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Get Outdoors!Nature Programs and Events Calendar

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ice Age 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 delightful 1.95-mile evening hike between County Road H and Hwy 28. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot. Location: Ice Age Trail parking lot (located on the north side County Road H east of the Milwaukee River near Kewaskum)


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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, April 26, 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, April 27, 2018

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: Mirror Lake SP

Celebrate EARTH DAY 2018 by volunteering at your Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Trails and Recreation Areas!

Volunteers are needed to help clear brush and leaves from campsites and roadways, plant trees and pick up litter. Volunteers should wear work shoes/boots, long pants, and gloves. We will meet at the Bluewater Bay Campground Shelter where we will divide up into crews from there. The Friends of Mirror Lake will be providing an energy break part way through the morning. Individual and group efforts are all welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up is not required but appreciated for project planning. Sign up by calling the park at 608-254-2333.

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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

Friday, April 27, 2018

Celebrate Arbor Day: Forest Walk and Talk

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.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 27, 2018

Timeline Hike

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

Come learn about the history of life, the Great Lakes region, and the animals that call it home, as we walk through the park, stopping at interpretive signs along the way. All ages welcome. 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

Friday, April 27, 2018

Animals Entrusted in our Care

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

Meet Jerry Theys, a rehabilitator from Wildlife of Wisconsin, and a few patients from their facility. We'll learn why these species need our help. Jerry uses a PowerPoint presentation, tells stories of patients, uses a skit and even has the audience play a guessing game. Three or four live animals will be in attendance. Meet at the Sanderling Nature Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult, 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 27, 2018

Spring Serenade Night Hike

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activity: Amphibian/reptile study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Nature awakens from its long winter slumber with a symphony of sound. Journey through the darkening woods to reveal the animals providing the spring serenade. This hike is most appropriate for people over the age of 6 years. A Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission sticker is required. Zillmer Trail Area (located off County Road SS between County Road G and Hwy 67 near New Prospect). Get Directions - Zillmer Trails

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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 28, 2018

Early Bird Bird Hike

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Bring your binoculars (or use ours) to look and listen for newly-arrived migrants as well as resident birds. Trail may be wet, dress accordingly. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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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, April 28, 2018

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

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

Help give the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive 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. Go to the Forest Headquarters off County Road G to get your road assignment. After the cleanup, meet back at the Headquarters for snacks and refreshments. Sponsored by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine. To register groups, call (262) 626-2116. Location: Forest Headquarters (located 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 28, 2018

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: Copper Falls SP

Celebrate EARTH DAY 2018 by volunteering at your Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Trails and Recreation Areas!

Volunteers are needed to clear brush from roadways and campsites, clear sand from trails and parking lots and pick up litter. Volunteers should wear work shoes/boots, long pants, gloves and bring shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows if they have them. Individual and group efforts are all welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Vehicle admission will be waived for volunteers, and that there will also be a lunch provided by the Friends of Copper Falls.


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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, April 28, 2018

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 Play Earth Day
Location: Stower Seven Lakes ST

Volunteers are needed to help plant trees, clean up flower beds and pick up litter. Volunteers should wear work boots, long pants and gloves. Please bring your own rakes, shovels and gloves if available.

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Stower Seven Lakes ST information

Built on a former railroad corridor, this 14-mile trail begins in Amery at Harriman Avenue, travels through the communities of Deronda, Wanderoos and Nye, ending about one mile from Dresser at 90th Avenue. The trail passes through maple and oak forests, wetlands, prairies and farmlands, and past many picturesque lakes. The trail crosses between the North Twin and South Twin lakes in Amery, skirts the south end of Bear Trap Lake, the north end of Kinney lake, and runs along Dwight, Horse and Lotus lakes near the western end.


Mailing Address: 100 Polk Plaza #10, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810

Saturday, April 28, 2018

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: Merrick SP

Celebrate EARTH DAY 2018 by volunteering at your Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Trails and Recreation Areas!

Come volunteer at our work day and help us prepare the park for another season. Activities include: picking up brush in the campgrounds, painting/repairing picnic tables, splitting and stacking firewood, planting trees and pulling garlic mustard. Meet at the Main Park Office at 9 a.m. The program will go until noon, followed by lunch, provided by the Merrick TURTLES. Please bring gloves, water and close-toed shoes.

Individual and group efforts are all welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Merrick SP information

Located along the lazy Mississippi River and surrounded by the hills of Wisconsin's Coulee Region, the 322-acre Merrick State Park is popular with anglers and boaters. The marshy backwaters are home to a variety of fish, birds, animals and plants. Rising and falling river levels, though controlled some by dams, are part of the natural environment.


Mailing Address: S2965 State Road 35 , P.O. Box 127 , Fountain City, Wisconsin 54629

Saturday, April 28, 2018

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

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day, Work Play Earth Day
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

Kettle Moraine State Forest - Pike Lake Unit is looking for volunteers to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to help plant trees, clean up flower beds and pick up litter. Volunteers should wear work boots, long pants and gloves. Please bring your own shovels and gloves if available. A state park admission sticker is not required for volunteers. Meet at the forest headquarters.

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Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit information

The Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is in the middle of the Kettle Moraine, a strip of glacial landforms which extends through southeastern Wisconsin to Lake Winnebago. The forest is named after the 522-acre, spring-fed kettle: Pike Lake. Powder Hill, a large glacial kame, provides the opportunity for a great hike and view. Visitors can enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and much more within the forest.


Mailing Address: 3544 Kettle Moraine Road, Hartford, Wisconsin 53027

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Work Play Earth Day - Cancelled

CANCELLED

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

This event has been cancelled due to unseasonable weather conditions.

Help Whitefish Dunes on a volunteer work day to prepare the park for summer. Outside activities include litter pick up, trail maintenance, removing downed sticks and branches, blowing and raking leaves, and other maintenance activities. Inside activities include cleaning the nature center and exhibits. Bring work gloves if you have them. Lunch provided by the Friends at noon. Please call the office to register 920-823-2400.


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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

Saturday, April 28, 2018

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: Harrington Beach SP

Volunteer! Join Harrington Beach State Park staff in preparing our park for the summer. We will be focusing our spring efforts on planting new trees, trail maintenance, litter pick up, and shelter cleaning. To show our appreciation, lunch will be served in the Ansay Welcome Center to say thank you to our volunteers. Please preregister by April 25 by phone or email so that we have enough lunch supplies. No admission required for volunteers.


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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, April 28, 2018

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: Buckhorn SP

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 28 for Buckhorn's annual Work Play Earth Day sponsored by the Friends of Buckhorn State Park. Call the park office at 608-565-2789 to sign up. Bring water bottles, gloves, rakes. We'll be cleaning the accessible cabin, raking picnic areas, splitting wood and other projects.

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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

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