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Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, August 03, 2019 to Saturday, August 03, 2019

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Guided Kayak Tour

176 days old

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Go on a kayak adventure at Devil's Lake! Guides will take you on a 2-hour tour of the lake exploring the geology, history and lake's wildlife. Space is limited, so you'll need to preregister. If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. This program is best for adults and children 10 and older. Meet at the Chateau (North Shore Concessions).

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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

Live Raptors Program

176 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Educational Programs, Wildlife conservation
Location: Potawatomi SP

Have you ever seen a bird of prey up close? Kim Diedrich, Chief Naturalist of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, will teach about the importance of different raptor species, their specially-adapted tools, and their role in our ecosystems. Meet at the Park Amphitheater to learn more about the birds of prey found in Wisconsin. Kim will be accompanied by three different live raptor ambassadors! In case of rain we will meet in the campground shelter across from the playground.

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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

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Turtles and Frogs and Snakes, Oh My!

176 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activity: Amphibian/reptile study
Location: Yellowstone Lake SP

Learn about turtles, frogs and snakes. Programs at the park amphitheater.

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Yellowstone Lake SP information

Yellowstone Lake State Park is in the driftless area of southwest Wisconsin. This 1,000-acre park, has a 455-acre lake, which offers visitors ample space to enjoy camping, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, biking and picnicking. In winter the park is open to ice fishing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.


Mailing Address: 8495 Lake Road, Blanchardville, Wisconsin 53516

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo & Juliet

176 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Theater production
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

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. Meet at the park amphitheater. Event will be moved to Sanderling Nature Center if there is inclement weather.


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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, August 3, 2019

Music in the Park: Spook Handy

176 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Music, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Join the Friends of Mirror Lake as they bring Spook Handy to the outdoor amphitheater stage as part of the Music in the Park summer concert series. Spook is an internationally-touring folk musician from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Concert is free. A valid park sticker is required to enter the park. Bring your own chairs or sit on the amphitheater rock seating. Bug spray recommended. Rain location: Bluewater Bay Shelter.

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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, August 3, 2019

Duo Lives of Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders Summer Saturday Evening Event

176 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Educational Programs, Indoor activity, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

Wisconsin amphibians are a truly remarkable group of animals splitting their lives between the water and the land. With Randy Hetzel, naturalist, discover the intriguing life cycle of frogs, toads, and salamanders and what hazards they face. You will have an opportunity to meet many live animals. This program is most appropriate for people over 8 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, August 3, 2019

Color Crazy

176 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Hartman Creek SP

It's not just camouflage.  Learn how an animal's coloring helps it to survive.  Create your own colorful animals using items found in nature. Located at the  Hartman Lake Amphitheater (Rain location - Hartman Lake Enclosed Shelter).


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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, August 3, 2019

Lakeview Trail Night Hike

176 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Night event, Outdoor skills
Location: Governor Dodge SP

Join us as we hike the Lakeview Trail at dusk. Explore the fascinating world of the night and learn about some of the park's nocturnal residents. Develop your night vision, experience a heightened sense of hearing and smell, and enjoy seeing the stars reflected in Cox Hollow Lake. Meet at the Cox Hollow Beach Concession Stand.

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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

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Universe in the Park

176 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Amnicon Falls 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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Amnicon Falls SP information

Amnicon Falls State Park features a series of delightful waterfalls and rapids along the Amnicon River. You can view them from a covered foot bridge or trails along the river, or-if you're sure-footed-from the rocky shore of the river. The park is a place to picnic, camp, walk in the woods, and learn about the Douglas Fault, the geological formation that created the falls.


Mailing Address: 4279 County Highway U, South Range, Wisconsin 54874

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Universe in the Park

176 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Northern Highland American Legion (NHAL) SF

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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Northern Highland American Legion (NHAL) SF information

Established in 1925 to protect the headwaters of the Wisconsin, Flambeau and Manitowish rivers, the Northern Highland American Legion (NHAL) State Forest occupies more than 232,000 acres in northern Wisconsin. The forest provides employment and economic support to rural and urban communities through the production of forest products, recreation and tourism.


Mailing Address: 4125 Cty Hwy M, Boulder Junction, Wisconsin 54512

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Exploring the Night Sky

176 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Perrot SP

Bob Allen, from the La Crosse Area Astronomical Society, will guide you on a tour of the night sky. Star charts and sky calendars will be given out along with guidance on how to use them. If it is clear, telescopes will be available for viewing the moon, Jupiter, Saturn and other amazing features of the night sky.  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

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Morning Hike

175 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

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Exploration Station - Canines

175 days old

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

Wolves, foxes, and coyotes - oh my! Play games, create habitats, touch furs, and discover what makes these wild canines so great! 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

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Hike to the Top of Wisconsin's Tallest Sand Dune

175 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Join the park naturalist on this 1.5 mile one way hike to Old Baldy, the tallest sand dune in Wisconsin. We'll talk about dunes, shipwrecks, native history, and plants as we make our way there. Meet at the Amphitheater outside the Nature Center rain or shine! Sturdy shoes and a water bottle 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

Sunday, August 4, 2019

The Incredible Journey

175 days old

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Peninsula SP

Stop by the Nature Center any time from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for this 20-minute, family-friendly activity. Where will the water you drink be tomorrow? Marvel at the complexity of the water cycle while moving through it. Create nature art to take home, too!

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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

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Tracks!

175 days old

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Interstate SP

Compare sizes and match tracks of different Wisconsin animals. 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

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