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Get Outdoors!Date range: Sunday, February 17, 2019 to Saturday, August 17, 2019

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Owl Prowl

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Hike, Night event, Wildlife study
Location: MacKenzie Center

Come join the MacKenzie Educators to learn about Wisconsin owl species. From 5:30-6:30 p.m. will be an educational talk about owls. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. join us for a hike in the woods to search for owls. For the hike please dress for the weather and wear dark colors. Please meet at the Lodge parking lot for both activities.

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MacKenzie Center information

The MacKenzie Center, just 25 miles north of Madison, is one of the most diverse education centers in Wisconsin. With interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming available for school and youth groups, MacKenzie is a wonderful place to visit and learn about the natural world. The State Game Farm is connected to the MacKenzie Center and is adjacent to the arboretum on the western half of the property.


Mailing Address: W7303 County Highway CS, Poynette, 53955

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Full Moon Walk

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Traverse the two-mile trail around Mauthe Lake under the light of a full moon. Dress for the weather including snow boots. This walk is best for people over the age of 8 years old. Location: Forest Headquarters (located off County Road G south of County Road SS near New Prospect).


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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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Super Full Moon Hike

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Grab your warm layers and embark on a hike under the beautiful winter sky!


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Horicon Marsh Education Center information

Horicon Marsh has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations. This renowned marsh is now home to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The Wildlife Education Program has been conducted at the marsh since the mid-1980s. This program focuses on the abundant wildlife resources of the marsh, their ecology and applied management.


Mailing Address: N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, 53032

Friday, February 22, 2019

"My Favorite Universe" DVD Lecture Series

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: History, Movies
Location: Newport SP

What forces molded the universe? Are those forces still at work, removing, changing, or adding heavenly bodies even as we gaze upward? In this lecture series, Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who directs the nation's most famous planetarium, makes that understanding available to anyone. My Favorite Universe is a spirited and intellectually engaging journey through the cosmos and its history. This second of 12 lectures is offered through The Great Courses DVD series. Meets in the Nature Center.

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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

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Coiled Rim Gourd Bowls

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Educational Programs, Indoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Registration is closed; this class is now full.

Make a decorative gourd bowl with a beautiful coiled and sewn fiber rim. Learn the techniques of growing drying and preparing gourds for use as well. 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

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Live Raptors from Hoo's Woods & Other Outdoor Activities

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Hike, Outdoor activity, Wildlife conservation, Wildlife study
Location: Capital Springs SRA

Come to our family-friendly event to experience the wonders of nature! First, enjoy a program with live raptors from Hoo's Woods. During this 1-hour education program you will meet a snowy owl, an immature bald eagle named "Victory," screech owls and others. Learn about their behaviors and natural habitats. These raptors are some of the most beautiful and fascinating birds in the world. The program will leave you spellbound and excited to learn more about these fascinating birds. Next, all are welcome for outdoor winter fun behind the Lussier Center - we'll have a bonfire and weather and trail conditions permitting, a naturalist-led hike the Lower Yahara River Trail to find Wisconsin birds and other wildlife!


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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.


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Winter Wildlife Hike

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Snowshoeing, Wildlife study
Location: Mead Wildlife Area Center

Enjoy a snowshoe hike around the Center led by Mead Staff. Bring your own Snowshoes or use ours. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served after the hike.


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Mead Wildlife Area Center information

The Stanton W. Mead Education and Visitor Center is a 6,208 square foot education and administration facility designed as an example of sustainable and environmentally-responsible construction. One of the goals of the Mead Wildlife Area is to provide wildlife and environmental programs to the citizens of Wisconsin. These programs help to foster a sense of environmental stewardship, that through education we can achieve a better understanding of the values and issues of our wildlife and natural resources.


Mailing Address: 1 S2148 County Highway S, Milladore, Wisconsin 54454

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Winter Geocaching

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Geocache, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Willow River SP

Get outside this winter with this fun "treasure hunting" activity. Learn how to geocache and then come on an adventure to find some cache's. Bring something that you can put back into the cache if you would like to take one. We will have a limited number of GPS units for you to use. Sponsored by The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks.

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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

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Winter Geocaching

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Geocache
Location: Willow River SP

Get outside this winter with this fun "treasure hunting" activity. Learn how to geocache and then come on an adventure to find some cache's. Bring something that you can put back into the cache if you would like to take something out. We will have a limited number of GPS units for you to use. Event is FREE to attend but vehicle admission into the park is required.

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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

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Winter Twilight Hike

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join the naturalist for a guided winter hike along the Steinke Basin Trail at Devil's Lake. We'll discover what's starting to wake up when day transitions into night. The hike will be just over 2 miles and, depending on the weather, could be icy - so be prepared. If there is snow, we'll snowshoe the trail. Please come dressed for the weather. Sorry,  no pets on the twilight hike. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking Lot.

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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, February 23, 2019

Winterfest and Candlelight Hike

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Pattison SP

Enjoy a winter night at Pattison State Park! Glowing luminaries will line your path for classic skiing and hiking/snowshoeing and there will also be a sledding hill. The Friends of Pattison and Amnicon Falls will be providing crafts in the Historic CCC Shelter Building where there will be two giant fireplaces for warming up by and a place to cook hot dogs or marshmallows for s'more's. The Friends will provide all the supplies for s'mores, plus chili, hot cocoa, cookies and coffee. This event is for the whole family!  A vehicle admission sticker will be required.

 


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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, February 23, 2019

Urban Candlelight Hike

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Hank Aaron ST

For the third year in a row, hardy northerners will cure their cabin fever at this winter Urban Candlelight Hike on the Hank Aaron State Trail in Three Bridges Park. Two miles of candlelit trails on the Hank Aaron State Trail - this event will take place with or without snow! Roaring campfires! From 5:30-7:30 p.m. there will be free fat tire bike demos on site to try and testf. This is your chance to get on a fat tire bike. All ages and abilities are welcome to stop by and check one out. See why fat tire cyclists have more fun all year round! There are additional activities for thos who purchase a "Fun Pass." For more information and a trail map, see the Urban Candlelight Hike website [exit DNR].

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Hank Aaron ST information

Named in honor of baseball legend Hank Aaron, this trail provides a continuous connection between Milwaukee's Miller Park Stadium and the Lake Michigan lakefront, as well as providing connections to famous Milwaukee landmarks such as the historic Ward Theatre on the grounds of the National Soldiers Home, the Wisconsin State Fair Park and the Pettit National Ice Center. Eventually the trail will connect with the Oak Leaf Trail near the Milwaukee/Waukesha county line and run along the southern edge of the Milwaukee County Zoo.


Mailing Address: 2300 N MLK Jr Drive , Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Candlelight Snowshoe Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Hike, Night event, Snowshoeing
Location: Rib Mountain SP

The Friends of Rib Mountain State Park invite the public to explore Rib Mountain State Park on snowshoes. There will be hot chocolate, hot cider, and special goodies, as well as marshmallows to roast around the campfire. Start your hike at the new Friends Gathering Space, just past the Park office. Some snowshoes are available to borrow but we suggest you bring your own snowshoes if you have them. Donations to cover costs are welcome. A park annual or daily admission sticker is required. Parking is limited, so please consider carpooling. For more information or if the weather is questionable, you can check the Friends' website at www.ribmountain.org or call the Park at 715-842-2522.

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Rib Mountain SP information

This billion-year-old hill is one of the oldest geological formations on earth. Rib Mountain State Park is a premier day-use facility with picnicking, hiking trails and a reservable amphitheater. The top of the 60-foot observation tower offers spectacular views of the Wausau area and Wisconsin River. Granite Peak Ski Area is on the north face of the mountain and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding during winter.


Mailing Address: 4200 Park Road, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Bluebird Nest Box Workshop

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Birding, Educational Programs
Location: Interstate SP

Join Lowell Peterson, Jim Beix, and Jim Higgins (from the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin) at the Ice Age Center as they give a free presentation that will cover the best habitat to attract birds, how to minimize predation, and the value of nest box monitoring. After the presentation, there will be the opportunity for visitors to construct their very own bluebird nest box. Each kit costs $10 (available while supplies last).Families are welcome.

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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

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Preschool Storytime: Turtle Time

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Children's program, Story time, Wildlife study
Location: Havenwoods SF

Can you imagine carrying your house everywhere you go? Come meet some turtles up close and find out how they do it. Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5 and their parents, grandparents or other adult. These programs are not for day care centers or organizations.

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Havenwoods SF information

Havenwoods State Forest is Wisconsin's only urban state forest, featuring 237 acres of grasslands, woods and wetlands in the city of Milwaukee. Hike, run, bike and watch wildlife on over six miles of trails. Explore one of the four ponds, stroll over the 120-foot bridge or find a bench to sit and relax outdoors.


Mailing Address: 6141 N. Hopkins St. , Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Back to Basics: Bird Brain

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Become birds for the day and stretch your wings with some bird-themed games! Youth program.


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Horicon Marsh Education Center information

Horicon Marsh has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations. This renowned marsh is now home to the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The Wildlife Education Program has been conducted at the marsh since the mid-1980s. This program focuses on the abundant wildlife resources of the marsh, their ecology and applied management.


Mailing Address: N7725 Hwy 28, Horicon, 53032

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, October 10, 2018