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

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Campfire and S'mores

131 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Plant study
Location: Northern Highland American Legion (NHAL) SF

Join Ranger Nikki Kloes for s'mores, campfire and conversation! S'mores will be provided, but feel free to bring your own fixings, as well as a camp chair. Meet at the Crystal Lake Nature Center.

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Northern Highland American Legion (NHAL) SF information

Established in 1925 to protect the headwaters of the Wisconsin, Flambeau and Manitowish rivers, the Northern Highland American Legion (NHAL) State Forest occupies more than 232,000 acres in northern Wisconsin. The forest provides employment and economic support to rural and urban communities through the production of forest products, recreation and tourism.


Mailing Address: 4125 Cty Hwy M, Boulder Junction, Wisconsin 54512

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Cranes, Herons and Egrets: The Elegance of our Tallest Birds

131 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Interstate SP

Join us at the Ice Age Center for a special presentation by author, naturalist, and wildlife photographer, Stan Tekiela! He has written over 100 field guides and has made numerous audio CDs to help people identify birds (or frogs) by their calls. Here at Interstate Park we happen to have our own blue heron rookery, so this will be a great way to learn more about our long-legged friends.

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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, July 13, 2019

Guided Kayak Tour

131 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 a kayak adventure at Devil's Lake! Guides will take you on a 2-hour tour of the lake exploring the geology, history 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. This program is best for adults and children 10 and older. 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, July 13, 2019

The Call of the Loon

131 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activity: Amphibian/reptile study
Location: Amnicon Falls SP

Common loons are anything but ordinary. Diving deep, flying fast, and fighting hard, these Northwoods icons are ready to capture your imagination with their precisely tuned adaptations to life on our lakes. Join naturalist and author Emily Stone of the Cable Natural History Museum to learn all about these fascinating creatures through hands-on specimens and plenty of time for questions. Then try your hand at decoding their eerie calls.  www.cablemuseum.org


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Amnicon Falls SP information

Amnicon Falls State Park features a series of delightful waterfalls and rapids along the Amnicon River. You can view them from a covered foot bridge or trails along the river, or-if you're sure-footed-from the rocky shore of the river. The park is a place to picnic, camp, walk in the woods, and learn about the Douglas Fault, the geological formation that created the falls.


Mailing Address: 4279 County Highway U, South Range, Wisconsin 54874

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Storyteller with Terry Visger

131 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Night event, Outdoor activity, Story time
Location: Merrick SP

Terry Visger is a professional storyteller, who weaves stories for all ages. With her high energy performances, Terry engages her listeners and takes them on a journey of the imagination. Join Terry around the campfire for some Wisconsin campfire tales. Please, no pets. Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the contact station. Meet at the 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, July 13, 2019

Smores and stories

131 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Food, Night event, Outdoor activity, Story time
Location: Buckhorn SP

Mauston children's librarian will be visiting to share nature stories by the campfire. Join us for smores and tales! Meet at the park amphitheater.

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Buckhorn SP information

Buckhorn State Park is a paradise for water enthusiasts, hunters, hikers, campers and nature lovers. The park and two adjacent state wildlife areas cover more than 8,000-acres on a peninsula in the Castle Rock Flowage of the Wisconsin River and along the connecting Yellow River. Family and group campsites, unique cart-in camping, a cabin for people with disabilities, canoe trail and an accessible fishing pier, are all available at Buckhorn State Park.


Mailing Address: W8450 Buckhorn Park Ave., Necedah, Wisconsin 54646

Saturday, July 13, 2019

International Wolf Center Presentation

131 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Please join Debbie and Jerry as they discuss the habits and biology of wolves, how they hunt, what they eat, what wild lands they need, and human interactions/impacts. There will be a PowerPoint and videos of these magnificent creatures. Meet at the amphitheater.  (Rain location: Bluewater Bay Shelter, near the shower building).

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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

Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo & Juliet

131 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Theater production
Location: Lake Wissota SP

The Summit Players are a traveling theatre company who present short, fun, accessible and free Shakespeare workshops and performances to audiences around the state. This year, join the Players as they perform a mini-version of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. 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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Lake Wissota SP information

This park northeast of Chippewa Falls has more than 1,000 acres of forest and open prairie on a 6,300-acre man-made lake. Lake Wissota State Park offers secluded campsites, hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, picnic and playground areas, and a 285-foot swimming beach. Boating, canoeing, kayaking, and water skiing are popular summer activities on Lake Wissota.


Mailing Address: 18127 County , Highway O, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Sky Hunting Raptors Summer Saturday Evening Event

131 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

Jeannie Lord, Owner of Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and several live birds of prey will share insights into the world of these amazing sky hunters. She will explain their unique adaptations, habitat needs, and threats to their survival. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 8 years old. Location: Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of 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

Moonlight Paddle

131 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Adults (21+) bring your own canoe, kayak or SUP to enjoy an almost-full moon paddle on Wolf Lake with the naturalist. Afterwards, stay for a fire, beverages and snacks. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Please pre-register by calling 262-878-5601, fee is $10. Meet at Shelter #3 at the beach.  Program is weather dependent.

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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

Sunset Over the Bay

131 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Night event, Wildlife study
Location: Perrot SP

Join the naturalist on the observation deck near the Black Walnut Trail parking lot. As the sun sets, the Bay comes alive with critters and the colors of the evening.

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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, July 13, 2019

Summer Candlelight Hike

131 days old

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

Bring family and friends to enjoy a self-paced walk along the torch-lit cordwalk trail. Parking available in lots P2 through P8. Refreshments available at the nature center. No strollers or 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

Fascinating Fireflies!

131 days old

Time: 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Insect study, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Governor Dodge SP

Watching fireflies is a special part of a summer night. Join us for a short presentation about these fascinating - and disappearing - insects. Then, we'll have small jars available for the kids to catch fireflies to get an up close look. Or, just kick back and enjoy watching them light up the night! Meet at the 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, July 14, 2019

Coffee and a History Perk

130 days old

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, History
Location: Wyalusing SP

Bring your coffee mug to get caffeinated and hear a short talk about the explorers that ventured to the Wisconsin and Mississippi River Confluence. Black Coffee available until supplies last. Program will last approximately 10 minutes. Ranger is available for conversation and questions afterward. Meet at Point Lookout.


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Wyalusing SP information

At Wyalusing State Park, camp 500 feet above the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. One of Wisconsin's oldest state parks, Wyalusing features family and group camps, hiking trails, a canoe trail, Native American burial mounds, bird watching, fishing, boating, bicycling, and picnicking near several scenic overlooks of the river valleys below.


Mailing Address: 13081 State Park Lane, Bagley, Wisconsin 53801

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Pothole Trail Hike

130 days old

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Interstate SP

Meet at the Pothole Trail sign to take a hike with the park naturalist and learn a little about the geology of this unique trail.


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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, July 14, 2019

Meet a Tree

130 days old

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 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

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