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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Stargazing at Harrington Beach

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Drop-in Program, Night event
Location: Harrington Beach SP

View the night sky with the Northern Cross Science Foundation. Meet at the observatory by Puckett's Pond.


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Harrington Beach SP information

Harrington Beach State Park has more than a mile of beach along Lake Michigan. This 715-acre park also features a white cedar and hardwood swamp, old field grasslands with restored wetland ponds and a scenic limestone quarry lake. Camp, sunbathe, picnic, hike, bird watch, fish or practice astronomy. An observatory is open to the public for monthly viewings.

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Mailing Address: 531 County Road D, Belgium, Wisconsin 53004

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Dance to the Big Bands

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Activity: Music
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Dance to the Big Band sounds of the Hal Edwards Orchestra in Wisconsin's celebrated "most romantic dance pavilion" - the Chateau. Join us as we relive the glory years. Cost is $10 and happens at the historic Chateau on the north shore. A park sticker is required on parked vehicles.


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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, August 27, 2016

High-Tech Bat Hike

Time: 7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Our bat hikes have gone high-tech! Join us for a stroll by the lake to find bats. We'll use special hand-held devices that will record the bats' calls and amplify them so we can hear them. These observations will go back to the Wisconsin Bat Program to help them in their bat research. 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, August 27, 2016

Stargazing Saturday

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Drop-in Program, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

If there are clear skies, join Wehr Astronomical Society members to look through their telescopes and see what's happening in the night sky. Meet at parking lot F.


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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

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Morning Hike

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

Enjoy a guided morning hike with park naturalist Reed Cockrell. Meet at the north end of the pool parking lot by the Friends Shelter.

Morning hikes are held most Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Check with the park office to confirm dates and times and to see what topic will be covered.


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Blue Mound SP information

Perched atop the highest point in southern Wisconsin, Blue Mound State Park offers spectacular views and unique geological features. A swimming pool is available in during summer. Over 20 miles of scenic hiking, off-road biking, and cross-country ski trails, as well as a family campground, access to the Military Ridge State Trail with bike-in campsites, and a rustic cabin for people with disabilities make Blue Mound a popular destination year-round.

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Mailing Address: 4350 Mounds Park Rd., Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Exploration Station - Butterflies

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Insect study
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

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Gotten Cabin Open House with Prairie Talk

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, History
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Park at the Paradise Springs parking lot and walk over to the Gotten cabin for a glimpse into the 1800s. Located on County Rd N, across from Paradise Springs. Get Directions.


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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

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Learn the Outdoor Basics: Drop In at the Beach

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Come tie knots, build fires, pack a day pack, keep safe in the sun, follow a map, dress for the weather and more. Everyone will go away with a better understanding of basic skills for spending time outdoors. All are invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children. Location: Long Lake Recreation Area South Beach (off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee). Get Directions - Long 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

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Drop in on Snakes

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Drop-in Program, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Snakes are everywhere at Devil's Lake. Find out what snakes live at the park, make a snake to take home with you, find out how to tell a poisonous snake from a non-poisonous one, and more! 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

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Aztalan Guided Tour

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Culture Study, Hike, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Aztalan SP

Aztalan was a fortified town occupied by Native Americans between A.D. 1050 and 1200. It was the northern outpost of the speculator Mississippian Civilization that mysteriously vanished from the Upper Midwest after A.D. 1250. This tour will be led by archaeologist and Friends of Aztalan executive director, Robert Birmingham, co-author of Aztalan: Mysteries of An Ancient Indian Town. The tour is free but visitors must have a state park vehicle admission sticker. Stickers can be purchased at the park. Sponsored by the Friends of Aztalan. Guided tours of Aztalan will be conducted every Sunday at 2 p.m. June through August. Group tours for any time can be arranged by calling Robert Birmingham at (608) 516-3421.


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Aztalan SP information

Aztalan State Park is a National Historic Landmark and contains one of Wisconsin's most important archaeological sites. It showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between A.D. 1000 and 1300. The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village. Portions of the stockade and two mounds have been reconstructed in the park.

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Mailing Address: N6200 Hwy Q, Lake Mills, Wisconsin 53551

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ho-Chunk Wisconsn Dells Singer and Dancers to Perform at Aztalan

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Culture Study, History, Music
Location: Aztalan SP

Elliott Funmaker and the popular Wisconsin Dells Singers and Dancers will perform traditional Ho-Chunk Nation songs and dances at Aztalan Sate Park. The Ho-Chunk lived in the Aztalan area before and after formal removals by the U.S. Government in the 1830s, and there some archaeological evidence that some Ho-Chunk people lived at the remains of the ancient town of Aztalan during the early 19th century. The famous original town had been occupied by Mississippian culture people between AD 1050 and 1200. The troupe will also discuss the significance of the history and significance of the dances, songs, and drum in Ho-Chunk culture. The Wisconsin Dells Singers and Dancers have performed previously at the park, much to the enjoyment and education of visitors. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Aztalan State Park. Attendees will need a Wisconsin State Park vehicle sticker and these can be purchased at the park at the time of the event. Donations for the planned new Aztalan visitor center will also be gratefully accepted. For more information, contact Friends of Aztalan Executive Director Bob Birmingham at 608-516-3421 or birmi@sbcglobal.net, or consult the Friends website at Aztalanfriends.org. Aztalan State Park is located on County Hwy. Q, one mile east of Lake Mills.


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Aztalan SP information

Aztalan State Park is a National Historic Landmark and contains one of Wisconsin's most important archaeological sites. It showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between A.D. 1000 and 1300. The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village. Portions of the stockade and two mounds have been reconstructed in the park.

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Mailing Address: N6200 Hwy Q, Lake Mills, Wisconsin 53551

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ancient Shorelines and Niagara Escarpment Hike

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Potawatomi SP

Hike the gentle 0.5-mile Nature Trail and learn about the dynamic forces that shaped the Potawatomi we see today. Meet at the Nature Center at 3 p.m.


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Potawatomi SP information

Potawatomi State Park on the shore of Sturgeon Bay in southern Door County, has 1,200 acres of gently rolling upland terrain bordered by steep slopes and rugged limestone cliffs. The park is named in honor of the tribe that inhabited Green Bay's shores and islands when Europeans first settled the area. The tribe called themselves Bo-De-Wad-Me which means "keeper of the fire." Eventually the spelling and pronunciation were changed to Potawatomi.

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Mailing Address: 3740 County Road PD, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Music in the Park

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Music, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Spend a Sunday evening at the North Shore of Devil's Lake State Park for Music in the Park. This free concert will happen on the north shore, just outside the Chateau. Band TBA. This is a free concert sponsored by the Friends of Devil's Lake State Park. Bring your own chairs or a blanket, and a picnic if you like. A park sticker is required on parked vehicles.


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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

Monday, August 29, 2016

Scavenger Hunt

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Scavenger hunt
Location: Peninsula SP

Stop by the Nature Center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to try this 15-minute, on-your-own activity. Prizes and lots of fun for the family!


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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, August 30, 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, August 30, 2016

Nature Time for Preschoolers: Animals Get Hungry, Too!

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

Some animals eat plants. Some animals eat other animals. We'll discover how plants and animals need each other. 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.


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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

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