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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friends of MacKenzie 3-D Archery Competition

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Archery, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: MacKenzie Center

Come enjoy a fun-filled day at the MacKenzie Center. Come compete or just enjoy archery related activities. The MacKenzie Center museums and wildlife area will also be open for visitors to explore. This family-oriented archery event will include 4 divisions of competition; Open, Youth and both Men and Women Bow Hunters. There will also be demonstrations, youth clinics, a food booth, archery displays, and many other archery related activities.

On-site registration and payment for the competition begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. No credit cards! The range will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost for the competition is $10 for Youth, $20 for Men and Women Bow hunters, and $25 dollars for Open.

For more information, please check out the Friends of Mackenzie Website.


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MacKenzie Center information

The MacKenzie Center, just 25 miles north of Madison, is one of the most diverse education centers in Wisconsin. With interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming available for school and youth groups, MacKenzie is a wonderful place to visit and learn about the natural world. The State Game Farm is connected to the MacKenzie Center and is adjacent to the arboretum on the western half of the property.

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Mailing Address: W7303 County Highway CS, Poynette, 53955

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beach House Nature Center is Open!

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Interstate SP

Borrow a fishing rod, play with your child, create critters..... Many interesting activities will be offered at the Beach House.


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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, July 22, 2017

Birds of a Feather Drop In at the Beach

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Children's program
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Have you ever dreamed of flying like a bird? Drop in to learn about the unique adaptations birds possess that help them to fly and survive in a great variety of habitats. Everyone is invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. 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, July 22, 2017

Rocks and Fossils

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Archeology, Educational Programs, Geology, Outdoor activity
Location: Governor Dodge SP

Join the "Rock Ladies" anytime between 3pm and 5pm to learn about fossils, landforms, and Paleozoic rocks found in Wisconsin's hilly topography. View lots of different types of rocks, cool geological maps, and even a "pet rock" that you can take home with you. Meet at the Enee Point Picnic Shelter.


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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, July 22, 2017

Water Play.

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Prepare to get wet as you drop in for a wild, water-filled afternoon. Play games and make crafts to learn about wonderful water! Near Shelter #3 by the Beach.


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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, July 22, 2017

Storm Chasing Drop-In

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Stop by any time to join UW-Whitewater Professor John Frye to explore the world of severe weather and take a look at their storm chasing equipment! Meet at the Ottawa Lake Beach.


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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, July 22, 2017

Playing with Shakespeare: Get Outside with Will Children's Workshop

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Outdoor activity, Theater production
Location: Copper Falls SP

Think Shakespeare is old and boring? Think again! Join the Summit Players for 45 minutes of fun and brain acrobatics! Play some games, work with some text, and explore the natural world. Learn how Shakespeare used nature in his plays and why his characters talk the way they do. Shed any iambic penta-jitters, then join us for the show! 5:30 p.m. workshop; 7 p.m. performance.


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Copper Falls SP information

Ancient lava flows, deep gorges, and spectacular waterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. Log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s add to the park's charm. There is plenty to do; hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The North Country National Scenic Trail passes through Copper Falls State Park.

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Mailing Address: 36764 Copper Falls Road, Mellen, Wisconsin 54546

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Guided Kayak Tour

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Go on an adventure at Devil's Lake by kayak! Guides will take you on a 2 hour tour of the lake exploring the geology and lake's wildlife. Space is limited, so you'll need to preregister. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. Meet at the Chateau (North Shore Concessions). To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.


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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, July 22, 2017

Movie Night: John Latsch, The Man and His River

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: History, Movies
Location: Merrick SP

Please join us at the Nature Center for a screening of the film, John Latsch, The Man and His River. John Latsch was a wealthy grocer and retailer in Winona, MN. Latsch purchased thousands of acres of land along the Mississippi River which he in turn donated to the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin for public use. Latsch donated approximately 1,276 acres to the state of Wisconsin which later would become known as Perrot and Merrick State Parks. This video will last about 22 minutes and was featured at the 2017 Frozen River Film Festival in Winona. Please, no pets. Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the park.


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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, July 22, 2017

Ragamuffin the River Raccoon

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time
Location: Willow River SP

Ragamuffin tells a spirited story about life with the many creatures (humans included) who share the river bank with her. Ragamuffin finds a new unexpected friend and learns friendship has no color, culture or even scent boundaries.


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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, July 22, 2017

What Lives in and on our Lakes at Hartman Creek

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activity: Nature study
Location: Hartman Creek SP

Stop by the amphitheater to learn about the lake ecosystems at Hartman Creek and what kinds of creatures call our park home.


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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, July 22, 2017

Storytelling by Marilyn Merrill

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Story time
Location: Buckhorn SP

Enjoy an evening at Buckhorn and come hear some wild yarns by Marilyn Merrill at the park amphitheater. This event is free, however a state park vehicle sticker is required.


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Buckhorn SP information

Buckhorn State Park is a paradise for water enthusiasts, hunters, hikers, campers and nature lovers. The park and two adjacent state wildlife areas cover more than 8,000-acres on a peninsula in the Castle Rock Flowage of the Wisconsin River and along the connecting Yellow River. Family and group campsites, unique cart-in camping, a cabin for people with disabilities, canoe trail and an accessible fishing pier, are all available at Buckhorn State Park.

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Mailing Address: W8450 Buckhorn Park Ave., Necedah, Wisconsin 54646

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Shakespeare in the Park: "The Comedy of Errors"

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Theater production
Location: Copper Falls SP

The Summit Players are a traveling, seven member theatre company who present short, accessible, free Shakespeare workshops and performances to audiences around the state of Wisconsin. Summit Players shows are produced with new cuttings of Shakespeare's scripts that become tight, 75-minute shows of mayhem, character switches, and hilarity. The production is 'Shakespeare out of a trunk,' with minimal set, costumes and props and a focus on actors, as per the style of Shakespeare's time. Prior to the performance, company members will lead a 45-minute children's workshop. 5:30 p.m. workshop; 7 p.m. performance.


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Copper Falls SP information

Ancient lava flows, deep gorges, and spectacular waterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. Log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s add to the park's charm. There is plenty to do; hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The North Country National Scenic Trail passes through Copper Falls State Park.

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Mailing Address: 36764 Copper Falls Road, Mellen, Wisconsin 54546

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Music in the Park

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Music, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP

The Friends of Mirror Lake are hosting their free Music in the Park concert series by welcoming the music group Beautiful Buzz. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy this family event. Goodwill donations are appreciated with all monies collected going back into the park for programs and projects. Arrive a little early for parking at the beach picnic area and a short easy hike to the amphitheater. Accessible parking is available near the amphitheater. A state park sticker is required, which can be purchased at the park office.


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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, July 22, 2017

Whoopers and Sandhills: Wisconsin's Cranes

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Educational Programs, Wildlife conservation, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Whooping and sandhill cranes both call Wisconsin home. The whooping crane is one the most endangered cranes of the world while sandhills the most abundant. Join the International Crane Foundation staff to learn about their fascinating life histories and specific habitat requirements, how people can help them to survive, and how they compare to the other 13 crane species found throughout the world. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 8 years old. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kettle. Location: Ice Age Visitor Center (off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee). Get Directions - Ice Age Trail Crossing.


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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, July 22, 2017

Stuck on the Rocks - Ropes Rescue Program

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activity: Educational Programs
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Presented by the Baraboo District Ambulance Service Find out what happens when there's an emergency on the bluffs of Devil Lake. Members of the Baraboo District Ambulance Service will show you the techniques and equipment used in rope rescues. Meet outside the Chateau (North Shore Concessions).


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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

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