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Get Outdoors!Date range: Sunday, November 17, 2019 to Sunday, May 17, 2020

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Nature Time for Preschoolers: Scampering Squirrels

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study, Story time
Location: Havenwoods SF

Gray squirrels! Red squirrels! Fox squirrels! Squirrels in the park! Squirrels at your bird feeder! Squirrels are fun to watch and learn about. We'll use stories, crafts, and activities to explore a different topic each session. These programs are for preschoolers, ages 3-5, and their parents, grandparents, or other adult. These programs are not for day care centers or organizations. If you would like a program for your day care center or youth organization, please call to schedule at a separate time.


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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

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Weekly Nature Walk

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

These relaxed, guided walks will explore marsh flora and fauna while taking in the stunning views on the marsh. Length and difficulty will depend upon participants. Meeting location will vary; check website/Facebook for updates.

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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

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Stories at the Marsh: Turkeys

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Story time
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

. Gobble, gobble, gobble! Join us for stories and a craft. Ages 1-6 years.

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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, November 23, 2019

Shinrin-yoku: Forest Bathing Walk

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Being out in nature can make us feel relaxed. The sounds of the forest, the scent of the leaves, the sunlight playing through the branches - these things ease our stress and help us relax and think more clearly. Join us for the Japanese practice of forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku and spend the morning on a relaxing walk on one of the forested trails at Devil's Lake. We'll hike the Tumbled Rock Trail,, enjoying the sounds, smells, and sights this forested trail has to offer. This hike is for adults. Meet at the North Shore Visitor Center.


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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, November 23, 2019

Hibernation Preparation

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

Join this interactive program and learn about all the different ways Wisconsin critters get ready for winter! This drop-in program is best suited for school-aged children with accompanying adults. Meet at the North Shelter.

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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, November 23, 2019

Turkey Bingo Bonanza!

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Willow River SP

Join us at the Nature Center for a TURK-tacular day all about Wisconsin's' famous Thanksgiving bird. We'll learn some interesting facts about turkeys, find out if it's easier to eat a turkey VS. eating like a turkey, then we'll play Turkey Bingo (similar to traditional Bingo) with small prizes available for participants who are not afraid to "gobble" at the competition! This is a great family activity to enjoy as we get ready for the tastiest holiday of the year! 

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Willow River SP information

With nearly 3,000 acres of prairie, forests, and panoramic river scenery, Willow River State Park offers year-round recreation opportunities in western Wisconsin. The park is about five miles northeast of Hudson, and has a campground, a boat launch and a 400-foot beach and picnic area centered on 172-acre Little Falls Lake.


Mailing Address: 1034 County Highway A, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016

Friday, November 29, 2019

Eagle Panorama to Eagle Terrace

CANCELLED

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Geology, Nature study, Walk
Location: Peninsula SP

This event has been cancelled

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Peninsula SP information

Considered Wisconsin's most complete park, Peninsula offers 468 campsites, three group camps, a summer theater, an 18-hole golf course, sand beach, bike trails, a lighthouse and eight miles of Door County shoreline. The rollicking waves that skip towards Peninsula's sky high bluffs are part of the Niagara Escarpment.


Mailing Address: 9462 Shore Rd., Fish Creek, Wisconsin 54212

Friday, November 29, 2019

Opt Outside Hike

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Lakeshore SP

Join our park naturalist for a hike through Lakeshore State Park and burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories! Learn about the park's history and any winter waterfowl that are starting to arrive. All ages are welcome, so bring the whole family! Meet at the North entrance just west of Discovery World.

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Lakeshore SP information

In the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Lakeshore State Park provides a unique urban oasis with recreational and educational opportunities geared to the urban population. Lakeshore State Park offers great views of the city and Lake Michigan and has a reservable, overnight boat slip.


Mailing Address: 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Saturday, November 30, 2019

What's New at Peninsula?

CANCELLED

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Indoor activity
Location: Peninsula SP

This event has been cancelled.

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Peninsula SP information

Considered Wisconsin's most complete park, Peninsula offers 468 campsites, three group camps, a summer theater, an 18-hole golf course, sand beach, bike trails, a lighthouse and eight miles of Door County shoreline. The rollicking waves that skip towards Peninsula's sky high bluffs are part of the Niagara Escarpment.


Mailing Address: 9462 Shore Rd., Fish Creek, Wisconsin 54212

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Weekly Nature Walk

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

These relaxed, guided walks will explore marsh flora and fauna while taking in the stunning views on the marsh. Length and difficulty will depend upon participants. Meeting location will vary; check website/Facebook for updates.

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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

Friday, December 6, 2019

Chick-a-dee-dee-dee Nature Storytime

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Always bright-eyed and full of energy, chickadees add a cheery note to any winter day. You'll be amazed by the lives these tiny birds lead. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. Location: Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee)


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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, December 7, 2019

Learn to Rabbit Hunt

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Hunting, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Learn the basics of rabbit hunting and gun handling then hunt with a mentor. For adults with limited or no experience. Hunt day will depend on the weather. Hunt will take place on Dec. 7 or Dec. 8.

For questions or to register, email Marty Moses.


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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, December 7, 2019

Holiday Greenery

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activity: Arts and Crafts
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Put some fragrance in your holidays as you create beautiful evergreen sprays or swags using all natural materials provided for you. Please pre-register by calling (262) 878-5601. Fee is $20. Meet at the Visitor Center but be prepared to drive. 8:30-10 a.m. OR 10:30 a.m.- Noon.

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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, December 7, 2019

Holiday Greenery Workshop (registration required)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Educational Programs
Location: MacKenzie Center

Sign up to learn how to make your own holiday greenery. You must preregister and prepay ($10) at the MacKenzie Center 608-635-8105 prior to the class. All supplies required will be provided, but feel free to bring any materials you may have.

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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

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Hikin' With Your Hound

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Enjoy a crisp late fall walk with the naturalist and your pup! We'll hike the East Bluff Woods Trail while exploring nature and giving your dogs a chance to get out and about in nature too. If you don't have a dog, you are welcome to join us. The hike will be about 2 - 2.5 miles in length. There are no stairs on this trail, but we will be walking up hill. This hike is best for adults and teenage children.

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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, December 7, 2019

Wreath Making Class

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Indoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Sign up to learn how to make your own holiday wreath, and enjoy a warm fire and hot cider in the DJ Mackie Picnic Area. You must preregister and prepay ($15) at the Forest Headquarters-262-594-6200 prior to the class.

All supplies required will be provided, including a reusable frame. We will have ribbon available, but feel free to bring your own (3-in wide "wired" ribbon).

Meet at the DJ Mackie Picnic Area - located on Hwy ZZ, about 1 mile east of Hwy 67, just east of the Scuppernong Hiking Trails.


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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. Some events, such as candlelight skis/hikes are very popular, and access to these events may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached.

Last revised: Friday, June 07, 2019