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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Urban Candlelight Hike

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Hank Aaron ST

Cure your cabin fever and come out for the first ever Urban Candlelight Hike! Enjoy two miles of candlelight hiking and snowshoeing on the Hank Aaron State Trail through Three Bridges Park. A roaring campfire and marshmallow roasting will be happening at the park and free hot chocolate and churros will be at the Urban Ecology Center for participants. Guided hikes will start at 6 and 7 p.m. Free admission to everyone! Sponsored by the Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail, Menomonee Valley Partners and the Urban Ecology Center. For more information and a trail map, see the Urban Candlelight Hike website [exit DNR].


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Hank Aaron ST information

Named in honor of baseball legend Hank Aaron, this trail provides a continuous connection between Milwaukee's Miller Park Stadium and the Lake Michigan lakefront, as well as providing connections to famous Milwaukee landmarks such as the historic Ward Theatre on the grounds of the National Soldiers Home, the Wisconsin State Fair Park and the Pettit National Ice Center. Eventually the trail will connect with the Oak Leaf Trail near the Milwaukee/Waukesha county line and run along the southern edge of the Milwaukee County Zoo.

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Mailing Address: 2300 N MLK Jr Drive , Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Candlelight Hike and Bonfire

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Yellowstone Lake SP

Enjoy a winter night in Yellowstone strolling by candlelight! Glowing luminaries will line your path along an easy 1-mile hike through the woods and along the dike above the frozen lake. If there's clear weather, the moonless sky will make for excellent stargazing. At the end of the trail, there will be a blazing bonfire to warm you up. Enjoy a hot beverages and roasting marshmallows. Indoor restrooms will be open! This family-friendly event is hosted by the Friends of Yellowstone Lake State Park! The event is free but a state park admission sticker is required. For more information call the park office at 608-523-4427.

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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Yellowstone Lake SP information

Yellowstone Lake State Park is in the driftless area of southwest Wisconsin. This 1,000-acre park, has a 455-acre lake, which offers visitors ample space to enjoy camping, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, biking and picnicking. In winter the park is open to ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

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Mailing Address: 8495 Lake Road, Blanchardville, Wisconsin 53516

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Coyote Neighbors

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Discover how perfectly adapted coyotes are to survive. Learn some tips for living near them then we'll go out to try to call our coyote neighbors. 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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Nature Time for Preschoolers: Fox Tales

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

What would you do if you had pointed ears, a long nose and a furry tail like a fox? Find out how a fox uses these things to help it survive. Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5 and their parents, grandparents or other adult. These programs are not for day care centers or organizations. 9:30 - 10:30 a.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

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Rowdy Red-wings Nature Storytime

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Look!!! The red-winged blackbirds are back! Spring must not be too far away. Come celebrate the return of the red-wings to the Kettle Moraine. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. Meet at the Ice Age Visitor Center (off Hwy 67, a 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

Friday, March 3, 2017

Rowdy Red-wings Nature Storytime

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Look!!! The red-winged blackbirds are back! Spring must not be too far away. Come celebrate the return of the red-wings to the Kettle Moraine. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. Meet at the Ice Age Visitor Center (off Hwy 67, a 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, March 4, 2017

River View Loppet ski races

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Cross country ski, Outdoor activity
Location: Brule River SF

Cross -Country Ski Races for youths and adults in the skate and classic styles. Register 7:30-9 a.m. Brule Town Hall, race starts at 10:00 a.m. This race is sponsored jointly by the Brule Valley Ski Club, the Brule River State Forest, and the Brule Lions Club. For more info or to register for the races, see the Brule Valley Ski Club website, or call 218-590-3051 or 218-348-5200.


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Brule River SF information

The Brule River State Forest offers exceptional recreational opportunities, including wildlife viewing, a 16-mile stretch of the North Country National Scenic Trail, eight miles of frontage on Lake Superior, the Bois Brule State Fish Hatchery and much more.

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Mailing Address: 6250 South Ranger Rd., Brule, Wisconsin 54820

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Nestbox Seminar

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Wildlife conservation, Wildlife study
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Learn about cavity nesting birds and how you can help. For more information visit: www.horiconmarsh.org.


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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, March 4, 2017

Winter Wildlife Hike & Purple Loosestrife Talk

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, History, Snowshoeing
Location: Mead Wildlife Area Center

Enjoy a snowshoe hike around the Center led by Mead Staff. BYO Snowshoes or use ours. Chris Hamerla will give a talk about Purple Loosestrife control.


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Mead Wildlife Area Center information

The Stanton W. Mead Education and Visitor Center is a 6,208 square foot education and administration facility designed as an example of sustainable and environmentally-responsible construction. One of the goals of the Mead Wildlife Area is to provide wildlife and environmental programs to the citizens of Wisconsin. These programs help to foster a sense of environmental stewardship, that through education we can achieve a better understanding of the values and issues of our wildlife and natural resources.

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Mailing Address: 1 S2148 County Highway S, Milladore, Wisconsin 54454

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Learn to Ice Fish

CANCELLED

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Fishing, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Buckhorn SP

This event has been cancelled due to poor ice conditions.


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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, March 4, 2017

High Tech Treasure Hunt

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Walk
Location: Havenwoods SF

Explore, solve riddles, find treasures! Learn the basics of how to use a GPS unit to find hidden caches at Havenwoods. We will have GPS units to borrow. Dress for an outdoor adventure! 10:30 - 11:30 a.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, March 4, 2017

Outdoor Challenge

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Geocache, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Drop in and 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 well you can start a fire. Try your orienteering skills on our geocaching adventure course, and much 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

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The History of Maple Syrup Making

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Indoor activity, Nature study
Location: Interstate SP

Russell B. Hanson of the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association will provide a lively informative presentation on our historic and future nutritious sweet woodland project - Maple Syrup! Meet at the Ice Age Visitor 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

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Maple Syruping - How to tap your own trees!

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Interstate SP

Come and experience the process of collecting one of nature's wonders - Maple Sap! Check out the different taps and containers used to collect this tasty treat so you can do it at home! We will be cooking the sap down to sugar behind 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

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