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Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, April 21, 2018 to Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

National Astronomy Day

836 days old

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Merrick SP

Join us as we celebrate National Astronomy Day. Professor Jennifer Anderson, from Winona State University and their Astronomy Club have a fun filled evening planned of stargazing. There will telescopes for viewing of the night sky.


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Merrick SP information

Located along the lazy Mississippi River and surrounded by the hills of Wisconsin's Coulee Region, the 322-acre Merrick State Park is popular with anglers and boaters. The marshy backwaters are home to a variety of fish, birds, animals and plants. Rising and falling river levels, though controlled some by dams, are part of the natural environment.


Mailing Address: S2965 State Road 35 , P.O. Box 127 , Fountain City, Wisconsin 54629

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Candlelight Hike

836 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Hike a 1.1-mile trail that is illuminated by LED solar lights at your own pace. Naturalists will be in the building with free Earth Day crafts for kids. There will be hot beverages and snacks for sale benefiting the Kettle Moraine Natural History Association (Friends Group). Meet at the McMiller Ski Trails, Hwy NN, south of Eagle.


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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, April 21, 2018

Frog Safari

836 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Hike
Location: Devil's Lake SP

If you are a frog fanatic, you will want to join us for this nocturnal trip to the park's kettle ponds. We'll listen for spring peepers, wood frogs, and chorus frogs. We'll also explore what other night sounds we can hear as we hike the Johnson Moraine Trail. Bring your flashlight as we'll be hiking right around dusk. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot.

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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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

EARTH DAY HIKE: Eagle Panorama to Eagle Terrace

835 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, History, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Peninsula SP

Meet at Eagle Panorama, the overlook south of the site where Eagle Tower once stood. Walk a beech-maple forest, identifying trees. Learn about forest health issues and the latest news on rebuilding Eagle Tower. Bring binoculars if you have them. Counts as a Like to Hike activity (see below). Moderate hiking, about a mile, trail may be muddy.

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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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Save the Monarchs: Earth Day Milkweed Planting Workshop

835 days old

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study, Wildlife conservation
Location: Newport SP

As monarch populations continue to decline, it is more important than ever to maintain habitat critical to their survival. We'll talk about the monarch lifecycle and the importance of planting milkweed. All participants will be able to take seeds, seed trays and soil home with them. Meets in the Nature Center, 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

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