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Thursday, July 27, 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, July 27, 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, July 27, 2017

Arts and Crafts by Teri Fish

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Arts and Crafts
Location: Buckhorn SP

Join Teri Fish to try some arts and crafts with beautiful Buckhorn State Park to inspire your artistic side. Materials will be provided by The Friends of Buckhorn State Park. Meet at the North Shelter (check at the office to see if location has been moved). This event is free, however a state park vehicle 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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Stories at the Marsh: What's for Dinner?

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Story time, Wetlands
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Stories and a take home 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, July 27, 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 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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Insects of Whitefish Dunes

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Insect study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

The weather both before and during the walk as well as the environment will determine what you may find. Hope to find: butterflies, dragonflies, spiders, insect larvae; signs of insects: Ant lion depressions, galls, spittle etc.; and plant "bugs" of various kinds, perhaps a praying mantis. Dick Smythe started collecting feathers and insects and watching birds before entering kindergarten. In college he majored in biology, then in graduate school obtained a PhD in entomology. Dick spent his entire professional career in the research branch of the US Forest Service, and for nine years was a research entomologist studying subterranean termites. For the last 13 years he was Director of soils, atmospheric sciences, water, fish, and wildlife research. Meet at the Nature Center in the Park. Park sticker required.


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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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Native Flowers and Unique Pots

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activity: Plant study
Location: Mead Wildlife Area Center

A beautiful prairie garden has a lot of different flowers that naturally grow here in Wisconsin. To make a prairie garden even more interesting; add some unique pots! You'll create some while visiting the Mead and finding some native flowers.


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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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Nature Tales - Butterflies

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Insect study, Story time
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join us for an hour of stories - naturally! Fun awaits your 3 to 8 year old as we find out about beautiful butterflies. 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, July 27, 2017

Habitat Hunters

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Learn what makes up a habitat, and what habitats exist in our park, while hiking along with our park naturalist. Hike will be approx. 2 miles; bring water and dress for the weather.


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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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Beach House Nature Center is Open!

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Interstate SP

Borrow a fishing rod, play with your child, create critters..... Many interesting activities will be offered 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

Thursday, July 27, 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, July 27, 2017

Kid's Fishing

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 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.


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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, July 27, 2017

Invasive Phragmites and Knotweed Community Training

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Plant study
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Learn about identification, impacts and management of invasive Phragmites and knotweed. Participants will also learn how they can get involved in ongoing monitoring projects. Updates will be provided on current efforts to controls these species in Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties. This program is conducted by Mark Renz, Anne Pearce and Christine Bohn; co-hosted by OWLT, UW-Extension, Wisconsin's First Detector's Network and the Friends of Kohler-Andrae State Park.

All who are interested (landowners, land managers, students, environmental groups, concerned citizens, etc.) are welcome to attend. Meet at Sanderling Nature Center. The event is free and vehicle admission fees will be waived for those attending the event. Registration is appreciated. Contact Doris Kultgen, 920-451-4080.


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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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Wisconsin's Mighty Mussels Evening Exploration

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Warty purpleback, monkeyface, and creek heelsplitter sound like kids' nicknames, but they are just a few of Wisconsin's 51 species of mussels. These clam-like animals (bivalves) have truly intriguing life cycles, which include finding a host animal for their young, and play fascinating roles in our past and present economy. Weather permitting, Lisie Kitchel, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources Conservation Biologist, will lead a mussel hunt in a local river, so bring your water shoes. This exploration 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 - 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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Importance of Monarch Butterflies

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife conservation
Location: Willow River SP

Join Hudson locals, Karla & Mark Newman, who are passionate about helping Monarch Butterflies. They raise butterflies in hopes that they will brave the journey to Mexico and begin a new generation. Meet the "Super Generation", eggs and caterpillars at different stages, and learn how you and your family can help this critical species survive.


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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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Time Travel Campfire

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, History
Location: Peninsula SP

Join the park naturalist for a campfire talk at the Nature Center featuring Peninsula place names and stories. What does the Chicago Lyric Opera, Ferris Bueler's Day Off, and the Maximilian Diamond have to do with this grand old park? Come find out. RAIN? We'll talk inside. Geared for older kids and adults.


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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

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