through Grantsburg to the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center, which is located on County Road D.


Mailing Address: 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, 54840

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Snowshoe Adventures

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Crex Meadows

Join us this winter for a series of snowshoe adventures around the Visitor Center! Visitors will have the opportunity to practice walking in snowshoes while learning about winter wildlife! All ages welcome! Some snowshoes provided, or bring your own.


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Crex Meadows information

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is a 30,000 acre property of wetlands, brush prairies, and forests scattered across a gently rolling landscape. It is located in western Burnett County. Find it from Highway 70 in Grantsburg. Directional signs will guide you through Grantsburg to the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center, which is located on County Road D.


Mailing Address: 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, 54840

Friday, January 26, 2018

Annual Candlelight Ski and Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Red Cedar ST

Cross-Country Ski the candlelit Red Cedar State Trail from the Depot to the lit ice wall. Snowshoe the candlelit trail in Riverside Park. Hike the candlelit Junction City Trail. All activities start at the Red Cedar State Trail Depot, Highway 29 West. Enjoy free hot chocolate and door prizes provided by the Friends of the Red Cedar State Trail/Hoffman Hills [exit DNR]. There will be a bonfire will keep you warm and the depot will be open. Skis are required for the Red Cedar State Trail. Bring your own skis, or a limited number are available for rental at Stout Adventures - 715-232-5625. Bring your own snowshoes or use for free, snowshoes are generously provided by the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Red Cedar ST information

This 14.5-mile rail trail shadows the steep walls of the Red Cedar Valley from Menomonie to its connection with the Chippewa River State Trail. Along its route, the trail passes through the communities of Irvington and Downsville and the Dunnville State Wildlife Area. The trail passes by prairies, marshland bottoms, forests and farmlands, including sandstone bluffs and other unique rock formations. In the Dunnville Wildlife Area, the Red Cedar trail connects to the Chippewa River State Trail.


Mailing Address: 921 Brickyard Road, Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751

Friday, January 26, 2018

Yoga at the Marsh

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activity: Outdoor activity
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Join us for nature-themed gentle yoga. Pre-registration required and $15 fee. Contact Julie Church at 920-387-7890 for information.


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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.


Mailing Address: N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, 53032

Saturday, January 27, 2018

GO Cross-country Skiing!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Cross country ski, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Bring your skis and join instructor John Meyer to learn about waxing and many other skiing tips. The diagonal stride technique will be taught and practiced. Please call to pre-register (262) 878-5601. Program is weather dependent. Meet at Shelter #1.


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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.


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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Seasonal Scavenger Hunt

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Outdoor activity, Scavenger hunt
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Back again this winter! Families will receive a set of clues to go on a scavenger hunt. Each family will need to work as a team as they hike along the trails to complete this challenge! Some challenges require a GPS unit (provided by the Nature Center) and make sure to bring your camera! You'll receive a small prize for completing one of the challenges. Pick up your clues at the Nature Center, then head out for an adventure!


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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.


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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Lake Wissota SP

Come out to Lake Wissota State Park to ski, hike or snowshoe on beautiful candlelit trails. Campfires will be provided, but please bring your own provisions for hotdogs or s'more's. Hot chocolate and hot cider will be available. Snowshoes will also be available to borrow with a suggested donation. Parking will be in the boat landing parking lot. A vehicle admission sticker is required and may be purchased at the park. Sponsored by Friends of Lake Wissota State Park.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Lake Wissota SP information

This park northeast of Chippewa Falls has more than 1,000 acres of forest and open prairie on a 6,300-acre man-made lake. Lake Wissota State Park offers secluded campsites, hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, picnic and playground areas, and a 285-foot swimming beach. Boating, canoeing, kayaking, and water skiing are popular summer activities on Lake Wissota.


Mailing Address: 18127 County , Highway O, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Candlelight ski, hike and snowshoe

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Hartman Creek SP

Come out and ski, hike or snowshoe by candlelight around Hartman Creek State Park! Start at the shelter by Hartman Lake, where fires and snacks will be waiting, and go around the lake and woods. A vehicle admission sticker is required. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Hartman Creek State Park.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Hartman Creek SP information

This 1,500-acre quiet and friendly natural gem is located near the beautiful spring-fed Chain O'Lakes. Camping, recreation opportunities, the Hellstad House Log Cabin, Whispering Pines day use area, and seven lakes with crystal clear waters make Hartman Creek a popular destination in central Wisconsin.


Mailing Address: N2480 Hartman Creek Rd., Waupaca, Wisconsin 54981-9727

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Candlelight Ski and Hike

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes and Park Staff for the Whitefish Dunes State Park annual winter candlelight event. Trails will be lit with hundreds of luminaires for both skiing and hiking/snowshoeing. Pets and sleds are not allowed on the ski trail portion of this event. If snow conditions are not favorable for skiing on the trails, a candlelit hike will still take place. Refreshments will be available. A park sticker is required and can be purchased upon arrival.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Whitefish Dunes SP information

Whitefish Dunes State Park protects the fragile dune environment on the eastern Door County Peninsula. Stroll along Lake Michigan, watch waterfowl at Clark Lake, use the boardwalk to discover the wetlands or relax on one of the many trails throughout the forested sand dunes and beech forest. The park's nature center features year-round programs, exhibits and displays on ecology, geology and human history. Whitefish Dunes is a day-use park, there is no camping.


Mailing Address: 3275 Clark Lake Road , Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Candlelight Ski and Hike

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Point Beach SF

The Friends of Point Beach State Forest will again be sponsoring the annual candlelight ski/hike on Saturday, January 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. Ski or hike a 1-mile candlelit trail through the forest. Afterwards, enjoy the warm fire in the Lodge where food and refreshments will be available for sale.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Point Beach SF information

Point Beach State Forest features 3,000 acres of land and six miles of sandy beach along the shores of Lake Michigan. Point Beach offers family campsites, two large group cabins and an outdoor group camp. A popular feature within the property is the Rawley Point Lighthouse, which has been operated and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard since 1853.


Mailing Address: 9400 County Highway O, Two Rivers, Wisconsin 54241

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Candlelight Snowshoe Hike

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Hike, Night event, Snowshoeing
Location: Rib Mountain SP

Start your hike at the new Friends Gathering Space, just past the Park office. Some snowshoes are available to borrow but suggest you bring your own snowshoes if you have them (flashlights and headlamps suggested). There will be hot chocolate, hot cider, and special goodies, as well as marshmallows to roast around the campfire. Donations to cover costs are welcome. An annual or daily park admission sticker is required. Parking is limited, so please consider carpooling. Sponsored by the Friends of Rib Mountain State Park.


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Rib Mountain SP information

This billion-year-old hill is one of the oldest geological formations on earth. Rib Mountain State Park is a premier day-use facility with picnicking, hiking trails and a reservable amphitheater. The top of the 60-foot observation tower offers spectacular views of the Wausau area and Wisconsin River. Granite Peak Ski Area is on the north face of the mountain and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding during winter.


Mailing Address: 4200 Park Road, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Friends of Lapham Peak Annual Candlelight Ski/Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Lapham Peak Unit

SOLD OUT: All of the 450 free parking vouchers for this event have been given out. Search the DNR website for keyword "candlelight," for other opportunities to participate in candlelight events.
The Friends of Lapham Peak will host the park's annual Candlelight Ski/Hike at the Homestead Hollow Picnic Area. Ski, snowshoe or hike by candlelight on a 1-mile (1.5 km) trail! Afterwards, join us by the campfire where a large grill will be available for use, and hot beverages and treats will be available for a small donation in the Trecker Lodge.

Parking inside of the property is limited to approximately 450 vehicles. Carpooling is encouraged. Parking for cars and pickup trucks only - no trailer, bus or RV parking. There is no roadside parking. A 2018 Wisconsin State Park annual vehicle admission sticker or a $5 Special Event daily vehicle admission fee is required per car.

In addition to the vehicle admission, a free ticket voucher is required for each vehicle that wishes to attend the event. Vouchers are now SOLD OUT. Please call the park office at 262-646-3025 to ensure vouchers are still available. Limit one per person at time of pickup. Park staff encourages people wishing to participate in the candlelight hike to pick up a voucher at the Lapham Peak office prior to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.

Ticket vouchers will specify the admission time and presented at the gate for access. Entrants should arrive during the time frame specified. Ticket voucher time frames:

  • 6 to 7 p.m., Max 250 cars with reservation
  • 7 to 8 p.m., Max 150 cars with reservation
  • 8 to 8:30 p.m., Entrance gate discretion (Late skiers must start by 8:45 p.m.)

For more information, visit the Friends of Lapham Peak website [exit DNR] or call the Lapham Peak office at 262-646-3025.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Lapham Peak Unit information

The Kettle Moraine and Lapham Peak were formed 10,000 years ago when a glacier covered much of Wisconsin. Lapham Peak's glaciated topography provides excellent hiking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing on lighted trails. Climb a 45-foot observation tower atop the highest point in Waukesha County (1,233 feet above sea level).


Mailing Address: W329 N846 County C, Delafield, Wisconsin 53018

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Winter Star Party

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Drop-in Program, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Come see the glorious stars and planets visible during winter. The winter sky is home to more bright stars and easy to recognize constellations than any other time of year! We'll have a couple of telescopes set up for you to look through, a fire to keep you warm, and a marshmallow or two to roast. Bundle up and see some wonderful winter skies - weather permitting. The program will be happening just behind the Rock Elm Shelter 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.


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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Owl Prowl

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Night event, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Join us for this annual event to discover why owls are the perfect night hunters. Dress for the weather because we will go outside to search for these predators. Meet at the Visitor Center but be prepared to drive.


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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.


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

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Get Outdoors! Learn to Cross-country Ski

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Cross country ski, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Dust off those cross-country skis and head to Zillmer to gain the skills to make cross-country skiing fun and safe. This program is best for people older than 10 years. Arrangements for ski rentals will be made for those who need skis. Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission stickers are required, but trail passes are waived for workshop participants. To register, call 920-533-8322 by January 26. Zillmer Trail Area (located off County Road SS between County Road G and Hwy 67 near New Prospect). Get Directions - Zillmer Trails


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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.


Mailing Address: N1765 Highway G , Campbellsport, Wisconsin 53010

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday night twilight owl hike!

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Nature study, Night event, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Listen for owl-y mating calls as the sun goes down. Choose from 2 hikes: easier 2.8 miles around the lake, or more challenging 3.5 miles of hills (Ice cleats & hiking poles strongly recommended!). Meet at the Ice Age Trail parking area on Highway 12, 2 miles East of Whitewater (County Road P) and 1 1/2 miles West of La Grange (County Road H) at the half-way point on a big hill. (Watch for yellow "Trail Crossing" signs!) A free family-friendly event! Presented by the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Contact Ellen Davis at 262-740-1113


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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.


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

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

Last revised: Wednesday, October 18, 2017