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Friday, September 22, 2017

Bird Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Nature study
Location: Lakeshore SP

Ever wonder what types of birds visit Lakeshore and downtown Milwaukee? Do you believe sea gulls are real? Come take a hike with our naturalists to learn more about our avian friends. Free-All Ages. 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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Kayaking Tour of Mirror Lake

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP

This fun, 90-minute kayaking trip will cover park geology, history and points of interest. We'll start at the boat landing and paddle through the narrows. Kayak rentals are available for a fee at the boat landing and are first-come, first-served. Please arrive early to get set up with a kayak if you need to rent one. Tour will start at 10 a.m.


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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, September 23, 2017

National Hunting and Fishing Day

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

Activities for kids who are interested in bowhunting and fishing. All equipment will be provided. No prior training is needed. All ages are welcome.


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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, September 23, 2017

Citizen Water Science

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Lakeshore SP

Come explore the chemistry and invertebrate populations of Lake Michigan in Lakeshore. We will conduct studies on phosphorus, nitrogen and dissolved oxygen content; temperature and pH; and conduct a plankton tow and invertebrate jab. Free-All Ages. Meet at the fishing dock along the western path.

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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Doors Open Milwaukee at Havenwoods

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Arts and Crafts, Hike, History, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Havenwoods SF

Take a hike with a naturalist to look for signs of wildlife at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. (30-minute hikes). Meet some reptiles and amphibians throughout the day. Sit back and enjoy photos and stories from Havenwoods' past at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. (30-minute program). Get out on your own and find history on a geocaching adventure all day. Create nature crafts on your own all day.


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Havenwoods SF information

Havenwoods State Forest is Wisconsin's only urban state forest, featuring 237 acres of grasslands, woods and wetlands in the city of Milwaukee. Hike, run, bike and watch wildlife on over six miles of trails. Explore one of the four ponds, stroll over the 120-foot bridge or find a bench to sit and relax outdoors.

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Mailing Address: 6141 N. Hopkins St. , Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Adult Hikes & Workshops: Havenwoods History Hike

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, History
Location: Havenwoods SF

The land at Havenwoods has a fascinating story to tell of farms, prisons, missiles, and healing. We'll use old maps, photos, and blueprints to search for traces left behind. If weather gets in the way of a hike, we will dig through the history archives indoors. Adults and youth over 12 are invited to join a naturalist on these fall walks!


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Havenwoods SF information

Havenwoods State Forest is Wisconsin's only urban state forest, featuring 237 acres of grasslands, woods and wetlands in the city of Milwaukee. Hike, run, bike and watch wildlife on over six miles of trails. Explore one of the four ponds, stroll over the 120-foot bridge or find a bench to sit and relax outdoors.

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Mailing Address: 6141 N. Hopkins St. , Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Pet-A-Pelt

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Interstate SP

Stop at the front desk of the Ice Age Center to learn more about Wisconsin wildlife. Did you know that deer hair is hollow? What makes the fur of a beaver or otter different? Get the answers to these questions and more while feeling the differences in the various animal pelts. Ice Age Center.


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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, September 23, 2017

Sensational Seeds Exploring Nature Program

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

From as tiny as a dust fleck to larger than a softball, seeds come in all shapes and sizes. Figure out how seeds help plants to grow and thrive. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. Location: Ice Age Visitor Center (off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee). Get Directions - Ice Age Visitor Center.


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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, September 23, 2017

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 by the beach and try to catch and identify the different type of dragonflies, butterflies, damselflies and learn about their life cycles. Meet at the beach area.


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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, September 23, 2017

Fascinating Fish

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Fish study
Location: Willow River SP

Come anytime to learn How do fish swim? How do they breathe under water? How do they eat? Find the answers to these questions and much more as we wade through the world of Wisconsin fishes.


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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, September 23, 2017

Make Tracks

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Interstate SP

Have you ever looked down and wondered who made that track? Come to the Ice Age Center, observe the differences in a variety of animal tracks, then print some of your own! A fun family activity. Held at Ice Age Center


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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, September 23, 2017

Astronomy In the Park

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Merrick SP

Join Dr. Jennifer Anderson from the Winona State University Geoscience Department and members of the WSU Astronomy Club at the Nature Center at Merrick State Park for a night under the stars. We will have indoor astronomy activities and presentations as well as telescopes for night sky viewing. Bring your binoculars! If it is cloudy or raining, this program will be canceled.


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Merrick SP information

Located along the lazy Mississippi River and surrounded by the hills of Wisconsin's Coulee Region, the 322-acre Merrick State Park is popular with anglers and boaters. The marshy backwaters are home to a variety of fish, birds, animals and plants. Rising and falling river levels, though controlled some by dams, are part of the natural environment.

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Mailing Address: S2965 State Road 35 , P.O. Box 127 , Fountain City, Wisconsin 54629

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Evening Program: Tree Rings and Tree Disc Painting

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Drop-in Program, Outdoor activity, Tree study
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Stop by to determine the age of trees by counting the rings of a tree sample and make a painting of a tree disc.


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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, September 23, 2017

Universe in the Park

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Governor Dodge SP

Universe in the Park (UitP) is a popular outreach program of the UW-Madison Astronomy Department and is predicated on a very simple idea: the best environment in which to introduce the general public to astronomy is outside under dark skies. The UitP session begins with a 20-30 minute talk and slide presentation covering a broad view of astronomy and recent astronomical news. Following the presentation, a telescope is set up to view whatever astronomical objects are available. Question and answer period follows around the telescope. Meet at the Amphitheater.


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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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Universe in the Park

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Universe in the Park (UitP) is a popular outreach program of the UW-Madison Astronomy Department and is predicated on a very simple idea: the best environment in which to introduce the general public to astronomy is outside under dark skies. The UitP session begins with a 20-30 minute talk and slide presentation covering a broad view of astronomy and recent astronomical news. Following the presentation, a telescope is set up to view whatever astronomical objects are available. Question and answer period follows around the telescope. No pets allowed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Sanderling Nature Center.


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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, September 23, 2017

Universe in the Park

Time: 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Drop-in Program, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Universe in the Park (UitP) is a popular outreach program of the UW-Madison Astronomy Department and is predicated on a very simple idea: the best environment in which to introduce the general public to astronomy is outside under dark skies. The UitP session begins with a 20-30 minute talk and slide presentation covering a broad view of astronomy and recent astronomical news. Following the presentation, a telescope is set up to view whatever astronomical objects are available. Question and answer period follows around the telescope.


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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

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