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Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, July 08, 2017 to Saturday, July 08, 2017

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

GO! Discover: Raptors

1063 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Havenwoods SF

Discover the magnificent raptors living in Wisconsin and which ones you might spot in your neighborhood. Then learn to recognize the signs they leave behind. Take a close look at their amazing adaptations before heading out on your own to look for them. Drop in anytime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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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 8, 2017

Wildflower Walk

1063 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Plant study, Walk
Location: Rib Mountain SP

The Rib Mountain State Park native Wisconsin wildflower garden will be one of five gardens featured in the North Central Wisconsin Master Gardner's Association 16th annual Garden Walk. Tickets for the walk are $10 and cab be purchased from the Marathon County UW-Extension Office, 212 River Drive, Suite 3, Wausau. For more information visit fyi.uwex.edu/marathonmg/. The walk will also be held on July 7 from 1-7 p.m. A park daily or annual admission sticker is also required to enter the park.

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Rib Mountain SP information

This billion-year-old hill is one of the oldest geological formations on earth. Rib Mountain State Park is a premier day-use facility with picnicking, hiking trails and a reservable amphitheater. The top of the 60-foot observation tower offers spectacular views of the Wausau area and Wisconsin River. Granite Peak Ski Area is on the north face of the mountain and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding during winter.


Mailing Address: 4200 Park Road, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Geology and Nature Hike

1063 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP

This is a 75-90 minute hike on the beautiful Echo Rock Trail. We will look at the different rock formations and the geologic history of the Mirror Lake area. Along the trail, we will also look at the types of plants, trees and wildlife. Meet at 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 8, 2017

Beach House Nature Center is Open!

1063 days old

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Interstate SP

Borrow a fishing rod, play with your child, create critters..... Many interesting activities will be offered at the Beach House.

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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 8, 2017

Archery day

1063 days old

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Archery, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join us for a fun afternoon of archery! Drop in any time to try your hand with a bow and arrow. Whether you are experienced with a bow or never tried, we'll have certified instructors to help kids of all ages with some target practice. Meet near 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 8, 2017

Fur Trade in the Door Peninsula

1063 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Walk, Wildlife study
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Meet in the auditorium for a look at the history of fur trade here in Door County. Who was here? Who were they trading with? How did they live? Then accompany the naturalist on a short hike.

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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 8, 2017

Eagle Trail Hike

1063 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Peninsula SP

Join the Naturalist to hike Peninsula's most popular trail. Find out what's blooming and learn about the unique history and geology of the area. Difficult trail-sturdy hiking shoes recommended. Meet at trailhead at Eagle Terrace, located past Eagle Tower Parking Lot.

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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, July 8, 2017

Drop in at the Beach: Trees of Mirror Lake

1063 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Drop-in Program, Tree study
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Stop by and learn about some of the different trees of Mirror Lake State Park. Make a colored leaf print or leaf rub of your favorite type of tree. Meet at the beach area.

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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 8, 2017

Awesome Amphibians and Radical Reptiles Drop In at the Beach

1063 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Children's program
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Many snakes, turtles, frogs, toads, and salamanders make Wisconsin their home. Meet several of these marvelous creatures up close and learn about their unique adaptations. 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 (off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect). Get Directions - Mauthe Lake Recreation Area.

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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 8, 2017

That a Frog or a Toad? Know Your Amphibians!

1063 days old

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Children's program, Story time
Location: Willow River SP

What makes a frog a frog and a toad a toad? Do you know and can you tell the difference? Kids can come stop by anytime to learn the difference between frogs and toads. Fun coloring activities along with hands on activities to help you identify.

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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 8, 2017

Attitude And Altitude Ascending!

1063 days old

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Outdoor activity
Location: Harrington Beach SP

Build your very own kite AND learn to fly it on our beautiful Lake Michigan beach! We will have a kite flying demonstration, a kite building workshop, and treats available for registered participants. Chow Chong, of Unique Flying Objects, will lend his expertise for a fun-filled afternoon! Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Email Robin Miller by June 29, 2017 to register. Materials are limited and provided at no cost, but donations are greatly appreciated. Park admission required. Sponsored by the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park.

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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 8, 2017

How Birds Make a Living

1063 days old

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Nature study
Location: Interstate SP

Birds have developed amazing adaptations to survive. This hands-on presentation will leave you with a great admiration of our feathered friends! Meet at the North Campground shelter.

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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 8, 2017

Preserving the Dark: Newport State Park and the International Dark Sky Association

1063 days old

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Newport SP

A short movie about preserving the dark will be followed by a presentation about IDA and Newport's successful effort at becoming Wisconsin's only Dark Sky Park. Learn what you can do to help keep our skies dark. Meet in 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 8, 2017

Migration Challenge

1063 days old

Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Hartman Creek SP

Try this activity and discover some of the hazards birds face on their long distance journeys. Patches and wildlife cards will be present! Meet 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 8, 2017

How to Stay Found

1063 days old

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Learn to read a map and use a compass then we'll head outside to practice your new skills by playing fun compass games. Most appropriate for ages 8 and up. 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 8, 2017

Geocaching in the Park

1063 days old

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Geocache, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Governor Dodge SP

Discover a twist on the classic "scavenger hunt". Bring your GPS-enabled electronic device and join us for an introduction to geocaching. You can also explore the many geocaches in Governor Dodge by visiting www.geocaching.com. Meet at the Amphitheater.

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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

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