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Get Outdoors!Date range: Friday, February 21, 2020 to Friday, August 21, 2020

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Scampering Squirrels Nature Storytime

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

Squirrels of all kinds scamper through our forests and backyards. Learn how these energetic creatures are adapted to tree life. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. Meet at the Ice Age Visitor Center located at W2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport, which is a 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, February 21, 2020

Candlelight Snowshoe Hike

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: MacKenzie Center

Come join us at the MacKenzie Center for a fun Friday night of hiking and snowshoeing. A limited number of snowshoes are available to borrow, or you can bring your own! The illuminated trail begins at the Lodge and continues through the trail system. The Lodge will be open to warm up, grab some hot chocolate, or use the restroom. Please park in the lodge parking lot and dress warm! 

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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

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Seasonal Scavenger Hunt

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Outdoor activity, Scavenger hunt
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Back again this winter! Families will receive a set of clues to go on a scavenger hunt. Each family will need to work as a team as they hike along the trails to complete this challenge! Some challenges require a GPS unit (provided by the Nature Center) and make sure to bring your camera! You'll receive a small prize for completing one of the challenges. Pick up your clues at the Nature Center, then head out for an adventure!

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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, February 22, 2020

Explore Nature: Wisconsin Raptors

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Wildlife conservation, Wildlife study
Location: Capital Springs SRA

Come learn about the behaviors and natural habitats of some of the most beautiful and fascinating birds in the world at this family-friendly event! Experience live birds from Hoo's Woods Raptor Center at 10:30 a.m. featuring live owls, eagles and a merlin. Then, at 11:45 a.m. Girl Scout Troop 2357 leads an American Kestrel education and nest box workshop. All activities are indoors at the Lussier Family Heritage Center located at 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison, 53711.

The event is free, and donations of any amount  directly supports continued public educational programming. This "Explore Nature" event is sponsored by the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area, Lussier Family Heritage Center, Dane County Parks, and Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District. If the event is canceled due to inclement weather, it will take place the next day, Sunday, Feb. 23.


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Capital Springs SRA information

Just minutes from downtown Madison, Capital Springs State Park and Recreation Area and Dane County's Lake Farm Park, offer many recreation opportunities, including camping, hiking and skiing trails, picnicking, fishing, and a boat launch on Lake Waubesa. The Capital City State Trail connects Capital Springs and Lake Farm Park to the city of Madison.


Saturday, February 22, 2020

Knit and Crochet Clinic

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Indoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

What's cozier in the winter than yarn work? Drop in and stay as little or long as you like. Bring something you're working on, have questions about, problems with or if you want to learn knitting or crocheting basics. 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, February 22, 2020

Candlelight ski, hike and snowshoe

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Hartman Creek SP

Glowing luminaries will light your way as you ski, snowshoe, or hike through Hartman Creek State Park on a beautiful winter night. This is winter fun for the whole family! Event is free, however all vehicles must have a valid park admission sticker. This event is perfect for novices or experts.

Adventure Outfitters will be there renting snowshoes for only $5. You can cross-country ski on stunning groomed trails. There will be plenty of ways to stay warm - cozy up to the bonfire, enjoy free hot cocoa, spiced apple cider, and other tasty goodies, or bring a brat or burger to cook over the large grill. Try your hand at Hammerschlagen - two tries for just $1. You can also pick up your annual ski, bike or horse trail passes while you are here ($25). This event is sponsored by the Friends of Hartman Creek State Park. 


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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

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Urban Candlelight Hike

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Hank Aaron ST

For the fourth year in a row, hardy northerners will cure their cabin fever at this winter's 2-mile Urban Candlelight Hike on the Hank Aaron State Trail in Three Bridges Park. This event will take place with or without snow. Additional winter-themed activities and demonstrations will be put on by neighboring establishments as well. Street parking will be available along Pierce St and 36th-39th Streets. You can also park along Canal St and cross the Valley Passage Bridge (approx. address of bridge is 3700 W Canal St). All ages and abilities welcome!For a full list of activities, visit: urbancandlelighthike.com (exit DNR).

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Hank Aaron ST information

Named in honor of baseball legend Hank Aaron, this trail provides a continuous connection between Milwaukee's Miller Park Stadium and the Lake Michigan lakefront, as well as providing connections to famous Milwaukee landmarks such as the historic Ward Theatre on the grounds of the National Soldiers Home, the Wisconsin State Fair Park and the Pettit National Ice Center. Eventually the trail will connect with the Oak Leaf Trail near the Milwaukee/Waukesha county line and run along the southern edge of the Milwaukee County Zoo.


Mailing Address: 2300 N MLK Jr Drive , Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday Snowshoe

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Interstate SP

Check out a free pair of wooden snowshoes at the Visitor Center every Sunday in February! Hikes will meet at the Visitor Center and may leave from there or, weather depending, we may explore other areas of the park. All snowshoes are available on a first come-first, first-served basis. Some child sizes also available. Park sticker required.

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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

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Yoga for Every Body

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Indoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Donna Mosca from Peace Tree Yoga leads you to better strength, balance and focus through poses and breathing. Bring your own yoga mat or borrow one. You may come for any number of classes. Please call 262-878-5601 to register. Fee is $8, payable at each class. 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

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Weekly Nature Walk

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

These relaxed, guided walks will explore marsh flora and fauna while taking in the stunning views on the marsh. Length and difficulty will depend upon participants. Meeting location will vary; check website/Facebook for updates.

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Horicon Marsh Education Center information

Horicon Marsh has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations. This renowned marsh is now home to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The Wildlife Education Program has been conducted at the marsh since the mid-1980s. This program focuses on the abundant wildlife resources of the marsh, their ecology and applied management.


Mailing Address: N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, 53032

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Nestbox Seminar

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Wildlife conservation, Wildlife study
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Take a flying leap and learn about cavity nesting animals such as birds and bats and how you can help. For more information visit: www.horiconmarsh.org.


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Horicon Marsh Education Center information

Horicon Marsh has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations. This renowned marsh is now home to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The Wildlife Education Program has been conducted at the marsh since the mid-1980s. This program focuses on the abundant wildlife resources of the marsh, their ecology and applied management.


Mailing Address: N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, 53032

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Timber Wolf Ecology and Management

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Nature study, Walk, Wildlife study
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Join Timber Wolf Alliance speakers to discover how to identify wolf tracks, determine if there is a breeding pack and what their territory boundaries are. Best for ages 12 and older. 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, February 29, 2020

Frosty Falls Hike

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Willow River SP

Join Naturalist Ashley on a wintery walk to Willow Falls. This is a spectacular time of year for viewing the frost-covered falls. But don't just take our word for it, get out there and see for yourself! This will be a 4-mile hike round-trip. Depending on the weather and depth of snow it could also be quite strenuous. Be sure to dress in warm layers, bring plenty of water, and good hiking boots or snowshoes. If you want to rent snowshoes from the Friends Group for this event please call or email ahead of time. Meet at the Nature Center.

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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, February 29, 2020

Leap Day Hike

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Newport SP

Join the park naturalist on this easy to moderate 2 mile hike. Learn about the origins of Leap Day and other interesting facts. After the hike, we'll have refreshments and make origami "leap" frogs. Meet at the park office, 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

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Learn to Ice Fish

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Fishing, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Bundle up to learn the basics of how to ice fish. Devil's Lake's volunteers and staff will help you go out on the ice and try to catch a fish! All equipment and bait are provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult and adults are welcome! Dress warm as there will be no shanties, but there will be a fire to warm up by on shore. This is a weather-dependent activity and can be canceled if ice conditions are not safe. This program is best for adults and kids 7 years old and up. Meet outside the Rock Elm Shelter on the park's north shore.

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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, February 29, 2020

Leap Day Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Council Grounds SP

Leap into winter fun! Council Grounds State Park will be holding a candlelight snowshoe and hike from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 (Leap Day). Over 2 miles of our winding Northwest Trail will be lined with luminaries. A warming fire and light refreshments will be in the group camp. Flashlights are recommended. An annual or daily Wisconsin State Park sticker is required. Parking is limited, please consider carpooling.


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Council Grounds SP information

Native American encampments once occupied the site of Council Grounds State Park. Located along the Wisconsin River and Lake Alexander, this park is a favorite for water enthusiasts. This 508-acre park also offers camping, hiking, hunting and fishing opportunities.


Mailing Address: N1895 Council Grounds Dr, Merrill, Wisconsin 54452

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