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Get Outdoors!Date range: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 to Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Halloween Bonfire and Candlelight Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Governor Nelson SP

Join us for some Halloween fun for the whole family. Take a night hike on the 1.5-mile Woodland Trail - lit with luminaires! A bonfire will be at the shelter near the lake, and there will be marshmallows, hot dogs and hot chocolate while supplies last. Remember to bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Costumes encouraged! Event is weather permitting. Event is free, but a valid park admission sticker is required for entry to the park.

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Governor Nelson SP information

Located on 10,000-acre Lake Mendota, reecreation and nature mingle within sight of the State Capitol. Governor Nelson is a day use park offering a sand beach, boat launch, fish cleaning facility, picnic areas and playground equipment, prairie restorations, and over 8 miles of trails. Native American effigy mounds can be seen on the Woodland Trail.


Mailing Address: 5140 Cty Hwy M, Waunakee, Wisconsin 53597

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Celebrate Salmon at Wild Rose Fish Hatchery Open House

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Fish study, Fishing, Outdoor activity
Location: Wild Rose Hatchery Education Center

Celebrate the last weekend of the season open to visitors with the Salmon Migration Mystery, a day of fun, hands-on activities that help answer the question, "Why do salmon and trout migrate from Lake Michigan to streams in fall?" Be a salmon in the migration maze; look into microscopic life; learn fly tying and fly casting, kids bass casting, Gyotaku fish printing and more! Plus check out two aquariums and engage in interactive exhibits in the Education Center, tour the beautiful grounds and see the show pond filled with large Lake Michigan trout and salmon. Free. Call ahead for groups of 8 or more. 920-622-3527


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Wild Rose Hatchery Education Center information

You can also take a peek at hatchery production from the coldwater (trout and salmon) observation room, then stroll down to the historic village where Wild Rose first began and fish still swim in the raceways.


Mailing Address: N5871 State Rd 22, Wild Rose, Wisconsin 54984

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Nature's Unloved: Exploring Nature Program

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Unearth intriguing facts about some of nature's unloved critters including bats, skunks, slugs, and spiders. You may just go away liking them or at least appreciating their role in nature. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. 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, October 26, 2019

Spiders of Wisconsin

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, Insect study, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Spiders are everywhere - can you name a few? Join us in learning about these tiny predators. Drop in during this program at any time, all ages welcome. 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 26, 2019

Beavers in Wisconsin

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Wildlife study
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Join DNR Biologist Marty Johnson to learn how beavers helped shape Wisconsin's history and habitats. Discover how perfectly adapted they are and ways you can live with a beaver neighbor. In the field, you'll hike to visit a beaver home. 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, October 26, 2019

Friends of Sandhill Crane Watch

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Nature study
Location: Sandhill Wildlife Area

Join FOS and watch as hundreds of Sandhill cranes take their afternoon flight into the marshes.

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Sandhill Wildlife Area information

The 9,150-acre State Wildlife Area was named for a series of gently rolling sandy ridges crisscrossing the property. Sandhill Wildlife Area lies within the bed of ancient Glacial Lake Wisconsin - an expansive region of flat, marshy land interspersed with forests covering parts of seven counties in central Wisconsin.


Mailing Address: 1715 County Hwy X, Babcock, 54413

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Candlelight Halloween Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Food, Hike, Music, Night event, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join us for lots of Halloween fun! There's a lot to do at this annual event sponsored by the Friends of Devil's Lake. You can go on a 1-mile torch lit hike; show off your costume by the campfire while roasting a marshmallow or two and listen to the songs of Campfire Kevin; enjoy some tasty treats sold by the Friends group; and find out about spiders! You can even make some spider crafts to take home with you. The event is held at 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

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Silent Hunters Night Hike

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

The owl might not be the first critter you think about when you hear the words, nocturnal predator, but they are some of the most underrated hunters out there! Meet at the Nature Lot to see what the night brings for these birds. It's going to be a hoot!

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Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit information

The Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is in the middle of the Kettle Moraine, a strip of glacial landforms which extends through southeastern Wisconsin to Lake Winnebago. The forest is named after the 522-acre, spring-fed kettle: Pike Lake. Powder Hill, a large glacial kame, provides the opportunity for a great hike and view. Visitors can enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and much more within the forest.


Mailing Address: 3544 Kettle Moraine Road, Hartford, Wisconsin 53027

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Starsplitters Astronomy Program: Star Party

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

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Color Hike

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Explore the historic Paradise Springs Nature Trail while viewing the last of the fall colors. This paved trail was designed for wheelchairs and strollers. About 0.5 miles, no hills. Meet at the Paradise Springs Nature Trail at W374 S8640 County Rd N, Eagle WI 53119. 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

Monday, October 28, 2019

Monday Night Hike

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Join us on Monday evenings at the Southern Unit for a series of 2-3 mile exercise hikes!

Finish the fall hikes with a mix of the Scuppernong trails and the Ice Age Trail totaling about 3 miles. Meet at the Scuppernong Hiking Trail. S58W35820 Cty. Road ZZ, Dousman


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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

Monday, October 28, 2019

Wolves in Wisconsin

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Wildlife study
Location: Mead Wildlife Area Center

Scott Walter, DNR Big Game Wildlife Biologist, will present this topic and address related biological, social and policy issues.


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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

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Weekly Nature Walk

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

These relaxed, guided walks will explore marsh flora and fauna while taking in the stunning views on the marsh. Length and difficulty will depend upon participants. Meeting location will vary; check website/Facebook for updates.

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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

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Not So Creepy Critters

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Insect study, Wildlife study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

Halloween gives some critters a bad reputation, but if you join us at the North Shelter you just might realize these 'creepy critters' should actually be some of your favorites! Spiders, bats, crows, and more!

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Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit information

The Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is in the middle of the Kettle Moraine, a strip of glacial landforms which extends through southeastern Wisconsin to Lake Winnebago. The forest is named after the 522-acre, spring-fed kettle: Pike Lake. Powder Hill, a large glacial kame, provides the opportunity for a great hike and view. Visitors can enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and much more within the forest.


Mailing Address: 3544 Kettle Moraine Road, Hartford, Wisconsin 53027

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Halloween Nature Hike

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Newport SP

Where can you find Witches Caps, Dead Man's Fingers, Earth Tongues and Witches Butter? In the woods, of course! Join park naturalists along with Charlotte Lukes as they search for nature's Halloween treats. Meet at 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

Friday, November 1, 2019

Those Sly Foxes Nature Storytime

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

If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a shy, sly fox. Come investigate the world of these secretive animals. 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

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