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

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Universe from Your Backyard Summer Saturday Evening Event

509 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

Bees and Bats

509 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

509 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

Stargazing Saturday

509 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

509 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

509 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

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Universe in the Park

509 days old

Time: 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Interstate 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. 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

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Universe in the Park

509 days old

Time: 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join astronomers from the UW-Madison Astronomy Program for an evening of exploring the Universe! There will be a short presentation then some time looking through the telescope at the night sky! This program is best for adults and children ages 10 and older. Meet at the Rock Elm Shelter (North Shore).

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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, September 1, 2019

Fall Walk at Weborg Point

508 days old

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Activities: History, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Peninsula SP

Meet at Weborg Shelter. Park at Weborg day use lot. Enjoy a casual stroll with the park naturalist, looking for fall migrating birds and autumn flowers. Park history, ecology featured. Less than a mile.

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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, September 1, 2019

Time for Tees

508 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activity: Arts and Crafts
Location: Perrot SP

Bring a tee shirt, or get one from the Naturalist, and paint an impression of your favorite fish on it! Create your treasure 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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Morning Hike

508 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, September 1, 2019

Hike the Echo Rock and Ishnala Trail

508 days old

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

Travel back in time on this 2.4-mile hike to learn how Mirror Lake was formed. Explore the wildflowers, smell the fresh pine trees, walk through the cool Ishnala Gorge. Learn about the human history of the park, who lived in and around the park, before it was a park. Let's see if we can find some cool bugs and creatures and birds as well. If there is light rain, we will still go. If there is heavy rain and/or lightning, we will cancel. Meet at Echo Rock trailhead at the top of 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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Exploration Station - Fish!

508 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Fishing, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Drop by the Exploration Station to take a closer look at fish! Join us for hands-on activities, crafts and fun. 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, September 1, 2019

Beaver of the Northwoods

508 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Wildlife study
Location: Interstate SP

Learn about some of the interesting connections between beavers and people. A beaver skull and pelt will be available to view 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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Canoe Cox Hollow Lake

508 days old

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Governor Dodge SP

Get on the water and explore the cliffs and coves of Cox Hollow Lake. No canoe? Borrow one of ours, but you must reseve one in advance at the concession stand, starting at Noon on Friday, Aug. 30. Loaner canoes are limited in number so sign up early. If bringing your own canoe, no reservation is necessary. Canoeing tips will be provided. 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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Open Art

508 days old

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program
Location: Peninsula SP

Drop by the Nature Center any time between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to try a variety of "odds and ends" art projects, left over from the summer season.

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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

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