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Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, July 27, 2019 to Saturday, July 27, 2019

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

French Voyageur Encampment

55 days old

Time: 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

An entire weekend filled with fun and events led by Dirty Kettle! This event runs July 26-28. Try your hand at numerous daily activities including tomahawk throwing, canoe rides, tipi tours, drum circles and more! An engaging educational experience suited for all ages. The event is free and open to the public. A vehicle admission sticker is required. 


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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 27, 2019

Get Outdoors! Go. . . Learn Outdoor Cooking

55 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Cooking, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Food, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Brush up on your outdoor cooking skills or learn a new technique. The naturalists will be baking cakes, toasting pudgy pies, and whipping up some other tasty treats. You'll be surprised at how easy cooking in the outdoors can be. We'll also cover fire building/safety. Everyone is invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children. Location: Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Beach (located off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect)


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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 27, 2019

A Bug Safari

55 days old

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Insect study, Outdoor activity
Location: Hartman Creek SP

Creepy crawly critters are everywhere. There are over 30 million species of insects and spiders living in the world. Join the naturalist to learn the difference between insects and spiders, and why they are a vital part of our world. How many bugs you can catch and identify? Located at Hartman Lake Beach

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Hartman Creek SP information

This 1,500-acre quiet and friendly natural gem is located near the beautiful spring-fed Chain O'Lakes. Camping, recreation opportunities, the Hellstad House Log Cabin, Whispering Pines day use area, and seven lakes with crystal clear waters make Hartman Creek a popular destination in central Wisconsin.


Mailing Address: N2480 Hartman Creek Rd., Waupaca, Wisconsin 54981-9727

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Wisconsin Explorers Program

55 days old

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study
Location: Blue Mound SP

Come discover the secrets of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program with the park naturalist! Best for ages 6 and up. Meet at the Friends Shelter.

The WI Explorers Program is held most Saturdays 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 27, 2019

Native Games in the Daisy Field

55 days old

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Festivals
Location: Potawatomi SP

There were, and still are, many games that native people played across this continent. Stop on by the Daisy Field in the South Loop of the campground to experience a few of them. Activities include blanketball, ball races, lacrosse and guessing games! Instructions and equipment will be available. All ages welcome - enter near campsite 2E.


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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

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Trees of Governor Dodge

55 days old

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor skills, Tree study, Walk
Location: Governor Dodge SP

Every tree has a story to tell and knowing their stories makes your time in nature more engaging. We'll have tips to ID trees and then take a walk and pick out some common and interesting trees of the area. We'll discuss keys to recognizing them, the role they play in our ecosystem, and some uses they've had both historically and modern day. Meet at the Enee Point Picnic Shelter.

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Governor Dodge SP information

Governor Dodge State Park is one of the state's largest parks, with 5,350 acres of steep hills, bluffs, and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. Located in Wisconsin's scenic driftless area, Governor Dodge offers camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, biking, hunting, fishing, off-road biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding opportunities.


Mailing Address: 4175 State Highway 23 N , Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Playing with Shakespeare: Children's Workshop

55 days old

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Theater production
Location: Interstate SP

The Summit Players are a traveling theatre company who present short, fun, accessible and free Shakespeare workshops and performances to audiences around the state. This year, join the Players as they perform a mini-version of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. The production is 'Shakespeare out of a trunk,' with minimal set, costumes and props and a focus on actors, as per the style of Shakespeare's time. Prior to the performance, company members will lead a 45-minute children's workshop. 5:30 p.m. workshop; 7 p.m. performance. Meet at the amphitheater. 


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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

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Snake, Rattle, & Roll

55 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Story time
Location: Amnicon Falls SP

This is Emily's most popular program. It focuses on native reptiles with an emphasis on snakes. The audience will learn about salamanders (the one amphibian Emily brings), turtles, snakes, and meet several of the species that call Minnesota and Wisconsin home. Watch as your younger audience members transform into hognose snakes displaying their impressive defense mechanism: rolling onto their back to play dead! Emily brings a tiger salamander, 1-2 native turtles, 3-4 native snakes, and 2-4 exotic reptiles. This program is great for all ages, especially younger kiddos. Emily Roberts, Snake Discovery www.snakediscovery.com


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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, July 27, 2019

Dragons and Damsels

55 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Visit their habitats to catch and release dragonflies and damselflies. Discover what makes them so unique and so important. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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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 27, 2019

Intro to Taxidermy

55 days old

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor skills, Wildlife conservation
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Dave Polak of Dave's Creative Taxidermy will discuss taxidermy methods in all phases. He will do some actual demonstrations, bringing tanned skins, artificial bird parts and glass eyes plus a wide variety of display pieces to see up close, but no touching please. Dave will talk about field care of trophies to be mounted and also discuss his hunting career and travels around the world, touching on animal conservation. And, certainly check out the display of some of his excellent work right in our nature center as he recently completed the first phase of a three-year project. Meet at Sanderling Nature Center.

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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 27, 2019

Our Native Pollinators Summer Saturday Evening Event

55 days old

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

Native pollinators from bees to butterflies are an amazingly diverse and vital group of organisms. Join Thelma Heidel-Baker, Insect Conservation Specialist, as she covers pollinator biology and what that means for protecting these insects. Hear about the issues surrounding pollinators as well as ways you can create pollinator habitat in your own backyard. Learn a bit more about some special Wisconsin pollinators that need our help, like the endangered rusty patched bumble bee. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 8 years old. 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

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Guided Kayak Tour

55 days old

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Go on a kayak adventure at Devil's Lake! Guides will take you on a 2-hour tour of the lake exploring the geology, history and lake's wildlife. Space is limited, so you'll need to preregister. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. This program is best for adults and children 10 and older. Meet at the Chateau (North Shore Concessions).

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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

Yellowstone Lake: Water, The Lake and Fish

55 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Yellowstone Lake SP

Learn about the history of Yellowstone Lake and what fish call the lake home. Meet at the park amphitheater.

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Yellowstone Lake SP information

Yellowstone Lake State Park is in the driftless area of southwest Wisconsin. This 1,000-acre park, has a 455-acre lake, which offers visitors ample space to enjoy camping, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, biking and picnicking. In winter the park is open to ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.


Mailing Address: 8495 Lake Road, Blanchardville, Wisconsin 53516

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Bats

55 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join naturalists Mike and Sharon Hartz to explore the world of bats in Wisconsin. Meet at the kiosk shelter.


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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

How to Build the Perfect Campfire

55 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Food, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Learn to build the perfect campfire, hear some campfire stories - some will be funny, some will be serious, some will be scary And.... there will be s'more fixings, because what's a campfire and campfire stories without S'MORES!   Meet at the amphitheater.

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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

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Raptor 101

55 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Perrot SP

Join Abbey Krumie from River Valley Raptors for an interactive program. Find out about the unique features of each of the four groups and how they have adapted to survive. 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

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