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Thursday, April 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 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

Friday, April 28, 2017

Native Americans of the Sheboygan Area

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Culture Study, History, Indoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

At one point Wisconsin had more burial mounds than any other region of North America; today only about 4000 remain. Increase Lapham, Wisconsin's citizen scientist, documented Wisconsin's effigy mounds as early as 1855 but only surveyed the Seeley Mounds in Sheboygan. He missed the counties best examples, the Henschel group near the Marsh & the Kletzien group in the Town of Wilson. In her presentation, Beth Dippel of the Research Center will take a quick look at burial mounds and Native American settlements in the county. Meet at Sanderling Nature Center. No pets allowed


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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

Friday, April 28, 2017

Date Night with Timberdoodles

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, History, Wildlife study
Location: Peninsula SP

Love is in the air - literally. Male timberdoodles entice mates with a spectacular, circular sky dance at dusk. See a stuffed American woodcock up close, then join the naturalist for survey of park "peenting grounds". In past years, woodcock have been heard singing near the Nature Center. Participants will have the option of car-pooling to Middle Road to listen and look for more sky dancers. Rain? Program cancelled. Nature Center.


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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, April 29, 2017

Bird Walk

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Locations: Kettle Moraine SF - Mukwonago River Unit (Rainbow Springs) | Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Meet at 7 a.m. to go on a birding hike with the forest naturalist! Bird walks will be at a slow pace, to see the most birds, and vary in length and number of hills depending on the weekly location. Bring binoculars if you have them, and be prepared to travel to a different location. Saturday, April 29-Mukwonago River Unit (former Rainbow Springs Golf Course) south side of Hwy LO, about 1 mile east of Hwy E. Get Directions.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Mukwonago River Unit (Rainbow Springs) information

The Mukwonago River unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit is in Waukesha and Walworth counties. The 970 acre, former Rainbow Springs property, is situated in the Mukwonago River watershed, and is an area known for its outstanding resource waters, varied habitats and biological diversity.

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Mailing Address: County Highway J, Mukwonago, Wisconsin 53149

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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, April 29, 2017

Birding

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Interstate SP

Set your sights on nature's singing delights. Birder, Joe Hudick will lead us on a fun trail to help us identify some very vocal and some not-so vocal local birds. A limited number of binoculars will be available. Meet at the Silver Brook Trailhead (Group Camp)


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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, April 29, 2017

Work Play Earth Day - Celebrate EARTH DAY by volunteering at your State Parks!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day, Work Play Earth Day
Location: Merrick SP

Come volunteer at our work day and help us prepare the park for another season. Activities include planting trees, constructing a firewood shed, painting picnic tables, and pulling garlic mustard. Meet at the Main Park Office at 9 a.m. The program will go to about noon, followed by lunch, provided by the Merrick TURTLES. Please bring gloves, water and close-toed shoes.


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Merrick SP information

Located along the lazy Mississippi River and surrounded by the hills of Wisconsin's Coulee Region, the 322-acre Merrick State Park is popular with anglers and boaters. The marshy backwaters are home to a variety of fish, birds, animals and plants. Rising and falling river levels, though controlled some by dams, are part of the natural environment.

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Mailing Address: S2965 State Road 35 , P.O. Box 127 , Fountain City, Wisconsin 54629

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Work Play Earth Day - Celebrate EARTH DAY by volunteering at your State Parks!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work Play Earth Day
Location: Stower Seven Lakes ST

Volunteers are needed to help plant trees, clean up flower beds and pick up litter. Volunteers should wear work boots, long pants and gloves. Please bring your own rakes, shovels and gloves if available.


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Stower Seven Lakes ST information

Built on a former railroad corridor, this 14-mile trail begins in Amery at Harriman Avenue, travels through the communities of Deronda, Wanderoos and Nye, ending about one mile from Dresser at 90th Avenue. The trail passes through maple and oak forests, wetlands, prairies and farmlands, and past many picturesque lakes. The trail crosses between the North Twin and South Twin lakes in Amery, skirts the south end of Bear Trap Lake, the north end of Kinney lake, and runs along Dwight, Horse and Lotus lakes near the western end.

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Mailing Address: 100 Polk Plaza #10, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Earth Day Clean‐up

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work Play Earth Day
Location: Mead Wildlife Area Center

Lunch at Noon. Come celebrate and the end of Earth Week by helping with our annual spring clean‐up day. We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to join us in the fun of enjoying nature and helping "spruce‐up" the wildlife areas. Your efforts will be rewarded with a lunch!! @ the Mead Center. If you would like to help at the McMillan Marsh contact Kyle Christianson @ 715‐457‐6771 ext.3


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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

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Work* Play* Earth Day

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day, Work Play Earth Day
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Continue the Earth Day Celebration by helping nature and the park by planting trees or other projects. Dress to be working outside. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and the Bong Naturalist Association. Projects may change if it is raining. Please pre-register by calling (262) 878-5601. Meet at the Visitor Center but be prepared to drive.


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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, April 29, 2017

Work Play Earth Day - Celebrate EARTH DAY by volunteering at your State Parks!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day, Work Play Earth Day
Location: Harrington Beach SP

Volunteer! Join Harrington Beach State Park staff in preparing our park for the summer. We will be focusing our spring cleaning efforts on trail maintenance, picnic table refurbishment, litter pick up, shelter cleaning, and grill maintenance. To show our appreciation, lunch will be served in the Ansay Welcome Center to say thank you to our volunteers. Please preregister by April 26 by phone or email so that we have enough lunch supplies. No admission required for volunteers.


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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, April 29, 2017

Work Play Earth Day - Celebrate EARTH DAY by volunteering at your State Parks!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day, Work Play Earth Day
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Volunteers are needed to help plant trees, clean up flower beds and pick up litter. Tasks mostly outside getting the park ready for summer. Volunteers should wear work boots, long pants and gloves. Please bring your own rakes, shovels and gloves if available. Come volunteer either in the morning, afternoon, or both. Lunch will be provided by the Friends Group. Please call the office and sign up at 920-823-2400.


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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

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Adult Hike: Wildflower Walk and Garlic Mustard Patrol

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Plant study, Walk
Location: Havenwoods SF

We will patrol some of the best spots at Havenwoods in search of early spring wildflowers. While we will spend most of the time enjoying the flowers, we will carry garbage bags to remove garlic mustard threatening their livelihoods. 10 - 11:30 a.m.


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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, April 29, 2017

Wildflower Walk

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Join us for a series of monthly walks that will explore different ecosystems around the Kettle Moraine Southern Unit and focus on currently blooming plants. All hikes start at 10 a.m. Meet at the Forest Headquarters (S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, WI 53119) and be prepared to caravan to wherever the flowers are blooming. Get Directions - Forest Headquarters


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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, April 29, 2017

Wildflower Work Day and Nestbox Monitoring

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Wildlife conservation, Wildlife study
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Grab your gloves and lend a hand planting natives or check bluebird, purple martin and wood duck boxes around the center! For more information visit: www.horiconmarsh.org.


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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, April 29, 2017

Trails Workday

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Volunteer opportunity, Work day
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Volunteer and help work on the trails at Devil's Lake. We'll work on blocking off "non-official" trails along the West Bluff Trail. All tools will be provided, but you will want to bring a pair of work gloves and water. Stay for the whole time or come when you can to help. 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, April 29, 2017

Friends of Sandhill OPEN HOUSE

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Festivals, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area

Come and explore Sandhill Wildlife Area with some of its biggest fans - the Friends of Sandhill. Learn more about what makes Sandhill such a unique Wisconsin treasure. The theme this year is "pollinators" and we will have various activities and demonstrations highlighting this theme and the activities and workshops being held at Sandhill in 2017. There is no admission charge for this event. Special activities will include a Nature Store, driving tours, kids' activities, educational exhibits, free snacks and more. There is something for everyone!


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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

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