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Get Outdoors!Date range: Thursday, July 20, 2017 to Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Monday, July 17, 2017

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

1195 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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Niagara Escarpment Hike

1195 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

1195 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!

1195 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

1195 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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Monarch Watch

1195 days old

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife conservation
Location: Newport SP

Monarch populations have severely declined over the past few years. We'll look for monarchs in their beginning stages, from eggs to larvae (caterpillars), and collect them so they can be protected through their metamorphosis and released. Come see our active monarch nursery. Meet at 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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fluffy, Puffy Clouds Nature Storytime

1195 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Nature study, Story time
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Lay back and watch the clouds float by. Find out how these fluffy, puffy clouds are formed and what may fall from them. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. Location: Ice Age Visitor Center (off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee). Get Directions - Ice Age Visitor Center.

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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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Family Adventure Club: Geocaching

1195 days old

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Geocache, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Bring your family and go on an exciting scavenger hunt using a GPS unit. Equipment provided.

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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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Find a Trail

1194 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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Arts and Crafts by Teri Fish

1194 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Arts and Crafts
Location: Buckhorn SP

Join Teri Fish to try some arts and crafts with beautiful Buckhorn State Park to inspire your artistic side. Materials will be provided by The Friends of Buckhorn State Park. Meet at the North Shelter (check at the office to see if location has been moved). This event is free, however a state park vehicle sticker is required.

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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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Fluffy, Puffy Clouds Nature Storytime

1194 days old

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Nature study, Story time
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Lay back and watch the clouds float by. Find out how these fluffy, puffy clouds are formed and what may fall from them. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. Location: Ice Age Visitor Center (off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee). Get Directions - Ice Age Visitor Center.

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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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Naturalist Led Kayak Tour

1194 days old

Time: 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Peninsula SP

Must pre-register at Nature Center. Limited to fifteen participants. Arrive at Nicolet Beach Rentals by 9:45 a.m. Learn about the Niagara Escarpment, shorebirds and park history on this 2-mile paddle along Peninsula's breathtaking coast. Beginners welcome. A lifeguard is not on duty. Youth age 17 and younger must be in a kayak with an adult. $18 plus tax per person payable at Nicolet Beach Concessions. Tour may be cancelled due to weather.

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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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Batty for Peninsula

1194 days old

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Peninsula SP

Nature Center. Enjoy a bat-tastic story called Bats at the Beach, play bat and moth, and create bat art. Learn how Peninsula's bats are faring with deadly white-nose syndrome, too.

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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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Create Your Own Nature Journal

1194 days old

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

Come listen to a nature story or two, and get started on a nature journal that you can take with you. Story will be appropriate for Pre-K children, and older siblings are encouraged to attend. Nature journals are appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany children.

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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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Alphabet Hike

1194 days old

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

Letters are hiding everywhere you go! See if you can find the whole alphabet by the end of our hike. Kids will get to make a digital journal of the letters they find. 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

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