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Peninsula State Park White Cedar 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.
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.
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.
- Nature program schedule Sept. 1-14
- Smokey Bear’s GRAND FINALE Spook-tacular Candlelight Walk Oct. 12 [PDF]
- Year-round programs
Wisconsin Explorer Booklets: Discover nature with the newly revised Wisconsin Explorer booklets, available to kids ages 3 and older. Booklets 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.
Like to Bike: Hike, bike, or ski at least five trails and be eligible to purchase a custom pin at cost ($3) while supplies last. The 2013 pin features an off-road biker. Peninsula's Like to Bike program is celebrating its 12th year, with each year featuring a different design.
Ask for a biking log at Peninsula State Park headquarters or the nature center. The 2013 log includes eleven biking and hiking suggestions, from biking on the Sunset Bike Trail to trying Peninsula's Vita Course with exercise stations. Participants need try only five. Requirements can also be modified to meet a visitor's needs. Pins are also available to volunteers who assist with stewardship projects.
Peninsula Two-Step Geocache: Try this on-your-own new activity, a two-stage cache with a prize if you solve the puzzle. About 0.5-mile hike. Geocachers must follow all rules as listed here. Start coordinates: N45 09.467 W87 13.680.
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.
The Friends of Peninsula State Park sell postcards, T-shirts, hiking medallions, patches, music and more at the nature center gift store. All proceeds fund Peninsula's education program. Peninsula's historic sites pamphlet is a companion to the park's wildflower checklist. Each sells for $2, tax included.
Eagle Tower, a favorite park destination, is featured on Peninsula's new hiking shield. The shield retails for $4, tax included, with all proceeds benefitting Peninsula nature education and trail improvements. The shield is available at the park headquarters and the nature center.