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Get Outdoors!Nature Programs and Events Calendar

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wildflower Hike

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Plant study
Location: Rib Mountain SP

Join Friends Member Karen Graff for a spring wildflower hike. Explore the park and check out the spring wildflowers. Bring water and tick repellent along with proper footwear - we will be hiking uneven terrain with uphill and downhill sections. Meet at the Concession Stand. Call the park at 715-842-2522 for weather conditions. Sponsored by the Friends of Rib Mountain State Park. A vehicle admission sticker required on all vehicles entering the park.


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Rib Mountain SP information

This billion-year-old hill is one of the oldest geological formations on earth. Rib Mountain State Park is a premier day-use facility with picnicking, hiking trails and a reservable amphitheater. The top of the 60-foot observation tower offers spectacular views of the Wausau area and Wisconsin River. Granite Peak Ski Area is on the north face of the mountain and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding during winter.


Mailing Address: 4200 Park Road, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Aztalan Spring Tour to Highlight Recent Discoveries

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Culture Study, Hike, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Aztalan SP

The Friends of Aztalan State Park will begin its season of summer and fall events with a spring walking tour. Aztalan was a fortified town occupied by Native Americans between A.D. 1050 and 1200. It was the northern outpost of the speculator Mississippian Civilization that mysteriously vanished from the Upper Midwest after A.D. 1250.

The tour will be led by archaeologist and Friends of Aztalan executive director, Robert Birmingham, co-author of Aztalan: Mysteries of An Ancient Indian Town. The tour will highlight recent discoveries and new research by various research institutions. Tour is free but visitors must have a state park sticker for each vehicle. Stickers can be purchased at the park.


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Aztalan SP information

Aztalan State Park is a National Historic Landmark and contains one of Wisconsin's most important archaeological sites. It showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between A.D. 1000 and 1300. The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village. Portions of the stockade and two mounds have been reconstructed in the park.


Mailing Address: N6200 Hwy Q, Lake Mills, Wisconsin 53551

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Discovery Bird Hike

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Master Naturalists Janet & Andy Raddatz will lead a bird hike at Kohler-Andrae. Meet them at Black River Trail, parking lot P, to search for birds in the park. The hike will last about 2 hours. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Bring binoculars and bird guides if available. The 2-mile hike is best for age 8 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no pets on this hike. All vehicles will need a state park sticker.

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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

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Nature Time for Preschoolers: Amazing Ants

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

They're small, have six legs and often visit our summer picnics! But there's more to ants than that! Come find out about the amazing lives of ants. 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

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wildflower Hike

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Meet Master naturalist Janice Wittkopp at the parking lot for the Black River Trail and hike the trail to search for the wildflowers currently blooming. Hike will last about an hour. Bring insect repellant and wildflower guide if available. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.

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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

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

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

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

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