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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ice Age Trekkers

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Join us for a revitalizing 2.94-mile morning hike along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail between County Road S and Kettle Moraine Drive. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot. Location: Meet at the Shelter 2 Parking Lot (off County Road S southwest of County Road GGG near New Fane). Get Directions - Shelter 2 Parking Lot.


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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, August 23, 2017

Star Gazing at Newport: An International Dark Sky Park

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Newport SP

Calling all star gazers! Enjoy the dark sky during the night of the new moon. Bring binoculars, telescopes or use one of ours. This informal gathering is open to all, and will be held if skies are clear. To protect night vision, please use a flashlight or head lamp with a red filter. We will meet at Lot 3, picnic and beach area. In case of rain or bad conditions, this event will be held on Thursday, August 24, same place and time.


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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, August 24, 2017

Find a Trail

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, History, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Wondering what trail to hike or what to see in the park? Join the Nature Center staff every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning (Memorial Day through Labor Day) for some great ideas. 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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Stories at the Marsh: Butterflies

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Insect study, Story time
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Stories and a craft!


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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

Thursday, August 24, 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, August 24, 2017

Nature Tales - Bees

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

Join us for an hour of stories - naturally! Fun awaits your 3 to 8 year old as we discover the world of bees. 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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ready, Set Go Play! - Nature Play Station

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Take a nature break and bring your kids to play! We'll have lots of fun, hands-on activities that that will keep your kids active and having fun. Activities will be happening 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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Kid's Fishing

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Activities: Fishing, Outdoor skills
Location: Lakeshore SP

Come down to the fishing dock at Lakeshore to learn about invasive fish in Lake Michigan and to catch some panfish. These fish are small, and easy to catch. Children under 16 do not require a fishing license. Free-Ages 6-15 with parent.

Free parking is available at the park's south entrance road (access from Erie St.). It is about a 15-minute walk from the south entrance, but on the way you can take in the lovely views of the prairies throughout the park! Paid parking is available at the north entrance at O'Donnell Park.


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Lakeshore SP information

In the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Lakeshore State Park provides a unique urban oasis with recreational and educational opportunities geared to the urban population. Lakeshore State Park offers great views of the city and Lake Michigan and has a reservable, overnight boat slip.

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Mailing Address: 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Behind the Scenes of a Timber Harvest Evening Exploration

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

With Adam Zirbell, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources Forester, take a behind the scenes tour of an active timber harvest. Learn how foresters manage the forest and determine which trees to cut, and check out the latest equipment lumber harvesters use. Make sure to wear sturdy footwear. In the event of threatening weather, the program will be canceled. The adventure is for people over the age of 12 years. Location: contact the Ice Age Visitor Center for meeting location. Get Directions - Ice Age Visitor Center.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit information

The Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is in the middle of the Kettle Moraine, a strip of glacial landforms which extends through southeastern Wisconsin to Lake Winnebago. The forest is named after the 522-acre, spring-fed kettle: Pike Lake. Powder Hill, a large glacial kame, provides the opportunity for a great hike and view. Visitors can enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and much more within the forest.

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Mailing Address: 3544 Kettle Moraine Road, Hartford, Wisconsin 53027

Friday, August 25, 2017

Learn to Hunt Deer

Time: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Activities: Hunting, Outdoor skills, Wildlife study
Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area

This mentored hunt for youth (12-15 years old) and beginner adults offers a unique, ethical, safe and enjoyable hunting experience. The program features a one-day, hands-on workshop to prepare the new hunter and mentor. Participants put their skills to work at a special Sandhill hunt in late October. All youth and adult hunters must pass a WI Hunter Education course prior to participating. Check the website for application and other updated information beginning in April. www.dnr.wi.gov and search for "Sandhill Learn to Hunt Deer." Workshops tentatively scheduled for August 19 and 25. Applications due June 30.


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Sandhill Wildlife Area information

The 9,150-acre State Wildlife Area was named for a series of gently rolling sandy ridges crisscrossing the property. Sandhill Wildlife Area lies within the bed of ancient Glacial Lake Wisconsin - an expansive region of flat, marshy land interspersed with forests covering parts of seven counties in central Wisconsin.

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Mailing Address: 1715 County Hwy X, Babcock, 54413

Friday, August 25, 2017

Find a Trail

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, History, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Wondering what trail to hike or what to see in the park? Join the Nature Center staff every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning (Memorial Day through Labor Day) for some great ideas. 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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Naturalist Led Kayak Tour

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Peninsula SP

Must pre-register at Nature Center. Limited to fifteen participants. Arrive at Nicolet Beach Rentals by 9:45 a.m. Naturalist-led tour features Peninsula history and ecology. Two-mile paddle along Peninsula's beautiful shore. Beginners welcome. A lifeguard is not on duty. Youth age 17 and younger must be in a kayak with an adult. $18 plus tax per person payable at Nicolet Beach Concessions. Tour may be cancelled due to weather.


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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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Alphabet Hike

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Letters are hiding everywhere you go! See if you can find the whole alphabet by the end of our hike. Kids will get to make a digital journal of the letters they find. 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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Critter Hunt

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Nature study, Walk
Location: Peninsula SP

Learn about salamanders and frogs, then take a woods walk to catch and release them. Optional art project follows.


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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

Friday, August 25, 2017

What's the Buzz about Hummingbirds?

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Children's program, Drop-in Program
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Drop by the amphitheater to learn all about these small but mighty birds.


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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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Ready, Set Go Play! - Nature Play Station

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Take a nature break and bring your kids to play! We'll have lots of fun, hands-on activities that that will keep your kids active and having fun. Activities will be happening 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

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