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Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, July 20, 2019 to Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Fur Trade Encampment - Become a Voyageur!

124 days old

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, History, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Presented by Fox of the River Voyageur Canoe LLC

Paddle a 28-foot canoe! Join us for a truly a hands-on experience in history and camaraderie into the fur trade era and the lives of its most colorful participants - the Voyageurs.You'll get to paddle a Voyageur canoe and learn about the Voyageur way of life.You willstep into the past with Jean Paul Pauquette and Jacques Largillier as your guides. This is a FREE program sponsored by the Friends of Devil's Lake. This program is great for all ages. Activities will happen 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

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Women's Walking and Wellness Program

124 days old

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Willow River SP
Location Map: Map of event location

Spend time in nature, get healthy, and train to walk the Empowered Women's Half-Marathon or 5k (Saturday, September 28) or a Willow River Trail Run--a 6.6k, 10.6k, or half-marathon-(Saturday, October 12). Weekly walking groups begin Saturday, June 8 at 8:30 a.m. at Willow River State Park. In addition to weekly walking groups, monthly programs--including yoga, healthy eating and meal planning, local foods, and other wellness programs--will be offered at the nature center.

This program is funded by an Allina Neighborhood Health Connection Grant to Gateway Arts and Wellness and is available to up to 10 community members, free of charge. Participants must commit to participate in at least 10 of the 20 sessions, which run Saturdays June 8 - October 19, 2019. Most sessions run from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Register in advance here [exit DNR]


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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 20, 2019

Kayak with the Naturalist

124 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

Kayak down the Oconomowoc River led by the Park Naturalist. Call the Park Office at 262-670-3400 to reserve your spot today! Kayak rentals are also available in a limited supply. This event is suitable for all experience levels. Meet at the HWY Q Boat Launch near the Town of Monches.


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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

Saturday, July 20, 2019

GO! Discover Drop-Ins: Shadow Flyers: Bats

124 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 20, 2019

Predator Bugs! With Dr. Hans Schabel

124 days old

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activity: Insect study
Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area

Learn about the exciting world of predatory insects with UWSP Professor Emeritus Dr. Hans Schabel.  

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Sandhill Wildlife Area information

The 9,150-acre State Wildlife Area was named for a series of gently rolling sandy ridges crisscrossing the property. Sandhill Wildlife Area lies within the bed of ancient Glacial Lake Wisconsin - an expansive region of flat, marshy land interspersed with forests covering parts of seven counties in central Wisconsin.


Mailing Address: 1715 County Hwy X, Babcock, 54413

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Gentle Yoga and Hike

124 days old

CANCELLED

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activity: Outdoor activity
Location: Harrington Beach SP

This event has been cancelled due to a forecast of excessive heat.  We hope to reschedule in August.

Join Debbie Leonard at Harrington State Park for a hike and gentle yoga on the bluffs of Lake Michigan. All levels of yogis are welcome. Meet me in the parking lot at the Welcome Center for a historical hike to the beautiful South Beach area that touts a scenic bluff with nothing but tranquil water to practice our morning yoga. Bring a beach towel/mat, water, bug spray.....anything that can make your practice comfortable and personal. Enjoy your own private hike back after practice!


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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 20, 2019

Nature Hike

124 days old

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Insect study, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area

Join DNR Staff at Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area in Washington County as we enjoy all that nature offers us. Let's go for a hike and look for flowers, animals, birds, insects, and anything else that we can find. Leashed dogs are allowed on this hike, provided they RSVP. Dress for the weather; hiking boots are recommended. Program is free and open to the public. RSVP to Dianne.Robinson@wisconsin.gov for specific meeting location.

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Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area information

Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area is a 2,312 acre property located in eastern Washington County north of Hwy 60. Find it from the intersection of Highways 45 and Highway 60 near the Village of Jackson, go east on Highway 60 three miles, then north on County Highway G which bisects the Wildlife Area. The property is comprised mostly of forested wetland surrounded by grasslands, croplands, scattered ponds and wetlands, feeder streams, and small woodlots.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Remote Control Flying

124 days old

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Outdoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Join Bruce Horton and Dennis Migut to learn about the gear, techniques and laws of RC flying. Meet at the Visitor Center but be prepared to drive to the Special Uses Zone--weather permitting there will be a demo.

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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 20, 2019

Morning Hike

124 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 20, 2019

Winter in July

124 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Buckhorn SP

Have you camped in winter before? Buckhorn has 7 winter campsites. Learn tips for winter or really cold fall camping, make fake snow, and eat ice cream. 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 20, 2019

Winter in July

124 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Roche-A-Cri SP

Have you camped in winter before? Many state parks have campsites open in winter. Learn tips for winter or really cold fall camping, make fake snow, and eat ice cream. Meet at the kiosk shelter.

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Roche-A-Cri SP information

Roche-A-Cri State Park, established in 1948, protects a 300-foot-high rock outcropping and Native American petroglyphs and pictographs. The name "Roche-A-Cri" comes from French words meaning "crevice in the rock." The park has 41 rustic campsites and five miles of hiking trails within a forest of large oaks and pines. Carter Creek in the park offers fishing opportunities.


Mailing Address: 1767 State Highway 13, Friendship, Wisconsin 53934

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Nature Photos with a Naturalist

124 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Nature study, Photography
Location: Lakeshore SP

The flowers in bloom are constantly changing through the summer. Bring your camera or smartphone to take pictures of the Milwaukee skyline, Lake Michigan, and many of our native plants and animals. Learn some tips to taking close ups of insects, and which places are most often photographed in the park. Meet at the north entrance.


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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

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Herb Hike

124 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Plant study
Location: Newport SP

Dave LaLuzerne was born with a green spark in my heart. (Interestingly, his last name is the French word for alfalfa.) Nurtured through pharmacy school and many years as an herbal pharmacist in his own herb shop, he now finds his passion is educating people about the numerous and wondrous ways to use herbs for our health and well-being.
The use of herbs as medicine is on the rise across the U.S. But the best approach to using herbs is to use what's available in your local environment. Door County has a wealth of herbs that can be beneficial to your health and well-being. Meet at the Nature Center 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

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Extreme Saturday Morning

124 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 20, 2019

Kite Building Workshop

124 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Join volunteers making and decorating a pocket sled kite during one of the workshop sessions. Then head right to fly the kite on the beach. This workshop is best for children ages 12 and under; younger children will need parental help. Children must be accompanied by an adult. A fee of $5 per kite kit will be collected at the workshop. Call the park office to sign up for a session as only a limited number of spaces will be available. Meet at the park bathhouse area. No pets allowed. Two sessions today at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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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 20, 2019

Hike the Echo Rock and Ishnala Trail

124 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

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