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Get Outdoors!Date range: Friday, September 20, 2019 to Friday, March 20, 2020

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Geology Talk and Hike with Tom Fitz

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, History, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Copper Falls SP

Join Tom Fitz, Northland College Professor of Geoscience, for a first-hand look at the fascinating geology exposed at Copper Falls State Park. As you hike the waterfalls trail, delve into the remarkable history of the Earth, the rocks of which it is composed, and manmade changes that shape today's waterfalls. Meet at the picnic pavilion.

WHAT TO BRING: Your curiosity, comfortable shoes, water bottle, bug spray/tick protection, or raingear (if needed). Children should be accompanied by an adult; sorry, no pets please.


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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

Friday, September 20, 2019

Bird Hikes

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Lakeshore SP

Learn about the different birds that call Lakeshore home. Lakeshore State Park is located in the Lake Michigan Flyway, with over 70 migratory and resident avian species observed annually. Hike with us multiple times to see how the populations change through the seasons! Meet at the north 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

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Kayak Tour of Mirror Lake

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP

We will take a 90 minute tour of the lake and shore line to discover what lives in the water, in the air, and in the woods. Learn about the human history of Mirror Lake, from a time gone by and before the Lake was a designated park. Pre-register at Park Office, limited to 10 kayaks. Meet at the boat landing, look for the Naturalist Flag.

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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, September 21, 2019

Fall Festival of Birds - Bird Walks and Family Activities & Avoiding Bird-Window Collisions

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Educational Programs, Festivals, Nature study
Location: Harrington Beach SP

We will have a combination of demonstrations, talks and bird walks geared to all ages. Guided bird walks begin at 8 a.m. Guests can also visit our shorebird watcher along the lakefront, and enjoy family-friendly, bird-oriented activities from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. 
At 10 a.m. join Chuck Hagner as he shares tips and tricks to help keep birds safe, so we can enjoy feeding and watching them in our yards. Charles Hagner is the director of Bird City Wisconsin. He was the editor-in-chief of nationally distributed BirdWatching magazine from 2001 to 2017. His articles have appeared in many publications, including Nature Conservancy, Birding, and BirdWatching; and he is the author of two books about birds. Ansay Welcome Center.
The Fall Festival of Birds consists of two days of events: Sept. 18 and 21. These programs are funded by a grant from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, with matching funds from the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park. All activities are free with paid admission to the park. Service animals are welcome; please leave other pets at home.


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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, September 21, 2019

Women's Walking and Wellness Program

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Willow River SP

Spend time in nature, get healthy, and train to walk the Empowered Women's Half-Marathon or 5k (Saturday, September 28) or a Willow River Trail Run--a 6.6k, 10.6k, or half-marathon-(Saturday, October 12). Weekly walking groups begin Saturday, June 8 at 8:30 a.m. at Willow River State Park. In addition to weekly walking groups, monthly programs--including yoga, healthy eating and meal planning, local foods, and other wellness programs--will be offered at the nature center.

This program is funded by an Allina Neighborhood Health Connection Grant to Gateway Arts and Wellness and is available to up to 10 community members, free of charge. Participants must commit to participate in at least 10 of the 20 sessions, which run Saturdays June 8 - October 19, 2019. Most sessions run from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Register in advance here [exit DNR]


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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, September 21, 2019

Pike River Clean-Up

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day
Location: Petrifying Springs Park (Kenosha County Parks)
Location Map: Map of event location

The Pike River Clean-Up is meant for all ages and all skill levels. If you just want to pick up trash along the river banks and/ or get your waders on to pull tires or debris from the river there is plenty to do. Our goal is to keep the Pike River enjoyable for all - kayakers, hikers, fisherman, runners and environmentalist.What to bring: work shoes or boots; work gloves; work coveralls; hip boots or waders; reacher sticks or long steel rakes; and canoes, kayaks or flat bottom boat. Meet atShelter #4 located near Hwy A.Cosponsored by the Kenosha Sportfishing and Conservation Association, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Kenosha County Parks, Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network and American Rivers.


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Petrifying Springs Park (Kenosha County Parks) information

Petrifying Springs Park is the flagship of Kenosha County Parks.


Mailing Address: 5555 7th St., Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Practice Trail Run/Walk

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Run, Walk
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Whether you are participating in the Wolf Lake trail run or not, join us to run (or walk) the 3.6-mile Blue Trail after some morning stretches. Meet at the Trailhead.

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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, September 21, 2019

GO! Discover: City Trees

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Tree study
Location: Havenwoods SF

Trees cool our cities, provide us with oxygen, reduce greenhouse gases, and calm our spirits. Drop in to discover other tree gifts, then head outside on a self-guided MysTree Hunt to explore some of your green neighbors. Families, friends, and youth groups are invited to head over to Havenwoods on the second and/or third Saturdays of each month. Drop in any time between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to discover something new about nature.


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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

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The History of Newport

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, History
Location: Newport SP

Picture a time when Newport State Park was actually a town with a post office, general store and a lumber mill. Come learn about the fascinating history of this rustic gem of a park. Meet at Lot 3.

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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, September 21, 2019

Fungi In Our Forests

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study, Plant study
Location: Willow River SP
Location Map: Map of event location

Some of the tastiest mushrooms such as Morels, Chanterelles and Hen of the Woods can be found right here in St. Croix and Pierce County; if you know where to look! Learn to pick them yourself for free. Join the Naturalist and her partner Chris Graham for a sneak peak presentation on when and where to find these fantastic fungi and then go on a short hike to see what we can find right here in the park!

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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, September 21, 2019

Phenology Hike

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Lakeshore SP

Learn about the plants and animals that call Lakeshore their home, and how they adapt to changing seasons. Meet at the north 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

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Predator vs Prey: Exploring Nature Program

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Who will win - the predators or the prey? Explore what adaptations each possess that help them survive. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. Location: Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of 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

Saturday, September 21, 2019

A Mammoth Comparison

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: History, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Interstate SP

Symbol of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the wooly mammoth was an impressive animal. But just how big was it? Visit the Ice Age Center to compare sizes of the different mammoth species.


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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

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Cast Iron Cooking

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Cooking, Food
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Cooking on a campfire doesn't have to be all hotdogs and tinfoil dinners! Join us for this drop-in demonstration to discover tips for cast iron cooking and care, and to sample tasty treats! 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, September 21, 2019

Critter Corner - Bears

CANCELLED

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

This program has been cancelled.

Amble over to the Critter Corner to learn more about Wisconsin black bears. Join us for hands-on activities, crafts and fun. This program's activities are designed with families in mind, but open to "kids" of all ages. Happening at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau.


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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, September 21, 2019

Fabulous Furs

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

How soft is a fox? What does an otter feel like? Come and see the pelts of our mammals. Drop in during this program at any time, all ages are welcome. Meet at the Ottawa Lake Contact Station. S59 W36630 Cty Rd ZZ. Valid State Park sticker required.

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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. 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