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Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, June 23, 2018 to Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Concert in the Clouds: Boo Bradley

606 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Music, Outdoor activity
Location: Rib Mountain SP

Madison's amazing one-human jug band medicine show, featuring Boo Mullarky pumping out deep ragtime blues and Cajun tunes on a unique ensemble of old car horns, bells, a half guitar/half bass...guitar, kazoo, an old suitcase for a drum, and a tambourine...all at once! Steeped in the steam of his native Louisiana Gulf Coast marshes, Boo's performance is inspired by the Cajun campfires of his youth and the clunky, playful sound of New Orleans street scenes. Rib Mountain Amphitheater. Sponsored by the Friends of Rib Mountain State Park. Concerts are free but a daily or annual park admission sticker required.


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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, June 23, 2018

Twilight Paddle: Summer Saturday Evening Event

606 days old

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Join us for an evening canoe trip around Mauthe Lake and up the Milwaukee River. As we paddle, we will keep our eyes and ears open for evening birds and other wildlife. Basic canoe skills will be covered. No experience is necessary. In the event of threatening weather, the program will be canceled. This program is most appropriate for people over 8 years old. To register, call (920) 533-8322 by June 21. Location: Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Boat Launch (located off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect).


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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, June 23, 2018

Guided Kayak Tour

606 days old

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Go on an adventure at Devil's Lake by kayak! Guides will take you on a 2-hour tour of the lake exploring the geology and lake's wildlife. Space is limited, so you'll need to preregister.  If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. Meet at the 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, June 23, 2018

Color Crazy

606 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Drop-in Program, Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Hartman Creek SP

It's not just camouflage. Learn how an animal's coloring helps it to survive. Create your own colorful animals using items from nature. Located at the Hartman Lake Amphitheater

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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, June 23, 2018

Tenacious Turtles

606 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Merrick SP

Our turtles at Merrick State Park can be very tenacious. Without a doubt, their lives are not easy. From the time they hatch and travel to find their way back to water and when they grow up and find a nesting spot of their own, determination is everything. Are you as tenacious as a turtle? Come find out as we learn about our amazing turtles in Wisconsin! Meet at the Merrick State Park Nature Center.


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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, June 23, 2018

Shakespeare in the Park "Twelfth Night"

606 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Theater production
Location: Richard Bong SRA

The Summit Players are a traveling theatre company who present short, accessible, free Shakespeare workshops and performances to audiences around the state of Wisconsin. Summit Players shows are produced with new cuttings of Shakespeare's scripts that become tight, 75-minute shows of mayhem, character switches, and hilarity. The production is 'Shakespeare out of a trunk,' with minimal set, costumes and props and a focus on actors, as per the style of Shakespeare's time. Prior to the performance, company members will lead a 45-minute children's workshop. 5:30 p.m. workshop; 7 p.m. performance.

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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, June 23, 2018

Stuck on the Rocks - Rope Rescue Program

606 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activity: Educational Programs
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Presented by the Baraboo District Ambulance Service

Find out what happens when there's an emergency on the bluffs of Devil Lake. Staff from the Baraboo District Ambulance Service will show you the techniques and equipment used in rope rescues. Happening outside the 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, June 23, 2018

Take a Geo - Journey

606 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Geology, Nature study
Location: Blue Mound SP

An exploration of the geology of Blue Mound State Park, nearby Cave of the Mounds, and the surrounding area of Wisconsin. With a representative from Cave of the Mounds. Meet at the Friends Shelter next to the swimming pool.


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Blue Mound SP information

Perched atop the highest point in southern Wisconsin, Blue Mound State Park offers spectacular views and unique geological features. A swimming pool is available in during summer. Over 20 miles of scenic hiking, off-road biking, and cross-country ski trails, as well as a family campground, access to the Military Ridge State Trail with bike-in campsites, and a rustic cabin for people with disabilities make Blue Mound a popular destination year-round.


Mailing Address: 4350 Mounds Park Rd., Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Dance to the Big Bands

606 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Activity: Music
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Dance to the Big Band sounds of the Hal Edwards Orchestra in Wisconsin's celebrated "most romantic dance pavilion" - the Chateau. Join us as we relive the glory years. Cost is $10 and happens at the 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, June 23, 2018

Universe in the Park

606 days old

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Universe in the Park (UitP) 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 UitP session 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. Meet at the Beach Shelter at the Beach Picnic Area.

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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, June 23, 2018

Universe in the Park

606 days old

Time: 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Governor Dodge SP

Universe in the Park (UitP) 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 UitP session 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. Meet at the park amphitheater.

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Governor Dodge SP information

Governor Dodge State Park is one of the state's largest parks, with 5,350 acres of steep hills, bluffs, and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. Located in Wisconsin's scenic driftless area, Governor Dodge offers camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, biking, hunting, fishing, off-road biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding opportunities.


Mailing Address: 4175 State Highway 23 N , Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Morning Hike

605 days old

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

Enjoy a guided morning hike with park naturalist Reed Cockrell. Meet at the north end of the pool parking lot by the Friends Shelter.

Morning hikes are held most Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Check with the park office to confirm dates and times and to see what topic will be covered.


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Blue Mound SP information

Perched atop the highest point in southern Wisconsin, Blue Mound State Park offers spectacular views and unique geological features. A swimming pool is available in during summer. Over 20 miles of scenic hiking, off-road biking, and cross-country ski trails, as well as a family campground, access to the Military Ridge State Trail with bike-in campsites, and a rustic cabin for people with disabilities make Blue Mound a popular destination year-round.


Mailing Address: 4350 Mounds Park Rd., Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Fossil Viewing

605 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Interstate SP

Come see what sort of creatures once lived in Wisconsin's ancient sea. Held 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

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Exploration Station - Spider

605 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Come explore the world of spiders and find out what makes these misunderstood invertebrates great! Activities will happen 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

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Meet a Tree

605 days old

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Potawatomi SP

Join the Park Naturalist at the amphitheater for some fun filled activities that will teach you how to identify trees by touch, the different parts of trees, and the life cycle of trees. Activities include some movement but are appropriate for all ages! Sturdy shoes and bug spray are recommended!

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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

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Snakes Slithering in the Grass

605 days old

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activity: Amphibian/reptile study
Location: Willow River SP
Location Map: Map of event location

Prairies need to be protected for snakes to survive. During this program come meet and learn about Fox snakes while also learning about the importance of snakes and prairies in our lives and how we can protect them.

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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

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