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Get Outdoors!Date range: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 to Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Monday, July 17, 2017

MacKenzie Center 4-Day Outdoor Skills Camp (registration required)

1234 days old

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Fishing, Forestry, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Wildlife study
Location: MacKenzie Center

During this 4-day camp for 4th-6th graders, kids will have the chance to learn and participate in many outdoor activities, including archery, fishing, woodcutting, fire-building, shelter building, camping, and more! The week will be capped off with a trip to Devil's Lake where campers will be able to go hiking, swimming, and canoeing! Cost of the 4-day camp is $100. For more information or to register your child, please call 608-635-8105. The camp dates are July 17 through 20.

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MacKenzie Center information

The MacKenzie Center, just 25 miles north of Madison, is one of the most diverse education centers in Wisconsin. With interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming available for school and youth groups, MacKenzie is a wonderful place to visit and learn about the natural world. The State Game Farm is connected to the MacKenzie Center and is adjacent to the arboretum on the western half of the property.


Mailing Address: W7303 County Highway CS, Poynette, 53955

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ice Age Trekkers

1235 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Join us for an invigorating 3.3-mile morning hike along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail between Division Road and County Road GGG. A shuttle will be available between the starting and finishing spot. Location: Meet at the Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Entrance Station (off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect). Get Directions - Mauthe Lake Recreation Area.

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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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Beach Bonfire

1235 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Cooking, Food, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Lakeshore SP

Meet at Lakeshore Beach located on the western path of the "Island" and join park staff around the fire for stories, songs and pudgy pies! Bring warm clothes, water and a flashlight. The event is free and open to the public. Please remember, no alcohol is allowed. Free parking is available along Lakeshore's south entrance road, access from Erie St. Paid parking is available at the north entrance at O'Donnel Park.

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Lakeshore SP information

In the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Lakeshore State Park provides a unique urban oasis with recreational and educational opportunities geared to the urban population. Lakeshore State Park offers great views of the city and Lake Michigan and has a reservable, overnight boat slip.


Mailing Address: 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Night Hike

1235 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Night event
Location: Peninsula SP

See Peninsula in a different light on a 0.5-mile naturalist-led walk. Learn how people and animals adapt to darkness, try hooting up an owl, and experience the wonder nature at night. Flashlights will be turned off during the night hike. Meet at the Nature Center.

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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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Universe in the Park

1235 days old

Time: 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's 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.

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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 20, 2017

River Bottom Walk with Walking Sticks

1234 days old

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Activity: Walk
Location: Interstate SP

Bring your walking sticks, wear flexible clothing, filled water bottle and experience a new way to use your sticks. Meet at the Boat Landing.

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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 20, 2017

Beach and Dune Walk

1234 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Bring the family to hike the Creeping Juniper Trail and explore the flora of the Lake Michigan beach with Master Naturalist Drew Morris. Meet at Sanderling Nature Center for this hour long family-friendly hike. 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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Find a Trail

1234 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, History, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Wondering what trail to hike or what to see in the park? Join the Nature Center staff every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning (Memorial Day through Labor Day) for some great ideas. 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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Nature Storytime

1234 days old

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

Naturalist Colleen Tolliver will share a story and activity with pre-schoolers and their parents. A short activity following the story will reinforce the story's nature-related theme. Nature Storytime will generally last between 30-60 minutes, depending on the participants. Time will be spent outdoors, weather permitting, so parents should dress their children accordingly. Meet at the Beach House.

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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 20, 2017

Prickly Porcupines

1234 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: History, Hunting
Location: Mead Wildlife Area Center

Don't touch me! I have sharp quills ready to prick you within an hour after I'm born. My long quills have barbs on the ends that will really hurt if I swing my tail at you. I'm not mean unless threatened so we could be friends if you come visit me at the Mead!

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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 20, 2017

Exploration Station - Bees

1234 days old

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

When we think of bees, we think of honey, but did you know there are 500 species of bees found in Wisconsin!? Join us for some fun bee activities and check out our new bee chalet! Activities will be 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 20, 2017

Marsh Hike

1234 days old

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Join Master Naturalist Drew Morris for a walk on the Black River Marsh Boardwalk to explore the community of plants and animals that call the marsh home. Plan to bring along insect repellent, sun block and a bottle of water for this 45-minute hike. Meet at the Boardwalk entrance at parking lot 10. 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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Niagara Escarpment Hike

1234 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Potawatomi SP

Join naturalist on a 0.75-mile (one way) hike. Learn about natural and cultural history, while exploring the natural beauty of Potawatomi State Park. Meet at the Campground Shelter.

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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 20, 2017

From Lake to Tap

1234 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Lakeshore SP

Come learn about how the water from Lake Michigan is transformed into clean water flowing from your tap. Conduct a hands-on simulation of the process using water from our lagoon. Free for all ages. Meet at the north entrance (just south of Discovery World).

Free parking is available at the park's south entrance road (access from Erie St.). It is about a 15-minute walk from the south entrance, but on the way you can take in the lovely views of the prairies throughout the park! Paid parking is available at the north entrance at O'Donnell Park.


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Lakeshore SP information

In the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Lakeshore State Park provides a unique urban oasis with recreational and educational opportunities geared to the urban population. Lakeshore State Park offers great views of the city and Lake Michigan and has a reservable, overnight boat slip.


Mailing Address: 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Beach House Nature Center is Open!

1234 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Interstate SP

Borrow a fishing rod, play with your child, create critters..... Many interesting activities will be offered at the Beach House.

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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 20, 2017

Ready, Set Go Play! - Nature Play Station

1234 days old

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Take a nature break and bring your kids to play! We'll have lots of fun, hands-on activities that that will keep your kids active and having fun. Activities will be 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

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: Sunday, August 09, 2020