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Saturday, December 15, 2018

GO! Discover: Winter Pastimes

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

What did people do in winter without smart phones, TVs, and video games? They made their own fun! Take a couple of steps back to life in the early 1900s. Play some games, make some toys, and head out on your own peaceful walk. We have snowshoes you can borrow if there is enough snow. Drop in anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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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, December 15, 2018

Christmas Nature Craft

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Nature study
Location: Willow River SP

Come get crafty with nature and make a Christmas ornament with natural items found outside in nature. Create one of our pieces with guided help (if needed) or make your very own creation! There will be easier ornaments for younger kids or more intricate ornaments for all other ages. This is a great family activity to enjoy as we get ready for one of the happiest holiday of the year! Register for this event here

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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, December 15, 2018

Paint and Sip

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activity: Arts and Crafts
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Jose Palomo from Picasso Vino guides you step by step to create 2 unique 12" x 12" masterpieces from colors of you choosing, using a pouring technique. For ages 15+ and for all abilities. Pre-register at (262) 878-5601. Fee is $25 and includes all supplies and one free glass of wine (21+). You are welcome to bring your own beverages. 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

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Nature Time for Preschoolers: Evergreen Magic

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time, Tree study
Location: Havenwoods SF

During this season of tinsel and lights, explore the magic of real evergreens and their importance to nature. We'll even decorate a tree just for the animals. Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5 and their parents, grandparents or other adult. These programs are not for day care centers or organizations.

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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

Friday, December 21, 2018

Look! Look Again! Nature Storytime

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Story time, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Sometimes it takes a double look to see an animal standing right in front of us. Uncover how creatures of all kinds use camouflage to survive. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. 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

Friday, December 21, 2018

Celebrate the Solstice

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Enjoy a natural celebration at this busy time of year. Learn how others have celebrated the return of the sun then hike and do some celebrating of your own. Entire event is held outdoors, please dress accordingly. 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

Friday, December 21, 2018

Winter Solstice Night Hike

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Gather around the fire as we share traditions of the longest night of the year. We will then travel through the dark woods to find out what animals are awake and braving the cold of a winter night. This program is best for families with children over 6 years old. Location: Zillmer Trail Shelter (located off County Road SS between Hwy 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

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