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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lake Michigan Series: Lake Restoration

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, History
Location: Lakeshore SP

Join one of our park naturalists for a discussion of the restoration initiatives that are in place to help keep Lake Michigan a viable resource for generations to come. We'll also discuss non-point source pollutants, what kinds we have in Milwaukee and ways to prevent these pollutants. Free-Content geared toward middle school-adult. Meet at the north entrance (just south of Discovery World).

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

Wednesday, September 20, 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 a brisk 1.95-mile morning hike along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail between Hwy 28 and County Road H. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot. Location: meet at the Ice Age Trail parking lot off County Road H (east of the Milwaukee River near Kewaskum). Get Directions - Ice Age Trail Crossing


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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, September 20, 2017

The Trails of Newport Weekly Hike: Fall Hike #3

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Newport SP

Back by popular demand, we will explore the trails of Newport on a weekly basis. This weekly hike will take us out on the 2-mile Monarch Trail. We may see migrating monarchs as we hike this meadow trail. Meet at 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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Stick Walking Exercises in the Park

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Activity: Walk
Location: Interstate SP

Bring your walking sticks, we will review the basics and add new exercises that you can do as you enjoy the outdoor environment. Class is FREE. Your vehicle will need a park admission sticker. 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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beach Bonfire

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Cooking, Food, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Lakeshore SP

Come on over to the west side of Lakeshore for a bonfire on the beach. Staff will help you make your own pudgy pies and s'mores. Free-All Ages. Meet at the pebble beach along the western path.

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, September 21, 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, September 21, 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, September 21, 2017

A Star Gazing Party

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Mead Wildlife Area Center

Hosted by the "Stars R Us" group from Wausau. Join us for fun evening of looking at the Fall night sky. Telescopes will be provided, can Bring your own binoculars, too.


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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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Bird Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Nature study
Location: Lakeshore SP

Ever wonder what types of birds visit Lakeshore and downtown Milwaukee? Do you believe sea gulls are real? Come take a hike with our naturalists to learn more about our avian friends. Free-All Ages. Meet at the north entrance (just south of Discovery World).

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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Kayaking Tour of Mirror Lake

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP

This fun, 90-minute kayaking trip will cover park geology, history and points of interest. We'll start at the boat landing and paddle through the narrows. Kayak rentals are available for a fee at the boat landing and are first-come, first-served. Please arrive early to get set up with a kayak if you need to rent one. Tour will start at 10 a.m.


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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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

National Hunting and Fishing Day

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Archery, Hunting, Outdoor activity
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Activities for kids who are interested in bowhunting and fishing. All equipment will be provided. No prior training is needed. All ages are welcome.


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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, September 23, 2017

Citizen Water Science

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Lakeshore SP

Come explore the chemistry and invertebrate populations of Lake Michigan in Lakeshore. We will conduct studies on phosphorus, nitrogen and dissolved oxygen content; temperature and pH; and conduct a plankton tow and invertebrate jab. Free-All Ages. Meet at the fishing dock along the western path.

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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Doors Open Milwaukee at Havenwoods

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Arts and Crafts, Hike, History, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Havenwoods SF

Take a hike with a naturalist to look for signs of wildlife at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. (30-minute hikes). Meet some reptiles and amphibians throughout the day. Sit back and enjoy photos and stories from Havenwoods' past at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. (30-minute program). Get out on your own and find history on a geocaching adventure all day. Create nature crafts on your own all day.


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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, September 23, 2017

Adult Hikes & Workshops: Havenwoods History Hike

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, History
Location: Havenwoods SF

The land at Havenwoods has a fascinating story to tell of farms, prisons, missiles, and healing. We'll use old maps, photos, and blueprints to search for traces left behind. If weather gets in the way of a hike, we will dig through the history archives indoors. Adults and youth over 12 are invited to join a naturalist on these fall walks!


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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, September 23, 2017

Pet-A-Pelt

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Interstate SP

Stop at the front desk of the Ice Age Center to learn more about Wisconsin wildlife. Did you know that deer hair is hollow? What makes the fur of a beaver or otter different? Get the answers to these questions and more while feeling the differences in the various animal pelts. 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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sensational Seeds Exploring Nature Program

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

From as tiny as a dust fleck to larger than a softball, seeds come in all shapes and sizes. Figure out how seeds help plants to grow and thrive. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. Location: Ice Age Visitor Center (off Hwy 67 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

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