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Get Outdoors!Date range: Sunday, February 16, 2020 to Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Activity: candlelight

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Candlelight Snowshoe Hike

38 days old

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

Candlelight ski, hike and snowshoe

37 days old

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

37 days old

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

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Leap Day Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike

30 days old

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

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Candlelight Hike

16 days old

CANCELED

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Big Foot Beach SP

This event has been cancelled. In light of COVID-19, we are closely following guidelines from the Department of Health Services (DHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO).

We continue to receive the most up-to-date information, including new guidance from DHS which recommends cancelling or postponing non-essential gatherings of people to help protect Wisconsinites from the spread of COVID-19, particularly those who are most vulnerable to infection and severe disease.


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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, April 25, 2020

Earth Day 50th Anniversary Candlelight Hike

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Educational Programs, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Please join the Friends of Devil's Lake State Park for a celebration of the 50th Year Anniversary of Earth Day on Saturday, April 25, 2020.  We will have a candlelit hike with Earth Day trivia, campfire and s'mores galore. Meet at the Chateau (North Shore Concession Stand). 


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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, May 9, 2020

Spring Candlelight Hike

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Bring family and friends to this special self-guided candlelight hike. Hike starts and ends at the enclosed shelter and includes the marsh area to listen to the music of the frogs and toads. Chris Lilek will entertain around the campfire. Great family event; children must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not allowed. Parking available in Lot 7

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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, August 1, 2020

Summer Candlelight Hike

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Annual self-guided hike along a marked trail illuminated by tiki torches. Park at Sanderling Nature Center Lot P3 or North Beach Lot P2. No pets or strollers allowed on the hike. Snacks and refreshments will be available at Sanderling Nature Center.

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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 24, 2020

Candlelight Halloween Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Music, Night event, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join us for lots of Halloween fun! There's a lot to do at this annual event sponsored by the Friends of Devil's Lake. You can go on a 2-mile torch lit hike; show off your costume by the campfire while roasting a marshmallow or two and listen to the songs of Campfire Kevin; enjoy some tasty treats; and find out about Wisconsin owls! You can even make some owl crafts to take home with you. The event is held at Chateau (North Shore Concessions).


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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, November 7, 2020

Candlelight Hike and Campfire

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Food, Hike, Night event
Location: MacKenzie Center

Come on out to the MacKenzie Center for an evening hike through the trails. The illuminated trail will begin at the MacKenzie Center lodge and will include a campfire. Please park in the lodge parking lot and dress for the weather!

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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

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