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Get Outdoors!Date range: Friday, October 12, 2018 to Friday, October 12, 2018

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Phenology Hike

667 days old

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

Take a hike around the park and learn what plants are flowering, and the names of the animals you see! Our regular Weekend Wellness Walk participants are free to join in to keep getting your weekly exercise in. The hike will take a single loop throughout the park, stopping at a variety of different habitats along the way. Free program. 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, October 12, 2018

Universe in the Park

667 days old

Time: 6:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Newport SP

Universe in the Park is a popular outreach program of the UW-Madison Astronomy Department and is predicated on a very simple idea: the best environment in which to introduce the general public to astronomy is outside under dark skies. The program begins with a 20-30 minute talk and slide presentation covering a broad view of astronomy and recent astronomical news. Following the presentation, a telescope is set up to view whatever astronomical objects are available. Question and answer period follows around the telescope.

Newport State Park is one of the best places to view the night sky as it is Wisconsin's only designated international dark sky park. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket, flash lights or headlamps with a red lens (protects night vision). Meet at Lot 3, follow path to shelter building.


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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, October 13, 2018

Deer Hunt for Food Workshop

666 days old

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Hunting, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Learn to hunt ethically for your own locally sourced meat. For adults with limited or no experience.

You must participate in the four training sessions starting Oct. 4 before you can hunt with a mentor. To register, email Marty Moses.


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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, October 13, 2018

GO! Discover: Snakes

666 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Havenwoods SF

Drop in to learn about Wisconsin snakes, make your own snake to take home with you, and touch some live snakes. If it is a sunny day, be sure to save time to walk the trails and look for basking snakes! Drop in anytime between 9 a.m. and 2 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, October 13, 2018

Root River Steelhead Facility - Open House

666 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Fish study
Location: Root River Steelhead Facility

The Root River Steelhead Facility - Open House will offer guided tours of the facility with DNR crews demonstrating fish spawning procedures, fishing rod casting lessons, knot tying, fly-tying, fly casting, Lake Michigan fishing boat on display and more. Food and beverages will be available.

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Root River Steelhead Facility information

This facility is Wisconsin's primary source of steelhead eggs and brood (parent) stock, and is the backup facility for the collection of eggs of other trout and salmon species. Each year, approximately 500,000 steelhead are stocked in Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan.


Mailing Address: 2200 Domanik Dr, , WI , Racine, Wisconsin 53404

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Intro to SCUBA

666 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor skills
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Join diver Dan Dickinson to discover the basics of SCUBA diving with an emphasis on freshwater lakes. View equipment and artifacts. Learn how you can become a certified diver. 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, October 13, 2018

Weekend Wellness Walk

666 days old

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

Looking for a beautiful place to get some exercise in? New this year, come join one of our naturalists for a Wellness Walk! We will walk the park's paths twice around, for a total distance of 2.3 miles. Feel free to join us for the whole hour, or just for one loop around! Groups are welcome, we'd love to see you on a weekly basis! Free program. All ages welcome. Meet at the South 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, October 13, 2018

Rib Mountain Monthly Hike

666 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Rib Mountain SP

The Friends of Rib Mountain invite everyone to hike the trails of Rib Mountain State Park. This monthly hike is held the second Saturday of each month and takes place year-round. All ages and abilities welcome. Distance and route determined by the attendees. Attendees should bring their own water. During winter, bring snowshoes if you'd like. Meet outside the concession stand at 10 a.m. If the weather is questionable, you can check the Friends website or call the park at 715-842-2522. Event is free, but an annual or daily park admission sticker is required if you enter the state park with your vehicle.


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Rib Mountain SP information

This billion-year-old hill is one of the oldest geological formations on earth. Rib Mountain State Park is a premier day-use facility with picnicking, hiking trails and a reservable amphitheater. The top of the 60-foot observation tower offers spectacular views of the Wausau area and Wisconsin River. Granite Peak Ski Area is on the north face of the mountain and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding during winter.


Mailing Address: 4200 Park Road, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Kids Activity: Pinecone birdfeeders

666 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Nature study
Location: Big Foot Beach SP

We will be making peanut butter pinecone bird feeders for our feathered friends. This activity is open to children ages 6 and up. We will be meeting under the Shelter. All supplies will be provided.

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Big Foot Beach SP information

This 271-acre park on the shore of Geneva Lake offers wooded campsites, a sand beach, 6.5 miles of hiking trails, and picnic areas. No alcoholic beverages are allowed anywhere in the park.


Mailing Address: 1452 S. Wells St., Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Ice Age Trail Hike

666 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Join us for a beautiful fall hike of a segment of the Ice Age Trail, and enjoy the colorful landscape! Learn to identify some of the common plants and trees along the way. Water bottles and bug spray recommended. Meet at the Ice Age Trail Segment Parking Lot on Highway 67.

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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

Saturday, October 13, 2018

"Tree"mendous Trees Fall Drop In

666 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Tree study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Stop in to find out how the "tree"mendous trees touch almost all parts of our lives. Everyone is invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children. 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, October 13, 2018

MacKenzie Center Fall Festival

666 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Festivals, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: MacKenzie Center

Come enjoy the beauty of fall at the MacKenzie Center. This family-friendly event, sponsored by the Friends of MacKenzie, will give you a chance to participate in many activities including archery, compass skills, geocaching, wildlife tours, fire building, hiking, a hay bale maze, gunny sack races, face painting, scarecrow making, hayrides and much more! (Rain date is Oct. 14). For more information, check out the Friends of Mackenzie Website.

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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, October 13, 2018

Horicon Marsh Archeological Festival

666 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Geology
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Buckskinners encampment, atlatl throwing, fire-starting, artifacts, a drum circle, expert speakers, vendors and more! Also Sunday Oct. 14.

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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, October 13, 2018

Scavenger Hunt

666 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study, Scavenger hunt
Location: Peninsula SP

Drop by the Nature Center any time from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for this 20-minute, family activity. Prizes for trying.

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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

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Flint Knapping Demonstration

666 days old

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Culture Study, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Interstate SP

Join avocational archeologist and retired biologist Dave Skrupky for an outdoor demonstration of flint knapping-as well as a viewing of assorted arrowheads. Come and see the process for yourself 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

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Fall Woodland Hike

666 days old

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity, Tree study, Walk
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Enjoy a fall morning while hiking the Woodland Dunes Trail with Master Naturalist, Drew Morris. Enjoy the colors, learn to identify trees, find out about the differences in types of trees, how they grow and how to tell their age. Meet at the trailhead near the playground for this 1-hour hike. The hike is great for families. Pets are not 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

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