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Get Outdoors!Date range: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to Monday, July 15, 2019

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Whooo's Awake? Owls! Nature Storytime

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Activities: Story time, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Listen! Whoo, whoo, who, who, who! The owls are awake while we sleep. Discover remarkable facts about these nighttime hunters. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults. 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, January 19, 2019

Ice Fishing Clinic

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Fishing, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Learn the basics of ice fishing with the local Fisheries Biologist at this hands-on clinic. Since it is free fishing weekend, no fishing license is required. However a State Park Sticker is necessary. This event is open to kids and adults. Meet at the Ottawa Lake Boat Launch.

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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, January 19, 2019

Roche-A-Cri Woods Work Day

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Volunteer opportunity, Work day
Location: Roche-A-Cri SP

Get outside and help get rid of buckthorn and honeysuckle at Roche-a-Cri Woods SNA. Warm up your brush cutting arms and legs and help volunteers control invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle that are just starting to become established in portions of the floodplain forest. Preventing invasive plants from becoming widely established here will ensure these species continue to have a place to survive, in a place where they can be appreciated and looked-after by generations to come! Dress for the weather and wear clothes that are OK to get beat up, long pants, long sleeves, gloves, sturdy footwear, safety glasses (we will have extra). More information.

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Roche-A-Cri SP information

Roche-A-Cri State Park, established in 1948, protects a 300-foot-high rock outcropping and Native American petroglyphs and pictographs. The name "Roche-A-Cri" comes from French words meaning "crevice in the rock." The park has 41 rustic campsites and five miles of hiking trails within a forest of large oaks and pines. Carter Creek in the park offers fishing opportunities.


Mailing Address: 1767 State Highway 13, Friendship, Wisconsin 53934

Saturday, January 19, 2019

GO! Discover: Animal Tracks

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Outdoor skills, Wildlife study
Location: Havenwoods SF

Who left tracks in the snow? Drop in to learn how to identify tracks, walk like an animal, make note cards with tracks, and much more. Then grab a tracking field guide and head outside to discover who's been walking around Havenwoods. Drop in anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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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

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Winter Stories: Snowflake Bentley

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Story time
Location: Peninsula SP

Nature Center. This program combines the science of snowflakes with the true tale of a person who first took stunning photographs of them. Art project follows story.

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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, January 19, 2019

Winter Scavenger Hunt

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Scavenger hunt
Location: Willow River SP

Avoid getting cooped up inside and join us at the park for a winter-based scavenger hunt. Search for items on a checklist outside in the winter wonderland, then come back to the Nature Center and warm up with some hot chocolate. Small prizes will be available for participants! 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, January 19, 2019

GO Ice Fish!

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Fishing, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Learn the basics of safe and effective ice fishing then try to catch a fish of your own! Free fishing this weekend and some equipment provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. **Program is weather dependent. Meet at the Visitor Center but be prepared to drive.

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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, January 19, 2019

Ice Fishing Clinic (registration required)

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Fishing, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: MacKenzie Center

Come join the MacKenzie Center Educators to learn all about ice fishing! This event is free (no fishing license required on winter Free Fishing Weekend) and open to all ages. All equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring any materials you may have. Please dress for the weather and remember temperatures are much colder on the lake. We will meet at the MacKenzie Center lodge at noon. We will proceed to a local lake around 1 p.m. and fish for a few hours. Please register at (608) 635-8105. This is a weather-dependent activity and can be canceled if ice conditions are not safe.

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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

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Get Outdoors! Learn to Ice Fish

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Fishing, Free Fishing Weekend, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Learn the tricks of winter fishing with experienced ice anglers. We will start inside the Mauthe Lake picnic shelter for a presentation on safety tips and appropriate gear and tackle. Then it's off to Mauthe Lake to try our best at luring those fish out of the water. Equipment, tackle, and bait will be provided. This program is best for people over 6 years old. Special surprises await all who pre-register. To register, call (920) 533-8322 by January 18. No fishing licenses required, since it is Free Fishing Weekend. A State Park System vehicle admission sticker is required. Location: Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Picnic Shelter (located off County Road GGG 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

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Snowshoe/Hike into Fern Dell Gorge

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Mirror Lake SP

Marty is back to guide a fun winter hike into the Fern Dell Gorge to see the ice sheets! Meet him at the park office at 10 a.m. for carpooling. This adventure will take you into Fern Dell Gorge State Natural Area where the beautiful Sandstone rock cliffs hold amazing ice sheets, conditions permitting.  So bring your camera along with your snowshoes, cleats and walking sticks. Due to limited parking we will carpool from the park office. 
REGISTRATION REQUIRED due to limited space in the gorge. RSVP to the park office (608-254-2333) to sign up for the hike.

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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, January 19, 2019

Learn to Ice Fish

CANCELLED

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Fishing, Free Fishing Weekend, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Devil's Lake SP

This program has been cancelled due to ice conditions. The Devil's Lake Family Snow Day (Jan. 19) is still taking pace at the Nature Center from 1-4 p.m.

 


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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, January 19, 2019

Family Snow Day

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Parents, bring your kids out for a day of fun in the "snow" (winter)! Participate activities to have fun on a winter's day - snow or no snow! Please wear proper footwear and clothing for the outdoors in winter. New this year - ice cream making! We'll also have a fire to warm up by. There will be a StoryWalk for kids to participate in. Storywalks turn reading into an adventure! Designed for beginning readers, the stories will appeal to all ages. Meet at 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

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe

CANCELLED

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Lake Wissota SP

This event has been cancelled due to icy conditions. 


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Lake Wissota SP information

This park northeast of Chippewa Falls has more than 1,000 acres of forest and open prairie on a 6,300-acre man-made lake. Lake Wissota State Park offers secluded campsites, hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, picnic and playground areas, and a 285-foot swimming beach. Boating, canoeing, kayaking, and water skiing are popular summer activities on Lake Wissota.


Mailing Address: 18127 County , Highway O, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Luminary Walk

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Walk
Location: Heritage Hill SP

Heritage Hill State Park comes alive after dark with luminaries abound, living history, and tasty hot beverages and edible delights.The beauty of Northeast Wisconsin's history await as you stroll through the crisp night experiencing the breathtaking ambiance throughout a 1.5mile pathway, that spans over 56 acres...the hidden gem that awaits you right within the Green Bay city limits. Take advantage of this first ever opportunity to visit "The Hill" illuminated at night, with access into many of our historic buildings. Special admission fees apply.

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Heritage Hill SP information

Experience "living history" at this 48-acre, outdoor museum in Green Bay. The park features 25 structures from Wisconsin's past - the fur trade in 1762, Fort Howard in 1836, small towns in 1871, and ethnic farms in 1905.


Mailing Address: 2640 South Webster Avenue, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Candlelight Hike

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Hiking by candlelight, a roaring bonfire, roasted marshmallows and warm refreshments await everyone at the 9th annual Horicon Marsh Candlelight Hike. There are two trails available. One trail is 1.5 miles and another "Family Loop" is only 0.36 miles. The Education Center will be open for people to warm up, view the 20 minute "Horicon Marsh Story." The Northern Cross Science Foundation astronomers will be on site to help you view the night sky through telescopes or to talk about the stars if it is cloudy. Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center will line the trails with candle-powered luminaries to welcome and guide hikers. Admission to the event is free; however, please consider bringing a non-perishable food item or hats/gloves/mittens for our food drive and mitten campaign. Parking is limited at the education center so please consider using the shuttles. Free shuttles will be available from Mayville and Horicon from 4:30-9:30pm. The Mayville Shuttle will be located at Theiler Park, N8282 County Road TW, Mayville. The Horicon Shuttle will be located in the Bethesda parking lot at 620 Washington St, Horicon. For information: www.horiconmarsh.org.

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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

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Candlelight Snowshoe Hike

CANCELLED

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

This event has been cancelled due to icy conditions and lack of snow.

 


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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

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