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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Wildflowers

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Plant study, Walk
Location: Peninsula SP

Stroll the campground and identify lady's-slippers, trillium, wood anemone and more. Bring binoculars if you have them to spy songbirds. Meet at Tennison playground, parking available nearby.


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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, May 27, 2017

A Hike Back in Time

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, History, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join retired Park Naturalist Ken Lange on a geologic exploration of Devil's Lake. See rocks transported by glaciers, potholes, Devil's Doorway, a 200-year old cedar quartzite glade, and a pygmy forest. This hike is approximately 3.5 miles, with some steep sections. Please wear proper footwear and bring plenty of water. Meet at the Steinke Basin Parking Lot.


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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, May 27, 2017

Discover Wisconsin Explorer

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Children's program
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Kids, ages three and up, bring an adult to join this fun nature program! Learn how you can earn a colorful patch. Meet at the Amphitheater.


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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, May 27, 2017

Saturday Morning Nature Sleuths

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Calling all youth to unravel the mysteries of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! The program involves completing a required number of engaging nature 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 Rd SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee). 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, May 27, 2017

Summit Rock Hike

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, History, Outdoor activity
Location: Interstate SP

Enjoy a fun hike to a scenic overlook and learn about the area's history - Then and Now. Meet at the Summit Rock Tail 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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hiking Through History

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Willow River SP

Come walk the Yellow Pioneer trail to the falls (about 1.5 miles one way). The park naturalist will share with you the interesting history of the park and the area.


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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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Egg Carton Firestarter Program

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Outdoor activity, Scavenger hunt
Location: High Cliff SP

Drop-in to learn how to make campfire fire starters using egg cartons, shavings and wax! Each family will take home a sample firestarter! Recommended for adults and children 5 and up. Located behind the General Store.


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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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Exploration Station - Fur, Scat, Tracks

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor skills, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Drop by the Exploration Station to check out some mammal furs, scat and tracks! Try our identification game and see how well you know your animal signs. 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, May 27, 2017

Meet the Ranger

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activity: Drop-in Program
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Visit with a park ranger, discover what their job is, what equipment they use and visit a squad car. Meet at the Amphitheater.


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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, May 27, 2017

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, May 27, 2017

Pudgy Pies, Hobo Pies, Campfire Pies

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Activities: Cooking, Food, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Whatever you call them, park volunteer, camping and outdoor enthusiast Jon Riemann will share the how-to and how-not-to of cooking with pie irons. He'll discuss the types of pie irons, seasoning and care of cast iron, cooking tips and even provide a few samples. You may be able to try your own hand making a pudgy pie. This is a great demonstration for anyone interested in getting pie irons for their next camping trip or for taking their outdoor cooking to the next level. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the park amphitheater.


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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, May 27, 2017

Camp Table Toppers Drop in at the Nature Center

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Drop-in Program
Location: Peninsula SP

Make-it, take-it art activity takes about 20 minutes. Choose from a variety of projects: votives decorated with old nature slides, birch bark and bling; silk flowers and birch bark loops; or, tiny baskets decorated with teeny pine cones. Table Topper activities FREE but donations appreciated. While supplies last. All natural items were found "dead and down" - no living things have been disturbed for this project.


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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, May 27, 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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Birds of a Feather Drop In at the Beach

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Spring Flora and Fauna Hike

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Master naturalist Jim Buchholz will lead a 1.5-mile hike through the fields and forests of the Black River Trail. Bring a wildflower field guide if available. Family friendly hike; children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Black River Trail parking lot. 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, May 27, 2017

Homestead Trail Hike

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, History, Outdoor activity
Location: Governor Dodge SP

Join a member of the Stephen's Family as you walk back in time. Explore the lives of the park's early homesteaders. See the size of a cabin for 12 people, examine a pioneer "refrigerator" and other artifacts. Hear stories of what it was like to live here before the area became Governor Dodge State Park. Meet at the Stephen's Falls Trailhead.


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Governor Dodge SP information

Governor Dodge State Park is one of the state's largest parks, with 5,350 acres of steep hills, bluffs, and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. Located in Wisconsin's scenic driftless area, Governor Dodge offers camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, biking, hunting, fishing, off-road biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding opportunities.

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Mailing Address: 4175 State Highway 23 N , Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533

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