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Get Outdoors!Date range: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 to Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Nature Time for Preschoolers: Animals in Winter - Who's Awake?

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

Some animals stay active during our long winters. How do you think they find food to keep warm? We'll use stories, crafts, and activities to explore a different topic each session. These programs are for preschoolers, ages 3-5, and their parents, grandparents, or other adult. These programs are not for day care centers or organizations. If you would like a program for your day care center or youth organization, please call to schedule at a separate time.


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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, January 21, 2020

Stories at the Meadows

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs, Indoor activity, Outdoor activity, Story time
Location: Crex Meadows

Join us at the Crex Visitor Center for wildlife stories and activities! Bring outdoor clothing, as there may be an outdoor activity! Ages 2-6

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Crex Meadows information

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is a 30,000 acre property of wetlands, brush prairies, and forests scattered across a gently rolling landscape. It is located in western Burnett County. Find it from Highway 70 in Grantsburg. Directional signs will guide you through Grantsburg to the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center, which is located on County Road D.


Mailing Address: 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, 54840

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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

Friday, January 24, 2020

Sunset Snowshoe Hikes

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Crex Meadows

Join us for a peaceful sunset snowshoe hike at Crex Meadows! Hike will take place on the 1.25-mile trail behind the visitor center. Snowshoes provided. All ages welcome. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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Crex Meadows information

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is a 30,000 acre property of wetlands, brush prairies, and forests scattered across a gently rolling landscape. It is located in western Burnett County. Find it from Highway 70 in Grantsburg. Directional signs will guide you through Grantsburg to the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center, which is located on County Road D.


Mailing Address: 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, 54840

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Winter Birds Hike

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Birding, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills, Snowshoeing, Walk
Location: Crex Meadows

Join us for a hike in search of winter birds! Meet at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center, then caravan onto the property where the hike will begin. Snowshoes will be provided if necessary. All ages welcome. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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Crex Meadows information

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is a 30,000 acre property of wetlands, brush prairies, and forests scattered across a gently rolling landscape. It is located in western Burnett County. Find it from Highway 70 in Grantsburg. Directional signs will guide you through Grantsburg to the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center, which is located on County Road D.


Mailing Address: 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, 54840

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Winter Scavenger Hunt

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 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! Meet at the Nature Center.

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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 25, 2020

Back to Basics: Tracking

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Nature study, Story time
Location: Horicon Marsh Education Center

Hike the trails in search of winter wildlife signs! Snowshoes available if conditions permit. Youth program ages 7-11.

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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 25, 2020

Loop n' Soup

CANCELLED

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Activities: Food, Hike, Snowshoeing
Location: Northern Highland American Legion (NHAL) SF

This event has been cancelled.

Enjoy an afternoon in Northern Wisconsin's wonderland! Join us for a short snowshoe starting from our Crystal Lake Nature Center. With a 0.5- mile short loop on the Tom Roberts Trail next door. Then, for the more experienced, meandering through the nearby forest and around Crystal Lake. Afterwards, warm up with a free cup of soup (while it lasts) and win door prizes! This will be a 1-2 hour guided hike along easy and mostly flat terrain. Weather may vary and so will trail conditions. Be prepared for snow & cold weather. Bring sleds for children. Leashed pets welcome. Wisconsin State Park Sticker required for entrance.


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Northern Highland American Legion (NHAL) SF information

Established in 1925 to protect the headwaters of the Wisconsin, Flambeau and Manitowish rivers, the Northern Highland American Legion (NHAL) State Forest occupies more than 232,000 acres in northern Wisconsin. The forest provides employment and economic support to rural and urban communities through the production of forest products, recreation and tourism.


Mailing Address: 4125 Cty Hwy M, Boulder Junction, Wisconsin 54512

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Saturday Snowshoe Hike for Families

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing, Wildlife study
Location: Crex Meadows

Join us for an afternoon of snowshoeing fun at Crex Meadows! We will take a 1-mile hike behind the visitor center in search of wildlife and wildlife sign. All ages are welcome. Dogs welcome. Snowshoes provided on a first come, first serve basis. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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Crex Meadows information

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area is a 30,000 acre property of wetlands, brush prairies, and forests scattered across a gently rolling landscape. It is located in western Burnett County. Find it from Highway 70 in Grantsburg. Directional signs will guide you through Grantsburg to the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center, which is located on County Road D.


Mailing Address: 102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, 54840

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Paint and Sip-Into the Night

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Food, Indoor activity
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Jose Palomo from Picasso Vino guides you step by step to create your own masterpiece. For all abilities, ages 15 and older. Please call 262-878-5601 to pre-register, fee is $35, Price includes all supplies and one free glass of wine (21+). You are welcome to bring your own beverages. 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, January 25, 2020

Winterfest, Candlelight Hike and 100th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Festivals, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Pattison SP

Help kick-off the 100th anniversary celebration of the establishment of Pattison State Park.Formal dedication at 3 p.m. with the reading of the centennial proclamation. Enjoy the sledding hill, a snowshoe race at 4 p.m. and a candlelight night event. Glowing luminaries will line your path for classic skiing and hiking/snowshoeing. 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, January 25, 2020

Winter Photo Hike

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity, Photography, Snowshoeing
Location: Devil's Lake SP

What better excuse to get outside in the winter is to go on a hike to take pictures! This will be an informal hike or snowshoe with chances to get out and take pictures of Devil's Lake in winter. This hike is a good one for armature photographers or photographers who would like to help others take better pictures. We will start at Steinke basin, heading up the rescue road to the top of the east bluff. Since we will be hiking near dusk, hopefully we'll get a beautiful sunset to take pictures of from on top of the bluff. Be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp with you since we'll be hiking back down at twilight.

This will be about a 2-mile hike with some rugged/difficult terrain, but not too steep of hills. It can get chilly on top of the bluff, so make sure to dress in layers and bring water with you. If we have enough snow, we'll snowshoe up the bluff. Please bring your own snowshoes; we'll have a limited number of snowshoe for participants to borrow. And, don't forget your camera! 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, January 25, 2020

Candlelight Ski Snowshoe and Hike

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park for the annual candlelight event. Ski, hike or snowshoe along a wooded trail lit with luminaries. Stop by the shelter to warm up by the fire; hot beverages and snacks will be available. State Park admission stickers required. Please leave your pet at home. Contact the park for more information. The event is weather dependent, and will be canceled for poor or unsafe conditions.

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Whitefish Dunes SP information

Whitefish Dunes State Park protects the fragile dune environment on the eastern Door County Peninsula. Stroll along Lake Michigan, watch waterfowl at Clark Lake, use the boardwalk to discover the wetlands or relax on one of the many trails throughout the forested sand dunes and beech forest. The park's nature center features year-round programs, exhibits and displays on ecology, geology and human history. Whitefish Dunes is a day-use park, there is no camping.


Mailing Address: 3275 Clark Lake Road , Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area

Join us at the MECCA Ski Trails for our annual winter skiing and snowshoeing event! Come out and enjoy our candlelit trail through the woods. Hot chocolate, cookies, and treats will delight the families and enthusiasts. A bonfire and heated cabin will keep you warm on a crisp winter night. Sponsored by the MECCA Ski Club. A portion of the event is on the Little Turtle Trail in the Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area. www.skimecca.org/events

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Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area information

Undisturbed, wooded shorelines and islands offer the opportunity to boat, camp, fish and enjoy the outdoors in wild and rugged northern Wisconsin. Spread across 40,000 acres in Iron County, the Turtle-Flambeau offers remote campsites accessible by water only.


Mailing Address: 5291N State House Circle, Mercer, Wisconsin 54547

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Candlelight Ski and Hike

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Food, Hike, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Point Beach SF

The Friends of Point Beach State Forest will again be sponsoring the annual candlelight ski/hike. Ski or hike a 1-mile candlelit trail through the forest. Afterwards, enjoy the warm fire in the Lodge where food and refreshments will be available for sale.



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Point Beach SF information

Point Beach State Forest features 3,000 acres of land and six miles of sandy beach along the shores of Lake Michigan. Point Beach offers family campsites, two large group cabins and an outdoor group camp. A popular feature within the property is the Rawley Point Lighthouse, which has been operated and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard since 1853.


Mailing Address: 9400 County Highway O, Two Rivers, Wisconsin 54241

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Candlelight Ski, Snowshoe, Hike and Fat Bike

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Stower Seven Lakes ST
Location Map: Map of event location

Enjoy about 4 miles of luminaries lighting the way from Soo Line Park in Amery west to County Highway C. Please pack a headlight if traveling farther. The ski-snowshoe-hike starts at 5:30 p.m. and the fat bike starts at 6:30 p.m.

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Stower Seven Lakes ST information

Built on a former railroad corridor, this 14-mile trail begins in Amery at Harriman Avenue, travels through the communities of Deronda, Wanderoos and Nye, ending about one mile from Dresser at 90th Avenue. The trail passes through maple and oak forests, wetlands, prairies and farmlands, and past many picturesque lakes. The trail crosses between the North Twin and South Twin lakes in Amery, skirts the south end of Bear Trap Lake, the north end of Kinney lake, and runs along Dwight, Horse and Lotus lakes near the western end.


Mailing Address: 100 Polk Plaza #10, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin 54810

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