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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hiking Echo Canyon

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Interstate SP

Hike into Echo Canyon, one of the most beautiful trails in the park, and along the shore of Lake O' the Dalles. Hear some of the fascinating history of the native people of the St. Croix River Valley and see a nature-made rock face along the trail. Meet at the beach house.


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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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Discovery Bird Hike

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Master naturalist Andy Raddatz will lead a bird hike at Kohler-Andrae. Meet Andy at the Black River Trail parking lot to search for birds in the park. The hike lasts about 2 hours. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Bring binoculars and bird guides if available. The 2-mile hike is best for ages 8 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Please no dogs on this hike. All vehicles will need a state park admission sticker.


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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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ice Age Trekkers

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Join us for an invigorating 3.18-mile morning hike along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail between Hwy 23 and the Greenbush Group Camp. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot. Meet at the Greenbush Group Camp (off Kettle Moraine Drive between County Road T and Hwy 67 near Greenbush). 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, May 3, 2017

Bluebird Monitoring Hike- Citizen Science Program

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

Join the park naturalist to observe and learn about monitoring bluebird nesting boxes. This will be done weekly during nesting season. Meet at the Nature Center, Lot 1.


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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

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Nature Storytime

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

Naturalist Colleen Tolliver will share a story and activity with pre-schoolers and their parents. 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. 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

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Adopt a Highway

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Join us to clean up the highway in front of the park. All equipment is provided. You must be at least 12 years old to participate. A great way to earn service hours, get fresh air and exercise while helping the park! 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, May 4, 2017

Incredible Eggs Nature Storytime

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

Craaaaaack! What's coming out of the egg? You'll be surprised at all the different creatures that begin their lives in eggs. 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, May 5, 2017

Incredible Eggs Nature Storytime

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

Craaaaaack! What's coming out of the egg? You'll be surprised at all the different creatures that begin their lives in eggs. 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, May 6, 2017

Bike Race on the John Muir Trails

Time: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Activity: Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

There will be a Wisconsin Endurance Mountain Bike Series race on the John Muir Trails on Saturday, May 6. A state park vehicle admission sticker is required by all participants and spectators. The trails will remain open to non-racers, but will be very busy until early afternoon. No racing will occur on the connector or Emma Carlin trails. For more information about the race or to register, see the Race website.


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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, May 6, 2017

Birding Fun

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Interstate SP

Set your sights on nature's singing delights with Robin Maercklein, Audubon Leader. Meet at the group campground for fun and interesting birding tips. A spotting scope and a limited number of binoculars will be available.


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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, May 6, 2017

Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Run
Location: Peninsula SP

The entire Door County Half Marathon and 5K are run on closed road courses through Peninsula State Park. The races begin and end just a few strides from Nicolet Bay Beach, where the runners' concourse is located. For more information or to register online, see the Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K website [exit DNR].


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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, May 6, 2017

Spring Bird Hike

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Walk
Location: Havenwoods SF

Warblers, kingbirds, herons, and woodcocks are returning to Havenwoods. We'll head out with binoculars and welcome them back. Wear boots or shoes that can get wet or muddy. 8 - 9 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, May 6, 2017

Seven Lakes Half-Marathon

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Run
Location: Stower Seven Lakes ST

The Seven Lakes Half Marathon course will be from Lotus Lake County Park by Dresser to Soo Line Park in Amery. Sponsored by the Friends of the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail. For more information or to register, see the Friends website.


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Stower Seven Lakes ST information

Built on a former railroad corridor, this 14-mile trail begins in Amery at Harriman Avenue, travels through the communities of Deronda, Wanderoos and Nye, ending about one mile from Dresser at 90th Avenue. The trail passes through maple and oak forests, wetlands, prairies and farmlands, and past many picturesque lakes. The trail crosses between the North Twin and South Twin lakes in Amery, skirts the south end of Bear Trap Lake, the north end of Kinney lake, and runs along Dwight, Horse and Lotus lakes near the western end.

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Mailing Address: 100 Polk Plaza #10, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Work Play Earth Day - Celebrate EARTH DAY by volunteering at your State Parks!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day, Work Play Earth Day
Location: Hartman Creek SP

Volunteers are needed to help plant trees, clean up flower beds and pick up litter. Volunteers should wear work boots, long pants and gloves. Please bring your own rakes, shovels and gloves if available.


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Hartman Creek SP information

This 1,500-acre quiet and friendly natural gem is located near the beautiful spring-fed Chain O'Lakes. Camping, recreation opportunities, the Hellstad House Log Cabin, Whispering Pines day use area, and seven lakes with crystal clear waters make Hartman Creek a popular destination in central Wisconsin.

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Mailing Address: N2480 Hartman Creek Rd., Waupaca, Wisconsin 54981-9727

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Work Play Earth Day - Celebrate EARTH DAY by volunteering at your State Parks!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day, Work Play Earth Day
Location: Rib Mountain SP

Volunteers are needed to help plant trees, clean up flower beds and pick up litter. Volunteers should wear work boots, long pants and gloves. Please bring your own shovels and gloves if available.


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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, May 6, 2017

Work Play Earth Day - Celebrate EARTH DAY by volunteering at your State Parks!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day, Work Play Earth Day
Location: Rock Island SP

Volunteers are needed to help plant trees, clean up flower beds and pick up litter. Volunteers should wear work boots, long pants and gloves. Please bring your own shovels and gloves if available.


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Rock Island SP information

This primitive island off the tip of the Door County Peninsula and northeast of Washington Island in Lake Michigan offers hiking trails, the oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin and 2000 feet of beach. Vehicles are not allowed on the 912-acre island, making for an experience unlike any other Wisconsin state park. Stone buildings, built by a wealthy inventor and his family, house exhibits. The ferry to the island runs Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day.

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Mailing Address: 1924 Indian Point Road, Washington Island , Wisconsin 54246

Note: Event dates and times are subject to change or cancellation. Please verify event status, dates and times prior to attendance.

Last revised: Monday, February 27, 2017