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Get Outdoors!
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For information, contact:
White Cedar Nature Center
920-854-5976

Peninsula State Park White Cedar Nature Center

Nature Center
Peninsula's nature center programs are a great way to get outdoors! Peninsula offers programs every day in summer.

Peninsula's White Cedar Nature Center is a fun, family-friendly place, featuring nostalgic photos, taxidermy birds and mammals, a huge light-up map of the park and a stuffed black bear. The Friends of Peninsula State Park sell field guides, kids' items and park clothing with all proceeds supporting nature education at the park. The center is on Bluff Road next to the wood yard.

Hours

The White Cedar Nature Center is open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily, Memorial Day to Labor Day. The rest of the year the center is open as staffing permits.

Things to do

Hikes, nature crafts, outdoor skills workshops and more are scheduled throughout the year. Peninsula also offers a variety of on-your-own year-round programs.

Calendar of events

Event and program schedules are available at the park headquarters and nature center and are posted on campground bulletin boards. See the Get Outdoors! Events Calendar for a list of all nature programs and events that are offered during your visit.

Like to Hike

The 2016 Like to Hike pin celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Meenahga, a girls camp that once operated in the park. The design features historical art from a Meenahga yearbook. Peninsula's Like to Hike pin designs are protected by copyright.

The Like to Hike program emphasizes silent sports (hiking, snowshoeing, biking, skiing, paddling), which promote healthy, sustainable recreation. Pins are available for purchase at the park for $3 for program participants, and $6 for those who do not participate.

Like to Hike pin
The 2016 Like to Hike pin © celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Meenahga in the park.

How to participate in the 2016 Like to Hike program:

  1. Ask for an activity log at the park headquarters or nature center.
  2. Complete five or more activities in the Like to Hike log [PDF]. Activities can be modified for those with special needs. Trail maps are available at the nature center, park headquarters and campground host sites.
  3. Use the activity log to record activities. Bring it to the park headquarters or the nature center. Park staff will stamp the log, then you can purchase your 2016 pin.
  4. 2016 pins are available for $3 to those who complete five or more activities. Pins cost $6 to those who do not participate.

Other year-round programs

Wisconsin Explorer Booklets: Discover nature with the newly revised Wisconsin Explorer booklets, available to kids ages 3 and older. 2012 Wisconsin Explorer patchesBooklets are free at Park Headquarters and the Nature Center. Return the booklet to any state park to receive a free patch. While supplies last.

Scavenger Hunt: Bring items for this on‐your‐own scavenger hunt to the Nature Center for a mystery prize. You may work as a team. A found object may "count" for more than one item. Item descriptions may have more than one meaning. Think creatively! Stumped? Ask for help at the Nature Center.

Fishing poles and nature backpacks: Poles and backpacks are available for free loan to Peninsula campers. The nature center has Smokey Bear packs (take Smokey camping overnight!), family packs (organized by topic: birds, trees, beach games and more) and kid's fishing poles.

Litter patrol: Pitch in to keep Peninsula clean. Bring 50 pieces of litter to the White Cedar Nature Center and receive a prize.

Field trips

Friends of Peninsula State Park merchandise

Proceeds from Peninsula Friends merchandise supports summer naturalist wages and invasive species management work. Go to peninsulafriends.org [Exit DNR] to find out more.

Last revised: Monday February 01 2016