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Get Outdoors!Date range: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 to Thursday, December 26, 2019

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Reading Treasure Hunt

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activity: Educational Programs
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Read a story in the woods! This summer, go on a treasure hunt for hidden story boxes. Stop at the Nature Center to pick up the clues, then go off on your own nature adventure to explore the outdoors and read the stories. This program is self-guided and designed for kids and families.


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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

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Rock Collecting as a Hobby

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Geology, Nature study
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Discover a hands-on approach to rock collecting including information on locating rocks along the shores of Lake Michigan during program by Ed Mindock. This is a great family presentation; children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Sanderling Nature Center. No pets allowed.

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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, June 26, 2019

Ice Age Trekkers

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

Join us for a brisk 3.43-mile morning hike between County Road V and Division Road. Location: Meet at Ice Age Trail intersection with Division Road south of the Shelter 3 parking lot (located south of County Road F near 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

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Music in the Park

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Music, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Bella Musik is a Midwest vocal duo made up of husband and wife Jamie and Laurie Biermann. They play a variety of classic, easy-listening music and are most known for their harmonies and humor. Family-friendly; children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the park amphitheater. In inclement weather the event will be moved to Sanderling Nature Center.

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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, June 26, 2019

Going Batty!

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Nature study, Wildlife conservation
Location: Peninsula SP

Meet at Welckers Shelter Building. Come "hang around" with the park naturalist at a program that begins with family friendly activities: a game of "Bat and Moth" and a Going Batty quiz. Learn why Peninsula's cave bats have declined by 90 percent and the role park bluffs play in bat survival. Participants have the option to stay past sunset to participate in a bat count (about 9:30 p.m.). Will Peninsula's remaining two dozen bats emerge after sunset to feast on mosquitoes?

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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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Hartman Hiker Challenge: Oak Ridge Trail

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Hartman Creek SP

The second guided hike in our hiker challenge series, this 2.2-mile route loops through pine and deciduous forest and has some unique geological features. This hike includes some steeper hills. 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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Discovering Wildflowers

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Join master naturalists Richard, LuAnn, Jeanne and Karen to discover the many wildflowers growing along the Black River Trail. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Bring insect repellant, sunscreen, binoculars and field guides if available. The hike will last at least an hour. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Black River Trail parking lot. All vehicles will need a state park admission 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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

OutWiGo The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Hike
Location: Newport SP

As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Challenge Hikes are getting us out on the trails, and we're not going to stop until we do them all! Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. We'll log hours and miles every week. When we are done, we'll have hiked every trail in Newport State Park, enjoying all it has to offer. We started with the shortest trail loop (1.2 mi.) and will end with the longest trail loop (7 mi.) on Aug. 22. On the last day, we'll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together. This week's hike will be Lynd Point Trail, a 2.5 mile loop.All are welcome to participate. 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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Nature Storytime

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study, Story time
Location: Interstate SP

Preschoolers and their caregivers join us for a nature story, activity, and snack. 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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Trail Tales - Birds

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Birds are everywhere - in the trees, on the ground, even swimming in the water! Discover all sorts of fascinating things about our feathered friends. This program's activities are designed with families in mind, but open to "kids" of all ages. 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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Meet Poison Ivy

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

Drop in the Nature Center any time from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn about this pesky plant - and how to avoid it.

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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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

What's a Wigwam?

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Culture Study, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, History, Walk
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Stop on by the Native American Village off the Red Trail to learn more about the structures Native people once lived in here at Whitefish Dunes. The Park Naturalist will be available to answer questions and take your photo in a wigwam!


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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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Water, Water Everywhere

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Buckhorn SP

Where does water go when it gets into the water cycle? Learn about where water goes and create your own water story. Drop in at amphitheater.


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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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Meet the Bee Keepers

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Check out the Nature Center's bee hive! Visit with the bee keepers and watch as they take care of the hive. This program is great for all ages. Happening outside 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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Little Eagle Art Foundation Series - Art of Native Adornment

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activity: Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Melanie Tallmadge Sainz (Ho-Chunk), is the founding Director of Little Eagle Arts Foundation (LEAF), visual artist, and professional teaching artist. She will provide a hands-on workshop that integrates the art of porcupine quillwork and glass bead techniques. For centuries the Native peoples that have inhabited the area surrounding Spirit Lake have displayed their connection to the natural world through the adornment of their everyday dress. Melanie will provide examples of Native quill and bead art will be shared, courtesy of the Little Eagle Arts Foundation's art collection. She'll also share information about several quill and bead techniques. Participants will create deerskin pouches and friendship bracelets as a token of this shared cultural experience. This program is best for older children and adult. Meet at the Nature Center. Sponsored by the Little Eagle Arts Foundation.


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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

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Canoe Adventure

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Venture with us by canoe around Mauthe Lake and up the East Branch of the Milwaukee River. Get a close look at the natural communities within and surrounding the lake and river. Basic canoe skills will be covered. To register, call (920) 533-8322 by June 26. Class limit is 24 to 30 people without canoe equipment. No experience is necessary. In the event of threatening weather, the program will be canceled. This adventure is for people over the age of 12 years. Location: Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Boat Launch (off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect). Get Directions - Mauthe Lake Recreation Area.

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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

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