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Get Outdoors!Date range: Monday, July 22, 2019 to Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Activity: astronomy

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wonders of the Heavens: Up-Close with NASA Missions

144 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

The sky contains many interesting objects, from the bright sun of the daytime to the moon, planets, stars and more that are visible at night. In this PowerPoint presentation, NASA Solar System Ambassador Regan Haulotte will show how several astronomical bodies can be seen with our eyes from here on Earth, and how they are seen up close in spectacular detail by NASA space probes and space telescopes. Participants will receive list of informative websites and apps so bring your smart phone if you have one. Q & A to follow. Weather permitting, group will then go outdoors. Program is best for age 10 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Sanderling Nature Center. 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

Friday, July 26, 2019

Universe in the Park

142 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Copper Falls SP

The night sky reveals an amazing array of stars and planets. Join the UW-Madison Astronomy Department for a presentation about astronomy and recent astronomical news. Afterwards, the telescope will be set up (weather permitting) to view the night sky - question and answer period follows. Meet at the pavilion east of the main parking lot. Other: Children should be accompanied by an adult; sorry, no pets please. In case of inclement weather, check with office staff for updates at 715-274-5123.

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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

Friday, July 26, 2019

Friday Fireside - Night Sky

142 days old

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Drop-in Program, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join us by the fireside to see the glorious stars and planets out during the height of summer. We'll have a couple of telescopes set up for you to look through and star apps to help you navigate through the night sky. This program is best for kids 7 and older and adults, 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

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Starsplitters Astronomy Program: Star Party

141 days old

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event
Location: Wyalusing SP

Bring a chair or blanket. Bring binoculars. Bring telescopes. We have cement pads for scopes (some have electricity). We will try to help you with your equipment if you have questions. Those with telescopes or equipment can drive down to the building for loading and unloading. If you are from the area and would like to become a member, this is a great time to come! Everyone is welcome. Donations are appreciated.

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

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Universe in the Park

141 days old

Time: 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join astronomers from the UW-Madison Astronomy Program for an evening of exploring the Universe! There will be a short presentation then some time looking through the telescope at the night sky! This program is best for adults and children ages 10 and older. Meet at the Rock Elm Shelter (North Shore).

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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 27, 2019

Stargazing at the Dark Sky Park

141 days old

Time: 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Activity: Astronomy
Location: Newport SP

Join us at Wisconsin's only designated dark sky park for a night of star gazing. There will be a telescope and other equipment set up with some of Door County's best amateur astronomers on hand to point out some highlights of the night sky. All are welcome to bring their own telescopes, binoculars, chairs and blankets. Flashlights or headlamps with red lens cover is recommended. It is always a good idea to come during day time hours to familiarize yourself with the area first. Rain date: July 28. Park at Lot 3 and follow the marked path.

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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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Universe in the Park

135 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Pattison SP

Universe in the Park 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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Pattison SP information

Pattison State Park features the highest waterfalls in Wisconsin and the fourth highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. Big Manitou Falls is 165 feet high, and Twin Little Manitou Falls is 31 feet high. This 1,436-acre park also has a lake with a beach, a nature center, camping, nine miles of hiking trails and abundant wildlife.


Mailing Address: 6294 S State Rd 35, Superior, Wisconsin 54880

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Universe in the Park

134 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Amnicon Falls SP

Universe in the Park 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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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, August 3, 2019

Universe in the Park

134 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Northern Highland American Legion (NHAL) SF

Universe in the Park 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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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, August 3, 2019

Exploring the Night Sky

134 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Perrot SP

Bob Allen, from the La Crosse Area Astronomical Society, will guide you on a tour of the night sky. Star charts and sky calendars will be given out along with guidance on how to use them. If it is clear, telescopes will be available for viewing the moon, Jupiter, Saturn and other amazing features of the night sky.  Sponsored by the Friends of Perrot State Park.

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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

Friday, August 9, 2019

Universe in the Park

128 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Blue Mound SP

Universe in the Park 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 public to astronomy is outside under dark skies. This program 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. No pets allowed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Friends Shelter.

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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

Friday, August 9, 2019

Universe in the Park

128 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Potawatomi SP

Universe in the Park 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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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, August 9, 2019

Observatory Public Viewing

128 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event
Location: Harrington Beach SP

View the night sky with the Northern Cross Science Foundation. Meet at the Observatory at Puckett's Pond.


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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, August 10, 2019

Universe in the Park

127 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Peninsula SP

Universe in the Park 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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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

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Universe in the Park

127 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Wildcat Mountain SP

Universe in the Park 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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Wildcat Mountain SP information

On a steep ridge overlooking the scenic Kickapoo River Valley, Wildcat Mountain State Park offers hiking trails with spectacular views and camping for families, groups and horseback riders. Canoe the Kickapoo River in your own canoe or rent one in Ontario.


Mailing Address: E13660 State Highway 33, PO , Box 99, Ontario, Wisconsin 54651

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Observatory Public Viewing

127 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event
Location: Harrington Beach SP

View the night sky with the Northern Cross Science Foundation. Meet at the Observatory at Puckett's Pond.


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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

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