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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Horicon Marsh Paddle

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Outdoor activity
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Canoe or kayak the Canoe Trail at the Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area. Talk with interpreters stationed throughout the marsh to learn more! Contact 920-485-4663 for rentals or for more details at www.horiconmarsh.org. Free shuttle.


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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, June 25, 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 Janet and 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 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

Saturday, June 25, 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 Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26 at the Blue Hills in Barron and Rusk counties. 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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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Guided Canoe Trip

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Merrick SP

Join Ed Lagace, from the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, for a guided interpretative canoe paddle thru the backwaters of the Mississippi River. The trip will leave the boat landing promptly at 9 a.m. and will last about 3 hours. Canoe and kayak rentals are available from the park office. Rentals are free for this special program. Reservations are required because rentals and event participation is limited to 30 people. Please call the park office (608) 687-4639 to reserve your spot. Please no pets. Meet at the South Boat Launch near the South Campground.


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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, June 25, 2016

Morning at Weborg Marsh

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Activities: Nature study, Walk
Location: Peninsula SP

Meet at Weborg Shelter. Enjoy a casual stroll with the naturalist identifying birds, wildflowers and trees. Bring binoculars if you have them.


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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, June 25, 2016

Pollinator Celebration

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Drop in anytime before 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the wonder and necessity of pollinators. Visit booths with crafts and activities, something for everyone! Check out the Bong Naturalist Association website [exit DNR] for a complete schedule. Meet at the Visitor Center. 9 a.m. to noon.


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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, June 25, 2016

History and Nature Hike of Mirror Lake

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

This is a 60-minute hike on an easy trail. We will look at the different native (and non-native) plants and trees of the park and discuss how Mirror Lake State Park (and the surrounding area) has changed over time. Meet 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, June 25, 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, June 25, 2016

Wildflower Walk

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 series of monthly walks that will explore different ecosystems around the Kettle Moraine Southern Unit. All hikes start at 10 a.m. 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

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Bear? Where?!

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Wildlife study
Location: Buckhorn SP

You might not see them all the time, but they're out there! Come learn about one of Wisconsin's elusive mammals and see a real black bear pelt. Drop in anytime during the scheduled program time. Meet at the park amphitheater. Program is free, but a vehicle admission 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, June 25, 2016

Exploration Station - Butterflies

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Insect study, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Flutter on over to the Exploration Station to check out butterflies. You can play a metamorphosis game. Test your butterfly identification skills. And check out what's happening in our newly planted butterfly garden. 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, June 25, 2016

Civil War Reenactment

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, History, Music
Location: Heritage Hill SP

This special event will focus on the lesser known battles that represent the first year of the Civil War. Two battles will take place on Saturday and one on Sunday with a possible small skirmish on Sunday morning leading to the afternoon battle. Additionally, there will be ongoing drills, presentations, and audience participation activities, including a court martial. Medical presentations will be ongoing throughout the weekend. Fritz Klein as Abraham Lincoln will also be joining us for the event. Period music will be provided by the Regimental Band.

Heritage Hill State Historical Park is operated by the non-profit Heritage Hill Corporation and a per-person admission [exit DNR] to the park is charged.


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Heritage Hill SP information

Experience "living history" at this 48-acre, outdoor museum in Green Bay. The park features 25 structures from Wisconsin's past - the fur trade in 1762, Fort Howard in 1836, small towns in 1871, and ethnic farms in 1905.

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Mailing Address: 2640 South Webster Avenue, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Animal Feeding Day

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Indoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the watersnake slurp down a fish. Look at the treefrogs as the tackle a cricket or two. 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, June 25, 2016

Naturalist at the Beach

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Peninsula SP

The naturalist will be at the beach with an assortment of furs and skulls. Drop by to learn about Peninsula critters. Rain? This activity will be 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

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Drop in on Pond Critters

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

What's swimming in that pond water? You'll use magnifiers and simple sampling equipment to take an up close look at some interesting aquatic critters. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau.


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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, June 25, 2016

Drop in at the Beach: Beginning Geocaching

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Geocache, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Stop by and learn how to geocache! A simple course will be set up to show you how to geocache with a GPS unit. We'll have some GPS units available, please bring an adult with an ID to check one out if you will need one.


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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