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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

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

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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Insect Discovery Program

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activity: Insect study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Meet at the Ottawa Lake contact station at 2 p.m. for this fun, family-friendly program. Get Directions - Ottawa Lake.


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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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hiking the Ice Age Trail

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Interstate SP

Hike the last half mile of the 1,200-mile long Ice Age National Scenic Trail that spans the State of Wisconsin. Learn about the unique geology of Interstate Park, a unit of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve. Meet at the Pothole 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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Butterfly or Moth?

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Insect study
Location: Hartman Creek SP

Can you tell them apart? Drop by the naturalist table and learn the differences. Located at Hartman Lake Beach.


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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.

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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sing-along Series with the Door County Ukulele Society

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Activity: Music
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Come stop by the amphitheater for an afternoon of family fun and song with the Door County Ukulele Society. Bring your singing voice or your uke, and your friends.


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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.

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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Wisconsin Explorers Program

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study
Location: Blue Mound SP

Come explore the extremes of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program with the park naturalist! Best for ages 6 and up. Meet at the Friends Shelter.

The WI Explorers Program is held most Saturdays 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

True Facts or Tall Tales? A Historic Hike to the Summit

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Interstate SP

Hear some of the colorful history of the St. Croix River Valley on this scenic hike to the Summit. Meet at the Summit Rock Trail sign at 4 p.m.


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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

Dynamic Dunes Hike

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Take a walk with the park naturalist to learn more about the forces behind your favorite beach. See 420 million-year-old rocks and learn about the changes happening ever day at the park. Meet in the picnic area at 4:30 p.m.


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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.

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

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