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Friday, January 19, 2018

Ahooooo! Call the Coyotes Nature Storytime

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Indoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

In the dark of night, we hear a wailing howl and know that the coyotes are near. Discover amazing truths about the life of a coyote. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee). Get Directions.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit information

The Kettle Moraine Northern Unit is comprised of about 30,000 acres stretching 30 miles across Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Washington Counties. The forest is managed for multiple use, including recreation management, sustainable forest products, water quality and soil protection, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, native biological diversity and aesthetics.


Mailing Address: N1765 Highway G , Campbellsport, Wisconsin 53010

Saturday, January 20, 2018

2018 Lapham Loppet Ski Races

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Cross country ski, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Lapham Peak Unit

Cross-country Freestyle and Classical Ski Races, as well as a Middle School 3K Race. Registration is limited to 200. Registration 8-10:15 a.m. Middle School 3K Race starts at 9:45 a.m. Lapham Loppet Freestyle and Classical races start at 10:30 a.m. For more info, race fees, or to register, see the Friends of Lapham Peak website.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Lapham Peak Unit information

The Kettle Moraine and Lapham Peak were formed 10,000 years ago when a glacier covered much of Wisconsin. Lapham Peak's glaciated topography provides excellent hiking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing on lighted trails. Climb a 45-foot observation tower atop the highest point in Waukesha County (1,233 feet above sea level).


Mailing Address: W329 N846 County C, Delafield, Wisconsin 53018

Saturday, January 20, 2018

GO! Discover: Winter White-Out

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs
Location: Havenwoods SF

Discover some things about snow that you didn't know, look at snow crystals close-up, solve some snow mysteries, print snowflakes on a bandanna, and get ready to really enjoy the next snowstorm! Drop in anytime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.


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Havenwoods SF information

Havenwoods State Forest is Wisconsin's only urban state forest, featuring 237 acres of grasslands, woods and wetlands in the city of Milwaukee. Hike, run, bike and watch wildlife on over six miles of trails. Explore one of the four ponds, stroll over the 120-foot bridge or find a bench to sit and relax outdoors.


Mailing Address: 6141 N. Hopkins St. , Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Family Resources Snowshoe Hike

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Crex Meadows

In collaboration with Burnett County Family Resources, Crex will hold a snowshoe hike for families that want to get out and enjoy nature in the winter! Snowshoes and snacks will be provided!


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Crex Meadows information

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is a 30,000 acre property of wetlands, brush prairies, and forests scattered across a gently rolling landscape. It is located in western Burnett County. Find it from Highway 70 in Grantsburg. Directional signs will guide you through Grantsburg to the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center, which is located on County Road D.


Mailing Address: 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, 54840

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Snowshoe/Hike into Fern Dell Gorge

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Marty is back to guide a fun winter hike into the Fern Dell Gorge to see the ice sheets! Meet him at the park office at 10 a.m. for carpooling. The hike will be about 90 minutes of adventure hiking through the woods and into the gorge. Walking sticks and snowshoes are recommended but not required. Bring your cameras to capture some beautiful pictures of the colored ice!
Due to limited space in the gorge, please RSVP to the park office (608-254-2333) to sign up for the hike.


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Mirror Lake SP information

This park is named for its centerpiece, a lake which often is so Locationcalm that not a ripple marks its surface. The lake reflects a wooded shoreline with cliffs up to 50 feet high, a swimming beach, and wetlands that are home to a variety of wildlife. The park's 2,200 acres includes several picnic areas, wooded campsites, summer rentals, and a cabin for people with disabilities.


Mailing Address: E10320 Fern Dell Rd., Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Get Outdoors! Learn to Ice Fish

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Fishing, Free Fishing Weekend, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Learn the tricks of winter fishing with experienced ice anglers. We will start inside the Mauthe Lake picnic shelter for a presentation on safety tips and appropriate gear and tackle. Then it's off to Mauthe Lake to try our best at luring those fish out of the water. Equipment, tackle, and bait will be provided. This program is best for people over 6 years old. To register call (920) 533-8322 by January 19. Special surprises await all who pre-register. No fishing license required since it is Free Fishing Weekend. A Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission sticker is required. Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Picnic Shelter (located off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect). Get Directions - Mauthe Lake Recreation Area.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit information

The Kettle Moraine Northern Unit is comprised of about 30,000 acres stretching 30 miles across Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Washington Counties. The forest is managed for multiple use, including recreation management, sustainable forest products, water quality and soil protection, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, native biological diversity and aesthetics.


Mailing Address: N1765 Highway G , Campbellsport, Wisconsin 53010

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Chief Kewaskum Winter Snowshoe Hike

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, History, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

Come out and enjoy a winter campfire with friends, while learning about the history of Pike Lake. This 1.5-mile round-trip hike will give you the change to get engaged in the area's history, while enjoying the outdoors. Throughout this hike, Superintendent Rob will inform hikers about Chief Kewaskum's influence on Pike Lake. Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the area where Chief Kewaskum's winter village site once existed. Meet at the amphitheater.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit information

The Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is in the middle of the Kettle Moraine, a strip of glacial landforms which extends through southeastern Wisconsin to Lake Winnebago. The forest is named after the 522-acre, spring-fed kettle: Pike Lake. Powder Hill, a large glacial kame, provides the opportunity for a great hike and view. Visitors can enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and much more within the forest.


Mailing Address: 3544 Kettle Moraine Road, Hartford, Wisconsin 53027

Saturday, January 20, 2018

GO Ice Fish!

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Fishing, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Learn the basics of safe and effective ice fishing then try to catch a fish of your own! Free fishing this weekend and some equipment provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program is weather dependent. Meet at the Visitor Center but be prepared to drive.


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Richard Bong SRA information

Once designated to be a jet fighter base, Richard Bong State Recreation Area is fittingly named after Major Richard I. Bong, a Poplar, WI native who was America's leading air ace during World War II. The air base was abandoned three days before concrete was to be poured for a 12,500-foot runway. Local citizens had the foresight to protect this open space for future generations.


Mailing Address: 26313 Burlington Rd., Kansasville, Wisconsin 53139

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Learn to Ice Fish on Free Fishing Weekend

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Fishing, Free Fishing Weekend, Outdoor skills
Location: Straight Lake SP

Meet on Rainbow Lake in Straight Lake State Park, located northeast of Luck. It's "Free Fishing Weekend" so no fishing license is required! The fishing holes will be drilled, jig poles rigged, bait ready, and all you have to do is dress warmly! Challenge your friends and family to catch the first fish! Park admission stickers are required for this event and will be available for sale at the park. This event is open to everyone and all children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Straight Lake SP information

A pristine natural area and quiet beauty are found at Straight Lake in northwest Wisconsin. This 1,800-acre park is open to foot traffic only. Lake views and glacial features provide great vistas on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail within the park. Fishing is allowed and boats may be carried in to fish.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Read and Explore

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Indoor activity, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Story time
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Drop in to read a book about tracking animals with a caring adult. Afterwards, head outside to explore for animal tracks and the stories they tell. This is a great opportunity for early elementary students to practice their reading skills! Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee). Get Directions.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit information

The Kettle Moraine Northern Unit is comprised of about 30,000 acres stretching 30 miles across Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Washington Counties. The forest is managed for multiple use, including recreation management, sustainable forest products, water quality and soil protection, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, native biological diversity and aesthetics.


Mailing Address: N1765 Highway G , Campbellsport, Wisconsin 53010

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Family Snow Day

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Parents, bring your kids out for a day of fun in the "snow" (winter)! Warm up by the fire. Participate activities to have fun on a winter's day - snow or no snow! Please wear proper footwear and clothing for the outdoors in winter. We'll also have a StoryWalk set out along the north shore. Storywalks turn reading into an adventure! Designed for beginning readers, the stories will appeal to all ages. Meet at the Rock Elm shelter on the park's north shore.


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Devil's Lake SP information

Founded in 1911, Devil's Lake is the third oldest state park in Wisconsin, the largest, and the most visited. Devil's Lake offers magnificent views from 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. Enjoy lakeshore picnic areas, sandy swimming beaches, 29 miles of hiking trails, or ease into the backcountry solitude. Devil's Lake is a beautiful year-round park with an intriguing natural history along the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail.


Mailing Address: S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913-9299

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Learn to Ice Fish

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Fishing, Free Fishing Weekend, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Bundle up to learn the basics of how to ice fish. Devil's Lake's volunteers and staff will help you go out on the ice and try to catch a fish! All equipment and bait is provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult and adults are welcome! Dress warm as there will be no shanties, but there will be a fire to warm up by on shore. This is a "Free Fishing Weekend" so not fishing license is required. This is a weather-dependent activity and can be canceled if ice conditions are not safe. Meet outside the Rock Elm Shelter on the park's north shore.


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Devil's Lake SP information

Founded in 1911, Devil's Lake is the third oldest state park in Wisconsin, the largest, and the most visited. Devil's Lake offers magnificent views from 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. Enjoy lakeshore picnic areas, sandy swimming beaches, 29 miles of hiking trails, or ease into the backcountry solitude. Devil's Lake is a beautiful year-round park with an intriguing natural history along the 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail.


Mailing Address: S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913-9299

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Candlelight Hike

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Hiking by candlelight, a roaring bonfire, roasted marshmallows and warm refreshments await everyone at the 8th annual Horicon Marsh Candlelight Hike. There are two trails available. One trail is 1.5 miles and another "Family Loop" is only 0.36 miles. The Education Center will be open for people to warm up, view the 20 minute "Horicon Marsh Story." The Northern Cross Science Foundation astronomers will be on site to help you view the night sky through telescopes or to talk about the stars if it is cloudy. Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center will line the trails with candle-powered luminaries to welcome and guide hikers. Volunteers will be on hand for assistance and information. Admission to the event is free; however, please consider bringing a non-perishable food item or hats/gloves/mittens for our food drive and mitten campaign to be donated to local schools and food pantries. Parking is limited at the education center so please consider using the shuttles. Free shuttles will be available from Mayville and Horicon from 4:30-9:30pm. The Mayville Shuttle will be located at Theiler Park. The address is N8282 County Road TW, Mayville, WI 53050. The Horicon Shuttle will be located in the Bethesda parking lot at 620 Washington St, Horicon. For more information visit: www.horiconmarsh.org.


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Horicon Marsh Education Center information

Horicon Marsh has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations. This renowned marsh is now home to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The Wildlife Education Program has been conducted at the marsh since the mid-1980s. This program focuses on the abundant wildlife resources of the marsh, their ecology and applied management.


Mailing Address: N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, 53032

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Copper Culture Candlelight Hike

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Copper Culture SP

Join us for an evening hike/snowshoe at Copper Culture. A scenic trail will be lit with luminaries through the woods and along the Oconto River. The trail starts at the shelter building. A warming fire and hot chocolate is provided. The event is free but donations are appreciated. Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome on the hike. For more information contact the Oconto Park's Department at 920-834-7706.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Copper Culture SP information

The 42-acre Copper Culture State Park is on the north side of the Oconto River, on the west side of the city of Oconto. It was the site of a prehistoric cemetery of the Old Copper Complex people who occupied the northern Midwest from ca. 4000 - 2000 BC. The park is for day use only.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

19th Annual Governor Dodge State Park Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Governor Dodge SP

Ski, hike, or snowshoe a trail lit with glowing candlelight. Warm up by the bonfire after enjoying the trail. Snacks and hot beverages will be available for purchase. Weather and snow conditions will determine trail location. Sponsored by the Friends of Governor Dodge. Sorry, no pets please. Vehicle admission stickers are required and will be available for purchase at the event.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Governor Dodge SP information

Governor Dodge State Park is one of the state's largest parks, with 5,350 acres of steep hills, bluffs, and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. Located in Wisconsin's scenic driftless area, Governor Dodge offers camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, biking, hunting, fishing, off-road biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding opportunities.


Mailing Address: 4175 State Highway 23 N , Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Candlelight Ski and Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Ski or hike the 1.6-mile purple loop of the Nordic Trails through the woods that will be illuminated by 450 candles! No hills-no spills! There will be a bonfire to roast marshmallows or cookout. Food will be available for purchase, provided by the Kettle Moraine Natural History Association. The trail will be groomed for classic skiing - no skate skiing or skijoring. Pets are allowed on the ski trail - for this event only.. All vehicles will need a vehicle admission sticker. The Nordic Trail is located on Hwy H - about 4 miles south of Palmyra and 1.5 miles north of LaGrange. Get Directions.

Candlelight skis/hikes are very popular events at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events through social media outlets and the department's responsibility to provide a safe recreational experience, access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Thank you for helping make these events a success.


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Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit information

More than 22,000 acres of glacial hills, kettles, lakes, prairie restoration sites, pine woods and hardwood forests can be found in the Southern Unit, making this a popular area for a wide variety of visitors. The Forest is 30 miles long, extending from the village of Dousman, almost to the city of Whitewater. The forest headquarters is 3 miles west of the village of Eagle on State Highway 59.


Mailing Address: S59 W36530 County ZZ, Dousman, Wisconsin 53118

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

Last revised: Wednesday, October 18, 2017