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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Universe in the Park

Time: 8:45 p.m. to 10:45 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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Eco-Scavenger Hunt

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Food, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Drop in with the whole family any time before 9:45 a.m. to hunt for nature's hidden surprises. 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

Monday, May 29, 2017

A Billion Years on the Pothole Trail

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

Take a relaxing hike back in time with the naturalist to view the geological wonders created over the last billion years. 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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Think You Know Peninsula?

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, History
Location: Peninsula SP

Join the park naturalist for a trip back in time, discovering Peninsula place names and nearly forgotten stories about park people. What does the Chicago Lyric Opera, Ferris Bueler's Day Off and the Maximilian Diamond have to do with our grand old park? Come find out. Designed for adults. Nature Center.


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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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Walk on the Wildside

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study, Walk, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Come explore and learn more about the wild side of nature! Join us for these family-friendly walks where we'll spy on the secret life of animals. Use binoculars to take an up close look at bugs. Use a magnifying lens to check out a mushroom. Learn some tips to explore nature with your family in your own backyard or on your travels. 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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Buzz Bird

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Interstate SP

Partake in a birding extravaganza - featuring a hands-on identification game with fun facts and requiring fast fingers. 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

Monday, May 29, 2017

General Store Museum Tours

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, History
Location: High Cliff SP

Meet Cindy Mueller, a fourth generation descendant of a High Cliff family and kiln worker, and park volunteers inside the General Store and post office. Learn about the history of High Cliff Village and how "the Ledge" played an important part in the lime kilns.


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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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Playing in the Park

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Outdoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Come play with us! Get a preview of our one-acre Nature Explore Classroom by exploring and playing at your own pace. Enjoy building, art, water, fort building, digging and other fun activities. Drop in anytime between 6 and 7:30 p.m. 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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Discovery Bird Hike

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Master naturalist Andy Raddatz will lead a bird hike at Kohler-Andrae. Meet Andy at the Black River Trail parking lot to search for birds in the park. The hike lasts about 2 hours. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Bring binoculars and bird guides if available. The 2-mile hike is best for ages 8 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Please no dogs on this hike. All vehicles will need a state park admission sticker.


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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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"The Trails of Newport" Challenge Hike

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activity: Hike
Location: Newport SP

The second in a series of weekly hikes, the goal is to hike all the trails at Newport this season. This first hike will be Fern Trail, an easy 1.2 mile hike. Join park the naturalist for this weekly event. Meet at Lot 3.


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Newport SP information

Newport State Park, northeast of Ellison Bay, is Wisconsin's only formally-designated wilderness park. With 2,373 acres and 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the park offers quiet alternatives to bustling Door County. Explore 30 miles of hiking trails with hike-in campsites. There are evergreen and hardwood forests, wetlands and upland meadows.

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Mailing Address: 475 County Highway NP, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin 54210

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Trail Running with Sterling Kulke

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Run
Location: Interstate SP

Sterling Kulke is a life-long runner and Certified Natural Trainer (Monkey Bar Gym in Madison, Wis.) The attitude, atmosphere and healing effects of trail running are vastly different than hitting the pavement and keeping an eye on your watch that is often involved with road running. Both are beneficial but trail running has a special edge to it. With road running, you are immersed within yourself, listening to your breath, zoning out, hearing your feet hit the pavement. With trail running, you forget about yourself and realize you are a part of a much bigger universe. Come and give it a try! Meet at the 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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Find a Trail

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, History, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Wondering what trail to hike or what to see in the park? Join the Nature Center staff every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning (Memorial Day through Labor Day) for some great ideas. 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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nature Storytime

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study, Story time
Location: Interstate SP

Naturalist Colleen Tolliver will share a story and activity with pre-schoolers and their parents. A short activity following the story will reinforce the story's nature-related theme. Nature Storytime will generally last between 30-60 minutes, depending on the participants. Time will be spent outdoors, weather permitting, so parents should dress their children accordingly. Meet at the 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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bluebird Trail Monitoring

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

Join the park naturalist to observe and learn about monitoring bluebird nesting boxes. The Eastern Bluebird is a longtime symbol of happiness, good health and hope in North America. After years of declining numbers, hear about their amazing success story. This will be done weekly during nesting season. Meet at the Nature Center, Lot 1.


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Newport SP information

Newport State Park, northeast of Ellison Bay, is Wisconsin's only formally-designated wilderness park. With 2,373 acres and 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the park offers quiet alternatives to bustling Door County. Explore 30 miles of hiking trails with hike-in campsites. There are evergreen and hardwood forests, wetlands and upland meadows.

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Mailing Address: 475 County Highway NP, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin 54210

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wiggling Worms Nature Storytime

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Outdoor activity, Story time
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

What has no legs, lives underground, and eats dirt? You guessed it - a worm! Unearth the details about the secret lives of these wiggling critters. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. 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

Friday, June 2, 2017

Open House

Time: 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Indoor activity
Location: Flambeau River SF

The Flambeau River State Forest will be hosting an open house at the new office headquarters located 22 miles west of Phillips or 15 miles east of Winter on Highway W. Staff will be there all day to answer any questions you may have. We can discuss what has happened over the past year and what is planned for the future including optional changes to the access plan and forest production areas, as well as any concerns you may have. Details of the Master Plan for the Forest can be viewed by searching the DNR website for keyword "Flambeau."


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Flambeau River SF information

The forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Canoeing is the most popular activity on the forest. Different portions of the river offer varying degrees of difficulty. The North Fork is ideal for the novice, while South Fork is for the advanced paddler. Musky, sturgeon, trout, walleye, bass and panfish can be caught from the river as well as the lakes in the forest. The forest is open to public hunting for bear, waterfowl, deer and grouse, just to name a few.

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Mailing Address: W1613 County Rd. , Winter, Wisconsin 54896

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