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Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, July 28, 2018 to Saturday, July 28, 2018

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Pike Lake French Voyagers Encampment

543 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Festivals, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

Join us for an entire weekend filled with fun! Come meet Dirty Kettle and try your hand at numerous daily activities including canoe rides, tipi tours, tomahawk throwing, drum circles and much more! Meet at the Pike Lake beach area. Encampment runs July 27-29.

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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 28, 2018

What's in the Water? Citizen Science Saturday

543 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Lakeshore SP

Did you know that dragonflies start their life in the water? Help our Naturalist staff survey what critters are present in our wetland areas. No waders/rainboots required; this data helps to monitor the health of our lagoon area at the park. Free program. All ages welcome. Meet at Pebble Beach.


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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 28, 2018

Meet the Monarchs!

543 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Nature study, Wildlife conservation
Location: Newport SP

Join the park naturalist as she explains all about monarchs amazing life cycle. See the active nursey and help release any monarchs that may be ready to go. In 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

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Butterfly Hike

543 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study
Location: Buckhorn SP

Meet at the Barrens Trail parking lot at 1 p.m. for a hike to see if we can find monarchs and other butterflies, and what is blooming.


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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 28, 2018

Book Reading and Treasure Hunt

543 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activity: Educational Programs
Location: Point Beach SF

Hosted by the authors of the book, "Mystery at Point Beach" and the Friends of Point Beach State Forest. The authors will read a little from "Mystery at Point Beach" and then there will be a book signing. A treasure hunt will take families around the campground and beach area.


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Point Beach SF information

Point Beach State Forest features 3,000 acres of land and six miles of sandy beach along the shores of Lake Michigan. Point Beach offers family campsites, two large group cabins and an outdoor group camp. A popular feature within the property is the Rawley Point Lighthouse, which has been operated and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard since 1853.


Mailing Address: 9400 County Highway O, Two Rivers, Wisconsin 54241

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Watersheds

543 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Indoor activity, Nature study
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Learn about the Great Lakes and interact with a cool watershed model at this drop-in program at the Amphitheater outside the Nature Center.


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Whitefish Dunes SP information

Whitefish Dunes State Park protects the fragile dune environment on the eastern Door County Peninsula. Stroll along Lake Michigan, watch waterfowl at Clark Lake, use the boardwalk to discover the wetlands or relax on one of the many trails throughout the forested sand dunes and beech forest. The park's nature center features year-round programs, exhibits and displays on ecology, geology and human history. Whitefish Dunes is a day-use park, there is no camping.


Mailing Address: 3275 Clark Lake Road , Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Wisconsin Orchids Exploring Nature Program

543 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

The with naturalists from the Ridges Sanctuary in Door County will share tips and tricks on how to identify our Wisconsin wild orchids. Find out about their abundance in the state and their ecological importance. The presenters will explain the orchid restoration and propagation efforts happening at the Ridges Sanctuary and how they may be applied to other locations. This program is most appropriate for people over 10 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 28, 2018

Night Fliers - Bats and Owls: Drop In at the Beach

543 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Unravel the many astonishing truths about the only true flying mammals - bats, and silent fliers - owls. 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: Long Lake Recreation Area South Beach (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 28, 2018

Geology of Willow River State Park: half a billion years in the making

543 days old

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Geology, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Willow River SP
Location Map: Map of event location

Come meet University of Wisconsin-River Falls Geology Professor William Cordua. He will bring the geological history of the park alive with his 30 minute presentation. Bring in any fascinating rocks that you might have and he will help you identify them.

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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 28, 2018

Wild Women Workshop

543 days old

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Activity: Outdoor skills
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

A fun and hands-on workshop designed for women ages 18 and up. The workshop will focus on a variety of outdoor skills including tracking/scouting, firearm safety, fishing basics, outdoor cooking and more! Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Limit of 25 participants. For more information form please contact Liz Herzmann at elizabeth.herzmann@wisconsin.gov.

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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 28, 2018

Glaciers on the Beach

543 days old

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, History
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Discover how massive glaciers formed the Kettle Moraine landscape in this hands-on beach activity. Meet at the Ottawa Lake Contact Station (S59 W36630 Cty Rd ZZ).


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Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit information

More than 22,000 acres of glacial hills, kettles, lakes, prairie restoration sites, pine woods and hardwood forests can be found in the Southern Unit, making this a popular area for a wide variety of visitors. The Forest is 30 miles long, extending from the village of Dousman, almost to the city of Whitewater. The forest headquarters is 3 miles west of the village of Eagle on State Highway 59.


Mailing Address: S59 W36530 County ZZ, Dousman, Wisconsin 53118

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Pothole Trail Hike

543 days old

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Geology, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Interstate SP

Hike on bluffs that were once under water and learn just how powerful water can be. Meet at the Pothole Trail sign.


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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 28, 2018

The Importance of Monarch Butterflies

543 days old

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife conservation
Location: Willow River SP
Location Map: Map of event location

Join Hudson locals, Karla & Mark Newman, who are passionate about helping Monarch Butterflies. They raise butterflies in hopes that they will brave the journey to Mexico and begin a new generation. Meet the "Super Generation", eggs and caterpillars at different stages, and learn how you and your family can help this critical species survive.

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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 28, 2018

Wisconsin Explorers Program

543 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 28, 2018

Conservation Wardens in the Park

543 days old

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

New in 2018 - we now have Conservation Wardens working in the park. Meet a Warden at the breezeway of the park bathhouse to hear about their duties and responsibilities at Kohler-Andrae. Everyone is invited; children must be accompanied by an adult. 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

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Horsing Around

543 days old

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Meet the horses of Diettrich Farm as Lynn and friends share the joys and tips of horse ownership and care. Meet at Shelter #4 near the beach.

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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

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