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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Glacial Geology of Hartman Creek Tour

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Geology, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Hartman Creek SP

Learn all about Hartman Creek's fascinating glacial history on a guided tour with retired USGS geologist, Terry Gerlach. We will explore various parts of the park during this two-part program. In the morning the walk will highlight the processes responsible for our hill-and-lake landscapes and the abundant deposits of silt, sand, gravel, cobbles, and boulders. In the afternoon, we will visit Marl Lake, part of the Chain O'Lakes. Here we will discuss what marl is and explain how its formation gives rise to the vivid blue-green color of the lake water. Then we will visit a few glacial geologic sites just outside the park.

The morning portion (10 a.m. to noon) includes 1 mile of walking. A break for on-your-own lunch (noon - 2 p.m.), then the afternoon portion (2 -4 p.m.) includes 0.33 miles of walking, with some optional stairs. Much of the program will be driving with road stops.

Space is limited and registration is required. You can register by stopping into the park office, or by calling 715-258-2372.

Please arrive a few minutes early so we may start on time. No pets please. Meet at the beach parking lot.


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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, July 21, 2018

Fur Trade Encampment

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, History, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Presented by Fox of the River Voyageur Canoe LLC

Join us for a truly a hands-on experience in history and camaraderie into the fur trade era and the lives of its most colorful participants - the Voyageurs.You'll get to paddle a Voyageur canoe and learn about the Voyageur way of life.Step into the past with Jean Paul Pauquette and Jacques Largillier as your guides. This is a FREE program sponsored by the Friends of Devil's lake. Happening at the North Shore Boat Launch.


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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, July 21, 2018

Constellations for Kids

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Drop-in Program, Night event
Location: Harrington Beach SP

Every culture has constellation stories. Come learn some summer constellations and prepare to join the Northern Cross Science Foundation for an evening at the observatory. Meet at the Puckett's Pond Shelter.

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Harrington Beach SP information

Harrington Beach State Park has more than a mile of beach along Lake Michigan. This 715-acre park also features a white cedar and hardwood swamp, old field grasslands with restored wetland ponds and a scenic limestone quarry lake. Camp, sunbathe, picnic, hike, bird watch, fish or practice astronomy. An observatory is open to the public for monthly viewings.


Mailing Address: 531 County Road D, Belgium, Wisconsin 53004

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Drop in at the Beach: Water Critters

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Drop by and learn about the different types, the life cycles, and how to identify different water critters. Meet at the beach area.

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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, July 21, 2018

Sip and Paint

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activity: Arts and Crafts
Location: Big Foot Beach SP

Jose Palomo from Picasso Vino guides you step by step to paint your own masterpiece. For ages 21+ and for all abilities. Please call (262) 248-2528 to pre-register, space is limited, fee is $30 to cover cost of supplies. Sponsored by the Friends of Big Foot Beach State Park. Meet at the Shelter. Bring a lawn chair. Admission to the park is not included but is required. If rain or high heat index, event will be rescheduled for July 22.



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Big Foot Beach SP information

This 271-acre park on the shore of Geneva Lake offers wooded campsites, a sand beach, 6.5 miles of hiking trails, and picnic areas. No alcoholic beverages are allowed anywhere in the park.


Mailing Address: 1452 S. Wells St., Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Drop-in Discovery Station - Pond Critters

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Arts and Crafts, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

What's swimming in that pond water? You'll use magnifiers and simple sampling equipment to take an up-close look at some interesting aquatic critters. Activities will happen outside 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

Saturday, July 21, 2018

General Store Museum Tour

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, History
Location: High Cliff SP

Learn about the history of the lost town of High Cliff, the once booming limestone business, and find out why the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Winnebago brought people here to live and work.

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High Cliff SP information

High Cliff State Park is the only state-owned recreational area on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest lake. The park gets its name from the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. The magnificent 12-foot statue of Winnebago Indian Chief Red Bird, standing high on a huge granite rock, overlooks the lake and is a popular destination in the park.


Mailing Address: N7630 State Park Rd, Sherwood, Wisconsin 54169

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Our Living Ancestors: Hike with author/naturalist John Bates

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Forestry, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Tree study
Location: Copper Falls SP

Old-growth forests: Where are they, what values do they provide, and why did we cut nearly all of them down? Join guest naturalist/author John Bates on the trail to celebrate these tall, longstanding reminders of the past. Copies of his newest book, Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old-growth Forests in Wisconsin (and where to find them) will be on hand after the program. Meet at the park pavilion near the picnic grounds.

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Copper Falls SP information

Ancient lava flows, deep gorges, and spectacular waterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. Log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s add to the park's charm. There is plenty to do; hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The North Country National Scenic Trail passes through Copper Falls State Park.


Mailing Address: 36764 Copper Falls Road, Mellen, Wisconsin 54546

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Campfire Safety and Cooking

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Cooking, Food, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Buckhorn SP

Stop in from 1-4 p.m. to try some recipes and learn how to be safe around your campfire.

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Buckhorn SP information

Buckhorn State Park is a paradise for water enthusiasts, hunters, hikers, campers and nature lovers. The park and two adjacent state wildlife areas cover more than 8,000-acres on a peninsula in the Castle Rock Flowage of the Wisconsin River and along the connecting Yellow River. Family and group campsites, unique cart-in camping, a cabin for people with disabilities, canoe trail and an accessible fishing pier, are all available at Buckhorn State Park.


Mailing Address: W8450 Buckhorn Park Ave., Necedah, Wisconsin 54646

Saturday, July 21, 2018

So Many Legs! Drop In at the Beach

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

6, 8, 14, 20, 100+ Why so many legs? Drop in to meet creatures with a lot of legs and find out a few new things about these incredible animals. Everyone is invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children. Location: Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Beach (located off County Road GGG south of County Road SS 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, July 21, 2018

Wild Wetlands

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study, Wetlands
Location: Hartman Creek SP

What makes a wetland a wetland? Who lives there? Explore one of the many wetlands at Hartman Creek State Park. We will be getting a close-up look at these amazing ecosystems, collecting samples and specimens so make sure to wear insect repellent. Meet at the Hellestad House.

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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, July 21, 2018

Meet the Monarchs!

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Nature study, Wildlife conservation
Location: Newport SP

Join the park naturalist as she explains all about monarchs amazing life cycle. See the active nursey and help release any monarchs that may be ready to go. 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

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Saturday Stories: "Wish for a Fish"

Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study, Story time
Location: Lakeshore SP

Come listen to a Dr. Seuss Series book, and participate in a related activity! Topics change each week. Bring a camping chair or blanket for a comfy story-time. This week we'll read "Wish for a Fish" and try a little fishing. Free program. Content geared toward 3 to 10 year-olds, but all are welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Fishing Docks.


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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, July 21, 2018

Wisconsin Explorers Program

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study
Location: Blue Mound SP

Come discover the secrets of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program with the park naturalist! Best for ages 6 and up. Meet at the Friends Shelter.

The WI Explorers Program is held most Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Check with the park office to confirm dates and times and to see what topic will be covered.


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Blue Mound SP information

Perched atop the highest point in southern Wisconsin, Blue Mound State Park offers spectacular views and unique geological features. A swimming pool is available in during summer. Over 20 miles of scenic hiking, off-road biking, and cross-country ski trails, as well as a family campground, access to the Military Ridge State Trail with bike-in campsites, and a rustic cabin for people with disabilities make Blue Mound a popular destination year-round.


Mailing Address: 4350 Mounds Park Rd., Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Spear and Arrowhead Identification

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Activities: Archeology, Drop-in Program
Location: Perrot SP

Drop in to the Nature Center and learn to identify various spear and arrowhead replicas using techniques archaeologists use in the field.

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Perrot SP information

Perrot State Park, where the Trempealeau River meets the Mississippi River, offers breathtaking views from 500-foot bluffs. The river bank and surrounding wetlands provide wonderful habitat for the many migratory birds that travel through this area twice a year. Unique to southwestern Wisconsin and Perrot are the goat prairies perched high on the bluffs.


Mailing Address: W26247 Sullivan Road, Trempealeau, Wisconsin 54661

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Make Tracks

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Interstate SP

Compare sizes and match tracks in a hands-on activity focused around Wisconsin animals. All ages are welcome, but be prepared to get dirty! 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

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