Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, June 29, 2019 to Saturday, June 29, 2019

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Purple Martin Fest

688 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Festivals, Wildlife conservation
Location: High Cliff SP

Join Master Bird Bander Dick Nikolai and Wildlife of Wisconsin Chairman Jerry Peyes for an up-close experience with Purple Martins. Seminars include:
  • 10-10:30 a.m. Martin Ecology
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. Martin Housing
  • 2:10-3:15 p.m. Bird Banding Demonstration

Booths and displays, view the martin colonies, silent auction, food and refreshments provided by Friends of High Cliff. All ages welcome. Lower Shelter near beach. Inclement weather location-Gathering Space near tower.



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High Cliff SP information

High Cliff State Park is the only state-owned recreational area on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest lake. The park gets its name from the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. The magnificent 12-foot statue of Winnebago Indian Chief Red Bird, standing high on a huge granite rock, overlooks the lake and is a popular destination in the park.


Mailing Address: N7630 State Park Rd, Sherwood, Wisconsin 54169

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Meet me on the Bluff

688 days old

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Geology, History, Nature study
Location: Perrot SP

Join Steve, our park naturalist, for spectacular views on top of Brady's Bluff. Learn about the park and surrounding area. Bring your binoculars. Pets on leashes are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of Perrot State Park.

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Perrot SP information

Perrot State Park, where the Trempealeau River meets the Mississippi River, offers breathtaking views from 500-foot bluffs. The river bank and surrounding wetlands provide wonderful habitat for the many migratory birds that travel through this area twice a year. Unique to southwestern Wisconsin and Perrot are the goat prairies perched high on the bluffs.


Mailing Address: W26247 Sullivan Road, Trempealeau, Wisconsin 54661

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Morning Hike

688 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

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Bugs, Bats, & Butterflies

688 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Harrington Beach SP

As the days begin to warm up along the shore of Lake Michigan, we'll search for and catch pollinators and other insects in the park. Meet near the Puckett's Pond Shelter.


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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, June 29, 2019

Extreme Saturday Morning

688 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Calling all youth to come explore the extremes of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! The program involves completing a required number of activities in one of three age appropriate books (ages 3-5; ages 6-8; and ages 9+) to earn a very cool patch. Get help from a naturalist who will work with youth on activities from one of the first four topic areas of the books. Locations: Picnic Shelters at Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (off Division Road north of County Road F near 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, June 29, 2019

Tie Dye Bandanas

688 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Drop in between 10-11:30 a.m. to create your own tie dye bandana using natural dyes! Cost per bandana is $2. Meet at Shelter #1(Visitor Center in bad weather).

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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 29, 2019

Hike the Echo Rock and Ishnala Trail

688 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Travel back in time to learn how Mirror Lake was formed. Explore the wildflowers, smell the fresh pine trees, walk through the cool Ishnala Gorge and Echo Rock. Meet at the trailhead at the upper boat landing parking lot.

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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 29, 2019

Exploration Station - Tracks!

688 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 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, June 29, 2019

UW-Milwaukee Archaeological Field School Open House

688 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Archeology, Culture Study, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Walk
Location: Aztalan SP

Come visit the 2019 UWM Archaeological Field School Open House! Excavation units will be open for viewing, artifacts will be on display, and students and staff will be on hand to lead tours and answer questions.

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Aztalan SP information

Aztalan State Park is a National Historic Landmark and contains one of Wisconsin's most important archaeological sites. It showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between A.D. 1000 and 1300. The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village. Portions of the stockade and two mounds have been reconstructed in the park.


Mailing Address: N6200 Hwy Q, Lake Mills, Wisconsin 53551

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Under the Water: Pond Life

688 days old

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Nature study, Wetlands
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Through hands-on experiences, discover the creatures living in the Black River during an hour-long presentation by master naturalist Mollie Mechenich. Please bring your Wisconsin Explorer, Exploring the Extremes booklets for ages 6-8 or 9 & up to work toward earning a patch. All necessary equipment will be provided, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the trailhead for the Marsh Boardwalk, parking lot 10. No pets allowed during the presentation.

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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, June 29, 2019

International Mud Day with the Dirt Witch

688 days old

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Nature study
Location: Peninsula SP

Celebrate International Mud Day by visiting with the Dirt Witch at Peninsula State Park. Drop by the Nature Center any time from 11 a.m. to Noon to "get your nature play on."  Meet the Dirt Witch and sample Dirt Stew (while supplies last). Create mud art, learn how soil forms, and hear the truth about worms. International Mud Day began in 2008 in Nepal and Australia and spread across the world as a way to get kids outside having fun!


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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, June 29, 2019

Animal Feeding Day

688 days old

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the gartersnake slurp down a worm. Look at the treefrogs as the tackle a cricket or two. This program is great for all ages. Meet at 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, June 29, 2019

Geo Nature Hunt

688 days old

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Walk
Location: Interstate SP

Bring your GPS or smartphone and grab some coordinates at the Ice Age Center. Designed to highlight areas along the trail that may otherwise be overlooked, the Geo Nature Hunt incorporates nature, tracking, and park history.


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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, June 29, 2019

Meet the Bee Keepers

688 days old

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Check out the Nature Center's bee hive! Visit with the bee keepers and watch as they take care of the hive. This program is great for 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, June 29, 2019

Wild Edibles with Samuel Thayer

688 days old

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Plant study
Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area

Explore the outdoors and with author and internationally known wild edibles expert Samuel Thayer. Time is TBD.

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Sandhill Wildlife Area information

The 9,150-acre State Wildlife Area was named for a series of gently rolling sandy ridges crisscrossing the property. Sandhill Wildlife Area lies within the bed of ancient Glacial Lake Wisconsin - an expansive region of flat, marshy land interspersed with forests covering parts of seven counties in central Wisconsin.


Mailing Address: 1715 County Hwy X, Babcock, 54413

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Meadow Walk

688 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Nature study, Walk
Location: Peninsula SP

Nature Center. Enjoy an easy stroll with the park naturalist. Identify meadow flowers, see spittle bugs, and learn about pollinators like the monarch butterfly. Easy walking.

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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

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: Wednesday, December 16, 2020