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Get Outdoors!Date range: Monday, April 22, 2019 to Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Work Play Earth Day - Celebrate EARTH DAY by volunteering at your State Parks!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day, Work Play Earth Day
Location: MacKenzie Center

Celebrate Earth Day by helping us remove invasive species, pick up litter, and participate in other activities. Individuals, businesses, school groups, and other organizations are all welcome to attend. This will be a drop-in event, so please stop by the Badger Den anytime between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to help with various projects.

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MacKenzie Center information

The MacKenzie Center, just 25 miles north of Madison, is one of the most diverse education centers in Wisconsin. With interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming available for school and youth groups, MacKenzie is a wonderful place to visit and learn about the natural world. The State Game Farm is connected to the MacKenzie Center and is adjacent to the arboretum on the western half of the property.


Mailing Address: W7303 County Highway CS, Poynette, 53955

Monday, April 22, 2019

Monday Night Hike

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Join us on Monday evenings at the Southern Unit at 5 p.m. for a series of 2-3 mile exercise hikes!

April 22-Meet at the Forest Headquarters for a special hike on a portion of the McMiller Ski trails, the Ice Age Trail, and Stute Springs Nature Trail. This hike will total about 3 miles.


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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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Nature Time for Preschoolers: Recycled Art.

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Educational Programs, Story time
Location: Havenwoods SF

Join us as we use leftovers and throw-a-ways to create art projects. These programs are for preschoolers, ages 3-5, and their parents, grandparents, or other adult. If you would like a program for your day care center or youth organization, please call to schedule at a separate time.

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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, April 23, 2019

Monarch Larval Monitoring Project Training

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study, Wildlife conservation
Location: Newport SP

Interested in participating in a Citizen Science project this summer? Come to this informational meeting to learn about what is involved with monitoring a monarch test area at Newport for Monarch Lab. Meet with the park naturalist who will walk you through the process. There will be video presentations given by instructors from the University of Minnesota's Monarch Lab. Monitoring will go on once a week from roughly June through September. You can volunteer as much or as little as you want, but training is required. There will be another opportunity for training on May 21. Call Beth, park naturalist, if you have any questions. 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, April 24, 2019

Bluebird Monitoring

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Educational Programs, Nature study, Wildlife conservation
Location: Newport SP

Join the park naturalist to observe and learn about monitoring bluebird nesting boxes. The Eastern Bluebird is a longtime symbol of happiness, good health and hope in North America. After years of declining numbers, hear about their amazing success story. This will be done weekly during nesting season. Meet at the Nature Center, Lot 1.  This event will be weather dependent, as bluebirds may not be nesting yet.

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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, April 24, 2019

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 casual 3.18-mile evening hike along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail between Hwy 23 and the Greenbush Group Camp. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot. Location: Greenbush Group Camp (located off Kettle Moraine Drive between County Road T and Hwy 67 near Greenbush).

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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

Friday, April 26, 2019

Skyline Trail

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

Meet at Skyline parking lot on Shore Road. Begin by looking for migrating shorebirds. Venture past the historic site of a former girls camp and along a wooded trail to an incredible overlook. Early wildflowers and park heritage featured. Moderate hiking. About 2 miles. Bring binoculars if you have them.

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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, April 26, 2019

Arbor Day Tree Hike

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Hike, Outdoor activity, Tree study
Location: Newport SP

What a great place to spend Arbor Day learning about the importance of trees, plants and our forests. Arborist and horticulturist Tom Wolfe will be leading the way and sharing his vast knowledge. Meet at the Nature Center, Lot 1. Program is free, but a state park sticker is required for your vehicle.

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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, April 26, 2019

Purple Martins in the Park

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Les Rhines of Wisconsin Purple Martin Assn. will present a sort PowerPoint presentation on attracting purple martins and maintaining a martin colony. Question and answer period will follow. In 2018, a martin house was erected in the park just south of the office. Please 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

Friday, April 26, 2019

Spring Symphony Night Hike

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Nature awakens from its long winter slumber with a symphony of sound. Journey through the darkening spring woods to locate the members of the spring choir. This hike is most appropriate for adults and children over the age of 6 years. Location: Zillmer Trail 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, April 27, 2019

Earth Week Litter Pick Up Sponsored by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Food, Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Help give the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive and other forest locations a spring cleaning. Join others for a morning of camaraderie and litter pick up. Youth and other groups are encouraged to participate. Bring your own gloves. Garbage bags will be provided. Meet at the Forest Headquarters off County Road G to get your road assignment. After cleaning up, return to the Headquarters for snacks and refreshments. To register groups, call (262) 626-2116. Location: Meet at the Forest Headquarters off County Road G 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, April 27, 2019

Work Play Earth Day - Celebrate EARTH DAY by volunteering at your State Parks!

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day, Work Play Earth Day
Location: Newport SP

Calling all volunteers! Celebrate Earth Day by lending a hand at getting the park ready for another busy season. All ages and skill levels are welcome; your willing heart and hands are all that is required. Bring work gloves, lopping shears, pruners, hand saws or whatever else you may want to bring. Lunch will be provided. Meet at the park maintenance shop.

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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, April 27, 2019

Work Play Earth Day - Celebrate EARTH DAY by volunteering at your State Parks!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day, Work Play Earth Day
Location: Point Beach SF

Point Beach State Forest will be participating in the state-wide event with support from the Friends of Point Beach State Forest. Volunteers are being sought to clear brush from roadways  campsites, clear sand from trails and parking lots pick up litter and possibly invasive species control. Volunteers should wear work shoes/boots, long pants, gloves and bring shovels, rakes if they have them. Individual and group efforts are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please meet at the Lodge Building for group assignments. Noon refreshments will be provided. Park admission is free for those volunteering. Pre-registration is not required for individuals; however, we would appreciate having large groups contact us prior to April 18. For more information or to register as a volunteer, please call 920-794-7480.

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Point Beach SF information

Point Beach State Forest features 3,000 acres of land and six miles of sandy beach along the shores of Lake Michigan. Point Beach offers family campsites, two large group cabins and an outdoor group camp. A popular feature within the property is the Rawley Point Lighthouse, which has been operated and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard since 1853.


Mailing Address: 9400 County Highway O, Two Rivers, Wisconsin 54241

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Get Your Bike Ready for Spring

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Biking, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join the bike specialists from Wildside Adventure Sports to find out what you need to do to get your bike ready for the season. Bring your bike for some hands-on experience with their professional bike mechanics. They'll cover basic bike maintenance, how to fix a flat, how to keep your breaks and gears lubed, and much more. If the weather is bad, the rain date will be Saturday, April 27 Meet at the Nature Center's Parking Lot.

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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, April 27, 2019

Milwaukee Riverkeeper

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day, Work Play Earth Day
Location: Havenwoods SF

Join thousands of volunteers who work to remove several tons of trash from rivers in the Milwaukee River Basin. Sign up to be a part of the 24th annual spring event and clean up Lincoln Creek at Havenwoods. Visit milwaukeeriverkeeper.org  to register.  

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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, April 27, 2019

Great American Cleanup

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day, Work Play Earth Day
Location: Havenwoods SF

Make your part of the earth a little cleaner this spring by picking up litter on streets, in parks, and along waterways. Join us to clean up Havenwoods! We'll provide garbage bags and work gloves. Litter picker-uppers will receive gift certificates from local sponsors! Registration is requested for groups. 9 a.m. - noon

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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

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: Wednesday, October 10, 2018