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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Discovery Bird Hike

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Master Naturalists will lead a bird hike on the Black River Trail. Meet at the trail parking lot; wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Bring insect repellant, sunscreen, binoculars and field guides if available. This 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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Nature Time for Preschoolers: Bird Songs

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Children's program, Nature study, Story time
Location: Havenwoods SF

Come listen to the birds and find out what they might be "talking" about! Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5 and their parents, grandparents or other adult. These programs are not for day care centers or organizations.


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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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spring Migrant Hike

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Join educators on a guided hike to watch for and learn about the migrating birds that stop at Horicon Marsh.


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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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tree Planting at Ottawa Lake

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Volunteer opportunity, Work day
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Please bring work gloves and work clothing. Get directions to Ottawa Lake Campground.


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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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Forest Ramblers

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Come for a morning hike totaling 2 miles along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail at the north end of the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit. Meet at the County Road P Ice Age Trail Parking Lot, just south of Glenbeulah. Get Directions.


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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, May 27, 2016

Tree Planting at Ottawa Lake

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Volunteer opportunity, Work day
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Please bring work gloves and work clothing. Get directions to .


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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

Friday, May 27, 2016

Sensational Shorebirds

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Birding, Indoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Peninsula SP

Designed for all ages, this program will teach you how to use binoculars, identify two different gulls, and learn the unique features of shorebirds. Afterwards, decorate a shorebird for your camp table. Art project will appeal to both kids and adults. Met at the 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

Friday, May 27, 2016

Spirits of Echo Canyon

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Interstate SP

A scenic hike to Echo Canyon and the shore of Lake O' the Dalles. Hear history of the native people of the Valley and see a nature-made rock face along the trail. Meet at the Summit Rock 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

Friday, May 27, 2016

Smokey Bear on Patrol

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Activity: Children's program
Location: Peninsula SP

Smokey Bear will be welcoming visitors at various park hot spots. Event is weather-dependent.


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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

Friday, May 27, 2016

Lawn Chair Bat Watch

Time: 8:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Activities: Night event, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

It's a great time to bring a comfy lawn chair and watch the bats! We'll park our chairs by the bat condo and watch the bats emerge from the houses. We'll have fun bat information and a bat scavenger hunt for the kids to do while the wait to the bats to emerge. Meet at the bat condo (near the north shore boat launch).


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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

Friday, May 27, 2016

Step into the Night Hike

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

As the sun sets and the light fades from the sky, the day animals retire and a new group of animals awakens. Bring your bug spray and sense of adventure as we explore the darkness using all of our senses. This night hike is best for families/groups with children at least 5 years old. Location: Zillmer Trails Area (off County Road SS between County Road G and Hwy 67 near New Prospect). Get Directions - Zillmer Trails.


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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 28, 2016

Kayak with the Naturalist

CANCELLED

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Loew's Lake Unit

This event has been cancelled.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Loew's Lake Unit information

The Loew Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is situated along Wisconsin's Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Hiking, horseback riding, fishing and hunting opportunities are available in the forest. Loew Lake is a day-use property and there is no overnight camping.

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Mailing Address: Emerald Drive, Erin, Wisconsin 53027

Saturday, May 28, 2016

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 28, 2016

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 in this fun nature program! Learn how you can earn a colorful patch. Meet at the Amphitheater. 10-11 a.m.


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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 28, 2016

Extreme Saturday Morning

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Calling all youth to come explore the extremes of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! The program involves completing a required number of 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 Road SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee).


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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 28, 2016

Spring Wildflowers

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Join us for a hike to find spring ephemerals and the earliest blooms of the year. Meet at the Forest Headquarters (S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, WI 53119) and be prepared to caravan to wherever the flowers are blooming. Get Directions - Forest Headquarters.


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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: Wednesday, April 13, 2016