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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

116 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

Women's Walking and Wellness Program

116 days old

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

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 27, 2019

Summer Wild Women Workshop

116 days old

CANCELLED

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Activity: Outdoor skills
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

This workshop is cancelled and will be rescheduled for this fall. For updates, check the Friends of Horicon Marsh [exit DNR] website.

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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

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt

116 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study, Photography, Scavenger hunt
Location: Big Foot Beach SP

Join us for a photo scavenger hunt in the park! Meet our giants, search for Big Foot and find our hidden gem. NOTE: A digital camera or camera phone is needed for this activity. Start your adventure by the volleyball court for a list of clues and a map. This event may be cancelled if inclement weather.

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Big Foot Beach SP information

This 271-acre park on the shore of Geneva Lake offers wooded campsites, a sand beach, 6.5 miles of hiking trails, and picnic areas. No alcoholic beverages are allowed anywhere in the park.


Mailing Address: 1452 S. Wells St., Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Nature Painting

116 days old

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Arts and Crafts
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Explore your creative side with art teacher Liz Meyer as you experiment with natural paintbrushes and "paint" while using nature as inspiration. All are welcome no matter your age or experience! Meet at Shelter #1 (Visitor Center in bad weather).

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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

Get Outdoors! Go. . . Learn to Kayak

116 days old

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

This is the perfect program for people who have never kayaked and would like to learn. Join experienced instructors to learn the tricks and fun of flat water kayaking. We will kayak around Mauthe Lake and up the Milwaukee River. No experience is necessary. The program is for people at least 10 years old. In the event of threatening weather, the program will be rescheduled to Saturday, July 28. To register, call (920) 533-8322 by July 25. A $25 deposit must be paid at registration, which will be refunded at the workshop. Location: Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Boat Launch (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

Extreme Saturday Morning

116 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 27, 2019

Wildflowers: Prairie Blossoms and Bugs

116 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Nature study, Walk
Location: Harrington Beach SP

What grows here? Black-eyed Susan, Milkweed, Indian Grass? With field guides and bug nets, we'll check out the late summer blooms along Bobolink Trail and see who is visiting the flowers. Meet near the Puckett's Pond Shelter.


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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 27, 2019

Morning Hike

116 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 27, 2019

Insect ID

116 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Insect study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Wyalusing SP

What crawls, creeps, and flies here at Wyalusing State Park? Come get up close and personal with some of the insects that can be found at the park. Meet near the Peterson Shelter Concession Stand.

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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

Hike the Echo Rock and Ishnala Trail

116 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

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Extreme Saturday Morning: Up in the Air, Under your Feet, and Everything In Between

116 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Governor Thompson SP

Calling all youth to come and 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, ages 9+) to earn a very cool patch. Get started with the help of a Wisconsin Master Naturalist. You never know what we might find! Meet at the Wood's Lake Beach.

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Governor Thompson SP information

Governor Thompson State Park was established in 2000, the Wisconsin State Park System's centennial year. With more than 2,800 acres of woods, a family campground, picnic area on Woods Lake, skiing and hiking trails, and six miles of shoreline on the Caldron Falls Flowage, visitors will find an atmosphere that is perfect for solitude, reflection, and recreation.


Mailing Address: N10008 Paust Lane, Crivitz, Wisconsin 54114

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Phenology Hike

116 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Lakeshore SP

Learn about the plants and animals that call Lakeshore their home, and how they adapt to changing seasons. 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 27, 2019

Exploration Station - Fur, Scat, Tracks

116 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

How well do you know your Wisconsin mammals and the signs they leave behind? Try our identification game to see how well you can match the mammal fur, to the tracks, to the scat. This program is great for all ages. 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

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Adaptive Outdoor Equipment

116 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Perrot SP

Don't let your physical limitations stop you from exploring the outdoors! The North American Squirrel Association will be here with equipment to help you get outside. 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

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Tree ID and Forestry Fun

116 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Tree study
Location: Copper Falls SP

Join DNR Forest Ecologist Colleen Matula and retired Forester Tom Piikkila to learn more about trees and how to identify them...then join them for a hike along the scenic Doughboys' Trail to test your skills. Meet at the naturalist cabin at 10 a.m. Hike is 1.7 miles (moderate to easy terrain) with some uneven steps. Sorry, no pets please. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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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

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