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Get Outdoors!Nature Programs and Events Calendar

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Spring Wildflower Hike

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Plant study
Location: Theresa Marsh Wildlife Area

With spring arriving, our woodland wildflowers are beginning to bloom in earnest! Join DNR Staff at Vernon Marsh Wildlife Area in Waukesha County as we search for spring wildflowers. Dress for the weather. Program is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to: Dianne Robinson, Wildlife Educator,262-424-9827 or Dianne.Robinson@Wisconsin.gov

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Theresa Marsh Wildlife Area information

Theresa Marsh Wildlife Area is a 5,990 acre property located in northern Washington and eastern Dodge County. Grassland, cattail and brush marsh, woodland, agricultural land, seasonally flooded wetlands and permanent wetlands all are important in the proper management of the property.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Citizen Science Expo

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study, Volunteer opportunity, Wildlife conservation
Location: Newport SP

Join the park naturalist to learn about several Citizen Science opportunities you can participate in at Newport. Get information about the three projects going on at the park this summer: Bluebird box monitoring, bat house monitoring and the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. Time commitments are flexible and can be as much or as little as you want. Come find out more! Meets in the Nature Center.

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Newport SP information

Newport State Park, northeast of Ellison Bay, is Wisconsin's only formally-designated wilderness park. With 2,373 acres and 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the park offers quiet alternatives to bustling Door County. Explore 30 miles of hiking trails with hike-in campsites. There are evergreen and hardwood forests, wetlands and upland meadows.


Mailing Address: 475 County Highway NP, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin 54210

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ice Age Trail Trekkers

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Join us for a calming 2.94-mile evening hike along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail between County Road S and Kettle Moraine Drive. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot. Location: Ice Age Trail crossing on County Road S by St. Matthias Church (located southwest of County Road GGG near New Fane).


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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

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Nature Storytime

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study, Story time
Location: Interstate SP

Naturalist Colleen Tolliver will share a stories, songs and fun activities with pre-schoolers and their parents. A short activity following the story will reinforce the story's nature-related theme. Nature Storytime will generally last between 30-60 minutes, depending on the participants. Time will be spent outdoors, weather permitting. Dress for the weather; dress for fun!. Meet at the Ice Age Center.

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Interstate SP information

Interstate is Wisconsin's oldest state park, established in 1900. Located along the picturesque St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the park provides scenic views of the river and the steep-sided gorge known as the Dalles of the St. Croix. The Ice Age Interpretive Center features a film, photographs, murals and information


Mailing Address: State Highway 35, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024

Friday, May 25, 2018

Looking for Lake Iris

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Peninsula SP

Peninsula protects colonies of federally threatened lake iris. Discover the beauty of this and other wildflowers on a short walk with the park naturalist. Geared for older kids and adults. Meet at Park Headquarters.


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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, May 25, 2018

Spring Wildflower ID

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Newport SP

Take to the woods with park naturalists to learn all about spring wildflowers. Identification tips, facts and folklore will be discussed along the way. Meet at Lot 1.

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Newport SP information

Newport State Park, northeast of Ellison Bay, is Wisconsin's only formally-designated wilderness park. With 2,373 acres and 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, the park offers quiet alternatives to bustling Door County. Explore 30 miles of hiking trails with hike-in campsites. There are evergreen and hardwood forests, wetlands and upland meadows.


Mailing Address: 475 County Highway NP, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin 54210

Friday, May 25, 2018

Scavenger Hunt

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Scavenger hunt
Location: Interstate SP

Stop at the Ice Age Center to pick up your scavenger hunt list-find them all and you can pick up a small prize at the Front Desk.


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Interstate SP information

Interstate is Wisconsin's oldest state park, established in 1900. Located along the picturesque St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the park provides scenic views of the river and the steep-sided gorge known as the Dalles of the St. Croix. The Ice Age Interpretive Center features a film, photographs, murals and information


Mailing Address: State Highway 35, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 54024

Friday, May 25, 2018

Plants of Potawatomi Guided Hike

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity, Plant study
Location: Potawatomi SP

We'll talk about wildflowers, trees, and any other interesting plants we come across on this short 1-2 mile loop. Meet at the Potawatomi Nature Center.

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Potawatomi SP information

Potawatomi State Park on the shore of Sturgeon Bay in southern Door County, has 1,200 acres of gently rolling upland terrain bordered by steep slopes and rugged limestone cliffs. The park is named in honor of the tribe that inhabited Green Bay's shores and islands when Europeans first settled the area. The tribe called themselves Bo-De-Wad-Me which means "keeper of the fire." Eventually the spelling and pronunciation were changed to Potawatomi.


Mailing Address: 3740 County Road PD, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Friday, May 25, 2018

Animal Tracks

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Test your skills at identifying different tracks and scat. Meet at the Ottawa Lake Recreation Area (S59 W36630 County Rd ZZ).


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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

Friday, May 25, 2018

History of Lakeshore State Park

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: History, Walk
Location: Lakeshore SP

Learn about the history and construction of Lakeshore State Park and the surrounding area. We will walk a complete loop of the park, stopping to talk about the changing landscape along the way. Free program. All ages welcome. Meet at the South Entrance.


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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

Friday, May 25, 2018

Guided Kayak Tour

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Go on an adventure at Devil's Lake by kayak! Guides will take you on a 2-hour tour of the lake exploring the geology and lake's wildlife. Space is limited, so you'll need to preregister. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. Meet at the Chateau (North Shore Concessions).

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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

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Fishing

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Fishing, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Kick back and wet your line on Vern Wolf Lake during this fishing drop-in. Don't have a pole? You can use ours! All ages welcome! Meet at the fishing pier.


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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

Friday, May 25, 2018

Fading into Darkness Night Hike

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

As the sun sets and the light fades from the sky, the day animals retire and a new group of animals awakens. Bring your bug spray and sense of adventure as we use all our senses to explore the nocturnal world. This hike is for families/groups with children at least 5 years old. Location: Zillmer Trails Area (located off County Road SS between County Road G and Hwy 67 near New Prospect).


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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, May 26, 2018

Find a Trail

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, History, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Wondering what trail to hike or what to see in the park? Join the Nature Center staff for some great hiking ideas. Meet at the Nature 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, May 26, 2018

Discover Wisconsin Explorer

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Children's program
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Kids, ages three and up, bring an adult to join this fun nature program! Learn how you can earn a colorful patch. Meet at the Amphitheater.

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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, May 26, 2018

Wildflower Walk

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Join us for an hour of light hiking and meandering around spring wildflowers. Meet at the Forest Headquarters (S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle) and be prepared to caravan to wherever the flowers are blooming. It's spring, so be prepared for muddy conditions.

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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: Friday, March 02, 2018