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Get Outdoors!Date range: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 to Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Leap Day Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Council Grounds SP

Leap into winter fun! Council Grounds State Park will be holding a candlelight snowshoe and hike from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 (Leap Day). Over 2 miles of our winding Northwest Trail will be lined with luminaries. A warming fire and light refreshments will be in the group camp. Flashlights are recommended. An annual or daily Wisconsin State Park sticker is required. Parking is limited, please consider carpooling.


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Council Grounds SP information

Native American encampments once occupied the site of Council Grounds State Park. Located along the Wisconsin River and Lake Alexander, this park is a favorite for water enthusiasts. This 508-acre park also offers camping, hiking, hunting and fishing opportunities.


Mailing Address: N1895 Council Grounds Dr, Merrill, Wisconsin 54452

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Candlelight Hike

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Big Foot Beach SP

Join us for a candlelight hike through the paths of Big Foot Beach State Park. Hot Chocolate & Hot Apple Cider will be served, along with beautiful views! Bonfire to follow hike, weather permitting. A current Wisconsin State Park annual sticker or a $5 Special Event stickers are required. There is a possibility we will fill all parking spots. Carpooling is encouraged. Parking for cars and pickup trucks only - no trailers, bus or RV parking. There is no roadside parking in the surrounding area. All cars attempting to enter after our parking capacity has been met (200 cars) will be turned away, please carpool.

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Big Foot Beach SP information

This 271-acre park on the shore of Geneva Lake offers wooded campsites, a sand beach, 6.5 miles of hiking trails, and picnic areas. No alcoholic beverages are allowed anywhere in the park.


Mailing Address: 1452 S. Wells St., Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Spring Candlelight Hike

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Bring family and friends to this special self-guided candlelight hike. Hike starts and ends at the enclosed shelter and includes the marsh area to listen to the music of the frogs and toads. Chris Lilek will entertain around the campfire. Great family event; children must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not allowed. Parking available in Lot 7

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Kohler-Andrae SP information

Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is the home of majestic sand dunes, miles of golden beach, shimmering blue Lake Michigan water, whispering pines, an abundance of wildlife, and recreational activities for everyone. Kohler-Andrae State Park is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore, and is open for everyone to explore and enjoy.


Mailing Address: 1020 Beach Park Lane, Sheboygan, Wisconsin 53081

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Summer Candlelight Hike

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Annual self-guided hike along a marked trail illuminated by tiki torches. Park at Sanderling Nature Center Lot P3 or North Beach Lot P2. No pets or strollers allowed on the hike. Snacks and refreshments will be available at Sanderling Nature Center.

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Kohler-Andrae SP information

Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is the home of majestic sand dunes, miles of golden beach, shimmering blue Lake Michigan water, whispering pines, an abundance of wildlife, and recreational activities for everyone. Kohler-Andrae State Park is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore, and is open for everyone to explore and enjoy.


Mailing Address: 1020 Beach Park Lane, Sheboygan, Wisconsin 53081

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Candlelight Hike and Campfire

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Food, Hike, Night event
Location: MacKenzie Center

Come on out to the MacKenzie Center for an evening hike through the trails. The illuminated trail will begin at the MacKenzie Center lodge and will include a campfire. Please park in the lodge parking lot and dress for the weather!

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MacKenzie Center information

The MacKenzie Center, just 25 miles north of Madison, is one of the most diverse education centers in Wisconsin. With interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming available for school and youth groups, MacKenzie is a wonderful place to visit and learn about the natural world. The State Game Farm is connected to the MacKenzie Center and is adjacent to the arboretum on the western half of the property.


Mailing Address: W7303 County Highway CS, Poynette, 53955

Note: Event dates and times are subject to change or cancellation. Please verify event status, dates and times prior to attendance.

Last revised: Wednesday, December 11, 2019