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Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, August 31, 2019 to Saturday, August 31, 2019

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Guided Kayak Tour

316 days old

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 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 31, 2019

Wildlife in Your Backyard

316 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Story time
Location: Merrick SP

David Stokes will present a program about the wildlife in your backyard. Through the use of songs, stories, movement, riddles, audio/visual and hands-on materials, students are actively engaged in learning. Live animals and animal artifacts are used when appropriate to enhance the learning. Please, no pets. Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the contact station. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Merrick SP information

Located along the lazy Mississippi River and surrounded by the hills of Wisconsin's Coulee Region, the 322-acre Merrick State Park is popular with anglers and boaters. The marshy backwaters are home to a variety of fish, birds, animals and plants. Rising and falling river levels, though controlled some by dams, are part of the natural environment.


Mailing Address: S2965 State Road 35 , P.O. Box 127 , Fountain City, Wisconsin 54629

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Bee Amazed by Native Pollinators

316 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Pattison SP

The Northwoods is home to a rainbow of native bees, birds, and other insects. Some are more efficient than honeybees at pollinating most of our favorite fruits and vegetables. Discover how important-and imperiled-these pollinators are and learn about ways you can help them. Mollie Kreb, Cable Natural History Museum www.cablemuseum.org


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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

Saturday, August 31, 2019

International Wolf Center Presentation

316 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Please join Debbie and Jerry as they discuss the habits and biology of wolves, how they hunt, what they eat, what wild lands they need, and human interactions/impacts. There will be a PowerPoint and videos of these magnificent creatures. Meet at the amphitheater.  (Rain location: Bluewater Bay Shelter, near the shower building).

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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 31, 2019

Community Campfire

316 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Food, Music, Night event, Outdoor activity, Story time
Location: Potawatomi SP

Bring a chair or blanket and join us for a community campfire down by the bay! Our Park Naturalist will supply the stories, songs, and fire; you supply the s'mores! Come on down for the full hour or stop on by for this all ages friendly event! Meet at the shoreline area across from the campground shelter and playground. In the event of rain we will move into the campground shelter.

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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 31, 2019

Bats! At Yellowstone Lake

316 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Yellowstone Lake SP

Learn about bats at Yellowstone Lake. 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 31, 2019

Bats

316 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Roche-A-Cri SP

Join naturalists Mike and Sharon Hartz to explore the world of bats in Wisconsin. Meet at the kiosk shelter.

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Roche-A-Cri SP information

Roche-A-Cri State Park, established in 1948, protects a 300-foot-high rock outcropping and Native American petroglyphs and pictographs. The name "Roche-A-Cri" comes from French words meaning "crevice in the rock." The park has 41 rustic campsites and five miles of hiking trails within a forest of large oaks and pines. Carter Creek in the park offers fishing opportunities.


Mailing Address: 1767 State Highway 13, Friendship, Wisconsin 53934

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Sand: An Omnipresent Miracle

316 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Explore sand in all its glory with this PowerPoint presentation geared toward raising your appreciation for the materials collectively known as "sand". Allison Brunette is a Sheboygan native and former educator with a passion for nature and art and the ways they incessantly intersect. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at sanderling Nature Center; 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, August 31, 2019

65 Wisconsin State Park Properties in One Year

316 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Night event
Location: Perrot SP

Jonathan Ringdahl set-out to visit every Wisconsin State Park system property in one year. He will show his beautiful photos while intertwining wild adventure tales that will make you laugh and inspire you. Come learn how diverse and amazing our state park system is. Jonathan offers a unique perspective few others have. Meet at the Nature Center.

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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

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Campfire Stories

316 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Story time
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Bring a camp chair and gather round the fire for story time! Stories from around the world - all ages welcome. Meet at the Ottawa Lake amphitheater. Valid State Park sticker required. Bug spray optional!

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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, August 31, 2019

Bees and Bats

316 days old

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

What do bees and bats have in common? They both play important roles in their ecosystems, and yet their populations are declining. Learn why these creatures are so special, and how you can make a difference. We will make bee houses and have fun bat crafts, too! Located at the Amphitheater (rain location is the 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 31, 2019

The Masked Bandits of the Park

316 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Governor Dodge SP

When camping in many of our Wisconsin State Parks, there is no avoiding our too-clever raccoons. Love them or hate them, they are here to stay-and they will always try to steal your food! Join us as we talk about these interesting critters' behavior and what to do to prevent them from becoming a nuisance around your campsite and your home. 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

Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Universe from Your Backyard Summer Saturday Evening Event

316 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Sponsored by Friends of the Kettle Moraine

The universe contains so much more than the naked eye can see, but celestial journeys are possible even from your own backyard. Join Jeff Setzer, a member of Northern Cross Foundation, shares about what's "out there" and how you can see it for yourself without spending a fortune. This program is best for anyone more than 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 31, 2019

Stargazing Saturday

316 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Drop-in Program, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

If there are clear skies, join astronomical society members to look through telescopes to see what's happening in the night sky. Meet at Parking Lot F.

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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, August 31, 2019

Starsplitters Astronomy Program: Star Party

316 days old

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event
Location: Wyalusing SP

Bring a chair or blanket. Bring binoculars. Bring telescopes. We have cement pads for scopes (some have electricity). We will try to help you with your equipment if you have questions. Those with telescopes or equipment can drive down to the building for loading and unloading. If you are from the area and would like to become a member, this is a great time to come! Everyone is welcome. Donations are appreciated.

The Starsplitters of Wyalusing is a nonprofit group of amateur astronomers who have partnered with schools, educators, interested citizens and benefactors to bring the fascinating science and wonders of astronomy to everyone. For more information, go to starsplitters.org [exit DNR]


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Wyalusing SP information

At Wyalusing State Park, camp 500 feet above the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. One of Wisconsin's oldest state parks, Wyalusing features family and group camps, hiking trails, a canoe trail, Native American burial mounds, bird watching, fishing, boating, bicycling, and picnicking near several scenic overlooks of the river valleys below.


Mailing Address: 13081 State Park Lane, Bagley, Wisconsin 53801

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Summer Star Gazing: Summer Saturday Evening Event

316 days old

Time: 8:45 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Look through a telescope or binoculars to bring into focus the wonders of the night sky. With the help of experienced night sky observers from the Northern Cross Science Foundation, spy distant planets, dumb-bell nebulas, globular clusters, and so much more. The program will be held only if the skies are clear. This program is best for anyone more than 8 years old. Drop in any time and stay as long as you like. 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

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