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Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, October 12, 2019 to Saturday, October 12, 2019

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Willow River Trail Challenge

31 days old

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Race, Run
Location: Willow River SP

Help support your local friends group by participating in our Trail Challenge fundraiser.  Run along the banks of Willow River, between beaver ponds, and past Willow Falls, taking on the Serpent's Tail to the finish line. Choose between different distances!  The races are a scenic mix of challenging steep climbs and descents through Willow River State Park.



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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, October 12, 2019

Run Wild 2019

31 days old

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Race, Run, Walk
Location: Potawatomi SP

The Friends of Potawatomi State Park present the 31st Annual Run Wild event at Potawatomi State Park! Events include a 5K run/walk, 1/4-marathon run, and Smokey Bear Fun Run for kids. Events start at 9:30 a.m. sharp (please arrive early to ensure time for parking). The Smokey Bear Fun Run immediately follows the 5K and quarter marathon. Participants may register from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The park entrance fee is waived until noon on the day of the event. Roads will be closed to motor vehicles during the event.

For more information, or to register, visit the Run Wild race website [exit DNR].  


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Potawatomi SP information

Potawatomi State Park on the shore of Sturgeon Bay in southern Door County, has 1,200 acres of gently rolling upland terrain bordered by steep slopes and rugged limestone cliffs. The park is named in honor of the tribe that inhabited Green Bay's shores and islands when Europeans first settled the area. The tribe called themselves Bo-De-Wad-Me which means "keeper of the fire." Eventually the spelling and pronunciation were changed to Potawatomi.


Mailing Address: 3740 County Road PD, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Women's Walking and Wellness Program

31 days old

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Willow River SP

Spend time in nature, get healthy, and train to walk the Empowered Women's Half-Marathon or 5k (Saturday, September 28) or a Willow River Trail Run--a 6.6k, 10.6k, or half-marathon-(Saturday, October 12). Weekly walking groups begin Saturday, June 8 at 8:30 a.m. at Willow River State Park. In addition to weekly walking groups, monthly programs--including yoga, healthy eating and meal planning, local foods, and other wellness programs--will be offered at the nature center.

This program is funded by an Allina Neighborhood Health Connection Grant to Gateway Arts and Wellness and is available to up to 10 community members, free of charge. Participants must commit to participate in at least 10 of the 20 sessions, which run Saturdays June 8 - October 19, 2019. Most sessions run from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Register in advance here [exit DNR]


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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, October 12, 2019

GO! Discover: Spiders

31 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Insect study, Outdoor activity
Location: Havenwoods SF

Fall is a great time to look for spiders! Drop in and play in a giant web, learn about Wisconsin spiders, and make your own spider web. Then head outside to check out the webs and web spinners at Havenwoods. Families, friends, and youth groups are invited to head over to Havenwoods on the second and/or third Saturdays of each month. Drop in any time between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to discover something new about nature.


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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 12, 2019

Root River Steelhead Facility - Open House

31 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 12, 2019

Mushroom Hike with Charlotte Lukes

31 days old

CANCELLED

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Newport SP

This event has been cancelled due to a forecast for inclement weather.

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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 12, 2019

Fall Color Hike

31 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Geology, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Rib Mountain SP

Join us as leaves crunch under our feet on a group hike of the trails of Rib Mountain State Park and take in some views of the autumn surroundings. Meet at the trailhead near the concession stand. Sponsored by Friends of Rib Mountain.


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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 12, 2019

Pioneer Cemetery Walk

31 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, History
Location: Peninsula SP

Meet at Weborg day use parking lot. Discover Door County history and mysteries on a naturalist-led walk. Tree and fall flower identification featured, too. Easy walking. Less than half-a-mile.

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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 12, 2019

Magnificent Mammals

31 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Interstate SP

Come and explore the magnificent mammals that call the St. Croix river valley their home. Have an opportunity to observe pelts and skulls of these wonderful creatures 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 12, 2019

Exploration Station - Tracks!

31 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Find out who went there! Drop by the Exploration Station to play matching games, create some track art, and have fun finding out about the animals who passed by. This program's activities are designed with families in mind, but open to "kids" of all ages. Happening outside the Nature Center.


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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, October 12, 2019

Creatures of the Night Fall Drop In

31 days old

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

Uncover what animals are awake while we sleep at night and how they are adapted to survive under the cloak of darkness. 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 12, 2019

Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon

31 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Race, Run, Walk
Location: Gandy Dancer ST

Participants can choose to run a full (26.2 miles) or half (13.1 miles) marathon, a 4-person marathon relay, or a 5K run/walk on the Gandy Dancer State Trail. The Gandy Dancer Trail is a flat and fast limestone surface trail that should allow runners a great chance at a personal record! There will be chip timing, aid stations, finish line party, and medals for all finishers. 

For more information or to register, see the Gandy Dancer trail marathon website [exit DNR].


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Gandy Dancer ST information

This 98-mile interstate trail crosses into Minnesota and then back again into Wisconsin on its way from St. Croix Falls to its connection with the Saunders State Trail just south of Superior. In Wisconsin, the trail is maintained and managed by Polk, Burnett and Douglas counties. The Minnesota DNR manages the section of the Gandy Dancer trail in Minnesota.


Mailing Address: 7410 County Road K #106, Siren, Wisconsin 54872

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Horicon Marsh Archaeological Festival

31 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Festivals, Geology
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Buckskinners encampment, atlatl throwing, fire-starting, artifacts, a drum circle, expert speakers, vendors and more! Also Sunday Oct. 13.

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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 12, 2019

Fall Mushroom Hunt

31 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Plant study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

Join past Naturalist Lisa Wilhelm on a mushroom hike and hunt on the Black Forest Nature Trail. Come learn about the ecological benefits of these decomposers, and learn which ones are safe to take home and cook up!

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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, October 12, 2019

Hellestad House Special Event

31 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Food, History
Location: Hartman Creek SP

This Norwegian settler cabin from 1864 has been open to the public as a nature center and historic cottage for 20 years now. Help us celebrate our Norwegian heritage - learn what life was like for Norwegian settlers in the mid-1800's, play traditional games, try your hand at a spinning wheel and loom or other Norwegian crafts. Take a guided nature hike. Buy a Norwegian cookbook. There will also be free cider and cookies. Or, simply explore a scenic park on a beautiful fall day!

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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, October 12, 2019

Rock Collecting as a Hobby

31 days old

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Geology, Nature study
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Discover a hands-on approach to rock collecting including information on locating rocks along the shores of Lake Michigan during program by Ed Mindock. This is a great family presentation; children must be accompanied by an adult. 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

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