Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, July 13, 2019 to Saturday, July 13, 2019

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Biking for Birds

674 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Biking, Birding, Outdoor activity
Location: Harrington Beach SP

Biking for Birds: Are you a cyclist and a birder? Combine these two skills as you join a birder on a cycling tour of various spots in the park to see what birds are hanging out in the woods or prairie. We'll bike the 2.5-mile shuttle road or the grassy Bobolink trail. 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, July 13, 2019

Nature's Carpet: Trailside Geo-Botany Hike

674 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Plant study, Tree study
Location: Copper Falls SP

See what's blooming under the forest canopy. Enjoy a family-oriented hike on the Doughboys trail to learn about the rocks, trees, plants and critters you encounter along the way. Hike is 1.7 miles round-trip (easy to moderate terrain, some uneven steps). Meet at the naturalist cabin south of the main picnic grounds at 9 a.m. Children should be accompanied by an adult; sorry, no pets please.

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Copper Falls SP information

Ancient lava flows, deep gorges, and spectacular waterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. Log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s add to the park's charm. There is plenty to do; hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The North Country National Scenic Trail passes through Copper Falls State Park.


Mailing Address: 36764 Copper Falls Road, Mellen, Wisconsin 54546

Saturday, July 13, 2019

GO! Discover Drop-Ins: Shadow Flyers: Bats

674 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Havenwoods SF

Find out about Wisconsin's hungry predators that can consume hundreds of mosquitoes every hour, hang upside-down, and fly without feathers. Bats are cool, but they are in trouble! Can you help? 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 am and 3 pm 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, July 13, 2019

Meet the Monarchs!

674 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Insect study, Nature study, Wildlife conservation
Location: Newport SP

Join the park naturalist as she explains all about monarchs amazing life cycle. See the active nursery and help release any monarchs that may be ready to go. Meets in the Nature Center.

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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

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Kindness Rocks

674 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Arts and Crafts
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Bring out your creative and kind side as you make your own kindness rock to keep, give or leave. 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, July 13, 2019

Morning Hike

674 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, July 13, 2019

Wildflower Hike

674 days old

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

Join the Park Naturalist on a hike of the Purple Trout Brook Trail where we will identify several different types of wildflowers. Sketch your favorites that you find along the way and learn fun facts about each one we find. There will be field guides provided for you to borrow to help identify flowers as we go.

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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, July 13, 2019

Extreme Saturday Morning

674 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 (located off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (located 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, July 13, 2019

Wild Wetlands

674 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Hike, Nature study, Wetlands
Location: Hartman Creek SP

What makes a wetland a wetland? Who lives there? Explore some of the many wetlands at Hartman Creek State Park. We will take a short hike and then get a close-up look at these amazing ecosystems - collecting samples and specimens so make sure to wear insect repellent. Meet at the Hellestad House.

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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, July 13, 2019

Skyline Trail

674 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, History, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Peninsula SP

Meet at Skyline parking lot on Shore Road. Join the park naturalist for a hike up to a spectacular overlook, Sven's Bluff. Identify trees and learn a bit of park history along the way. About 1.5 miles, moderate hiking.

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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, July 13, 2019

Hike the Echo Rock and Ishnala Trail

674 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 on this 2.4-mile hike to learn how Mirror Lake was formed. Explore the wildflowers, smell the fresh pine trees, walk through the cool Ishnala Gorge. Learn about the human history of the park, who lived in and around the park, before it was a park. Let's see if we can find some cool bugs and creatures and birds as well. If there is light rain, we will still go. If there is heavy rain and/or lightning, we will cancel. Meet at Echo Rock trailhead at the top of the 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, July 13, 2019

Master Naturalist Tour at the Flambeau

674 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Flambeau River SF

Do you have a fascination with nature and how it works?Would you like to tour and learn about Little Falls/Slough Gundy, one of our state's scenic areas? Master Naturalist Kay Meyer will be leading a walking tour.Wear stout walking shoes or boots and meet at the Little Falls / Slough Gundy parking lot (located at 255N County Hwy M, Winter, WI 54896, nine miles south of Hwy W).

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Flambeau River SF information

The forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Canoeing is the most popular activity on the forest. Different portions of the river offer varying degrees of difficulty. The North Fork is ideal for the novice, while South Fork is for the advanced paddler. Musky, sturgeon, trout, walleye, bass and panfish can be caught from the river as well as the lakes in the forest. The forest is open to public hunting for bear, waterfowl, deer and grouse, just to name a few.


Mailing Address: W1613 County Rd. , Winter, Wisconsin 54896

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Sands of Kohler-Andrae

674 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Drop-in Program
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Meet master naturalist Chris Lilek at the park bathhouse learn to make sand candles and to do sand painting using beautiful beach sand. Everyone is invited to attend but the event is best for those 4 years and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 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, July 13, 2019

Exploration Station - Canines

674 days old

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

Wolves, foxes, and coyotes - oh my! Play games, create habitats, touch furs, and discover what makes these wild canines so great! 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, July 13, 2019

Animal Feeding Day

674 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, July 13, 2019

How Birds Make a Living

674 days old

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Children's program, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Interstate SP

Visit the Ice Age Center to learn how to tell what a bird eats and where it lives-just by looking at its beak! Several examples will be shown.


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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

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