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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

379 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

GO! Discover: Spiders

379 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

379 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

Exploration Station - Tracks!

379 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

379 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

379 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

379 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

379 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

379 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

379 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

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Nature Sound Recording

379 days old

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Join sound artist Paul Dickinson to discover the basics of recording nature sounds. Find out how recordings are used and which equipment will get you started. Weather permitting we'll go out to record some sounds of the park. 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 12, 2019

Tiki-Torch-Lit Harvest Hike

379 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Food, Hike, Night event
Location: Harrington Beach SP

Enjoy a tiki-torch-lit hike around Quarry Lake and enjoy live music by folk, country, sing-a-long band Some Assembly Required. The Friends of Harrington Beach will offer food and hot beverages to warm visitors on a crisp night. Sponsored by the Friends of Harrington Beach. Meet at the Welcome Center.

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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, October 12, 2019

Universe in the Park

379 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP
Location Map: Map of event location

Dusk Blue Water Bay Shelter and Open Field - A typical UitP session begins just after sunset with a 30-40 minute talk and slide show about astronomy. While particular topics are left up to the presenters, they usually give a broad overview of one or two astronomy topics. Recent astronomical news is frequently discussed, such as the discovery of new solar systems, the demotion of Pluto, and the latest results from the Hubble Space Telescope. The talks are presented for audiences of all ages. At the conclusion of the talk, weather permitting, we set up a moderate aperture (8-10 inch) telescope and provide park visitors the opportunity to view available astronomical objects. UitP sessions run as long as there are people interested in looking through the telescope, and the parks typically close before the interest has been sated.

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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

Saturday, October 12, 2019

October Illuminated Night Hike

379 days old

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Hike, Night event, Walk
Location: Big Foot Beach SP

Put on your favorite Halloween Costume, and join us for a lighted night hike through the paths of Big Foot Beach State Park. Treats & Drinks will be served, along with beautiful views! Bonfire to follow hike, weather permitting. Candlelight events are very popular at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events access to the park may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Parking inside the park is limited! The park has a total of 180 parking stalls; at this time there is a lot of interest in the event. There is a possibility we will fill all spots. Carpooling is encouraged. Parking for cars and pickup trucks only - no trailers, bus or RV parking. There is no roadside parking in the surrounding area. A 2019 Wisconsin State Park annual sticker or a $5 Special Event stickers are required. All cars attempting to enter after our parking capacity has been met (200 cars) will be turned away, please carpool. Halloween costumes are not required, but there will be a "best costume" prize after the hike! This is some fun, non-scary Halloween fun for the whole family! *Donations welcome (to support the Friends of Big Foot Beach State Park).

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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 12, 2019

Observatory Public Viewing

379 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event
Location: Harrington Beach SP

View the night sky with the Northern Cross Science Foundation. Meet at the Observatory at Puckett's Pond.


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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, October 12, 2019

Full Moon Hike

379 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Music, Outdoor activity, Writing
Location: Newport SP

Join the park naturalist on this night hike. We'll let our eyes adjust to the moonlight and hike the 2 mile Monarch Trail, watching and listening for the sights and sounds of the night. If needed, bring a flashlight or head lamp with a red lens. Meet at Lot 1. In case of rain, program will be cancelled. Program will be cancelled in event of rain or poor viewing conditions.


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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

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: Sunday, August 09, 2020