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Tuesday, September 27, 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 naturalist Andy Raddatz will lead a morning bird hike at Kohler-Andrae. Meet at the closed gate just west of the host sites to walk to the Friends Pond and hike the Ancient Shores Trail. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Bring insect repellant, sunscreen, binoculars and field guides if available. The 1.75-mile hike is best for age 8 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please.


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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, September 27, 2016

Nature Time for Preschoolers: Home, Sweet Home.

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

What lives underground? Up in a tree? Under a bush? We'll discover where some animals make their homes. These programs 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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Shore Trek

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

Identify trees, discover history of Horseshoe Island and Shanty Bay, and see a few fall flowers on this mostly level hike along the shore, then Nicolet Bay Trail. Meet at the Nicolet Beach Shelter.


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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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Autumn Gathering

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Indoor activity, Nature study, Night event
Location: Interstate SP

Join the Friends of Interstate Park for their annual Autumn Gathering on Tuesday evening, Sept. 27. Meet the Friends and learn more about their organization at 6 p.m., followed by a special program at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Ice Age Center. Guest speaker Derek Anderson, with the Minnesota DNR, will present "Adventures and Discoveries in My Backyard." Derek will share beautiful photos of the flora of Interstate Park. Derek completed a two-year inventory of the plants of the park and recorded 652 different species and discovered 59 new county records. Everyone is welcome to this event! 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

Wednesday, September 28, 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 leisurely first of autumn evening walk on the 2-mile Tamarack Nature Trail around Mauthe Lake. Location: Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Picnic Shelter (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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Friends Shelter Ribbon Cutting

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Activities: Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Rib Mountain SP

Come see the new Friends Shelter at Rib Mountain State Park during this ribbon cutting ceremony and enjoy the early Autumn views from the top of Rib Mountain. The Friends of Rib Mountain State Park raised over $700,000 for the shelter's construction. A state park vehicle admission sticker is required.


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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

Friday, September 30, 2016

"Our Night Sky" Lecture Series

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Indoor activity
Location: Newport SP

Lecture Nine: The Winter Sky. The ninth in a series of weekly lectures, this DVD presentation is part of "The Great Courses" series. There is a total of 12 weekly sessions, which will include a 30 minute lecture as well as discussions of the topic and of preserving our dark skies. Meet at the Nature Center.


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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

Friday, September 30, 2016

Star Party with the movie, "The Emissary"

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Movies
Location: Newport SP

Join us for a star filled night! We'll start by watching "The Emissary", a local sci-fi thriller romantic comedy filmed throughout Door County and Newport State Park at 6:30 p.m.. After the movie at 8:30 p.m., we will head to Lot 3, set up the telescopes and view the night sky in one of the darkest places on the peninsula.


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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

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Watercolor Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Plant study
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Join artist Paula Touhey to learn and practice the basics of watercolor painting using the flowers of spring for inspiration. Create your own cards to take home. Best for ages 10 and up. Please call to pre-register 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

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fall Color Hike in the St. Croix Riverway

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: North Country National Scenic Trail

Hike the North Country Trail on the north shore of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Hikers meet at K D's Restaurant in Solon Springs and shuttle to the trailhead. Distance: 6 miles. Your hike leaders are John and Jo-Ann Pearson, active members of the North Country Trail Association's Brule-St. Croix Chapter.


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North Country National Scenic Trail information

The North Country National Scenic Trail is a premier hiking and backpacking trail that travels for more than 4,000 miles through seven northern states from Lake Sakakawea State Park in North Dakota to Crown Point, New York. The North Country trail is one of only eight National Scenic Trails in the United States and is also one of 42 designated Wisconsin state trails.

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Autumn Magic: Exploring Nature Program

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

We will traverse the woodlands, unveiling the magic of nature in autumn and gathering leaves and nuts for a variety of special projects. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. 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, October 1, 2016

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 to the dam. 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, October 1, 2016

Geology and Nature Hike

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP

This is a 75-90 minute hike on the beautiful Echo Rock Trail. We will look at the different rock formations and the geologic history of the Mirror Lake area. Along the trail, we will also look at the types of plants, trees and wildlife. Meet at the boat landing parking lot.


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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, October 1, 2016

Snake Fest

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Arts and Crafts, Festivals, Hike, Indoor activity, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Havenwoods SF

Havenwoods naturalists will display native Wisconsin snakes and allow visitors to touch many of them. Herpetologists from the Milwaukee County Zoo will display native and exotic snakes. Short programs are scheduled throughout the day, providing a close-up look at individual snakes, turtles, and toads. Visitors can also take a guided hike in search of snakes and test their knowledge of snakes in a computer challenge. Kids can get creative with painting a snake on a rock, making an origami snake, and creating a snake from soda pop tops. Snake Fest is for all ages - rain or shine! Event is free, but a state park vehicle admission sticker is needed.

Snake Fest 2016 Flyer


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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, October 1, 2016

Exploration Station - Outdoor Challenge

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Geocache, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Get outside and try your hand at some outdoor skills by competing at this fun and family-friendly Outdoor Challenge. We'll test your wildlife identification skills. See how quickly you can start a fire. Try your orienteering skills on our geocaching adventure. And challenge you to a fish-off! These activities will happen outside 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, October 1, 2016

Drop in at the Beach: Animal Tracks of Mirror Lake

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Drop-in Program, Wildlife study
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Drop in and learn about the many different types of animals that live in or have lived in Mirror Lake State Park. Make an animal track print and see all the different animal tracks of Mirror Lake. 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

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