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Wisconsin State Parks—More than just camping

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Published: July 5, 2011 by the Central Office

MADISON -- When the summer doldrums strike, Wisconsinites and visitors from across the Midwest engage in the decades-long tradition of visiting our state parks for camping, hiking and other outdoor activities.

But there's a host of other family - friendly activities taking place in our state parks this summer. Here's a partial, summer-long list of activities in Wisconsin State Parks:

  • July 16: Learn to Fish Rodeo: Grab your bait, pardner! This rodeo includes Backyard Bass Casting, Filling the Tackle Box, a fishing regulations quiz and more. After completing the rodeo, experienced anglers will help you hone your skills. Special surprises and prizes for all who participate. Bring your gear or free gear will be provided for those who need it. Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, Mauthe Lake Recreation Fishing Pier, 1 to 4 p.m. (920) 533-8322.
  • July 30: Laura Ingalls Wilder Day: Activities include making bullets, woodworking, stuffing mattresses, baking Jonny-cakes and more. Meet actors from the television series, "Little House on the Prairie" and historian and author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Heritage Hill State Park, Green Bay, (920) 448-5150. Call park office for times.
  • August 7: World War 1 Encampment: Join Company E of the 2nd Regiment of our Wisconsin Natural Guard as they prepare for World War 1. Activities include manual of arms, marching, bayonet drills, grenade throwing and more. Visitors can "enlist" in the company and take part in interactive training. Heritage Hill State Park, Green Bay, (920) 448-5150. Call park office for times.
  • August 20: Summer Sun Celebration Drop In At the Beach: Come celebrate the sun reaching its annual zenith. Discover what the sun can do for us from cooking food to powering a car. You can try a few sun experiments and take a peek at the sun through a solar scope. Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, Long Lake Recreation Area Beach, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (920) 533-8322.
  • August 27: Soldiers of Poverty; A Tribute to the Men of the Civilian Conservation Corps: After FDR passed the Emergency Conservation Act in 1933, 23 Civilian Conservation Corp. Forestry Camps began the task of replanting trees in the cut over of Northern Wisconsin. The Trout Lake Nursery, known as the Cradle of Wisconsin Forestry, supplied up to 12 million seedlings a year in post - logging reforestation efforts. Historian and author Mary Schueller will give a 45-minute PowerPoint about the men of the Corp. Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, Woodruff, Crystal Lake Nature Center, 6 pm. (715) 542-3923.
  • September 4: Smokey Visits the Park: Come visit with Smokey Bear and get your picture taken with him. Learn about his message and what you can do to prevent forest fires. Roche-A-Cri State Park, Adams-Friendship, Mound Shelter. (608) 565-2789. Call park office for times.

Most events require a park sticker; be sure to call first. To learn more about these events and other state park activities, visit the park website at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/parks/

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Wisconsin State Parks - (608) 266-2108

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Last Revised: Tuesday, July 05, 2011