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Come on a hike with Alyssa Walsh, a Master Gardener and an avid hiker. Explore the leaves changing colors, the migrating birds, and the hibernating animals. This is a 1/2 mile trail. Please bring your own water bottle and dress for the weather and in layers. Meet at the Trout Brook Trail head.

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Time: Sunday, September 21, 2014 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Willow River SP


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

Take a beautiful, moderate hike around LaGrange, less than 3 miles. Meet at the Highway 12 parking lot, just east of Sweno Road.

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Time: Monday, September 22, 2014 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Walk
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit


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

Join the Friends of Interstate Park for their 30th Anniversary celebration at their annual Autumn Potluck & Program on Tuesday evening, September 23. The event will be held in the Ice Age Center classroom at Wisconsin Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls. A social will begin at 6:00 p.m. The potluck dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a dish to share; beverages will be provided. Guest speakers will follow the social and potluck dinner. At 7:30 p.m. Director Dan Schuller, WDNR Bureau of Parks & Recreation, and retired Interstate Park Superintendent Bernie McGaver will share remarks commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Friends of Interstate Park. A special program, "Trumpeter Swans: Bringing Them Back," will follow, highlighting the restoration of Minnesota's trumpeter swans over the past 33 years, presented by guest speaker Carrol Henderson, MDNR. Everyone is welcome to this event!

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Time: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Food
Location: Interstate SP


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

The Astronomy Dept. of UW-Madison begins their session with a 20-30 min. talk and slide presentation covering a broad overview of astronomy and recent astronomical news. At the conclusion of the talk (if the sky is clear) they will go outdoors to set up telescopes and provide park visitors the opportunity to view whatever astronomical objects are available. Question and answer period takes place around the telescope. 8:45 p.m.

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Time: Friday, September 26, 2014 8:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Indoor activity, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Peninsula SP


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

Last revised: Thursday, August 07, 2014