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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Stories at the Marsh

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Story time
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Join us for storytelling and craft-making at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. "Are you Afraid of the Dark" is February's theme - head to the marsh to learn more about animals that love the darkness. Please use the lower entrance.


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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

Thursday, February 11, 2016

O.W.L.S. - Owls of the Night

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Crex Meadows

Join us for the program "Older Wiser Learning Series". There will be a short presentation followed with a discussion. Dress for the weather because an outdoor component may be included. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided.


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Crex Meadows information

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is a 30,000 acre property of wetlands, brush prairies, and forests scattered across a gently rolling landscape. It is located in western Burnett County. Find it from Highway 70 in Grantsburg. Directional signs will guide you through Grantsburg to the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center, which is located on County Road D.

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Mailing Address: 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, 54840

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Nature Storytime

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

Naturalist Julie Fox will share a story and activity with pre-schoolers and their parents at the Ice Age Center. 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. Check at the park office for the program location within the park.


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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, February 11, 2016

Knee-high Naturalist

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Bring your 3-5 year old to this fun and active program. This month be ANIMAL DETECTIVES! Be prepared to go outside. Program will go on regardless of weather but the topic may change. Please call to pre-register or to cancel (262) 878-5601. Meet at the Visitor Center.


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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

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Nature Friendly Farming: An Evening with Nature Program

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

Farming often makes the news when something goes wrong like a manure spill or contaminated wells. But, there are many farmers who embrace techniques and technology that work with nature making them much more sustainable. Tina Kohlman, Dairy and Livestock Agent from UW-Extension Fond du Lac County, as she shares just what these farmers are doing to have a positive impact on the environment on their farms and surrounding areas. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 10 years old. Meet at the Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of 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, February 13, 2016

GO Cross-country Skiing

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Cross country ski, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Bring your skis and join instructor John Meyer to learn about waxing and many other skiing tips. The diagonal stride technique will be taught and practiced. Please call to pre-register (262) 878-5601. Meet at Shelter #1. **Program is weather dependent.


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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, February 13, 2016

GO! Discover: Winter PastTimes

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, History, Snowshoeing
Location: Havenwoods SF

What did people do in winter without smart phones, TVs and video games? They made their own fun! Take a couple of steps back to life in the early 1900s. Play some games, make some toys and head out on your own for a snowshoe walk. You can borrow snowshoes from us. Drop in anytime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.


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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, February 13, 2016

Crex Photo Club

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Nature study, Photography, Wildlife study
Location: Crex Meadows

Share images taken at Crex Meadows WA and the surrounding wildlife areas with fellow photographers to learn new techniques. Occasional offsite trips. Visit www.crexmeadows.org/PhotoClub [exit DNR] for information sending in your images. Check us out on Facebook: Crex Meadows Camera Club.


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Crex Meadows information

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is a 30,000 acre property of wetlands, brush prairies, and forests scattered across a gently rolling landscape. It is located in western Burnett County. Find it from Highway 70 in Grantsburg. Directional signs will guide you through Grantsburg to the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center, which is located on County Road D.

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Mailing Address: 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, 54840

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Discovering Snowshoeing

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Nature study, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Learn to "float on snow" and be active this winter. Follow on a fun exploration hike looking at trees and searching for signs of wildlife. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow from the park's limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.


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Whitefish Dunes SP information

Whitefish Dunes State Park protects the fragile dune environment on the eastern Door County Peninsula. Stroll along Lake Michigan, watch waterfowl at Clark Lake, use the boardwalk to discover the wetlands or relax on one of the many trails throughout the forested sand dunes and beech forest. The park's nature center features year-round programs, exhibits and displays on ecology, geology and human history. Whitefish Dunes is a day-use park, there is no camping.

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Mailing Address: 3275 Clark Lake Road , Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Whooo Goes There? Owls Exploring Nature Program

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

On silent wings owls fly through the night! Join us as we investigate how owls are adapted to be such terrific nighttime hunters. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. Meet at the Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of 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, February 13, 2016

Seasonal Scavenger Hunt

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity, Scavenger hunt
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Families will receive a set of clues to help solve nature riddles. Each family will need to work as a team as they hike along the trails to complete the hunt and receive a small prize. 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

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Peninsula Love

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Peninsula SP

Did you know the medieval poet Chaucer is credited with linking romance to Valentine's Day? At the time, his compatriots believe birds coupled on February 14 and so he wrote, "For this was on St. Valentine's Day, When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate." Find out which park animals are really looking for partners now, and which are waiting for warmer weather. The naturalist will highlight owl, porcupines and snapping turtle behavior. Afterwards, visitors can earn their 2016 Chickadee Club Cards by feeding the happy little birds by hand. This program is suitable for all ages.


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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

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Owl and Eagle Prowl

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center and carpool to areas that have held bald eagles in the past, and seek out great horned and snowy owls on the way. Participants are encouraged to bring warm clothes and binoculars - spotting scopes will be available for all attendees. Advance registration is not required, but feel free to contact the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center at 920-387-7893 to let staff know how many people will accompany each group.


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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, February 13, 2016

Winterfest at the park

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Scavenger hunt, Snowshoeing, Walk
Location: Merrick SP

Join us at Merrick State Park for Winterfest. Day-time activities include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, a scavenger hunt and astronomy activities. Night-time activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking by candlelight. We will have two trails lit by luminaries and tiki torches. Winona State University will be presenting an astronomy program. Telescopes will be on hand for viewing the winter sky. After enjoying the trails warm up by the bonfire. Hot chocolate, hot dogs, and s'mores making materials will be provided. Some snowshoes will be on hand for visitors to borrow. This program will run from 3:30 until 7:30 p.m. Please dress appropriately for the weather. In the event of below-zero temperatures this program will be cancelled. Park stickers are required and will be available for sale at the contact station.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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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, February 13, 2016

Candlelight snowshoe hike

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Rib Mountain SP

A candlelight snowshoe walk starting from the Friends' Concession Building. Flashlights and headlamps are suggested. There is no cost to participate, and there will be hot chocolate and a campfire. Some snowshoes will be available to borrow but we suggest you bring your own or rented snowshoes; donations to cover costs are welcome. A park annual or daily admission sticker is required. Parking is limited, so please consider carpooling if possible.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Rib Mountain SP information

This billion-year-old hill is one of the oldest geological formations on earth. Rib Mountain State Park is a premier day-use facility with picnicking, hiking trails and a reservable amphitheater. The top of the 60-foot observation tower offers spectacular views of the Wausau area and Wisconsin River. Granite Peak Ski Area is on the north face of the mountain and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding during winter.

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Mailing Address: 4200 Park Road, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Newport SP

Experience winter beauty at Newport State Park. Ski, hike or snowshoe this easy 1.2-mile candlelit trail. Bonfire and refreshments will greet participants at the end of the trail. Starts at Parking Lot 3.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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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

Last revised: Wednesday, July 22, 2015