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Thursday, June 30, 2016

High-Tech Bat Hike

Time: 8:45 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Our bat hikes have gone high-tech! Join us for a stroll by the lake to find bats. We'll use special hand-held devices that will record the bats' calls and amplify them so we can hear them. These observations will go back to the Wisconsin Bat Program to help them in their bat research. 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, July 1, 2016

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bug Nature Storytime

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Look out your window on a summer evening and you may see twinkling lights floating around your yard. It may seem like magic, but they're fireflies! Find out how fireflies glow and why they do it. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. Meet at the 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

Friday, July 1, 2016

Naturalist Led Kayak Tour

Time: 9:45 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. Learn about the Niagara Escarpment, shorebirds and park history on this 2-mile paddle along Peninsula's breathtaking coast. 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, July 1, 2016

Scavenger Hunt

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Scavenger hunt
Location: Peninsula SP

Stop by the Nature Center between 10 a.m. and noon 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

Friday, July 1, 2016

Exploration Station-Nature Art

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Drop-in Program, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

A leaf, a spider web, or even a ladybug can be an inspiration for an art project. Join us for some artistic creations - naturally! 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

Friday, July 1, 2016

Family Fun Drop-In

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Interstate SP

Drop by the Beach House at Lake O' the Dalles for fun activities.


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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, July 1, 2016

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 you can play in. 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

Friday, July 1, 2016

Niagara Escarpment and Ancient Seas Hike

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Potawatomi SP

Start out your weekend by exploring the natural history of Potawatomi State Park. We will hike the 0.5-mile Ancient Shorelines Nature Trail and learn about the dynamic forces that shaped the Potawatomi that we see today. Meet at the Nature Center.


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Potawatomi SP information

Potawatomi State Park on the shore of Sturgeon Bay in southern Door County, has 1,200 acres of gently rolling upland terrain bordered by steep slopes and rugged limestone cliffs. The park is named in honor of the tribe that inhabited Green Bay's shores and islands when Europeans first settled the area. The tribe called themselves Bo-De-Wad-Me which means "keeper of the fire." Eventually the spelling and pronunciation were changed to Potawatomi.

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Mailing Address: 3740 County Road PD, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Friday, July 1, 2016

Recipe for a Pothole

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Geology, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Interstate SP

Join the naturalist for a guided hike around the Pothole Trail to learn about the makings of Interstate Park's natural wonders. Meet at the Pothole Trail sign.


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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, July 1, 2016

Step into the Night Hike

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

As the sun sets and the light fades from the sky, the day animals retire and a new group of animals awakens. Bring your bug spray and sense of adventure as we explore the night sky for bats. This night hike is best for families/groups with children at least 5 years old. Location: Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Picnic Shelter (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

Friday, July 1, 2016

Universe in the Park

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Peninsula SP

The Astronomy Dept. of UW-Madison begins the session with a 20-30 minute talk and slide presentation covering a broad view of astronomy as well as recent astronomical news. At the conclusion of the talk and if the sky is clear, a telescope is set up to provide visitors with the opportunity to view whatever astronomical objects are available. Question and answer period follows around the telescope.


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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, July 1, 2016

Lawn Chair Bat Watch

Time: 8:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Night event, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

It's a great time to bring a comfy lawn chair and watch the bats! We'll park our chairs by the bat condo and watch the bats emerge from the houses. We'll have fun bat information and a bat scavenger hunt for the kids to do while the wait to the bats to emerge. Meet at the bat condo (near the north shore boat launch).


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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 2, 2016

Hike the Historic Brule-St. Croix Portage

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Locations: Brule River SF | North Country National Scenic Trail

Explore history this Independence Day weekend by taking a guided 5-mile hike on the Brule-St. Croix Portage Trail. The trail was used for centuries by Native Americans, European explorers, and fur traders to cross the divide between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi. Now a segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail, the two mile portage provides a scenic hike marked with nine plaques noting historic travelers. Hikers will meet at 9 a.m. at K D's Restaurant in downtown Solon Springs and shuttle to the trailhead. The hike leader is Jim Antonson, retired Solon Springs teacher and a member of the North Country Trail Association's (NCTA) Brule-St. Croix Chapter, sponsor of the hike. The hike will count 5 miles toward the NCTA's Hike 100 Challenge, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.


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Brule River SF information

The Brule River State Forest offers exceptional recreational opportunities, including wildlife viewing, a 16-mile stretch of the North Country National Scenic Trail, eight miles of frontage on Lake Superior, the Bois Brule State Fish Hatchery and much more.

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Mailing Address: 6250 South Ranger Rd., Brule, Wisconsin 54820

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North Country National Scenic Trail information

The North Country National Scenic Trail is a premier hiking and backpacking trail that travels for more than 4,000 miles through seven northern states from Lake Sakakawea State Park in North Dakota to Crown Point, New York. The North Country trail is one of only eight National Scenic Trails in the United States and is also one of 42 designated Wisconsin state trails.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Shocking Fish!

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Fish study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife conservation
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Join DNR fisheries staff as they perform a fish survey on the park lake. Discover how electro-shocking gives an overview of lake quality. Meet at the Boat Ramp.


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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 2, 2016

Extreme Saturday Morning

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Calling all youth to come explore the extremes of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! The program involves completing a required number of activities in one of three age appropriate books (ages 3-5; ages 6-8; and ages 9+) to earn a very cool patch. Get help from a naturalist who will work with youth on activities from one of the first four topic areas of the books. Locations: Picnic Shelters at Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee).


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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 2, 2016

Eagle Tower BINGO and Banners

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Indoor activity
Location: Peninsula SP

Learn about park towers by playing a fast-paced game of BINGO (prizes for winners). Stick around to paint a cloth banner to hang at your campsite!


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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: Wednesday, April 13, 2016