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Get Outdoors!Date range: Thursday, July 18, 2019 to Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Learn to Fish

149 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Fishing, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Want to try fishing but don't know what to do? Join our Learn to Fish program and we'll show you how! We'll have fun activities that will teach you the basics before sending you off to catch some fish. If you are 16 and older, you'll need a fishing license. We'll supply all the equipment and bait. This program's activities are designed with families in mind, but open to "kids" of all ages. Meet at the north shore boat launch.


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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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

OutWiGo The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes

149 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Hike
Location: Newport SP

As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Challenge Hikes are getting us out on the trails, and we're not going to stop until we do them all! Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. We'll log hours and miles every week. When we are done, we'll have hiked every trail in Newport State Park, enjoying all it has to offer. We started with the shortest trail loop (1.2 mi.) and will end with the longest trail loop (7 mi.) on Aug. 22. On the last day, we'll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together. This week's hike will be Hotz/Europe Bay Trail, a 3 mile loop. All are welcome to participate. Meet at 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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Nature Storytime

149 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study, Story time
Location: Interstate SP

Preschoolers and their caregivers join us for a nature story, activity, and snack. Meet 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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Archery

149 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Archery, Outdoor activity
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Opportunity to use NASP equipment for target archery. Equipment will be provided; please arrive on time to receive safety instructions. Best for children ages 5 and up.

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Horicon Marsh Education Center information

Horicon Marsh has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations. This renowned marsh is now home to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The Wildlife Education Program has been conducted at the marsh since the mid-1980s. This program focuses on the abundant wildlife resources of the marsh, their ecology and applied management.


Mailing Address: N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, 53032

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Little Naturalist Storytime: Wild Turkey

149 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Nature study, Story time
Location: Mead Wildlife Area Center

The wily wild turkey is an interesting bird that benefits nature and mankind. We will create a call to help locate this large bird on a hike of the property. 

Where: Stanton W. Mead Education and Visitor Center
201517 County Road S
Milladore WI 54454

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Mead Wildlife Area Center information

The Stanton W. Mead Education and Visitor Center is a 6,208 square foot education and administration facility designed as an example of sustainable and environmentally-responsible construction. One of the goals of the Mead Wildlife Area is to provide wildlife and environmental programs to the citizens of Wisconsin. These programs help to foster a sense of environmental stewardship, that through education we can achieve a better understanding of the values and issues of our wildlife and natural resources.


Mailing Address: 1 S2148 County Highway S, Milladore, Wisconsin 54454

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Monarch Magic

149 days old

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Insect study, Nature study
Location: Peninsula SP

Nature Center. This program focuses on the "lepidoptera" or butterfly family, how they are different from moths, and how to identify life stages of the monarch. Learn through a family-friendly story, then join the park naturalist for a short walk in the meadow. See real monarchs up close, too. Optional art project for kids follows.

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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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Meet the Bee Keepers

149 days old

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Guided Paddle

149 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Outdoor activity
Location: Wyalusing SP

Join us for a paddle on the backwaters of the Mississippi. Learn a few canoeing tips along the way. We will share a few treasures as we paddle and hope to see Bald Eagles on this trip. Spaces are limited, sign up at the Park Office. Cost of a canoe rental for the guided paddle is $15, if rental is needed. We will meet at the boat landing, trip lasts approximately 1 hour.

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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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Explore the Naturalist Cabin

149 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Copper Falls SP

Drop in to explore Northwoods woods and wildlife! Check out pelts, tracks, monarchs and more with Park Naturalist Diane Daulton. Sign-up at the cabin or call the park office  to learn more about the Discover Loon Lake nature series or guided hikes with our naturalist. The Naturalist Cabin is located south of the main parking lot. Sorry, no pets please at the cabin.

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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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Nature Investigations - Bubble-ology

149 days old

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Looking for a way to beat the heat? Come to investigate how to make bubbles, why they are round, why they float, look at color patterns in bubbles, and make your own bubble fun. 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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Guided Shoreline Hike

149 days old

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: History, Outdoor activity, Walk, Wildlife study
Location: Potawatomi SP

Join the Park Naturalist on this short 1.25 mile loop on the shores of Sturgeon Bay. Along the way we'll talk about shipwrecks, native history, wildflowers, trees, and any other interesting things we come across. Meet at the Potawatomi Nature Center.


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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

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Music at the Mound

149 days old

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

Come enjoy an evening of music at Belmont Mound State Park. At 6 p.m. Shekinah King, a local singer/keyboardist will be singing a wide variety of music from many styles and decades. Then at 7 p.m. Freedom to Speak, a 4-piece band from Calamine, will be performing a variety of rock n' roll, country and pop. This event is sure to be fun for the whole family. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs. Food and ice cream will be available for purchase. Supported by the Belmont Lions Club and all proceeds will be used towards new playground equipment at Belmont Mound State Park. If there is inclement weather, event will be moved to a location indoors.


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Belmont Mound SP information

Belmont, from the French belle monte, means "beautiful mountain." The top of Belmont Mound is 1,400 feet above sea level. From the tower atop the mound in the center of the park, you can see for many miles in all directions, to the Wisconsin River valley, Iowa and Illinois. Wisconsin's First Capitol historic site is a half mile west of the park.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Starsplitters Astronomy Program: Lunatics

149 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event
Location: Wyalusing SP

Each month George Wertwijn leads us in advanced astronomy discussions for science-minded adults. Held close to full moon, we fondly refer to these as our Lunatics meetings. Join us if you are interested.

The Starsplitters of Wyalusing is a nonprofit group of amateur astronomers who have partnered with schools, educators, interested citizens and benefactors to bring the fascinating science and wonders of astronomy to everyone. For more information, go to starsplitters.org [exit DNR]


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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

Friday, July 19, 2019

What Lives in the Pond?

148 days old

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Activities: Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

Discover the amazing world of aquatic invertebrates by joining our Naturalist for a dip in the ephemeral pond. Wear shoes you don't mind getting wet/muddy and be sure to bring along some bug spray. Meet at the Nature Trail Lot.

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Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit information

The Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is in the middle of the Kettle Moraine, a strip of glacial landforms which extends through southeastern Wisconsin to Lake Winnebago. The forest is named after the 522-acre, spring-fed kettle: Pike Lake. Powder Hill, a large glacial kame, provides the opportunity for a great hike and view. Visitors can enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and much more within the forest.


Mailing Address: 3544 Kettle Moraine Road, Hartford, Wisconsin 53027

Friday, July 19, 2019

Rainy Day Rainbows Nature Storytime

148 days old

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Have you ever seen a rainbow and wondered how it got there? We'll learn the colors of the rainbow and reveal how nature creates this beautiful arch of color. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. 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

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