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Get Outdoors!Nature Programs and Events Calendar

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Dance to the Big Bands

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Activity: Music
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Dance to the Big Band sounds of the Hal Edwards Orchestra in Wisconsin's celebrated "most romantic dance pavilion" - the Chateau. Join us as we relive the glory years. Cost is $10 and happens at the Chateau on the 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, July 21, 2018

Explore the Night Sky

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Drop-in Program, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Presented by the Madison Astronomy Society

Join the Madison Astronomy Society to see stars and planets. They'll have telescopes ready to show you cool stuff in the summer night sky. Happening behind the Rock Elm Shelter.


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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, July 21, 2018

Universe in the Park

Time: 8:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Educational Programs, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Governor Dodge SP

It's time once again for a family favorite! Universe in the Park is an extremely popular outreach program presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Astronomy. Watch a captivating slide show about astronomy and take advantage of the opportunity to view the night sky through powerful telescopes and binoculars. 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

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Cliff Runner 10K

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Run
Location: High Cliff SP

High Cliff State Park will host the Cliff Runner 10K race. A state park vehicle admission sticker is required by all participants and spectators. Park visitors can expect minor traffic delays. For more information or to register, see the Race website.

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High Cliff SP information

High Cliff State Park is the only state-owned recreational area on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest lake. The park gets its name from the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. The magnificent 12-foot statue of Winnebago Indian Chief Red Bird, standing high on a huge granite rock, overlooks the lake and is a popular destination in the park.


Mailing Address: N7630 State Park Rd, Sherwood, Wisconsin 54169

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Visual Nature Journaling

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Walk
Location: Harrington Beach SP

Enjoy a morning observing, connecting with, and recording the natural world at Harrington Beach. Techniques and activities will help you find ways to share what you love about the outdoors. Bring your own journal or use materials provided. Meet at the Ansay 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

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Kayaking

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activity: Canoeing/kayaking
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Join the naturalists for a kayak tour of Ottawa Lake's unique features. Spots are limited; sign-up sheet will be posted in the Ottawa Lake contact station, meet at the boat launch. Must be at least 10 years old. Life jackets are provided, but bring your own if you would like. Meet at the Ottawa Lake Contact Station (S59 W36630 Cty Rd ZZ).


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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

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Hide and Seek in the Meadow

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Insect study, Nature study
Location: Peninsula SP

Join the naturalist for an easy meadow stroll, searching for spittle bugs, crab spiders, and monarchs on milkweed. See how camouflage helps bugs survive! Search for spittle bugs, crab spiders, and monarchs on milkweed. Flower facts and folklore featured, too.


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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, July 22, 2018

Morning Hike

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, July 22, 2018

Exploration Station - Birds

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Drop by the Exploration Station to test your knowledge of birds! We'll have lots of fun activities to see if how well you know these backyard visitors. Activities will happen 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, July 22, 2018

Snakes Slithering in the Grass

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activity: Amphibian/reptile study
Location: Willow River SP
Location Map: Map of event location

Prairies need to be protected for snakes to survive. During this program come meet and learn about Fox snakes while also learning about the importance of snakes and prairies in our lives and how we can protect them.

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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, July 22, 2018

Weather Series: Clouds

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Nature study, Story time
Location: Interstate SP

Join Dr. Monica Ramirez at the Ice Age Center for a brief introduction to the atmosphere to be followed by cloud classification, clouds as indicators of weather fronts, and also cloud types and their symbols. There will be a portion of the time spent outside identifying and classifying clouds using both diagrams and posters.


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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, July 22, 2018

So Many Legs! Drop In at the Beach

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

6, 8, 14, 20, 100+ Why so many legs? Drop in to meet creatures with a lot of legs and find out a few new things about these incredible animals. Everyone is invited to drop in for a few minutes or more than an hour for some nature fun. Adults are encouraged to participate with their children. Location: Long Lake Recreation Area South Beach (located off Division Road north of County Road F near 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

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Playing with Shakespeare: Get Outside with Will Children's Workshop

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Outdoor activity, Theater production
Location: Lake Kegonsa SP

Think Shakespeare is old and boring? Think again! Join the Summit Players for 45 minutes of fun and brain acrobatics! Play some games, work with some text, and explore the natural world. Learn how Shakespeare used nature in his plays and why his characters talk the way they do. Shed any iambic penta-jitters, then join us for the show! 1 p.m. workshop; 2:30 p.m. performance. 

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Lake Kegonsa SP information

Lake Kegonsa State Park offers a natural, peaceful setting beside a glacier-hewed lake. The lake offers swimming, fishing, water-skiing, sailing and motor boating. The lake covers 3,209 acres and is more than 30 feet deep. Park visitors enjoy the lake's excellent fishing. Prairie, forest and marsh habitats offer a variety of camping, hiking, picnicking and skiing opportunities.


Mailing Address: 2405 Door Creek Road, Stoughton, Wisconsin 53589

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Drop-in Discovery Station - Raccoons

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Raccoons are everywhere - in the woods, near our houses, even around your campsite! Find out about the lives of these masked bandits. Activities will happen outside 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

Sunday, July 22, 2018

A Stroll Through Time: Geology & History at Copper Falls

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, History, Outdoor activity
Location: Copper Falls SP

Travel through time for a look back at the park's origins, from ancient geology, to the CCC camps of the 30's, to today. Join the park's naturalist for amazing stories and a walk down memory lane along the Doughboy's trail. Meet at the naturalist cabin. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, no pets, please.


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Copper Falls SP information

Ancient lava flows, deep gorges, and spectacular waterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. Log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s add to the park's charm. There is plenty to do; hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The North Country National Scenic Trail passes through Copper Falls State Park.


Mailing Address: 36764 Copper Falls Road, Mellen, Wisconsin 54546

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Bone & Stone

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Geology, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Skulls and fossils! Try to name these animals- past and present. Meet at the Ottawa Lake Contact Station (S59 W36630 Cty Rd ZZ).


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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

Note: Event dates and times are subject to change or cancellation. Please verify event status, dates and times prior to attendance.

Last revised: Friday, March 02, 2018