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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Nature Storytime

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study, Story time
Location: Interstate SP

Preschoolers and their caregivers join us for a nature story, activity, and snack. Meet at the Ice Age Center.


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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

Friday, September 21, 2018

Soaring Hawks Nature Storytime

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

High above hawks soar through the sky with a keen eye looking down towards the earth. Join us as we explore the high-flying lives of hawks. 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

Friday, September 21, 2018

Explore the Naturalist Cabin Cool Pelts

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife conservation
Location: Copper Falls SP

Drop in (one hour only) to check out cool pelts, natural items, kids' games, tracks, and critters, or visit with our staff naturalist to share information on the park's flora and fauna. The naturalist cabin is located just south of the main parking lot.

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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

Friday, September 21, 2018

Where Do the Animals Go?

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Once winter arrives, many of our wildlife species spend the colder months hibernating. Learn about hibernation and other techniques used by wildlife to survive the frigid Wisconsin winters. Meet at the Ottawa Lake Contact Station.

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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

Friday, September 21, 2018

Water Experiment

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Story time
Location: Interstate SP

Interstate Park is located along the St. Croix River and has its own lake within the park-talk about water access! But how does this measure up to the water of the world? Gather at the Ice Age Center to do some measuring and see for yourself.


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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

Friday, September 21, 2018

Bird Hike

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Activities: Birding, Hike, Nature study
Location: Lakeshore SP

Walk through Lakeshore State Park with one of our Naturalists and learn about the different birds that callthe parkhome.Lakeshore is located in the Lake Michigan Flyway, with over 70 migratory and resident avian species observed annually. Hike with us multiple times to see how the populations change through the seasons! All ages welcome. Meet at the north entrance.


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Lakeshore SP information

In the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Lakeshore State Park provides a unique urban oasis with recreational and educational opportunities geared to the urban population. Lakeshore State Park offers great views of the city and Lake Michigan and has a reservable, overnight boat slip.


Mailing Address: 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Shifting Sands

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Are you curious about the dunes but haven't been here yet? Drop in between 9 and 11 a.m.to investigate the uniqueness of the park's Lake Michigan dunes by going through the seven stations set up on tables in the breezeway. Explore at your own pace through play and experiments. There is something for all ages and abilities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the bathhouse just south of Lot P6. No pets allowed.

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Kohler-Andrae SP information

Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is the home of majestic sand dunes, miles of golden beach, shimmering blue Lake Michigan water, whispering pines, an abundance of wildlife, and recreational activities for everyone. Kohler-Andrae State Park is one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore, and is open for everyone to explore and enjoy.


Mailing Address: 1020 Beach Park Lane, Sheboygan, Wisconsin 53081

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Autumn Edibles Hike

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Plant study
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Ever wonder which edible plants live in Wisconsin? Learn to safely and legally forage for fall flavors. Meet at the Visitor Center but prepare to drive. For ages 12 and older.

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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, September 22, 2018

Emerson Cabin Open House

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Educational Programs, History
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit

Join us in exploring the beautiful Emerson cabin and uncover the history of the structure and its past inhabitants. The Emerson Cabin is located on Young Road off of Highway H.

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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, September 22, 2018

Fall Hike

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Vernon Wildlife Area

Enjoy the crisp fall weather of Wisconsin! We will be hiking through Vernon Wildlife Area in Waukesha County in search of signs of fall. Dress for the weather. A bright hat and/or shirt is recommended, as various hunting seasons are going on at this time. Dogs are allowed on this hike, provided they RSVP in advance of the hike to Dianne.robinson@wisconsin.gov

. Program is free and open to the public.

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Vernon Wildlife Area information

Vernon Wildlife Area is a 4655 acre property (4154 acres owned, 501 acres leased) located just north of Mukwonago in eastern Waukesha County. Parking lots are located off of STH 83, Frog Alley Road, CTH I, CTH NN, and Benson Avenue. A boat launch can be found off Frog Alley Rd. The property consists of mostly wetlands/flowages with the Fox River snaking through. Adjoining uplands consist of grasslands and some woodlots. A calcareous fen is also present on the south side. It offers excellent wildlife habitat, especially for migrating and nesting waterfowl.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Fungi In Our Forests

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study, Plant study
Location: Willow River SP
Location Map: Map of event location

Some of the tastiest mushrooms such as Morels, Chanterelles and Hen of the Woods can be found right here in St. Croix and Pierce County; if you know where to look! Learn to pick them yourself for free. Come join us to learn about common edible and poisonous mushrooms in the area and then on a short hike to find some yourself!


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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, September 22, 2018

Weekend Wellness Walk

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

Looking for a beautiful place to get some exercise in? New this year, come join one of our naturalists for a Wellness Walk! We will walk the park's paths twice around, for a total distance of 2.3 miles. Feel free to join us for the whole hour, or just for one loop around! Groups are welcome, we'd love to see you on a weekly basis! Free program. All ages welcome. Meet at the South Entrance.


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Lakeshore SP information

In the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Lakeshore State Park provides a unique urban oasis with recreational and educational opportunities geared to the urban population. Lakeshore State Park offers great views of the city and Lake Michigan and has a reservable, overnight boat slip.


Mailing Address: 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Amazing Forest Mammals Exploring Nature Program

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

What do humans have in common with bears, bats, raccoons, and mice? They're all mammals! Find out what characteristics mammals share and how they are adapted for survival. 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, September 22, 2018

Geology and Nature Hike

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity
Location: Mirror Lake SP

This is about a 90 minute hike on the beautiful Echo Rock and Ishnala trails. We will look at the different rock formations and the geologic history of the Mirror Lake area. Along the way, we will also look at the types of plants, trees and wildlife. Meet at the start of the Echo Rock Trail in the Boat Landing parking lot.

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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, September 22, 2018

Rain Garden Celebration

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activity: Educational Programs
Location: Point Beach SF

Join us as we celebrate the completion of a $100,000 stormwater runoff project, which will help make Point Beach's six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline cleaner for future generations! Hear more about the project, tour the new rain gardens, and enjoy light refreshments. Meet at the Point Beach State Forest Lodge.  

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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, September 22, 2018

Doors Open Milwaukee

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Arts and Crafts, Hike, History, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Havenwoods SF

Connect with Milwaukee's history at Havenwoods. Enjoy photos and stories from the past at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. (30-minute programs). Go on your own 'Trek Through Time" geocaching adventure any time. Take a wildlife hike with a naturalist at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. (30-minute hikes). Meet reptiles and amphibians throughout the day. Kids of all ages can enjoy old-fashioned games and crafts all day. On Saturday at 11 a.m., you can take a history hike (1 hour) with a park historian.


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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

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

Last revised: Saturday, August 04, 2018