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Get Outdoors!Date range: Sunday, September 01, 2019 to Sunday, September 01, 2019

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Newport Wilderness Days

49 days old

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Plant study, Walk
Location: Newport SP

This two-day event started in 1992 as a way for the members of Newport Wilderness Society, the park's friends group, to showcase this beautiful wilderness park. Volunteers lead hikes on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend, covering many areas of interest. Activities on Sunday, Sept. 1 include:
  • 11:30 a.m.- Trees and Shrubs of Door County Join arborist and horticulturist Tom Wolfe as he shares his vast knowledge about trees and shrubs. Weather permitting, we will spend some time in the woods. Meet in the Nature Center, parking lot 1.
  • 1 p.m. Herb Hike Dave LaLuzerne was born with a green spark in his heart.  Nurtured through pharmacy school and many years as an herbal pharmacist in his own herb shop, he now finds his passion is educating people about the numerous and wondrous ways to use herbs for our health and well-being. Learning how the plants that flourish in this climate can help you flourish as well. Meet at the Nature Center, Lot 1.
  • 9 p.m. Star Gazing at the Dark Sky Park Join the park naturalist and astronomy enthusiasts James Krumenacher and Maury Brancamp as they search the skies for galaxies, star clusters, nebula, asterisms and planets. Telescopes and binoculars will be on hand for viewing. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, flashlight or headlamp with red lens (to protect night vision) and bug spray. Meet at the viewing area east of Lot 3. This program will be cancelled if conditions are poor.

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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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Pollinator Crafts

49 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Insect study, Nature study
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Drop in before 7:30 p.m to create a variety of great take-home crafts to learn about and help pollinators. Fun for all ages. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Labor Day S'Mores Extravaganza

49 days old

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Food, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Perrot SP

The name says it all! Join us for our final hurrah to summer! A wide variety of s'mores toppings will be available for your culinary enjoyment. This event is free, thanks to the Friends, but a donation jar will be available if you would like to help support this rather non-educational event. 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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Astronomy for Kids

49 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Yellowstone Lake SP

Astronomy for Kids program will be held before theUniverse in the Park outreach program of the UW-Madison Astronomy Department. 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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Nature's Nightlife

49 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Hartman Creek SP

Who's awake in the park after dark? Learn about some of the nocturnal animals that call Hartman Creek home and what it takes be a nocturnal animal. Discover how we know these animals are here and how you can find them where you live. We will take a short hike after the presentation to search out some creatures of the night. 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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Universe in the Park

49 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Willow River 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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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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Universe in the Park

49 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Yellowstone Lake 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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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

Monday, September 2, 2019

Pothole Trail Hike

48 days old

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Interstate SP

Meet at the Pothole Trail sign to take a walk with the park naturalist and learn about the trail's unique geology.


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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

Monday, September 2, 2019

Projects - Naturally!

48 days old

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join the naturalist each Monday to create some fun, hands-on projects inspired by nature. 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

Monday, September 2, 2019

How Birds Make a Living

48 days old

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Children's program, Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Interstate SP

Visit the Ice Age Center to learn how to tell what a bird likes to eat and where it lives... just by looking at its beak! Examples will be shown.


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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