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Wisconsin State Park System Get Outdoors! Nature Programs and Events Calendar

Below is a list of nature programs and other events at Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas and Trails. As you make plans for these events, remember:

  • Most events are free of charge, but a state park vehicle admission sticker is required unless stated otherwise.
  • Events and times may change due to weather and other factors beyond our control; please call ahead. Check at the park office for additional events not listed.
  • Check the separate listing of just candlelight events at parks, forests and trails.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Interstate State Park, St Croix Falls, 715-483-3747 or email -

  • Spring Gathering of Friends. Featured again this year is the addition of a children’s program from 6-6:30 p.m.  “Just For Kids: Ready, Plant, Grow!” is a hands-on opportunity for the children to learn how plants grow by planting seeds to take home.  After the children’s program there will be free refreshments followed by a special presentation in the auditorium. At 7 p.m., Jeff West of Prairie Restorations, Inc. will present a program about “Native Plant Communities: Restoration Tips and Techniques.”  The program will be about all aspects of native plant community restoration and what you as a homeowner can do to make a difference, even with limited space available to complete a restoration. There will be time for questions following the program. 6 p.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Picnic for Earth. Bring your own picnic and join us and The Nature Conservancy worldwide to celebrate Earth Day. Awards for environmentally friendly picnics. Wear your hiking shoes if you want to join us for a one-mile hike after we eat.  Meet at the Vista Picnic Area.  5:30-7 p.m.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Thursday Night Hiking Club. Meet at the Scuppernong trailhead.  We will hike out-and-back on the Ice Age Trail south to shelter 1. 5 p.m.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email -

  • In Search of Sky Dancers and Spring Noise-makers Night Hike. An early spring evening is the perfect time to search for those incredible sky dancers, woodcock and snipe. As the sky darkens, we will tune in on those nighttime noise-makers, the frogs. This hike is most appropriate adults and children over the age of 6 years. Zillmer trailhead. 7:30-9 p.m.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Henschel's Indian Museum. Since the first Henschel homesteader settled in Sheboygan County in 1849, the family's land has yielded evidence of 10,000 years of human occupation. The Henschel family co-existed with the Indians until 1870 when they were relocated. Gary discusses their collection of Indian artifacts which is one of the most complete in Wisconsin. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets allowed. Sanderling Nature Center. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Buckhorn State Park, Necedah, 608-565-2789 -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. Volunteers should meet at the park office at 9 a.m. to receive garbage bags for litter pickup and assignments for work. The Friends of Buckhorn State Park will be providing a noontime lunch. The lunch is free, however donations are graciously accepted. Please pre-register by calling 608-565-2789. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and water bottles. A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is not required for registered volunteers. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hank Aaron State Trail, Milwaukee, 414-263-8559 - or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels and gloves. 9 a.m.

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • Arbor Day Event. Tree planting and Volunteer Day. Please call the park office for details and to pre-register. 9 a.m. to noon..

Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -

  • Great American Clean-up at Havenwoods. Make your part of the earth a little cleaner this spring by picking up litter on streets, in parks, and along waterways. Join us on April 26 to clean up Havenwoods or check out other cleanup efforts on Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful’s website. We’ll provide garbage bags and work gloves. Litter picker-uppers will receive gift certificates from local sponsors! Registration is requested only for groups. 9 a.m.– noon.

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day and Arbor Day Event and Spring Park Clean-Up. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. Volunteers should meet at the park Pavillion at 9 a.m. to receive trees for planting and garbage bags for litter pickup.  The Friends of High Cliff State Park will be providing a noontime lunch for registered volunteers. The lunch is free, however donations are graciously accepted. Groups of six or more are asked to pre-register by calling 920-989-1106. Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels and gloves. A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is not required for registered volunteers. 9 a.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Lapham Peak Unit, Delafield, 262-646-3025 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. 9 a.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake Unit, Hartford, 262-670-3400 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. 9 a.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day Clean Up - Sponsored by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine. Help give the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive a spring cleaning. Join others for a morning of camaraderie and litter pick up. Youth and other groups are encouraged to participate. Bring your own gloves. Garbage bags will be provided. Go to the Forest Headquarters off County Road G to get your road assignment. After the clean-up, meet back at Headquarters for snacks and refreshments. To register groups, call 262-626-2116. Forest Headquarters. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Meet at the West Loop of the Whitewater Lake Campground to build a trail leading to the walk-to campsites. Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels and wear boots and gloves. 9 a.m. - noon.

Lakeshore State Park, Milwaukee, 414-274-4281 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. 9 a.m.

Perrot State Park, Trempealeau, 608-534-6409 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. 9 a.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Work* Play* Earth Day! Celebrate Earth day by giving back to the park by planting trees or cleaning up the park. Dress to be working outside. Co-sponsored by Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and the Wisconsin Bureau of Parks. Refreshments provided. Please pre-register by calling 262-878-5600. Meet at the Visitor Center but prepare to drive.  9 a.m. - noon.

Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center , Babcock, 715-884-6335 or email -

  • Friends of Sandhill Open House. Join the Friends of Sandhill for a day of fun exploring nature’s secrets on Sandhill. Kids’ activities, tours, snacks and more. Something for everybody. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sturgeon Bay, 920-823-2400 or email -

  • Bird Exploration. Join amateur birders Bill and Sarah Krouse for a morning of birding. This adult focused program will allow participants to explore a variety of habitats for migrating birds. Meet at the nature center for this longer program. Dress for the weather. 7:30 a.m.
  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Grab your rake, put on your gloves, and join the park staff and Friends of Whitefish Dunes for a day of sprucing up the park. Bring your friends and family for a whole day, morning or afternoon of fun. Crews of all levels of ability, strengths and ages are needed. Children under the ages of 16 must work with a parent.  Inside and outdoor work available, there is something for everyone. Lunch provided for those who sign up.  Morning session begins at 9 a.m. Lunch is at noon and the afternoon session begins at 1 p.m. Make a difference in your park. Join today. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks; Call to sign up 920-823-2400. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery, Wild Rose, 920-622-3527 or email -

  • Earth Day Open House. Visitors at the Wild Rose Fish Hatchery Education Center can celebrate Earth Day with activities from 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. Bring the kids to the hatchery to see how much fun they can have fishing in Wisconsin! Activities for school age children and youth include the Eggs-citing story of fish migration and egg development, fish casting, catch and identify fish in exhibit pond, make and take fish kites, tours of Coldwater hatchery and many hands on activities in the Education Center. The Education Center at the Wisconsin DNR Wild Rose Fish Hatchery will be open to visitors in spring during April on Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitor hours for the month of May are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Summer Hours begin the first week of June through August, on Wednesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Monday Night Hiking Club. Meet at the “Eagle Segment” trailhead for the Ice Age Trail, located on gravel road on the north side of Hwy 59 between Country Rd S and County Rd N. We will do a 3 mile out-and-back hike on the Ice Age Trail. 5 p.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Rhode’s Road Rambles. Watch spring unfold as you hike this 4 mile paved road that is closed to traffic.  Come to as many rambles as you like and walk at your own pace. Meet at the trailhead. 10 a.m. - noon.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -

  • Preschool Storytime: Celebrate Earth Day! Come to the party! Enjoy stories, games, and cake. We’ll even give the Earth some presents! Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5 and their parents, grandparents or other adult. These programs are not for day care centers or organizations. 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • 3rd Annual High Cliff Migratory Bird Hike. In conjunction with International Migratory Bird Day, the 3rd Annual High Cliff Migratory Bird Hike will take place with Park Volunteer, Terri Welisek. Take a gentle walk for 1 hour exploring the varied habitats of the Butterfly Pond Trail for Herons, colorful warblers, scarlet tanagers, swallows, osprey and more. Learn trivia about each species we encounter-. Drab clothing recommended, no bright colors or white please. Cameras welcome. Binocular a must! If you need a loaner binocular contact the park office a few days in advance and it will be issued upon arrival. This experience suitable for wheelchairs/scooters. Event occurs rain or shine. Meet at the Marina Parking Lot. 6:30 a.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Thursday Night Hiking Club. Meet at the John Muir trailhead to hike the 4.25 mile white loop. 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. 9 a.m.
  • Mud Hike. It’s spring and the trails are full of mud! Join us for a slippery, wet, and definitely muddy hike as we traverse the trails at Steinke Basin – the muddiest trails in the park. Make sure to wear clothes and shoes/boots that can get full of mud; we’re not being delicate on this hike! You may want to bring extra pants and/or shoes to change into afterwards to save your car’s interior. This is a great hike for kids to participate in! Steinke Basin Parking Lot. 1-3 p.m.

Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca, 715-258-2372 - or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. 9 a.m.

Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -

  • Family Hike: Bird Walk. Warblers, kingbirds, herons, and woodcocks are returning to Havenwoods. We’ll head out with binoculars and welcome them back. Wear boots or shoes that can get wet or muddy. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Interstate State Park, St Croix Falls, 715-483-3747 or email -

  • Round Robin of bird fun for everyone. Join the naturalists for a variety of drop-in activities—all about birds—and meet Aztec, a live owl. Ice Age Center. 2-4 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Wildflower Hike. This is a series of outings designed to explore the wildflowers of the Southern Kettle Moraine.  Each Saturday we will meet at Forest HQ and then travel by car caravan to the location of the best blooms.  You don’t have to be a flower id expert to come, but be ready for off trail terrain and mud! 10 a.m.

Merrick State Park, Fountain City, 608-687-4936 or email -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. 9 a.m.

Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, 920-868-3258 or email -

  • Door County Half Marathon. The Door County Half Marathon will be run on the roads in Peninsula State Park.  Most roads will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the safety of runners and spectators.Access to the Nicolet Bay boat launch will be closed 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Boaters may launch prior to the 8 a.m. road closure, but no vehicles may exit the boat launch parking lot until the race has concluded, at approximately 2 p.m. For more information on the race, visit doorcountyhalfmarathon.com (exit DNR).

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Wild Wisconsin.  Kohl’s Wild Theater presented by Kohl’s Cares and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee performs on stage at the park! Learn about the animals found right in your own backyard. Detective Apple tree stars in "The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Bees" then join the Wisconsin whooping cranes to cheer on badger and wolf in "The Great Wisconsin Zoo-per Bowl."  Meet at the Amphitheater or the Visitor Center in bad weather. 10-11 a.m.
  • Red Trail Hike.   Hike to explore the beautiful 8.3 mile Red Trail in the last Spring into Fitness event.  Bring water and pack a lunch.  Trail is often very wet.  Meet at the  Trailhead.  9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Garden Stepping Stones.  Make a beautiful personalized cement stepping stone for someone else special or for your own garden.  You may bring your own durable items    to place in your stone or use ours.  Please pre-register and pre-pay, fee is $15.  You will need to pick up your project the next day or at a later date. Meet at the Visitor Center. 1-2 p.m.

Roche-A-Cri State Park, Friendship, 608-339-6881 -

  • Work*Play*Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. Volunteers should meet at the park office at 9 a.m. to receive garbage bags for litter pickup and assignments for work.  The Friends of Roche-A-Cri State Park will be providing a noontime lunch. The lunch is free, however donations are graciously accepted. Please pre-register by calling the winter office (Buckhorn) 608-565-2789.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and water bottles.  A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is not required for registered volunteers.  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, 2014

Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center , Babcock, 715-884-6335 or email -

  • Orienteering. Do you love geocaching?  Hiking?  Exploring off the beaten trail?  Paddling through the wilderness?  If you answered “yes” to any of these, then Orienteering is for you!  This class will teach you how to navigate in the outdoors with compass and map. You’ll learn to use an orienteering compass, read topographic maps and practice your new skills on a basic compass course. Then test your skills on a cross-country trek through Sandhill Wildlife Area that you design yourself. It’s great fun!  $40 includes two meals and dorm stay. BYO lunch for Saturday. Register by April 23. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • Kayak Connections. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to kayak? Do you have questions about the basics like how to paddle, where to go, and what type of equipment is best suited for you? Join Tom Koeppen of North East Wisconsin Paddlers as he discusses gear, safety and rescue equipment, and how to enter and exit a kayak without getting wet. This is a dry land program designed to answer questions and display gear for visitors interesting in kayaking. Puckett's Pond Shelter. 1-2 p.m.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Monday Night Hiking Club. Meet at the Scuppernong Hiking Trailhead.  We will hike three miles using a few different trails. 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Weed Busters!. Garlic mustard has becoming more and a more of a problem in the park in the recent years. We are looking for volunteers to help us remove this invasive plant in various places throughout the park. If you are interested in joining us, wear clothes that you don’t mind if they get a bit muddy and gloves if you need them. Nature Center. 6-7 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Volunteer Work Day. Help stop the spread of invasive species—pull garlic mustard at Paradise Springs. 9 a.m. - noon.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • Wings and Wildflowers Hike Part 1. Join Cindy Mueller, High Cliff Naturalist and Rob Zimmer, Post Crescent Staff Writer/Yard MD for hikes in May. By then the park should be exploding birds and blooms. Explore a different trail each hike to see what is buzzing at High Cliff.  Meet at the Park Office. 9 a.m.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Thursday Night Hiking Club. Meet at John Muir Trailhead to hike the 5 mile orange loop. 5 p.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Knee-High Naturalist. Bring your 3-5 year old to this fun and involving nature program. This month we’ll see why YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE YOUR MOTHER!  Please pre-register by calling 262-878-5600. Meet at the Visitor Center.  10-11:30 a.m.

Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center , Babcock, 715-884-6335 or email -

  • Outdoor Cooking with Dutch Ovens. Great food makes any experience better. The Dutch oven is a great tool for campers, hunters and fishermen to make delicious meals just about anywhere! Join us as we learn about equipment, equipment care, fire-building, cooking techniques, recipes and more. We’ll cook around the campfire and enjoy a delicious meal together. You’ll walk away ready to “wow” your friends on that next camping trip! $20 fee, registration deadline May 2.  Limited to 25 participants. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Trail Trek - East Bluff. Spend a spring morning hiking up the East Bluff. Wondered about Elephant Rock and how it got there? Why is Devil’s Doorway shaped the way it is? We’ll have a local geologist, Kevin Olson, along on the hike to give us the story on these rock formations and how Devil’s Lake became Devil’s Lake. Make sure to bring water and snacks along with you as we’ll be hiking over 3 miles. North Shore Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Frog Safari. If you are a frog fanatic, you will want to join us for this nocturnal trip to the park’s kettle ponds. We’ll listen for spring peepers, wood frogs, and chorus frogs. We’ll also explore what other night sounds we can hear as we hike the Johnson Moraine Trail. Bring your flashlight as we’ll be hiking right around dusk. Steinke Basin Parking Lot. 8-9:30 p.m.

Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -

  • Drop-In on Nature: Frogs and Toads. Frogs and toads are starting to call. Drop in and listen to some recordings of them, meet some live frogs and toads, and make a frog to take home. Then head down to the pond to listen for them. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Interstate State Park, St Croix Falls, 715-483-3747 or email -

  • Morning Bird Walk on Silverbrook Trail. Join local birders for a 2-hour bird hike. Meet at the Pines Group Camp, and bring binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them. 7-9 a.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Wildflower Hike. This is a series of outings designed to explore the wildflowers of the Southern Kettle Moraine.  Each Saturday we will meet at Forest headquarters and then travel by car caravan to the location of the best blooms.  You don’t have to be a flower id expert to come, but be ready for off trail terrain and mud! 10 a.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Kid’s Fishing Clinic. Kids, 16 and younger, bring an adult to learn the basics of fishing while trying to catch your own fish!  All equipment supplied.  Meet at the Visitor Center.  9:30-11 a.m.
  • Park Workday. Need a service project?  Want to help the environment and the park?  Come help at our workday.  Workdays are flexible, you may come for the ones you want and stay as long as you want.  They are most suitable for ages 10 and up.  Dress to be working outside.  For more information or to sign up call (262) 878-5607. Meet at the Visitor Center.  1-3 p.m.

Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sturgeon Bay, 920-823-2400 or email -

  • Shipwreck Exhibit Grand Opening. Celebrate Wisconsin Archeology Month at Whitefish Dunes State Park. Explore the history behind the largest wooden sailing ships on the great lakes and discover the role a turkey dinner plays in a ship’s sinking. The event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest nature center exhibit and unveiling of new signage at the outdoor shipwreck exhibit. The event will be hosted by Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park. A ceremony in the nature center auditorium will feature speakers from the Historical Society and Wisconsin State Parks. Wisconsin Maritime Archaeologist, Tamara Thomsen, will present about shipbuilder James Davidson, the creator of the world's longest wooden vessel will follow the ribbon cutting. Participants will then stroll to the shelter building for refreshments provided by the Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park. Carolyn Rock, Whitefish Dunes State Park Educator, will be on-site at the outdoor shipwreck exhibit interpreting the displayed shipwreck pieces. 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Mother’s Day Wildflower Hike. Show Mom (or anyone special) a bouquet they will always remember.  Bring the camera to take pictures, not the flowers, home.  Trail is rough and wet. Meet at the Visitor Center but be prepared to drive.  2-4 p.m.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Monday Night Hiking Club. Meet at the Bald Bluff Trailhead to hike the Ice Age Trail to the “stone elephant” and back.  5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Weed Busters! Garlic mustard has becoming more and a more of a problem in the park in the recent years. We are looking for volunteers to help us remove this invasive plant in various places throughout the park. If you are interested in joining us, wear clothes that you don’t mind if they get a bit muddy and gloves if you need them. Nature Center. 6-7:30 p.m.

Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -

  • Preschool Storytime: Could You Be a Fawn? Fawns play, sleep, and eat. But they also have to learn how to survive! Join us and pretend to be fawns searching for food and staying out of danger. Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5 and their parents, grandparents or other adult. These programs are not for day care centers or organizations. 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Interstate State Park, St Croix Falls, 715-483-3747 or email -

  • Morning Bird Walk on Silverbrook Trail. Join local birders for a 2-hour bird hike. Meet at the Pines Group Camp, and bring binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them. 7-9 a.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Adopt a Highway. Join us to clean up the highway in front of the park. All equipment is provided. You must be at least 12 years old to participate.  A great way to earn service hours. Meet at the Visitor Center.   5:30-7 p.m.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Thursday Night Hiking Club. Meet at the Scuppernong Hiking Trailhead to hike the 5 mile green loop. 5 p.m.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Bird Watching 101 – Bird Songs. Want to learn who’s that signing in the woods or by your feeder? Join us to learn some common bird songs. We’ll start in the nature center then head outside to listen to the birds. Dress to spend time outside. Nature Center. 6:30-8 p.m.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Go on a StoryWalk®. Try out this new, fun way to enjoy a story – go on a StoryWalk®! The pages of the book will be placed on a trail right by the Nature Center. As you stroll down the trail, you’ll find the next page of the story. Drop-in anytime to read the story, but make sure to stop back inside for a fun activity to do. The stories are best for kids ages 3 to 8 years old. Nature Center. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Owl Prowl. A late spring evening is a perfect time to go in search of owls! Bring your flashlight and wear shoes or boots that can get muddy as we’ll head down the trails of Steinke Basin and Johnson Moraine in search of barred owls. Steinke Basin Parking Lot. 8-9:30 p.m.

Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -

  • Drop-In on Nature: Frogs and Toads. Frogs and toads are starting to call. Drop in and listen to some recordings of them, meet some live frogs and toads, and make a frog to take home. Then head down to the pond to listen for them. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Wildflower Hike. This is a series of outings designed to explore the wildflowers of the Southern Kettle Moraine.  Each Saturday we will meet at Forest HQ and then travel by car caravan to the location of the best blooms.  You don’t have to be a flower id expert to come, but be ready for off trail terrain and mud! 10 a.m.
  • Intro to Fly Fishing. Meet at Paradise Springs to learn the basics of fly fishing.  Equipment will be provided; RSVP required to (262) 594-6200.  10 a.m.- noon.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Bird Migration Hike. Experience the amazement of migration. Bring your binoculars and we’ll look and listen for newly-arrived birds, especially warblers. Meet at the Vista Picnic Area.  7-9 a.m.
  • Leaf Bird Baths. Cast a beautiful cement bird bath from a leaf.  Please pre-register and pre-pay by calling 262-878-5600.   $15 fee, all supplies included.  Meet at the Visitor Center. You will have to pick up your project the next day or later. 1-2 p.m.

Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email -

  • Hummingbird Banding. Michelene O’Connor, an Avian Zookeeper from the Milwaukee County Zoo will be here to band hummingbirds.  It is tentatively scheduled for the morning of May 17 and possibly also on May 18.  According to Michelene, the hummingbird population grows each year during the migration, especially when there are many feeders in one location. Time TBA.
  • Centenary observance of the Passenger Pigeon’s extinction. The Wisconsin Society of Ornithology will hold it 2014 convention in Prairie du Chien.  As part of this convention, they will gather at the Passenger Pigeon Monument in the park for the centenary observance of the Passenger Pigeon’s extinction.  10 a.m.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Gotten Cabin Open House. Come see the inside of a restored cabin from the mid-1800s.  The cabin was built by Henry Gotten, who acquired this parcel of land in 1855.  The cabin is located across the street from the Paradise Springs Trailhead at County Road N, outside of Eagle. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  •  Monday Night Hiking Club. Meet at the Nordic Trailhead to hike the 3.66 mile green loop. 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Weed Busters! Garlic mustard has becoming more and a more of a problem in the park in the recent years. We are looking for volunteers to help us remove this invasive plant in various places throughout the park. If you are interested in joining us, wear clothes that you don’t mind if they get a bit muddy and gloves if you need them. Nature Center. 6-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • Wings and Wildflowers Hike Part 2. Join Cindy Mueller, High Cliff Naturalist and Rob Zimmer, Post Crescent Staff Writer/Yard MD for part two of the Wings and Wildflowers May Hikes.  Enjoy the sights and smells of spring green at High Cliff.  Meet at the Park Office. 9 a.m.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Bat Capture – Watch Scientists at Work. Ever wonder how scientists and biologist study bats? Here’s your chance to come and watch them at work. Biologists from the Bat Program of Wisconsin will be studying the bats at Devil’s Lake and you can come and get an up close look at what they do. The bats will be captured in mist nets then weighed, measured, tagged and released. Come and ask questions, learn more about bats, or just have fun watching the bats! Rain Date Thursday, May 29. Location TBA. 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Thursday Night Hiking Club. Meet at the Emma Carlin Trailhead to hike the 8 mile green loop. 5 p.m.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Fish Aficionado. Drop by the Ottawa Lake Entrance Station to play a game to learn to identify some common Wisconsin fish.  Stay to make a fish print t-shift.  Bring your own shirt or purchase on for $3. 5-8 p.m.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Nature Center. 11 a.m.
  • Frog Safari. If you are a frog fanatic, you will want to join us for this nocturnal trip to the park’s kettle ponds. We’ll listen for spring peepers, wood frogs, and chorus frogs. We’ll also explore what other night sounds we can hear as we hike the Johnson Moraine Trail. Bring your flashlight as we’ll be hiking right around dusk. Steinke Basin Parking Lot. 8-9:30 p.m.

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • Kids Campground Activities. Pick up your Wisconsin Explorer Books and make a craft to go with it!  Family Campground play area. 9:30-11 a.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Wildflower Hike. This is a series of outings designed to explore the wildflowers of the Southern Kettle Moraine.  Each Saturday we will meet at Forest HQ and then travel by car caravan to the location of the best blooms.  You don’t have to be a flower id expert to come, but be ready for off trail terrain and mud! 10 a.m.
  • Ottawa Lake Canoe Trail by Kayak. Explore the quiet waters Ottawa Lake by kayak.  Sign-up in advance at the Ottawa Lake Entrance Station.  One-hour trips leaving at 10, 11 a.m., noon, 2, 3, 4 p.m. 

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Rock Collecting For Fun. Join Ed Mindock for a presentation on rock collecting as a hobby. A hands-on approach to beginning and understanding rock collecting and having fun doing it. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Free program. Vehicle admission sticker required. Sanderling Nature Center. 2 p.m. Night Noises - Midnight Music For Campers. Have you been waking up in the middle of the night and wondering what that noise is outside your tent> It's not something scary - oh no!. It's midnight music for the "brave at heart"!. Join volunteer naturalist Chris Lilek as she teaches participants how to crackle, squeak, buzz and bump like the creatures of the night. Amphitheater. 6:30-8 p.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • GO Learn Archery. Drop in to learn the basics of safe archery then try it for yourself!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Meet at Shelter #2.   9-11 a.m. 
  • Wisconsin Explorer Program.  Kids, aged three and up, bring an adult to join in this fun nature program!  Learn how you can earn a colorful State symbol patch.  Meet at the Amphitheater.  3-4 p.m.
  • Meet the Ranger. Visit with a park ranger's, discover what their job is and which equipment they use and visit the squad car.  Meet at Sunset Shower Building. 6-6:30 p.m. Meet at the Sunrise Volleyball Area. 7-7:30 p.m.  

Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email -

  • Astronomy Program. The Starsplitters of Wyalusing, a non-profit group of amateur astronomers bring the fascinating science and wonders of astronomy to everyone. Lawrence L. Huser Astronomy Center which is located within the park. 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • Back in Time: History of High Cliff . Learn about the history of High Cliff Village the how "the Ledge" played an important role in the lime kiln operation. Also learn about "Decoration Day" and it's origin. Meet on the front steps of the General Store Museum. Sign our Anniversary Guest Book for High Cliff’s 50th Anniversary. Leave a message on our Memory Wall! 1-2:30 p.m.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 or email -

  • Long Skinny Snakes. Drop in 9-10:30 a.m. to see how perfectly adapted snakes are and why they are so long and skinny.  Meet at the Amphitheater.  9-11 a.m.
  • Past Time Crafts. Drop in 6-7:30 p.m. to create a variety of fun and involving old-time games and crafts to take home.   Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the Visitor Center. 6-8 p.m.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Ottawa Lake Canoe Trail by Kayak. Explore the quiet waters Ottawa Lake by kayak.  Sign-up in advance at the Ottawa Lake Entrance Station.  One-hour trips leaving at 10, 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Weed Busters! Garlic mustard has becoming more and a more of a problem in the park in the recent years. We are looking for volunteers to help us remove this invasive plant in various places throughout the park. If you are interested in joining us, wear clothes that you don’t mind if they get a bit muddy and gloves if you need them. Nature Center 6-7: 30 p.m.

Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -

  • Preschool Storytime: Sprouting Seeds. Could a dried-up, brown seed really be alive? What does it mean to be alive? We’ll explore these questions and make a special take-home project. Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5 and their parents, grandparents or other adult. These programs are not for day care centers or organizations. 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Lawn Chair Bat Watch. 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). 8 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Mammal Match. Drop by the Ottawa Lake Entrance Station to play a game to learn to identify mammals common to Wisconsin. 5-8 p.m.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at 608-356-8301 ext. 140. North Shore Boat Launch. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Drop in on Snakes. Snakes are everywhere at Devil’s Lake. Visit with a live snake, find out what snakes live at the park, make a snake to take home with you, and more! North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Exploration Station – Bugs! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out bugs! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the bugs and their relatives. Nature Center. 10 a.m. - noon.
  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Nature Center. 11 a.m.

Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -

  • Adult Hike: Learn to Geocache. Are you looking for a new way to relax, enjoy the outdoors, visit interesting destinations, and spend time with friends and family? Geocaching uses GPS units, maps, and clues to locate hidden caches all over the world. Adults and youth over 12 are invited to learn how to use a GPS unit to find several caches at Havenwoods. We have units to lend. 10-11:30 a.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Volunteer Work Day. Meet at Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail to help with an on-going park project to control the spread of invasive plants. 9 a.m. - noon.
  • Wildflower Hike. This is a series of outings designed to explore the wildflowers of the Southern Kettle Moraine.  Each Saturday we will meet at Forest HQ and then travel by car caravan to the location of the best blooms.  You don’t have to be a flower id expert to come, but be ready for off trail terrain and mud! 10 a.m.
  • What’s a Kettle?  What’s a Moraine? Meet at forest headquarters for an abridged geology lesson about the glacial features of the Kettle Moraine.  We will then head out on the 1 mile Stony Ridge Nature Trail to see some of the features first hand.  This hike is suitable for older children and adults. 2-3 p.m.
  • Meet the Ranger. What do park rangers do anyway?  Come meet the ranger, use some of the cool tools they have, and find out what a day at the park is really like.  Meet at the Ottawa Lake Amphitheater.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Wild Wisconsin. Learn about animals found in your own backyard! This 45-minute show starts with the Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Bees. Then the audience joins the Wisconsin whooping cranes to cheer on a badger and wolf in the Great Wisconsin Zoo-per Bowl. Most appropriate for grades 1-5 and families with children of all ages. No pets allowed. Sanderling Nature Center. 1:30 p.m.
  • Universe in the Park. The Astronomy Dept. of UW-Madison begins their session with a 20-30 min. talk and slide presentation covering a broad overview of astronomy and recent astronomical news. At the conclusion of the talk (if the sky is clear) they will go outdoors to set up telescopes and provide park visitors the opportunity to view whatever astronomical objects are available. Question and answer period takes place around the telescope. No pets allowed. Free program. Vehicle admission sticker required. Sanderling Nature Center. 8:45 p.m.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Flutter-by-Butterfly. What are orange, yellow, blue, black, and purple? Butterflies! We’ll take an up-close look at butterflies and go on a butterfly hunt! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Drop in on Bats. Bats are one of nature’s misunderstood creatures. Drop in and find out which bats live in Wisconsin, dispel some bat myths, and learn about the bats at Devil’s Lake. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Gotten Cabin Open House. Come see the inside of a restored cabin from the mid-1800s.  The cabin was built by Henry Gotten, who acquired this parcel of land in 1855.  The cabin is located across the street from the Paradise Springs Trailhead at County Road N, west of Eagle. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • MysTREE Hunt. Trees are all around, but how closely do you look at them? Join us to check out the MysTREES around the Nature Center through fun games and activities. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Fish. Drop by the Exploration Station to take a closer look at fish! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities so you can discover the underwater lives of fish. You can even practice your fishing in our pretend fish pond. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Moth Watch. Do some moth watching! Check out the moth light station and see what’s attracted to the night light. Or, take a self-guided walk to the moth bait stations and see what’s attracted to our special moth juice. Drop in anytime to find out why moths rule the night! Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 9 p.m.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Go on Scavenger Hunt-Naturally! We’re going on a scavenger hunt and you’re invited to play! See how many different things you can find hidden in the natural world that’s waiting be explored. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Fur, Scat, and Tracks. Drop by the Exploration Station to check out some mammal furs, scat, and tracks! Try our identification game and see how well you know your animal signs. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Explore the Night Sky. Join the Madison Astronomy Society (MAS) to learn about the night sky. MAS will have several telescopes set up and show you cool features about the moon, point you towards some winter constellations. This is more of an informal program where you can come anytime and the MAS volunteers will help you get to know the night sky. Meet at the north shore boat launch parking lot. 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Flambeau River State Forest, Winter, 715-332-5271 ext. 105 or email -

  • Forest Open House. Forest staff will be hosting an open house on Friday, June 6, 2014. Staff will be at the headquarters all day (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to answer questions. We'll discuss what has happened over the past year and what is planned for the future. Visitors can also check out the Flambeau River State Forest master plan online.
  • Archery shoot. There will be a competitive archery shoot on the Flambeau River State Forest on June 6-7, 2014 sponsored by Big Bear Recreational Rentals LLC. This will involve an archery shoot on the North Fork of the Flambeau River from Oxbo to Hwy. W. Participants will be shooting from canoes to targets placed on shore. The land shoot portion will take place on the Short Swing of the Flambeau Hills Ski Trail. Fri. Noon - 6 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Meet at the Fork of the Flambeau River and Flambeau HIlls Ski Trail. For more information, email Big Bear Rentals or call 715-332-5544.

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • Bluebird Program. Did you know we have many bluebird houses at Harrington Beach State Park to accommodate our large bluebird population?  Join Bob to explore our bluebird friends and learn more about their habitats. Puckett's Pond. 6-7:30 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Fish Aficionado. Gear up for free fishing weekend by learning to identify some common Wisconsin fish and learn how to cast your line. 5-8 p.m.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center. 8-10 a.m.
  • Exploration Station-Bugs! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out bugs! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the bugs and their relatives. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center.10 a.m. - noon.
  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Drop in on Bats. Bats are one of nature’s misunderstood creatures. Drop in and find out which bats live in Wisconsin, dispel some bat myths, and learn about the bats at Devil’s Lake. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Meet the Ranger. Visit with a ranger to see what their job is like. Check out the equipment and the squads they use. See what you can do to become a Jr. Ranger Meet at the Northern Lights Amphitheater. 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Flambeau River State Forest, Winter, 715-332-5271 ext. 105 or email -

  • Archery shoot. There will be a competitive archery shoot on the Flambeau River State Forest on June 6-7, 2014 sponsored by Big Bear Recreational Rentals LLC. This will involve an archery shoot on the North Fork of the Flambeau River from Oxbo to Hwy. W. Participants will be shooting from canoes to targets placed on shore. The land shoot portion will take place on the Short Swing of the Flambeau Hills Ski Trail. Fri. Noon - 6 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Meet at the Fork of the Flambeau River and Flambeau HIlls Ski Trail. For more information, email Big Bear Rentals or call 715-332-5544.

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • Free Fishing Clinic. Free Fishing Clinic for youth and adults. Have you ever wanted to try fishing, but didn't know how to set-up a fishing pole, tie knots, cast, or identify fish? Please join us for a beginner's program designed to get YOU fishing! We will provide fishing equipment, a light lunch, and giveaways. No fishing license or park admission required for this event. Please call to preregister. . Puckett's Pond. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Geocaching for Beginners. Tara Kos will demonstrate the basics and provide many helpful tips to get started on your geocaching adventure in the park. Puckett's Pond. 6-7:30 p.m.

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • Kids Learn to Fish Clinic. Free program for kids 5 and up - parents encouraged to attend. Learn to Fish with Pro Fisherman Greg Karch is one of the best fishing clinics you will find anywhere. Space is limited, so register early. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. Call the park office at 920-989-1106 or email the park naturalist for details. 1-3 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Free Fishing Weekend Fish Clinic. Meet DNR fish biologist Ben Heussner to learn the basics of fishing.  All ages welcome!  Meet at the fishing pier at Ottawa Lake. 10 a.m. - noon.
  • Volunteer Project at Rice Lake. Meet at the Rice Lake Nature Trail to help rehabilitate this trail.  We’ll lop brush, replace missing signs, and reroute trail. Please RSVP to forest headquarters to let us know you’re coming. 9 a.m. - noon.
  • Candlelight Hike. Enjoy the tranquility of the trail at Paradise Springs.  Candles will light your path as you meander past the spring house and trout pond. Pets are not permitted on this trail. 8-10 p.m.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Garlic Mustard Pull. Kohler-Andrae State Park is seeking volunteers interested in pulling garlic mustard in the park. Due to the extensive area involved, large work crews are needed. Groups and individuals are invited to participate. Please bring work gloves and insect repellent. Garbage bags will be provided. Admission fees waived for participating volunteers. Meet at playground. 9 a.m. - noon.
  • Dutch Oven and Other Outdoor Cooking. Join park volunteers for an outdoor cooking demonstration using recipes from the park cookbook "Cooking with Friends." This will be a great opportunity to pick up some tips and gather ides for your next camping trip or cookout.. Amphitheater. Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants. Come hike with John Johnston to search for the wild edible and medicinal plants found at Kohler-Andrae. John will share tips on using these unique and interesting plants. Wear comfortable shoes - the hike lasts about an hour. Free program. Vehicle admission sticker required. Meet at closed gate west of camp host site. 2 p.m.

Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sturgeon Bay, 920-823-2400 or email -

  • Free Fishing Weekend . Pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water. No fishing pole? No worries!  The park office has fishing rods and equipment to share.  Every year, the first consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June are designated as Free Fishing Weekend when you can fish without a license throughout the state of Wisconsin. All the waters of the state are open, including state waters of the Great Lakes and rivers bordering Wisconsin. Residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a fishing license (or trout or salmon stamps) over these two days. However, all other fishing regulations (length limits, bag limits, etc.) apply. All day.

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - State Park Open House Day

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Alphabet Hike. Letters are hiding everywhere you go! See if you can find the whole alphabet by the end of our hike. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Drop in on Owls. Whooo goes there? Owls of course! Find out what owls live at Devil’s Lake, dissect an owl pellet, and learn how owls find their way in the dark. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • Breakfast In The Park. Enjoy an "all-you-can-eat" pancake breakfast at no charge. Afterwards, relax on the beach, hike the trails, or try your luck fishing at Quarry Lake. No vehicle admission required for State Parks Open House Day. Donations accepted at breakfast to support projects and programming at Harrington Beach State Park. Sponsored by the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park (exit DNR). Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center. 8 a.m. - noon.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Ottawa Lake Canoe Trail by Kayak. Explore the quiet waters Ottawa Lake by kayak.  Sign-up in advance at the Ottawa Lake Entrance Station.  One-hour trips leaving at 10, 11 a.m., noon, 2, 3, 4 p.m.

Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sturgeon Bay, 920-823-2400 or email -

  • Free Fishing Weekend . Pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water. No fishing pole? No worries!  The park office has fishing rods and equipment to share.  Every year, the first consecutive Saturday and Sunday in June are designated as Free Fishing Weekend when you can fish without a license throughout the state of Wisconsin. All the waters of the state are open, including state waters of the Great Lakes and rivers bordering Wisconsin. Residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a fishing license (or trout or salmon stamps) over these two days. However, all other fishing regulations (length limits, bag limits, etc.) apply. All day.
  • State Park Open House Day.  Enjoying Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Trails and Recreation Areas is always a good value but on the first Sunday of June they are an exceptional value, as entrance to any state park, forest, trail and recreation property is free. With opportunities for bicycling, hiking, canoeing, boating, fishing, and horseback riding at various locations statewide Wisconsin boasts unique and diverse landscapes to interest all travelers. On State Park Open House Day, no admission stickers are required on vehicles entering state parks, forests and recreation areas, and trail passes are not required for bicyclists, in-line skaters, or horseback riders using state trails that normally require a trail pass.  All Day

Monday, June 9, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Monday Strolls-Texture Adventure. Wake up your fingers and go exploring! Well stroll through the woods looking to touch things that are soft, prickly, rough, and slippery! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Ottawa Lake Canoe Trail by Kayak. Explore the quiet waters Ottawa Lake by kayak.  Sign-up in advance at the Ottawa Lake Entrance Station.  One-hour trips leaving at 10, 11, a.m. noon, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Nature Tales-Do Touch! Join us for an hour of stories-naturally! Fun awaits your 3 to 8 year old as we wake up your fingers. Come and touch things from nature that are soft, prickly, rough, and slippery. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Birds. Drop by the Exploration Station to test your knowledge of birds! We’ll have lots of fun activities to see if how well you know these backyard visitors. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.  6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Learn to Fish. Want to try fishing but don’t know what to do? Join our Learn to Fish program and we’ll show you how! We’ll have fun activities that will teach you the basics of fishing, before sending you off to catch some fish.  If you are 16 and older, you’ll need a fishing license. We’ll supply all of the equipment and bait. Meet at the north shore boat launch. 9-11 a.m.
  • Animal Evidence Hike. There’s lots of wildlife at Devil’s Lake, but we rarely see them. On this walk, we’ll look for animal tracks, nests and holes, browsed plants and other animal evidence. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Photo Scavenger Hunt. Drop by the Exploration Station to go on a scavenger hunt! You’ll need to take pictures of what you need to find! Bring a camera or borrow one from the nature center. We have a very limited supply of cameras to loan. You’ll even be able to turn one of your photos into a keepsake to take home. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Lawn Chair Bat Watch. 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). Starting at 8:30 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Full Moon Hike. Stroll under the light of the silvery moon along the Scuppernong Springs Nature Trail.  Pets are not allowed on this trail. 8 p.m.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Exploration Station-GO! Geocaching. Drop by the Exploration Station to learn to geocache! We’ll show you how to use a GPS and then send you off on this high-tech treasure hunt. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Bats and Boats Join us for a unique way to enjoy the bats at Devil’s Lake-on the water! We’ll launch around dusk and head out to watch the bats swoop and glide as hunt for their dinner. You’ll need to bring your own kayak, canoe, or boat to participate. Meet at the North Shore Boat Launch. 8:30-10 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Nature Journals. Drop in at the Ottawa Lake contact station to create your own nature journal.  Learn creative ways to log your outdoor adventures. 5-8 p.m.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Drop in on Snakes. Snakes are everywhere at Devil’s Lake. Visit with a live snake, find out what snakes live at the park, make a snake to take home with you, and more! Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Stuck on the Rocks. Find out what happens when there's a climbing emergency on the bluffs of Devil Lake. Members of the Baraboo District Ambulance Service will show you the techniques and equipment used in rope rescues. Presented by the Baraboo District Ambulance Service. Meet by the Chateau (North Shore Concessions). 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • Kayak Connections. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to kayak? Do you have questions about the basics like how to paddle, where to go, and what type of equipment is best suited for you? Join Tom Koeppen of North East Wisconsin Paddlers as he discusses gear, safety and rescue equipment, and how to enter and exit a kayak without getting wet. This is a dry land program designed to answer questions and display gear for visitors interesting in kayaking. Puckett's Pond Shelter. 7-8:30 p.m.

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • High Cliff Triathlon will be held at High Cliff State Park For details contact Midwest Sports [exit DNR].
  • Homemade Campfire Starters. Learn how to make inexpensive fire starters for your next camping trip. Guaranteed to be a hands-on and exceptionally entertaining workshop that you will not soon forget.  Presented by park staff, Linda and Amy.  Pre-registration appreciated. Call Park Office 920-989-1106 to register and ask for location.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Wolves in Wisconsin. Meet at the Ottawa Lake Amphitheater to learn what all the howling is about! 6:30 p.m.

Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email -

  • Astronomy Program. The Starsplitters of Wyalusing, a non-profit group of amateur astronomers bring the fascinating science and wonders of astronomy to everyone. Lawrence L. Huser Astronomy Center which is located within the park. 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Animal Evidence Hike. There’s lots of wildlife at Devil’s Lake, but we rarely see them. On this walk, we’ll look for animal tracks, nests and holes, browsed plants and other animal evidence. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Drop in on Mammals. Who are the mammals in your neighborhood? Drop in and discover what mammals live at Devil’s Lake and test your mammal ID. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Monday Strolls-Summer Colors Hike. Pink, purple, greens-how many colors do you see? Join us for a stroll in the woods as we explore to see how many different colors we can uncover. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Nature Tales-Raccoons. Join us for an hour of stories-naturally! Fun awaits your 3 to 8 year old as we check out who goes in search of breakfast after we go to bed? Why, raccoons of course! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Exploration Station-Bugs! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out bugs! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the bugs and their relatives. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.  6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Under the Water. Fish aren’t the only creatures swimming under the water. We’ll grab some nets and head down to the lake to discover just what’s swimming under the surface. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Fish! Drop by the Exploration Station to take a closer look at fish! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities so you can discover the underwater lives of fish. You can even practice your fishing in our pretend fish pond. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center.1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Moth Watch. Do some moth watching! Check out the moth light station and see what’s attracted to the night light. Or, take a self-guided walk to the moth bait stations and see what’s attracted to our special moth juice. Drop in anytime to find out why moths rule the night! Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 9 p.m.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Exploration Station-Tracks! Drop by the Exploration Station and make some tracks! See if you can read the stories animals tracks leave behind. You can even make a track to take home. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 10 a.m. - noon.
  • Explore Nature Hike. Come and explore the trails with a naturalist and find out what interesting things are out there. You provide the curiosity and we’ll provide the investigating tools to help you discover the wonders of nature. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • The Long Walk for Birds: Walking Across WI for Bird Conservation. Bill Mueller walked 246 miles across Wisconsin last spring, with two big goals: (1) to raise funds via pledges to the Bird Protection Fund, and (2) to raise awareness about bird conservation. Bill accomplished both of those tasks. He will share adventures from his “Long Walk for Birds,” look at the 158 species he recorded, the $10,000+ raised, and more on enlisting your help for the next (the 2014) Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Bill is director of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory. 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Insect Relay. Drop in at the Ottawa Lake contact station to learn some interesting insect factoids. 5-8 p.m.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Exploration Station-Fur, Scat, and Tracks. Drop by the Exploration Station to check out some mammal furs, scat, and tracks! Try our identification game and see how well you know your animal signs. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Drop in on Deer. White-tailed deer are everywhere, even here at Devil’s Lake! Drop in to discover how deer use their senses, how they communicate, and the signs they leave behind. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3  p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Meet a Turkey Vulture. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about those big birds circling the bluffs, this is the program for you! Join Lisa Hartman and her turkey vulture, Uncle Butsie, for this fun and interactive look at the turkey vulture. Meet at the Northern Lights Amphitheater. 8-9 p.m.

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • "Who Lives In The Park" Puppet Time. Kelly will delight children of all ages with her mystery park guests!  Find out who really lives at Harrington Beach State Park Puckett's Pond. 10 a.m.

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • Purple Martin Ecology and Banding Demonstration. Dick Nikolai, Retired WDNR Wildlife Biologist and Bob Ring, Martin Caretaker talk about Purple martin ecology and demonstrate bird banding at one of the High Cliff colonies. Indoor program in park office at 10 a.m., then bird banding demo until 2 p.m. - weather dependent.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Reptiles and Amphibians of Wisconsin. Meet some of Wisconsin’s most misunderstood creatures:  Jewel the ornate box turtle and Maize the corn snake. 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Flutter-by-Butterfly. What are orange, yellow, blue, black, and purple? Butterflies! We’ll take an up-close look at butterflies and go on a butterfly hunt! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Drop in on Bats. Bats are one of nature’s misunderstood creatures. Drop in and find out which bats live in Wisconsin, dispel some bat myths, and learn about the bats at Devil’s Lake. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Monday Strolls-Nature Shapes Hunt. Stars, circles, squares - shapes are everywhere in nature! If we look closely, we’ll be surprised and the different types of shapes we can find on our walk through the woods. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.  6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Nature Tales-Spiders. Join us for an hour of stories-naturally! Fun awaits your 3 to 8 year old as we find out how cool spiders really are! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-GO! Geocaching. Drop by the Exploration Station to learn to geocache! We’ll show you how to use a GPS and then send you off on this high-tech treasure hunt. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Music in the Park. Judy Stock, winner of the 2013 PEGASYS Award returns to our area to entertain children and families alike with familiar folk songs, environmental songs, silly songs and more. Sing along as she plays the banjo, guitar and other instruments. Everyone leaves with a smile on their face and a song in their heart. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Park amphitheater. 7-8 p.m.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Alphabet Hike. Letters are hiding everywhere you go! See if you can find the whole alphabet by the end of our hike. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Fur, Scat, Tracks. Drop by the Exploration Station to check out some mammal furs, scat, and tracks! Try our identification game and see how well you know your animal signs. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.  6:30-8:30 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Ottawa Lake Canoe Trail by Kayak. Explore the quiet waters Ottawa Lake by kayak.  Sign-up in advance at the Ottawa Lake Entrance Station.  One-hour trips leaving at 10, 11 a.m., noon, 2, 3, 4 p.m.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Go on Scavenger Hunt-Naturally! We’re going on a scavenger hunt and you’re invited to play! See how many different things you can find hidden in the natural world that’s waiting be explored. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Birds! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out birds! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the birds that live in your neighborhood. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Lawn Chair Bat Watch. 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). Starting at 8:45 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Ottawa Lake Canoe Trail by Kayak. Explore the quiet waters Ottawa Lake by kayak.  Sign-up in advance at the Ottawa Lake Entrance Station.  One-hour trips leaving at noon, 1, 2, 3 p.m.
  • Mammal Match. Drop by the Ottawa Lake Entrance Station to play a game to learn to identify mammals common to Wisconsin. 5-8 p.m.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.  8-10 a.m.
  • Exploration Station-Bugs! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out bugs! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the bugs and their relatives. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 10 a.m. - noon.
  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Archery Day. Join us for a fun afternoon of archery! Drop in any time to try your hand with a bow and arrow. Whether you are experienced with a bow or never tried, we’ll have certified instructors to help kids of all ages with some target practice. Meet near the north shore boat launch. 12:30-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wisconsin Bears. Join Carl Anderson from the North American Bear Center and find out more about the misunderstood black bear. Carl will explain the bear’s role in the ecosystem, its relations with humans, and hopefully replace the misconceptions people have about bears. Meet at the Northern Light Amphitheater. 8-9 p.m.

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • Dutch Oven Cooking. Have you ever made a cake, casserole or stew over hot coals?  Let's get together to explore a variety of dishes you can create in a cast iron Dutch oven.  Then you'll help Nancy sample the finished product. Puckett's Pond 6-8 p.m.

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • Summer Bird Hike. Tony Nowak,  Park Volunteer and Greenville Forester will lead a summer bird hike. Bring binoculars, dress for the weather, and meet at the Park Office - Please call to pre-register. 7:30 a.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email -

  • Volunteer Work Day. Meet where the Ice Age Trail crosses Wilton Road to help us exact vengeance on a patch of invasive thistle. 9 a.m. - noon.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Geocaching 101. Have you wanted to learn how to use a GPS? This is your chance. Shari Miley and Barb McKichen will lead you into the wonderful world of geocaching. Bring your own or borrow one from the presenters. Starts with a short introduction and then it is off in search of caches. This is best for those 10 and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets allowed. Park amphitheater. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email -

  • Astronomy Program. The Starsplitters of Wyalusing, a non-profit group of amateur astronomers bring the fascinating science and wonders of astronomy to everyone. Lawrence L. Huser Astronomy Center which is located within the park. 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • MysTREE Hunt. Trees are all around, but how closely do you look at them? Join us to check out the MysTREES around the Nature Center through fun games and activities. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Archery Day. Join us for a fun afternoon of archery! Drop in any time to try your hand with a bow and arrow. Whether you are experienced with a bow or never tried, we’ll have certified instructors to help kids of all ages with some target practice. Meet near the north shore boat launch. 12:30-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, June 30, 2014

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  • Monday Strolls-Things with Wings. From bats to beetles, from birds to bees there are many creatures that fly using wings. Join us to search the skies, trees, and leaves to see how many creatures we can find that use wings. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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  • Nature Tales-Frogs and Toads. Join us for an hour of stories-naturally! Fun awaits your 3 to 8 year old as we check out what makes frogs and toads different from each other. We’ll even get a chance to meet some live frogs and toads too! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Fish! Drop by the Exploration Station to take a closer look at fish! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities so you can discover the underwater lives of fish. You can even practice your fishing in our pretend fish pond. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center.1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

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  • Under the Water. Fish aren’t the only creatures swimming under the water. We’ll grab some nets and head down to the lake to discover just what’s swimming under the surface. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Birds! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out birds! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the birds that live in your neighborhood. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Moth Watch. Do some moth watching. Check out the moth light station and see what’s attracted to the night light. Or, take a self-guided walk to the moth bait stations and see what’s attracted to our special moth juice. Drop in anytime to find out why moths rule the night! Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 9 p.m.

Friday, July 4, 2014

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  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Flutter-by-Butterfly. What are orange, yellow, blue, black, and purple? Butterflies! We’ll take an up-close look at butterflies and go on a butterfly hunt! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Tracks! Drop by the Exploration Station and make some tracks! See if you can read the stories animals tracks leave behind. You can even make a track to take home. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

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  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Exploration Station-GO! Geocaching. Drop by the Exploration Station to learn to geocache! We’ll show you how to use a GPS and then send you off on this high-tech treasure hunt. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 10 a.m. - noon.
  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Drop in on Owls. Whooo goes there? Owls of course! Find out what owls live at Devil’s Lake, dissect an owl pellet, and learn how owls find their way in the dark. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Kayaking Sauk County. Whether you like to canoe or kayak, Sauk County has some great places to be out on the water. Join Derrick Mayoleth, certified sea kayak coach and the first person to circumnavigate Puerto Rico by kayak, to find out some of the hidden gems in the area to go paddling. Meet at the Northern Lights Amphitheater. 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • Sandcastles! With over one mile of sandy shoreline along Lake Michigan, Harrington Beach State Park is the perfect place to bring the kids for a day at the beach! Kids, bring your pails and scoops to create your very own sandcastle and show a friendly Park Ranger. The Park Ranger will give you a coupon for a FREE ice cream cone to redeem at the concession stand during the event. Limit one cone per child under 18. Sponsored by Friends of Harrington Beach State Park. North Beach 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Snakes of Wisconsin. Have you been on a hike and some yells "snakes"? Have you seen a snake and wondered if it was poisonous? Learn to identify snakes and gain an overall sense and better understanding during Troy Abuya's one-hour presentation. Attendees will be able to touch, hold, and photograph animals after questions are answered. Prepare to have fun; adults and kids welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets allowed. Sanderling Nature Center. 1 p.m.
  • Universe in the Park. The Astronomy Dept. of UW-Madison begins their session with a 20-30 min. talk and slide presentation covering a broad overview of astronomy and recent astronomical news. At the conclusion of the talk (if the sky is clear) they will go outdoors to set up telescopes and provide park visitors the opportunity to view whatever astronomical objects are available. Question and answer period takes place around the telescope. No pets allowed. Free program. Vehicle admission sticker required. Sanderling Nature Center. 8:45 p.m.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

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  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Exploration Station-GO! Geocaching. Drop by the Exploration Station to learn to geocache! We’ll show you how to use a GPS and then send you off on this high-tech treasure hunt. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 10 a.m. - noon.
  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Drop in on Owls. Whooo goes there? Owls of course! Find out what owls live at Devil’s Lake, dissect an owl pellet, and learn how owls find their way in the dark. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Kayaking Sauk County. Whether you like to canoe or kayak, Sauk County has some great places to be out on the water. Join Derrick Mayoleth, certified sea kayak coach and the first person to circumnavigate Puerto Rico by kayak, to find out some of the hidden gems in the area to go paddling. Meet at the Northern Lights Amphitheater. 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Monday, July 7, 2014

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  • Monday Strolls-Texture Adventure. Wake up your fingers and go exploring! Well stroll through the woods looking to touch things that are soft, prickly, rough, and slippery! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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  • Nature Tales-Spider. Join us for an hour of stories-naturally! Fun awaits your 3 to 8 year old as we find out how cool spiders really are! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Photo Scavenger Hunt. Drop by the Exploration Station to Sc! You’ll need to take pictures of what you need to find! Bring a camera or borrow one from the nature center. We have a very limited supply of cameras to loan. You’ll even be able to turn one of your photos into a keepsake to take home. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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  • Animal Evidence Hike. There’s lots of wildlife at Devil’s Lake, but we rarely see them. On this walk, we’ll look for animal tracks, nests and holes, browsed plants and other animal evidence. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Bugs! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out bugs! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the bugs and their relatives. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Learn to Fish. Want to try fishing but don’t know what to do? Join our Learn to Fish program and we’ll show you how! We’ll have fun activities that will teach you the basics of fishing, before sending you off to catch some fish.  If you are 16 and older, you’ll need a fishing license. We’ll supply all of the equipment and bait. Meet at the north shore boat launch. 6-8 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11, 2014

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  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.  8-10 a.m.
  • Habitat Hunt. Go on a habitat hunt! Find out what’s hiding, creeping, and lurking in the habitats around the nature center. Challenge yourself to see how many different things you can find.  Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Birds! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out birds! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the birds that live in your neighborhood. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Lawn Chair Bat Watch. 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). Starting at 8:45 p.m.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

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  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Exploration Station-Fur, Scat, Tracks. Drop by the Exploration Station to check out some mammal furs, scat, and tracks! Try our identification game and see how well you know your animal signs. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 10 a.m. - noon.
  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Drop in on Bats. Bats are one of nature’s misunderstood creatures. Drop in and find out which bats live in Wisconsin, dispel some bat myths, and learn about the bats at Devil’s Lake. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • The Passenger Pigeon’s Extinction: Lessons from the Past. On the occasion of the 2014 centennial of the passing of the last surviving passenger pigeon, Professor Stanley A. Temple recounts the sobering story of the Passenger Pigeon and what it can tell us about the ongoing extinction crisis and our relationship with other species. Meet at the Northern Lights Amphitheater. 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Summer Candlelight Hike. Enjoy a self-guided hike along the beach and wander the sand dunes along the cordwalk. The trail is lit with tiki torches for this annual summer event. Refreshments served at Sanderling Nature Center. Sorry, no pets or strollers allowed on the hike. Free program. Park at Sanderling Nature Center or North Beach lots. 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email -

  • Astronomy Program. The Starsplitters of Wyalusing, a non-profit group of amateur astronomers bring the fascinating science and wonders of astronomy to everyone. Lawrence L. Huser Astronomy Center which is located within the park. 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

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  • Kayak Tour Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Flutter-by- Butterfly. What are orange, yellow, blue, black, and purple? Butterflies! We’ll take an up-close look at butterflies and go on a butterfly hunt! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Drop in on Deer. White-tailed deer are everywhere, even here at Devil’s Lake! Drop in to discover how deer use their senses, how they communicate, and the signs they leave behind. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, July 14, 2014

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  • Monday Strolls-Summer Colors Hike. Pink, purple, greens-how many colors do you see? Join us for a stroll in the woods as we explore to see how many different colors we can uncover. Meet at the Nature Center.11 a.m. - noon.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Nature Tales-Raccoons. Join us for an hour of stories-naturally! Fun awaits your 3 to 8 year old as we check out who goes in search of breakfast after we go to bed? Why, raccoons of course! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Bugs! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out bugs! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the bugs and their relatives. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Music in the Park. For an evening of enjoyment and relaxation, head to the amphitheater to hear Peter Scheuerman as he croons country, Americana and blues on his acoustic guitar and claw hammer banjo. All ages are invited. Free Program. Vehicle admission sticker is required. Park amphitheater. 7-8 p.m.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • MysTree Hunt. Trees are all around, but how closely do you look at them? Join us to check out the MysTREES around the Nature Center through fun games and activities. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Birds! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out birds! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the birds that live in your neighborhood. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Explore Nature. Come and explore the trails with a naturalist and find out what interesting things are out there. You provide the curiosity and we’ll provide the investigating tools to help you discover the wonders of nature. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Fish! Drop by the Exploration Station to take a closer look at fish! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities so you can discover the underwater lives of fish. You can even practice your fishing in our pretend fish pond. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center.1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Meet the Ranger. Visit with a ranger to see what their job is like. Check out the equipment and the squad they use. See what you can do to become a Jr. Ranger Meet at the Northern Lights Amphitheater. 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Learn 2 Fish with Us. We are excited to have Greg Karch bring his “Learn 2 Fish with Us” clinic to Devil’s Lake this summer! If you’re a beginner or been fishing for a while, this program is for you. This fishing clinic will cover fish identification, knot tying, casting, setting the hook, bait, and much more! There will even be prizes give out during the event! Greg has received the Outstanding Service and Dedication award from the National Professional Anglers Association for helping to grow the sport of fishing and is dedicated to continue involving future generations in the sport of fishing. Meet at the South Shore Concession. 9-11:30 a.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Cranes of the World, Take ‘flight’ with the International Crane Foundation during this evening program at Devils Lake State Park. Discover the science behind saving endangered species; touch crane feathers, bones, and eggs; take the ‘Craniac’ challenge; learn about the 15 crane species of the world; and be inspired to change the world. Scientists from the International Crane Foundation will be ‘roosting’ in the North Lights Campground Amphitheater. 8-9 p.m.

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • Steve Keller’s Traveling Snake Show. Change the way you look at the world's most misunderstood creature. Learn to overcome your fears in a safe, controlled environment with one of the Fox Valley's most accomplished snake handlers. Non-poisonous specimens are presented one at a time. Backyard General Store Museum. 1-3 p.m.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Ink Fish Printing. Everyone is welcome to try the ancient art of "Gyotaku" or ink fish printing. Paper and all supp0lies will be available, participants may bring along a t-shirt or bandana if they wish to print on those items. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets allowed. Bath house building. 1-2 p.m.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • MysTree Hunt. Trees are all around, but how closely do you look at them? Join us to check out the MysTREES around the Nature Center through fun games and activities. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Drop in on Mammals. Who are the mammals in your neighborhood? Drop in and discover what mammals live at Devil’s Lake and test your mammal ID. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 0. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Monday Strolls-Things with Wings. From bats to beetles, from birds to bees there are many creatures that fly using wings. Join us to search the skies, trees, and leaves to see how many creatures we can find that use wings. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Nature Tales-Turtles. Join us for an hour of stories-naturally! Fun awaits your 3 to 8 year old as we find out what makes turtles, turtles. We’ll get a chance to meet a live turtle too. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Tracks! Drop by the Exploration Station and make some tracks! See if you can read the stories animals tracks leave behind. You can even make a track to take home. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.  6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Alphabet Hike. Letters are hiding everywhere you go! See if you can find the whole alphabet by the end of our hike. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Fur, Scat, Tracks. Drop by the Exploration Station to check out some mammal furs, scat, and tracks! Try our identification game and see how well you know your animal signs. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Moth Watch. Do some moth watching. Check out the moth light station and see what’s attracted to the night light. Or, take a self-guided walk to the moth bait stations and see what’s attracted to our special moth juice. Drop in anytime to find out why moths rule the night! Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 9 p.m.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Under the Water. Fish aren’t the only creatures swimming under the water. We’ll grab some nets and head down to the lake to discover just what’s swimming under the surface. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-GO! Geocaching. Drop by the Exploration Station to learn to geocache! We’ll show you how to use a GPS and then send you off on this high-tech treasure hunt. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Lawn Chair Bat Watch. 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). Starting at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Exploration Station-Photo Scavenger Hunt. Drop by the Exploration Station to go on a scavenger hunt! You’ll need to take pictures of what you need to find! Bring a camera or borrow one from the nature center. We have a very limited supply of cameras to loan. You’ll even be able to turn one of your photos into a keepsake to take home. Meet at the Nature Center. 10 a.m. - noon.
  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Archery Day. Join us for a fun afternoon of archery! Drop in any time to try your hand with a bow and arrow. Whether you are experienced with a bow or never tried, we’ll have certified instructors to help kids of all ages with some target practice. Meet near the north shore boat launch. 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.  6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Stuck on the Rocks. Presented by the Baraboo District Ambulance Service Find out what happens when there's a climbing emergency on the bluffs of Devil Lake. Members of the Baraboo District Ambulance Service will show you the techniques and equipment used in rope rescues. Meet by the Chateau (North Shore concessions). 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • Wildlife Rehabilitation. Feathers, scutes and fur! How do you mend a broken wing? What about a cracked shell or broken paw? Jeannie Lord of Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will bring a number of animals and birds of prey for visitors to view as she discusses the process of rehabilitating wild animals and returning them to suitable habitats. Jeannie will answer questions after the presentation. Puckett's Pond shelter. 7 p.m.

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email -

  • Wild About Wildlife. Naturalists and some lively critters from the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay will make a guest appearance at High Cliff State Park on Saturday, July 26th at 1 p.m.  The entourage of furry, feathered and maybe even scaly creatures will delight visitors of all ages on the lawn of the General Store Museum. Please do not bring dogs or other pets to this program. 1-2 p.m.

Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email -

  • Astronomy Program. The Starsplitters of Wyalusing, a non-profit group of amateur astronomers bring the fascinating science and wonders of astronomy to everyone. Lawrence L. Huser Astronomy Center which is located within the park. 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Flutter-by-Butterfly. What are orange, yellow, blue, black, and purple? Butterflies! We’ll take an up-close look at butterflies and go on a butterfly hunt! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Archery Day. Join us for a fun afternoon of archery! Drop in any time to try your hand with a bow and arrow. Whether you are experienced with a bow or never tried, we’ll have certified instructors to help kids of all ages with some target practice. Meet near the north shore boat launch. 12:30-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Monday Strolls-Nature Shape Hunt. Stars, circles, squares - shapes are everywhere in nature! If we look closely, we’ll be surprised and the different types of shapes we can find on our walk through the woods. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Nature Tales-Spiders. Join us for an hour of stories-naturally! Fun awaits your 3 to 8 year old as we find out how cool spiders really are! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-GO! Geocaching. Drop by the Exploration Station to learn to geocache! We’ll show you how to use a GPS and then send you off on this high-tech treasure hunt. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Under the Water. Fish aren’t the only creatures swimming under the water. We’ll grab some nets and head down to the lake to discover just what’s swimming under the surface. Meet at the Nature Center.11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Fish! Drop by the Exploration Station to take a closer look at fish! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities so you can discover the underwater lives of fish. You can even practice your fishing in our pretend fish pond. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center.1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Go on Scavenger Hunt-Naturally! We’re going on a scavenger hunt and you’re invited to play! See how many different things you can find hidden in the natural world that’s waiting be explored. Meet at the Nature Center.  11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Bugs! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out bugs! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the bugs and their relatives. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • "Who Lives In The Park" Puppet Time. Kelly will delight children of all ages with her mystery park guests!  Find out who really lives at Harrington Beach State Park Puckett's Pond. 10 a.m.

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.  8 a.m.-10 a.m.
  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Drop in on Snakes. Snakes are everywhere at Devil’s Lake. Visit with a live snake, find out what snakes live at the park, make a snake to take home with you, and more! Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Animal Evidence Hike. There’s lots of wildlife at Devil’s Lake, but we rarely see them. On this walk, we’ll look for animal tracks, nests and holes, browsed plants and other animal evidence. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Drop in on Bats. Bats are one of nature’s misunderstood creatures. Drop in and find out which bats live in Wisconsin, dispel some bat myths, and learn about the bats at Devil’s Lake. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Monday Strolls-Summer Colors Hike. Pink, purple, greens-how many colors do you see? Join us for a stroll in the woods as we explore to see how many different colors we can uncover. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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  • Nature Tales-Raccoons. Join us for an hour of stories-naturally! Fun awaits your 3 to 8 year old as we check out who goes in search of breakfast after we go to bed? Why, raccoons of course! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Tracks! Drop by the Exploration Station and make some tracks! See if you can read the stories animals tracks leave behind. You can even make a track to take home. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3:0 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Music in the Park. The power of music is incredible. John Higgins returns to Kohler-Andrae to share his love of music while getting the audience involved. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Park amphitheater. 7-8 p.m.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

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  • Learn to Fish. Want to try fishing but don’t know what to do? Join our Learn to Fish program and we’ll show you how! We’ll have fun activities that will teach you the basics of fishing, before sending you off to catch some fish.  If you are 16 and older, you’ll need a fishing license. We’ll supply all of the equipment and bait. Meet at the north shore boat launch. 9-11 a.m.
  • Explore Nature. Come and explore the trails with a naturalist and find out what interesting things are out there. You provide the curiosity and we’ll provide the investigating tools to help you discover the wonders of nature. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Moth Watch. Do some moth watching! Check out the moth light station and see what’s attracted to the night light. Or, take a self-guided walk to the moth bait stations and see what’s attracted to our special moth juice. Drop in anytime to find out why moths rule the night! Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 9 p.m.

Friday, August 8, 2014

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  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.  8-10 a.m.
  • Habitat Hunt. Go on a habitat hunt! Find out what’s hiding, creeping, and lurking in the habitats around the nature center. Challenge yourself to see how many different things you can find.  Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Fur, Scat, Tracks. Drop by the Exploration Station to check out some mammal furs, scat, and tracks! Try our identification game and see how well you know your animal signs. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Lawn Chair Bat Watch. 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). Starting 8 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Exploration Station-GO! Geocaching. Drop by the Exploration Station to learn to geocache! We’ll show you how to use a GPS and then send you off on this high-tech treasure hunt. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 10 a.m. - noon.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Drop in on Deer. White-tailed deer are everywhere, even here at Devil’s Lake! Drop in to discover how deer use their senses, how they communicate, and the signs they leave behind. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau.1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • Bats!. Bill Mueller returns to help us explore the fascinating world of bats.  We'll stick around after his presentation to watch bat activity in the park. Puckett's Pond. 7:30 p.m.

Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email -

  • Smokey Bear’s Birthday Bash. Details TBA.
  • Astronomy Program. The Starsplitters of Wyalusing, a non-profit group of amateur astronomers bring the fascinating science and wonders of astronomy to everyone. Lawrence L. Huser Astronomy Center which is located within the park. 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

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  • MysTree Hunt. Trees are all around, but how closely do you look at them? Join us to check out the MysTREES around the Nature Center through fun games and activities. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Drop in on Owls. Whooo goes there? Owls of course! Find out what owls live at Devil’s Lake, dissect an owl pellet, and learn how owls find their way in the dark. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6-8 p.m.

Monday, August 11, 2014

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  • Monday Strolls-Nature Shape Hunt. Stars, circles, squares - shapes are everywhere in nature! If we look closely, we’ll be surprised and the different types of shapes we can find on our walk through the woods. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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  • Nature Tales-Frogs and Toads. Join us for an hour of stories-naturally! Fun awaits your 3 to 8 year old as we check out what makes frogs and toads different from each other. We’ll even get a chance to meet some live frogs and toads too! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Birds! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out birds! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the birds that live in your neighborhood. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.  6-8 p.m.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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  • Under the Water. Fish aren’t the only creatures swimming under the water. We’ll grab some nets and head down to the lake to discover just what’s swimming under the surface. Meet at the Nature Center.11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Bugs! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out bugs! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the bugs and their relatives. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6-8 p.m.
  • Moth Watch. Do some moth watching. Check out the moth light station and see what’s attracted to the night light. Or, take a self-guided walk to the moth bait stations and see what’s attracted to our special moth juice. Drop in anytime to find out why moths rule the night! Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 9 p.m.

Friday, August 15, 2014

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  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Explore Nature. Come and explore the trails with a naturalist and find out what interesting things are out there. You provide the curiosity and we’ll provide the investigating tools to help you discover the wonders of nature. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Birds! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out birds! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the birds that live in your neighborhood. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6-8 p.m.
  • Stuck on the Rocks. Find out what happens when there's a climbing emergency on the bluffs of Devil Lake. Members of the Baraboo District Ambulance Service will show you the techniques and equipment used in rope rescues. Meet by the Chateau (North Shore Concessions). 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Big Bay State Park, La Pointe, 715-747-6425 or email -

  • Big Bay's Sand Castle Day Contest! Grab your shovels, buckets and creativity for a fun-filled day along our beautiful Barrier Beach. Castles, monsters, a mermaid, bird sanctuary or a sand spa...let your imagination go! Registration for this annual event begins at 9 a.m. with judging at 1 p.m. Prizes awarded for Best Overall, Most Creative, Silliest, and Best "Story" for the design! Even if you don't participate, join us in the picnic are for games, crafts and activities and take a stroll along the lake and watch the sand creations unfold. Barrier Beach and Day Use Picnic Area. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Exploration Station-Fish! Drop by the Exploration Station to take a closer look at fish! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities so you can discover the underwater lives of fish. You can even practice your fishing in our pretend fish pond. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center.10 a.m. - noon.
  • Archery Day. Join us for a fun afternoon of archery! Drop in any time to try your hand with a bow and arrow. Whether you are experienced with a bow or never tried, we’ll have certified instructors to help kids of all ages with some target practice. Meet near the north shore boat launch. 12:30-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 6-8 p.m.
  • History in the Soil. You can tell a lot about the history of an area just by digging in the dirt-deep down in the dirt. Join Eric Carson, Associate Professor at the Wisconsin Geologic and Natural History Survey at the University of Wisconsin Extension, to learn about what they’ve discovered about Devil’s Lake through the many soil cores they’ve taken. Meet at the Northern Lights Amphitheater. 8-9 p.m.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • S'mores and more S'mores. Like s'mores? How about graham crackers with raspberry jam and a toasted marshmallow? Or graham crackers with a peppermint patty topped by a toasted marshmallow? Come to the amphitheater to join our volunteers Mary and Joe to try these and other combinations from the park cookbook "Cooking with Friends". Please bring a marshmallow stick if you have one. Everyone is welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Park amphitheater. Noon-1 p.m.

Whitefish Dunes State Park, Sturgeon Bay, 920-823-2400 or email -

  • Whitefish Dunes Candlelight Walk. Join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes for a night of candlelight fun.  Enjoy a hike along the shoreline and through the forested dunes.  Refreshments available at the shelter building and great sales on Friends merchandise in the nature center. 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

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  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8- 10 a.m.
  • Alphabet Hike. Letters are hiding everywhere you go! See if you can find the whole alphabet by the end of our hike. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Archery Day. Join us for a fun afternoon of archery! Drop in any time to try your hand with a bow and arrow. Whether you are experienced with a bow or never tried, we’ll have certified instructors to help kids of all ages with some target practice. Meet near the north shore boat launch. 12:30-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday, August 18, 2014

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  • Monday Strolls-Things with Wings. From bats to beetles, from birds to bees there are many creatures that fly using wings. Join us to search the skies, trees, and leaves to see how many creatures we can find that use wings. Meet at the Nature Center. 11-noon
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.  5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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  • Nature Tales-Turtles. Join us for an hour of stories-naturally! Fun awaits your 3 to 8 year old as we find out what makes turtles, turtles. We’ll get a chance to meet a live turtle too. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Birds! Drop by the Exploration Station to check out birds! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities about the birds that live in your neighborhood. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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  • Under the Water. Fish aren’t the only creatures swimming under the water. We’ll grab some nets and head down to the lake to discover just what’s swimming under the surface. Meet at the Nature Center.11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Tracks! Drop by the Exploration Station and make some tracks! See if you can read the stories animals tracks leave behind. You can even make a track to take home. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Go on Scavenger Hunt-Naturally! We’re going on a scavenger hunt and you’re invited to play! See how many different things you can find hidden in the natural world that’s waiting be explored. Meet at the Nature Center.  11 a.m. - noon.
  • Exploration Station-Fish! Drop by the Exploration Station to take a closer look at fish! We’ll have lots of hands-on activities so you can discover the underwater lives of fish. You can even practice your fishing in our pretend fish pond. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center.1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Exploration Station-Photo Scavenger Hunt. Drop by the Exploration Station to go on a scavenger hunt! You’ll need to take pictures of what you need to find! Bring a camera or borrow one from the nature center. We have a very limited supply of cameras to loan. You’ll even be able to turn one of your photos into a keepsake to take home. Meet at the Nature Center. 10 a.m. - noon.
  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Drop in on Cranes. North American’s tallest flying bird lives in Wisconsin. Learn more about the endangered Whooping Crane and the work being done to protect them. Test out your flight feathers with a scientist from the International Crane Foundation; touch crane feathers, bones, legs, and eggs; try to outsmart a Sandhill Crane; take a ‘tiptoe’ walk, and practice building a nest of your own. Activities will take place on the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Meet the Ranger. Visit with a ranger to see what their job is like. Check out the equipment and the squad they use. See what you can do to become a Jr. Ranger Meet at the Northern Lights Amphitheater. 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Explore the Night Sky. Join the Madison Astronomy Society (MAS) to learn about the night sky. MAS will have several telescopes set up and show you cool features about the moon, point you towards some winter constellations. This is more of an informal program where you can come anytime and the MAS volunteers will help you get to know the night sky. Meet at the north shore boat launch parking lot. 8-10:30 p.m.

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • Monarch Butterfly Capture/Tag/Release Program. Join Ranger Robin for an afternoon of capture, tag, swab and releasing the Monarch Butterfly.  Ranger Robin will give an informative presentation to learn all about the Monarch and their life cycle. Puckett's Pond. 2 p.m.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Search the Sky with the Naked Eye. Join Joe and Mary Glover and learn to read the night sky without using telescopes. Bring a lawn chair or blanket Dress for the cool lakeside temperatures. No pets allowed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by Friends of Kohler-Andrae State Park. Beach adjacent to bathhouse. 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Animal Evidence. There’s lots of wildlife at Devil’s Lake, but we rarely see them. On this walk, we’ll look for animal tracks, nests and holes, browsed plants and other animal evidence. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Drop in on Snakes. Snakes are everywhere at Devil’s Lake. Visit with a live snake, find out what snakes live at the park, make a snake to take home with you, and more! Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Monday Strolls-Things with Wings. From bats to beetles, from birds to bees there are many creatures that fly using wings. Join us to search the skies, trees, and leaves to see how many creatures we can find that use wings. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Lawn Chair Bat Watch. 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). Starting 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Exploration Station-Fur, Scat, Tracks. Drop by the Exploration Station to check out some mammal furs, scat, and tracks! Try our identification game and see how well you know your animal signs. These activities will happen outside the Nature Center. 10 a.m. - noon.
  • Animal Feeding Day. Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Meet at the Nature Center. Starting at 11 a.m.
  • Drop in on Bats. Bats are one of nature’s misunderstood creatures. Drop in and find out which bats live in Wisconsin, dispel some bat myths, and learn about the bats at Devil’s Lake. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • Great Lakes Shipwrecks. Join Rick Smith for a fascinating historical overview of the many shipwrecks in the Great Lakes.  Some of them right out our back door! Ansay Welcome Center. 7 p.m.
  • Monarch Butterfly Capture/Tag/Release Program. Join Ranger Robin for an afternoon of capture, tag, swab and releasing the Monarch Butterfly.  Ranger Robin will give an informative presentation to learn all about the Monarch and their life cycle. Puckett's Pond. 2 p.m.

Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email -

  • Astronomy Program. The Starsplitters of Wyalusing, a non-profit group of amateur astronomers bring the fascinating science and wonders of astronomy to everyone. Lawrence L. Huser Astronomy Center which is located within the park. 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 31 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 8-10 a.m.
  • Go on Scavenger Hunt-Naturally! We’re going on a scavenger hunt and you’re invited to play! See how many different things you can find hidden in the natural world that’s waiting be explored. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Drop in on Owls. Whooo goes there? Owls of course! Find out what owls live at Devil’s Lake, dissect an owl pellet, and learn how owls find their way in the dark. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1-3 p.m.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.  5:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -

  • Monday Strolls-Texture Adventure. Wake up your fingers and go exploring! Well stroll through the woods looking to touch things that are soft, prickly, rough, and slippery! Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
  • Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! As we paddle, we’ll look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so we ask you to preregister prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the north shore boat launch. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Ink Fish Printing. Everyone is welcome to try the ancient art of "Gyotaku" or ink fish printing. Paper and all supp0lies will be available, participants may bring along a t-shirt or bandana if they wish to print on those items. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets allowed. Bath house building. 1-2 p.m.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Universe in the Park. The Astronomy Dept. of UW-Madison begins their session with a 20-30 min. talk and slide presentation covering a broad overview of astronomy and recent astronomical news. At the conclusion of the talk (if the sky is clear) they will go outdoors to set up telescopes and provide park visitors the opportunity to view whatever astronomical objects are available. Question and answer period takes place around the telescope. No pets allowed. Free program. Vehicle admission sticker required. Sanderling Nature Center. 7:30 p.m.

Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email -

  • Astronomy Program. The Starsplitters of Wyalusing, a non-profit group of amateur astronomers bring the fascinating science and wonders of astronomy to everyone. Lawrence L. Huser Astronomy Center which is located within the park. 8:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, 2014

Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center , Babcock, 715-884-6335 or email -

  • Trapper Education. Ages 12 and up. Required by law for first-time trappers, this two-day course provides hands-on learning about humane and efficient manners of trapping. Learn to select, care for and set traps, prepare pelts. Co-sponsored with the Wisconsin Trappers Association. BYO Saturday lunch. Limit 25 people. Fee TBD. See “Trapper Education” for current openings

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • After Summer Candlelight Hike. Enjoy a candlelight stroll down the beach or trails to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Roast a marshmallow or hot dog at the campfire and enjoy a cup of cocoa, cider, or coffee at the Welcome Center. Please, no pets at this event. Sponsored by the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park (exit DNR). Ansay Welcome Center. 6-9 p.m.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Snakes of Wisconsin. Have you been on a hike and some yells "snakes"? Have you seen a snake and wondered if it was poisonous? Learn to identify snakes and gain an overall sense and better understanding during Troy Abuya's one-hour presentation. Attendees will be able to touch, hold, and photograph animals after questions are answered. Prepare to have fun; adults and kids welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets allowed. Sanderling Nature Center. 1 p.m.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -

  • Geocaching 101. Have you wanted to learn how to use a GPS? This is your chance. Shari Miley and Barb McKichen will lead you into the wonderful world of geocaching. Bring your own or borrow one from the presenters. Starts with a short introduction and then it is off in search of caches. This is best for those 10 and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets allowed. Park amphitheater. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Search the Sky with the Naked Eye. Join Joe and Mary Glover and learn to read the night sky without using telescopes. Bring a lawn chair or blanket Dress for the cool lakeside temperatures. No pets allowed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by Friends of Kohler-Andrae State Park. Beach adjacent to bathhouse. 7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, October 9-10, 2014

Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center , Babcock, 715-884-6335 or email -

  • Wilderness Emergency Strategic Training. WEST: Earn 16 hours of CME while learning to care for emergencies in the wilderness. The Mayo Clinic Health System “Team Tomah” includes extensive in-the-field experiences to make participants comfortable handling difficult emergencies in austere settings.  Optional Day One is skills workshops and special topical seminars including “The Health Effects of Climate Change” presented by leading environmental experts.  Day Two is the WEST Core Course from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pre-course online self-study is required.  Fee includes course materials, CME, food and lodging.  Clinicians in practice: $150; residents: $80; students: $50. Contact Rod Erickson, MD., 608-372-5951.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center , Babcock, 715-884-6335 or email -

  • Nature Basketry. Make your own beautiful basket from materials you gather in the wild. Instructor Sarajane Snyder will lead you on a collection walk and then guide you through the basket-making process. Students need clothing suitable for the outdoors, a pail, pruning shears, and lunch. This class is held rain or shine. For more information please e-mail Iron Creek School. Fee is $50 per person, Maximum of 12 students. Please register by October 3. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email -

  • Astronomy Program. The Starsplitters of Wyalusing, a non-profit group of amateur astronomers bring the fascinating science and wonders of astronomy to everyone. Lawrence L. Huser Astronomy Center which is located within the park. 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - or email -

  • Halloween Hike. For all those little (and not so little) ghosts, goblins, and princesses, we have a SPOOK-TACULAR Halloween Hike! Join us for pumpkin carving, costume contests, and hiking along the torch-lit "Haunted" and "Unhaunted" Trails. We will have refreshments. Sponsored by the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park (exit DNR). Ansay Welcome Center. 6-9 p.m.

Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center , Babcock, 715-884-6335 or email -

  • Magic on the Marsh. Experience the flight of thousands of cranes as they return to the Gallagher Marsh after a day of feeding in surrounding fields. Dress warmly in neutral colors (camouflage preferred). Participants should be prepared to walk on uneven ground, and sit still on uneven ground for an hour or more. Rain or shine (the birds will be there)! Scopes, binoculars and cameras welcomed. Register by Oct. 10, $15 fee. Limit 20 people. 3 p.m. - dark.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center , Babcock, 715-884-6335 or email -

  • Volunteer Carnivore Track-Training and Refresher Clinic. This training clinic is mandatory for persons seriously interested in contributing volunteer time (run three surveys per winter) assisting in the DNR annual winter wolf census. Not to be confused with educational workshops, this is for people willing to commit time. Fee $15, register by Nov. 21. Limit 30 people. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Last revised: Tuesday April 22 2014