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Saturday, July 23, 2016

IMBA Trailbuilding Clinic

CANCELLED

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Work day
Location: Peninsula SP

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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, July 23, 2016

Rain Garden Planting

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Volunteer opportunity, Work day
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Help park staff and volunteers sort and plant grass "plugs" into a brand new rain garden at Kohler-Andrae State Park! This rain garden will act as a natural sand filter, before storm water washes out on the beach area. The rain garden construction has allowed for designated beach paths to be created, in an effort to allow for safe foot traffic onto the beach. The new paths will direct foot traffic off of the fragile sand dunes, in an effort to restore native dunes, including several endangered and threatened plants. For more information, call the park office at 920-451-4080. Meet at Parking Lot #6.


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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, July 23, 2016

Get Outdoors! Go...Learn to Kayak

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

This is the perfect program for people who have never kayaked and would like to learn. Join American Canoe Association instructors to learn the tricks and fun of flat water kayaking. We will kayak around Mauthe Lake and up the Milwaukee River. To register, call (920) 533-8322 by July 22. A $25 deposit must be paid to hold a registration which will be refunded at the workshop. Each session is limited to 16 people. No experience is necessary. The program is for people at least 10 years old. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be canceled. Location: Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Boat Launch (off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect). Get Directions - Mauthe 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

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Glacial Wisconsin

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

You know them as huge sheets of ice that receded thousands of years ago. But what did glaciers do to Wisconsin? Come find out! 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, July 23, 2016

Exploration Station - Butterflies

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature 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, July 23, 2016

Eagle Trail Hike

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Peninsula SP

Meet at Eagle Tower. Hike Peninsula's most spectacular trail. Learn about bluff ecology, park history and identify trees of the northern mesic forest. Difficult walking. Two miles. Pack a water bottle for a rest stop along the way.


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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, July 23, 2016

Sun Observation

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Outdoor activity
Location: Capital Springs SRA

Safely view the sun's surface, observe sun spots and solar prominences through safe solar filters and low to moderate magnification eyepieces. Join astronomy enthusiast Bob Terrell as he demonstrates the superior viewing capabilities of a hydrogen-alpha filter, which removes all but a very tiny part of the red light from the solar spectrum. This is a free event open to the public. Families welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area. If inclement weather, rain date is July 24. Park in the gravel driveway on your left as you enter the main entrance. Telescopes will be set up near the large Bur Oak tree by the parking lot.


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Capital Springs SRA information

Just minutes from downtown Madison, Capital Springs State Park and Recreation Area and Dane County's Lake Farm Park, offer many recreation opportunities, including camping, hiking and skiing trails, picnicking, fishing, and a boat launch on Lake Waubesa. The Capital City State Trail connects Capital Springs and Lake Farm Park to the city of Madison.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Food, Water, Shelter

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor skills
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Ever wonder if you could survive in the wilderness? Join guide Nick Gordon to learn how to find and use the basics of survival - shelter, fire, water and food. 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

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Scavenger Hunt

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Scavenger hunt
Location: Peninsula SP

Stop by the Nature Center between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to try this on-your-own scavenger hunt. Prizes! Takes about twenty minutes.


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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, July 23, 2016

Pike Lake French Voyagers Encampment

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

Join us for an entire weekend filled with fun! Canoe tours, drum circles and so much more! Pike Lake Beach Area. Also July 22 & 24.


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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

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Butterfly Pond Walk

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: High Cliff SP

Enjoy a peaceful walk around the Butterfly Pond with the park naturalist. The trail is 0.7 miles and is paved for accessibility. Strollers, wheel chairs and all ages are welcome! Meet outside the park office.


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High Cliff SP information

High Cliff State Park is the only state-owned recreational area on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest lake. The park gets its name from the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. The magnificent 12-foot statue of Winnebago Indian Chief Red Bird, standing high on a huge granite rock, overlooks the lake and is a popular destination in the park.

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Mailing Address: N7630 State Park Rd, Sherwood, Wisconsin 54169

Saturday, July 23, 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, July 23, 2016

Playing with Shakespeare: Get Outside with Will Children's Workshop

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Outdoor activity, Theater production
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Think Shakespeare is old and boring? Think again! Join the Summit Players for 45 minutes of fun and brain acrobatics! Play some games, work with some text, and explore the natural world. Learn how Shakespeare used nature in his plays and why his characters talk the way they do. Shed any iambic penta-jitters, then join us for the show! Meet at the Northern Lights Amphitheater. 1 p.m. workshop; 2:30 p.m. performance.


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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, July 23, 2016

Pinewoods Ice Age Trail Nature Walk

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Meet at 1 p.m. at the Pinewoods Campground for a nature exploration hike on the Ice Age Trail! Parking is available near group campsite C. 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

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Fish Casting and Knot Tying

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Fishing, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Willow River SP

Try your hand at catching the big one. Learn how to cast your line, rig up your pole, tie the right knots, and identify Wisconsin fish. No experience is necessary and all activities are done on land. Meet at the beach area.


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Willow River SP information

With nearly 3,000 acres of prairie, forests, and panoramic river scenery, Willow River State Park offers year-round recreation opportunities in western Wisconsin. The park is about five miles northeast of Hudson, and has a campground, a boat launch and a 400-foot beach and picnic area centered on 172-acre Little Falls Lake.

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Mailing Address: 1034 County Highway A, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Drop in at the Beach: Animal Tracks of Mirror Lake

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Drop-in Program, Wildlife study
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Drop in and learn about the many different types of animals that live in or have lived in Mirror Lake State Park. Make an animal track print and see all the different animal tracks of Mirror Lake. Meet at the beach area.


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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