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Get Outdoors!Date range: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 to Monday, July 22, 2019

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Adult Hikes: Winter Tracking

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Outdoor skills, Wildlife study
Location: Havenwoods SF

Meet WDNR Wildlife Biologist Dianne to look for fresh signs of wildlife. Learn the keys to success when tracking wildlife and test your knowledge of Wisconsin's winter critters. Dress for the weather.

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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

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Back to Basics: Snowshoeing

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study, Story time
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Wear your mittens and hats-we'll check out the winter wonderland on top of the snow! All snowshoe experience levels welcome! Youth Program.

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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, January 25, 2019

Annual Candlelight Ski and Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Red Cedar ST

Cross-Country Ski the candlelit Red Cedar State Trail from the Depot to the lit ice wall. Snowshoe the candlelit trail in Riverside Park. Hike the candlelit Junction City Trail. All activities start at the Red Cedar State Trail Depot, Highway 29 West. Enjoy free hot chocolate and door prizes provided by the . There will be a bonfire will keep you warm and the depot will be open. Skis are required for the Red Cedar State Trail. Bring your own skis, or a limited number are available for rental at Stout Adventures - 715-232-5625. Bring your own snowshoes or use for free, snowshoes are generously provided by the Mayo Clinic Health System. Event sponsored by ConAgra/Swiss Miss, and Mayo Clinic Health System and the Friends of the Red Cedar State Trail/Hoffman Hills [exit DNR]

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Red Cedar ST information

This 14.5-mile rail trail shadows the steep walls of the Red Cedar Valley from Menomonie to its connection with the Chippewa River State Trail. Along its route, the trail passes through the communities of Irvington and Downsville and the Dunnville State Wildlife Area. The trail passes by prairies, marshland bottoms, forests and farmlands, including sandstone bluffs and other unique rock formations. In the Dunnville Wildlife Area, the Red Cedar trail connects to the Chippewa River State Trail.


Mailing Address: 921 Brickyard Road, Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Turtle-Flambeau Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

Time: 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area

Join us at the MECCA Ski Trails for our annual winter skiing and snowshoeing event! There will be a warming fire, hot chocolate, hot cider and of course, sweet treats for all, sponsored by the MECCA Cross-Country Ski Club. The trail begins at the heated trailhead cabin on Fierick Road in Mercer. Watch for the signs. Trail passes or park stickers are not required but donations will be graciously accepted. See you on the trail!

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Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area information

Undisturbed, wooded shorelines and islands offer the opportunity to boat, camp, fish and enjoy the outdoors in wild and rugged northern Wisconsin. Spread across 40,000 acres in Iron County, the Turtle-Flambeau offers remote campsites accessible by water only.


Mailing Address: 5291N State House Circle, Mercer, Wisconsin 54547

Saturday, January 26, 2019

GO Cross-country Skiing!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Cross country ski, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Bring your skis and join instructor John Meyer to learn about waxing and many other skiing tips. The diagonal stride technique will be taught and practiced. Please call to pre-register (262) 878-5601. **Program is weather dependent. Meet at Shelter #1.

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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 26, 2019

Walk/Snowshoe on Sentinel Trail

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Tree study, Walk
Location: Peninsula SP

Meet at Sentinel trailhead at Eagle Tower (tower dismantled in 2016) parking lot. Join the naturalist for an easy, 0.5-mile walk along part of Sentinel Trail. Identify trees by bark, bud and leafy needle. Learn a bit of Peninsula history, too. Weather permitting, provide your own snowshoes.

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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

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Snowshoe the Kettle Moraine

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

Join the naturalists for our winter snowshoeing events at the Kettle Moraine State Forest! Enjoy the beauty of the Southern Unit while snowshoeing along the trails, then warm up with a mug of hot chocolate following the event. Limited supply of snowshoes in adult and youth sizes available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. New to snowshoeing? This is the perfect opportunity to give it a go with other outdoor enthusiasts. If there is not sufficient snow, we will still hike the trails. Meet at the Forest Headquarters, W39091 Hwy. 59, Eagle WI.

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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

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Learn to Snowshoe

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Snowshoeing
Location: Willow River SP

Get outdoors this winter and join us for this fun and free event! The Friends Group will be providing snowshoes and basic instruction on how to snowshoe followed by a selection of short, guided snowshoe hikes. You will then have an opportunity to explore the park's snowshoe trails on your own. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Children accompanied by adults are welcome. 

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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

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Candlelight ski, snowshoe and family sledding party

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Brunet Island SP

Join us for winter activities at the beach area picnic pavilion at Brunet Island State Park! Enjoy sledding down the beach hill or strap on the skis for a beautiful candlelight ski. The trail will also be groomed for hiking or snowshoeing along the cross-country trail. The fireplaces will be stoked and hot refreshments and hot dogs will be waiting to warm you! No pets allowed  Cross-country skis and snowshoes will be available for loan. 3-5 p.m. sledding; 5-7 p.m. candlelight ski and snowshoe.

Supported by Cornell/Lake Holcombe Community Ed, Cornell Cub Scouts, Cornell Lions, and the Cornell Area Betterment Association.


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Brunet Island SP information

Brunet Island State Park, on the Chippewa and Fisher rivers, offers more than 1,300 acres of scenic beauty, wildlife and recreational opportunities. Quiet lagoons and channels are excellent for canoeing and wildlife watching. The landscape in Chippewa County is a product of the most recent Ice Age. The rolling terrain carries a wide variety of forest types and is home to a multitude of wildlife.


Mailing Address: 23125 255th S., Cornell, Wisconsin 54732

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Winter Photo Hike

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Photography, Snowshoeing
Location: Devil's Lake SP

What better excuse to get outside in the winter is to go on a hike to take pictures! This will be an informal hike or snowshoe with chances to get out and take pictures of Devil's Lake in winter. This hike is a good one for amateur photographers or photographers who would like to help others take better pictures. We will start at Steinke basin, heading up the rescue road to the top of the east bluff. Since we will be hiking near dusk, hopefully we'll get a beautiful sunset to take pictures of from on top of the bluff. Be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp with you since we'll be hiking back down at twilight.

This will be about a 2-mile hike with some rugged/difficult terrain, but not too steep of hills. It can get chilly on top of the bluff, so make sure to dress in layers and bring water with you. If we have enough snow, we'll snowshoe up the bluff. Please bring your own snowshoes; we'll have a limited number of snowshoe for participants to borrow. And, don't forget your camera! Meet at the Steinke Basin Parking Lot.


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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 26, 2019

Candlelight ski, hike and snowshoe

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Hartman Creek SP

Come out and ski, hike or snowshoe by candlelight around Hartman Creek State Park! Start at the shelter by Hartman Lake, where fires and snacks will be waiting, and go around the lake and woods; we've added an additional mile! A vehicle admission sticker is required. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Hartman Creek State Park.

 


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Hartman Creek SP information

This 1,500-acre quiet and friendly natural gem is located near the beautiful spring-fed Chain O'Lakes. Camping, recreation opportunities, the Hellstad House Log Cabin, Whispering Pines day use area, and seven lakes with crystal clear waters make Hartman Creek a popular destination in central Wisconsin.


Mailing Address: N2480 Hartman Creek Rd., Waupaca, Wisconsin 54981-9727

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Candlelight Ski and Hike

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Come join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park and enjoy Whitefish Dunes' annual candlelight event. Separate trails, lit by luminaries, will be available for hikers and skiers. The shelter features a warming fire along with hot beverages and popcorn. Please leave your pet at home as they are not allowed on the trails or in the shelter building.

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Whitefish Dunes SP information

Whitefish Dunes State Park protects the fragile dune environment on the eastern Door County Peninsula. Stroll along Lake Michigan, watch waterfowl at Clark Lake, use the boardwalk to discover the wetlands or relax on one of the many trails throughout the forested sand dunes and beech forest. The park's nature center features year-round programs, exhibits and displays on ecology, geology and human history. Whitefish Dunes is a day-use park, there is no camping.


Mailing Address: 3275 Clark Lake Road , Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Candlelight Ski and Hike

CANCELLED

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Point Beach SF

This event has been cancelled due to poor trail conditions.

Come join the Friends of Point Beach State Forest to enjoy Point Beach's annual winter candlelight event! A 1-mile trail will be lit by luminaries for hikers and skiers. The lodge features two warming fires along with food and refreshments. Leashed pets are allowed on the hiking trail portion, but are not allowed in the Lodge building. Park admission fees are required and can be purchased at the office.


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Point Beach SF information

Point Beach State Forest features 3,000 acres of land and six miles of sandy beach along the shores of Lake Michigan. Point Beach offers family campsites, two large group cabins and an outdoor group camp. A popular feature within the property is the Rawley Point Lighthouse, which has been operated and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard since 1853.


Mailing Address: 9400 County Highway O, Two Rivers, Wisconsin 54241

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Friends of Lapham Peak Annual Candlelight Ski/Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Lapham Peak Unit

The Friends of Lapham Peak (exit DNR) will host the annual Candlelight Ski/Hike at the Homestead Hollow Picnic Area. Ski, snowshoe or hike by candlelight on a 1-mile (1.5 km) trail! Afterwards, a campfire and grill will be available for use, and hot beverages and treats will be available for a small donation in the Trecker Lodge.

Parking inside of the property is limited to approximately 450 vehicles. Carpooling is encouraged. Parking for cars and pickup trucks only--no trailer, bus or RV parking. There is no roadside parking. A 2019 Wisconsin State Park annual vehicle admission sticker or a $5 Special Event daily vehicle admission fee is required per car.

In addition to the vehicle admission, a free ticket voucher is required for each vehicle that wishes to attend the event. Vouchers will be available at the park office beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Please call the park office at 262-646-3025 to ensure vouchers are still available. Limit one per person at time of pickup. Park staff encourages people wishing to participate in the candlelight hike to pick up a voucher at the Lapham Peak office prior to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

Ticket vouchers will specify the admission time and presented at the gate for access. Entrants should arrive during the time frame specified. Ticket voucher time frames:

  • 6 to 7 p.m., Max 250 cars with reservation
  • 7 to 8 p.m., Max 150 cars with reservation
  • 8 to 8:30 p.m., Entrance gate discretion (Late skiers must start by 8:45 p.m.)

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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 26, 2019

Owl Prowl

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Night event, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Join us for this annual event to discover why owls are the perfect night hunters. Dress for the weather because we will go outside to search for these predators. 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

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Preschool Storytime: We Dig Groundhogs

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

What animal digs big holes, eats all summer, and sleeps all winter? If you guessed a groundhog, you're right! Come find out about these furry sleepers. Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5 and their parents, grandparents or other adult. These programs are not for day care centers or organizations.

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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

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: Wednesday, October 10, 2018