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Get Outdoors!Date range: Sunday, September 22, 2019 to Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Activity: night event

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Universe in the Park

23 days old

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 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

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Starsplitters Astronomy Program: Star Party

23 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

Friday, October 4, 2019

Harvest Moon Festival

17 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Candlelight events, Children's program, Educational Programs, Festivals, Food, Hike, Music, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Capital Springs SRA

Join our annual autumnal celebration of the natural world featuring educational exhibits along a torch-lit trail with many live critters, kids' tree climb, environmental exhibits and interactive games! Warm up by a roaring bonfire, roast s'mores, and listen to live music. Visitors can also enjoy the silent auction with many locally-sources items and seasonal treats such as homemade pie, chili hot dogs, and cider for sale. Admission is $5 per person (ages 5 and under are free). Military children are free with parent's military identification.  Sponsored by the Friends of Capital Springs [exit DNR].

Two all-terrain wheelchairs are available for no charge - please contact 608-224-3606 to reserve.    


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Capital Springs SRA information

Just minutes from downtown Madison, Capital Springs State Park and Recreation Area and Dane County's Lake Farm Park, offer many recreation opportunities, including camping, hiking and skiing trails, picnicking, fishing, and a boat launch on Lake Waubesa. The Capital City State Trail connects Capital Springs and Lake Farm Park to the city of Madison.


Friday, October 4, 2019

Universe in the Park

17 days old

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Newport 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.   NOTE: the time of this event has been corrected to 6:30 p.m.

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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

Friday, October 4, 2019

Observatory Public Viewing

17 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event
Location: Harrington Beach SP

View the night sky with the Northern Cross Science Foundation. Meet at the Observatory at Puckett's Pond.


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Harrington Beach SP information

Harrington Beach State Park has more than a mile of beach along Lake Michigan. This 715-acre park also features a white cedar and hardwood swamp, old field grasslands with restored wetland ponds and a scenic limestone quarry lake. Camp, sunbathe, picnic, hike, bird watch, fish or practice astronomy. An observatory is open to the public for monthly viewings.


Mailing Address: 531 County Road D, Belgium, Wisconsin 53004

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Astronomy In the Park

16 days old

CANCELLED

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Night event
Location: Merrick SP

This event has been cancelled due to a forecast of inclement weather.

Join Dr. Jennifer Anderson from the Winona State University Geoscience Department and members of the WSU Astronomy Club at the Nature Center at Merrick State Park for a night under the stars. We will have some day-time activities and presentations as well as telescopes for night sky viewing.


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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, October 5, 2019

Night Hike

16 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Night event
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Join us for a hike around the paths at Ottawa Lake! Bring bug spray and a flashlight. No hills, 1.2 miles. Meet at the Ottawa Lake Contact Station. S59 W36630 Cty Rd ZZ. Valid State Park sticker required.

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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, October 5, 2019

Fall Torch-lit Hike in the Park

16 days old

CANCELLED

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Candlelight events, Festivals, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

This event has been cancelled due to flooding within the park and a forecast of more rain on Saturday.

Bring family land friends to enjoy a self-guided fall evening hike along a torch-lit trail. Visitors are asked to park in the picnic lots and walk to the outdoor shelter near parking lot P8. Master naturalist Chris Lilek will entertain with songs and stories around the campfire. Cider and snacks will be provided at the shelter. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 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, October 5, 2019

Fall Candlelight Hike

16 days old

CANCELLED

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Hike, Night event
Location: Wyalusing SP

This event has been cancelled due to rain.

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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, October 5, 2019

Universe in the Park

16 days old

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Peninsula 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 Nicolet Beach and bring a blanket or lawn chair.

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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

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Observatory Public Viewing

16 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event
Location: Harrington Beach SP

View the night sky with the Northern Cross Science Foundation. Meet at the Observatory at Puckett's Pond.


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Harrington Beach SP information

Harrington Beach State Park has more than a mile of beach along Lake Michigan. This 715-acre park also features a white cedar and hardwood swamp, old field grasslands with restored wetland ponds and a scenic limestone quarry lake. Camp, sunbathe, picnic, hike, bird watch, fish or practice astronomy. An observatory is open to the public for monthly viewings.


Mailing Address: 531 County Road D, Belgium, Wisconsin 53004

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Starsplitters Astronomy Program: Lunatics

11 days old

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event
Location: Wyalusing SP

Each month George Wertwijn leads us in advanced astronomy discussions for science-minded adults. Held close to full moon, we fondly refer to these as our Lunatics meetings. Join us if you are interested.

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, October 12, 2019

Tiki-Torch-Lit Harvest Hike

9 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Food, Hike, Night event
Location: Harrington Beach SP

Enjoy a tiki-torch-lit hike around Quarry Lake and enjoy live music by folk, country, sing-a-long band Some Assembly Required. The Friends of Harrington Beach will offer food and hot beverages to warm visitors on a crisp night. Sponsored by the Friends of Harrington Beach. Meet at the Welcome Center.

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Harrington Beach SP information

Harrington Beach State Park has more than a mile of beach along Lake Michigan. This 715-acre park also features a white cedar and hardwood swamp, old field grasslands with restored wetland ponds and a scenic limestone quarry lake. Camp, sunbathe, picnic, hike, bird watch, fish or practice astronomy. An observatory is open to the public for monthly viewings.


Mailing Address: 531 County Road D, Belgium, Wisconsin 53004

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Universe in the Park

9 days old

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP
Location Map: Map of event location

Dusk Blue Water Bay Shelter and Open Field - A typical UitP session begins just after sunset with a 30-40 minute talk and slide show about astronomy. While particular topics are left up to the presenters, they usually give a broad overview of one or two astronomy topics. Recent astronomical news is frequently discussed, such as the discovery of new solar systems, the demotion of Pluto, and the latest results from the Hubble Space Telescope. The talks are presented for audiences of all ages. At the conclusion of the talk, weather permitting, we set up a moderate aperture (8-10 inch) telescope and provide park visitors the opportunity to view available astronomical objects. UitP sessions run as long as there are people interested in looking through the telescope, and the parks typically close before the interest has been sated.

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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, October 12, 2019

October Illuminated Night Hike

9 days old

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Hike, Night event, Walk
Location: Big Foot Beach SP

Put on your favorite Halloween Costume, and join us for a lighted night hike through the paths of Big Foot Beach State Park. Treats & Drinks will be served, along with beautiful views! Bonfire to follow hike, weather permitting. Candlelight events are very popular at DNR properties, with some attracting thousands of visitors on a given night. Given the recent publicity of these events access to the park may be restricted at times when parking capacity has been reached. Parking inside the park is limited! The park has a total of 180 parking stalls; at this time there is a lot of interest in the event. There is a possibility we will fill all spots. Carpooling is encouraged. Parking for cars and pickup trucks only - no trailers, bus or RV parking. There is no roadside parking in the surrounding area. A 2019 Wisconsin State Park annual sticker or a $5 Special Event stickers are required. All cars attempting to enter after our parking capacity has been met (200 cars) will be turned away, please carpool. Halloween costumes are not required, but there will be a "best costume" prize after the hike! This is some fun, non-scary Halloween fun for the whole family! *Donations welcome (to support the Friends of Big Foot Beach State Park).

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Big Foot Beach SP information

This 271-acre park on the shore of Geneva Lake offers wooded campsites, a sand beach, 6.5 miles of hiking trails, and picnic areas. No alcoholic beverages are allowed anywhere in the park.


Mailing Address: 1452 S. Wells St., Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Observatory Public Viewing

9 days old

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event
Location: Harrington Beach SP

View the night sky with the Northern Cross Science Foundation. Meet at the Observatory at Puckett's Pond.


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Harrington Beach SP information

Harrington Beach State Park has more than a mile of beach along Lake Michigan. This 715-acre park also features a white cedar and hardwood swamp, old field grasslands with restored wetland ponds and a scenic limestone quarry lake. Camp, sunbathe, picnic, hike, bird watch, fish or practice astronomy. An observatory is open to the public for monthly viewings.


Mailing Address: 531 County Road D, Belgium, Wisconsin 53004

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