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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Trailbuilding on the Ice Age Trail

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day
Location: Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Help build the Ice Age Trail! Mobile Skills Crew trained volunteers specialize in working safe, having fun and building and maintaining high-quality, sustainable Ice Age Trail segments. Camping, education and environmentally-friendly trail building techniques are components of projects. No experience is necessary to attend, and volunteers are welcome to participate in projects. Event runs Tuesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 31 at the Wood Lake segment in Taylor County. For more information or to register to volunteer, see the Ice Age Trail Alliance website.


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Ice Age National Scenic Trail information

The Ice Age Trail is a National Scenic Trail located entirely within Wisconsin. The trail is also one of 42 designated Wisconsin state trails, and the only one specifically designated as a "State Scenic Trail." From Interstate State Park on the Minnesota border to Potawatomi State Park on Lake Michigan, the Ice Age Trail winds for more than 1,000 miles, following the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin.

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Wednesday, July 27, 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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Story Time with the Animals

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Story time, Wildlife study
Location: MacKenzie Center

Introduce your toddler or pre-school aged child to the outdoors during story time. The MacKenzie Center features a live wildlife exhibit with native Wisconsin animals. Each outdoor story time will feature a children's book about animals and a short wildlife tour with a MacKenzie educator. $2/child


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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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday Wonders Drop-in: Jaws and Claws

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Roche-A-Cri SP

Drop in at the office picnic area between 10 a.m. and noon. Only have a small amount of time? No problem! There are different activities each week. Look for the Get Outdoors! flag.


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Roche-A-Cri SP information

Roche-A-Cri State Park, established in 1948, protects a 300-foot-high rock outcropping and Native American petroglyphs and pictographs. The name "Roche-A-Cri" comes from French words meaning "crevice in the rock." The park has 41 rustic campsites and five miles of hiking trails within a forest of large oaks and pines. Carter Creek in the park offers fishing opportunities.

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Mailing Address: 1767 State Highway 13, Friendship, Wisconsin 53934

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Nature Stories with Joyce

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time, Wildlife study
Location: Peninsula SP

Designed especially for young children, this program features stories and finger plays about favorite Peninsula animals. 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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Creature Feature - Deer

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Drop-in Program, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join the adventure and explore the life of deer! This program is all about stories, adventure, mystery, and exploration! Creature Feature is best for kids 3 - 8 years of age, but everyone one is welcome join in the fun. 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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Nature Table

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Drop by the nature table by the amphitheater to learn more about Whitefish Dunes wildlife.


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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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Family Fun Drop-In

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Interstate SP

Drop-in activities between 1-2:30 p.m. Check at the park office upon arrival 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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Exploration Station-Tracks!

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Drop by the Exploration Station and make some tracks! Test your tracking skills. Create a simple tracking booklet. Make a plaster track to take home and more! 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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday Wonders Drop-in: Jaws and Claws

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Buckhorn SP

Drop in at the beach between 1-4 p.m. Only have a small amount of time? No problem! There are different activities each week. Look for the Get Outdoors! flag.


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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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sing-along Series with the Door County Ukulele Society

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Activity: Music
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Stop by the amphitheater for an afternoon of family fun and song with the Door County Ukulele Society!


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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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tyke Hikes - Lapham Peak

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Locations: Kettle Moraine SF - Lapham Peak Unit | Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Tyke Hikes are short, slow-paced hikes promoting nature and family hiking in an outdoor educational setting. Families with children of all ages are encouraged to come experience Wisconsin's outdoors as they explore portions of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Once dominating Wisconsin's landscape, prairies are starting to make a comeback. Come prance through a prairie and see what makes it a wonderful place for plants, animals and people. Please meet at the Evergreen parking lot. A Wisconsin state park sticker is required. Watch for yellow "Ice Age Trail Event" signs to guide you to the meeting locations.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Lapham Peak Unit information

The Kettle Moraine and Lapham Peak were formed 10,000 years ago when a glacier covered much of Wisconsin. Lapham Peak's glaciated topography provides excellent hiking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing on lighted trails. Climb a 45-foot observation tower atop the highest point in Waukesha County (1,233 feet above sea level).

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Mailing Address: W329 N846 County C, Delafield, Wisconsin 53018

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Ice Age National Scenic Trail information

The Ice Age Trail is a National Scenic Trail located entirely within Wisconsin. The trail is also one of 42 designated Wisconsin state trails, and the only one specifically designated as a "State Scenic Trail." From Interstate State Park on the Minnesota border to Potawatomi State Park on Lake Michigan, the Ice Age Trail winds for more than 1,000 miles, following the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Forest Ramblers

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

Venture out for an evening hike along the 2.4-mile Red Loop at the New Fane Trails. Location: New Fane Trails Shelter (off County Line Road east of Kettle Moraine Drive near New Fane). 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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Learn to Kayak

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

Designed with fun in mind, this program is a great way to introduce you to kayaking! We'll teach you some basic strokes, how to get in and out of the kayak safely, and what to do if you capsize. We'll also use our new skills paddling part of the lake. Be prepared to get wet! Bring your own kayak or rent one from the Chateau. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak. We will only allow single kayaks in this program and it's limited to 10 participants. This program is best for adults and kids ages 8 and older. 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

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Trailbuilding on the Ice Age Trail

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day
Location: Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Help build the Ice Age Trail! Mobile Skills Crew trained volunteers specialize in working safe, having fun and building and maintaining high-quality, sustainable Ice Age Trail segments. Camping, education and environmentally-friendly trail building techniques are components of projects. No experience is necessary to attend, and volunteers are welcome to participate in projects. Event runs Tuesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 31 at the Wood Lake segment in Taylor County. For more information or to register to volunteer, see the Ice Age Trail Alliance website.


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Ice Age National Scenic Trail information

The Ice Age Trail is a National Scenic Trail located entirely within Wisconsin. The trail is also one of 42 designated Wisconsin state trails, and the only one specifically designated as a "State Scenic Trail." From Interstate State Park on the Minnesota border to Potawatomi State Park on Lake Michigan, the Ice Age Trail winds for more than 1,000 miles, following the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Beach and Dune Walk

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Bring the family to hike the Creeping Juniper Trail and explore the flora of the Lake Michigan beach with master naturalist Drew Morris. Meet at Sanderling Nature Center for this hour long family-friendly hike. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets allowed.


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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

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