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Get Outdoors!Date range: Friday, August 02, 2019 to Friday, August 02, 2019

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Watersheds

44 days old

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Explore the Naturalist Cabin

44 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Copper Falls SP

Drop in to explore Northwoods woods and wildlife! Check out pelts, tracks, monarchs and more with Park Naturalist Diane Daulton. Sign-up at the cabin or call the park office  to learn more about the Discover Loon Lake nature series or guided hikes with our naturalist. The Naturalist Cabin is located south of the main parking lot. Sorry, no pets please at the cabin.

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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, August 2, 2019

Ready, Set, Explore - Dirt

44 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Geology, Nature study, Story time
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Dirt, soil, mud - all of it allows us to have good, clean fun! Drop-in for hands-on activities, exploration, and fun to get up close and personal with dirt. This program's activities are designed with families in mind, but open to "kids" of 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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Coloring in the Park!

44 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Drop-in Program
Location: Interstate SP

In celebration of National Coloring Book Day, there will be 3 areas set up with different park-related images to color. If you collect and color all 3, you can pick out a small prize at the Ice Age Center (see also for coloring locations).


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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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Hike the Black Loop

44 days old

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Come explore 2.5 miles of the Black Trail on this guided morning hike. We'll cover a number of topics including invasive species, wildflowers, tree identification, and native history. We'll also have a good chance of seeing wildlife since these are some of the least hiked trails of the park! Meet at the Amphitheater outside the Nature Center. A water bottle and closed toe shoes are recommended.

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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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Animal Tracks

44 days old

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Animals leave tracks all around us. Can you tell who they belong to? Try your hand at identifying the tracks of our mammals. Drop in during this program at any time, all ages welcome. Meet at the Ottawa Late Contact Station. S59 W36630 Cty Rd ZZ. Valid State Park sticker required.

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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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Urban Island Beach Party

44 days old

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Activities: Festivals, Food, Music, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Lakeshore SP

Join us for music, food, drinks and kayak demonstrations as we celebrate the summer and our love for Lakeshore State Park! This event serves as the 9th annual fundraiser for the Friends of Lakeshore State Park; no carry-ins allowed. Bring a camping chair or blanket for a relaxing evening. Free admission. Food and drinks available for purchase. All Ages. This event is cooperative event with the Friends of Lakeshore State Park. Meet at the 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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Playing with Shakespeare: Children's Workshop

44 days old

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Theater production
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

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.

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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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo & Juliet

44 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Theater production
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

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.

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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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Step into the Night Hike

44 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

As the sun sets and the light fades from the sky, the day animals retire and a new group of animals awakens. Bring your bug spray and sense of adventure as we explore the darkness for nature's night lights. This night hike is best for families/groups with children at least 5 years old. Location: Long Lake Recreation Area Picnic Shelter (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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Universe in the Park

44 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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Park After Dark

44 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study, Night event
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Explore the world of nocturnal animals. Bring your sense of adventure and we'll bring some of our high-tech gear to discover the secrets of the night! The hike will go along the eastern section of the Johnson Moraine Trail and be about a mile and half in length. This program is best for kids 7 and older and adults, but open to "kids" of all ages. Meet at the Steinke Basin Parking Lot.


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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, August 3, 2019

Morning at Weborg Point

43 days old

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Activities: History, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Peninsula SP

Park at Weborg day use lot. Meet at Weborg shelter. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Greet the day with a casual walk at Weborg Point. Identify nearby islands, watch for shorebirds, and learn the names of a few trees, too. Bring binoculars if you have them.

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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 3, 2019

Women's Walking and Wellness Program

43 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, August 3, 2019

Yoga in the Park

43 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activity: Outdoor activity
Location: Copper Falls SP

Meet at Loon Lake's beach to relax into your day. Bring your own yoga mat - no experience necessary. The certified instructor will guide your way. Sorry, no pets please.

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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

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Meet me on the Bluff

43 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Geology, History, Nature study
Location: Perrot SP

Join Steve, our park naturalist, for spectacular views on top of Brady's Bluff. Learn about the park and surrounding area. Bring your binoculars. Pets on leashes are welcome. 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