Get Outdoors!Date range: Thursday, August 29, 2019 to Thursday, August 29, 2019

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Monarch Tagging

627 days old

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife conservation
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Presentation and then go outside to catch monarchs and watch as DNR staff tag these magnificent migrants as they start their journey to Mexico. Bring your own insect nets if you have them!

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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

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Trail Tales - Nature Magnified

627 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

A hidden world waits to be explored on the trails; beneath our feet and just out of sight. We will use some high-tech gear to investigate this miniature world. This program's activities are designed with families in mind, but open to "kids" of all ages. Meet at 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

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Naturalist Led Hike

627 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Plant study
Location: Newport SP

Join the park naturalist and explore what all that Newport has to offer. Learn about the history of the park, flora and fauna, and whatever else we'll find. Meet at Lot 3.

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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

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Nature Storytime

627 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study, Story time
Location: Interstate SP

Preschoolers and their caregivers join us for a nature story, activity, and snack. Meet at the Ice Age Center.


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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

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Wisconsin Furbearers

627 days old

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Potawatomi SP

How well do you know Wisconsin's mammals? Stop on by the Nature Center to learn more about the mammals that live in our State Parks. Feel their pelts, create a mammal mask, and stay for as long or little as you like!

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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

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Explore Archery

627 days old

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Archery, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Crex Meadows

Are you interested in hunting with a bow? Now is your chance. Crex Meadows will be offering a bowhunting workshop for kids aged 12 to 17 in two separate classes in August. Learn about equipment, shooting basics, ethics and more. At the end of the class, participants will be able to participate in a shooting course. Pre-registration is required.


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Crex Meadows information

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is a 30,000 acre property of wetlands, brush prairies, and forests scattered across a gently rolling landscape. It is located in western Burnett County. Find it from Highway 70 in Grantsburg. Directional signs will guide you through Grantsburg to the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center, which is located on County Road D.


Mailing Address: 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, 54840

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Meet the Bee Keepers

627 days old

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Check out the Nature Center's bee hive! Visit with the bee keepers and watch as they take care of the hive. 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

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Nature Investigations - Eruptions, Explosions, and Rockets

627 days old

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Experiment with eruptions, explosions, and rockets and find how they all tie into the natural world. Be prepared for getting a little messy. 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

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Guided Escarpment Hike

627 days old

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Potawatomi SP

Join the Park Naturalist on this short 1.25 mile loop that will take us along the Niagara Escarpment on the Hemlock and Ice Age Trail. We'll talk about local history, identify plants, and share some native lore along the way. Meet at the Nature Center. Sturdy shoes are recommended as we will be climbing and descending a portion of the Escarpment.


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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

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Backpacking 101

627 days old

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

Join us at the North Shelter to learn how to best pack a backpack, the easiest camp meals, basic trail etiquette, and to share tips and tricks with other avid hikers and backpackers!

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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

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: Wednesday, December 16, 2020