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Get Outdoors!Nature Programs and Events Calendar

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Wildflower Walk

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Hike, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Southern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Join us for an hour of light hiking and meandering around spring wildflowers. Meet at the Forest Headquarters (S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle) and be prepared to caravan to wherever the flowers are blooming. It's spring, so be prepared for muddy conditions.

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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, May 26, 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, May 26, 2018

Saturday Morning Secret Finders

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Children's program, Nature study, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit

Calling all youth to discover secrets of nature by participating in the Wisconsin Explorers program! The program involves completing a required number of engaging nature activities in one of three age appropriate books (ages 3-5, ages 6-8, and ages 9+) to earn a very cool patch. Get help from a naturalist who will work with youth on activities from one of the first four topic areas of the books. Locations: Picnic Shelters at Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect) and Long Lake Recreation Area (located off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee).

Get Directions - Mauthe Lake Recreation Area
Get Directions - Long Lake Recreation Area


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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, May 26, 2018

Herb ID Hike

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

This informative hike will be led by herbal pharmacist Dave LaLuzerne. Identification and uses will be discussed. Meet at the Nature Center, Lot 1.

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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

Saturday, May 26, 2018

So... What's so great about Potholes?

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike, Outdoor activity
Location: Interstate SP

Take a hike with the Naturalist to discover a story of grit and strength. Meet at the Pothole Trail sign.


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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

Saturday, May 26, 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

Meet volunteer naturalist Marty at the Echo Rock Trailhead at the Boat Landing parking lot for a 90-minute hike. Marty will lead the group along the easy Echo Rock and Ishnala trails, talking about the history and geology of Mirror Lake State Park and the local area.


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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, May 26, 2018

NatureWalks with NatureWorks: Exploring Nature's Gardens

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Geology, Hike, Nature study, Plant study, Tree study
Location: Roche-A-Cri SP

Get to know Nature better by joining local professional ecologists, Ben Bomkamp and Kerstyn Perrett of NatureWorks, as they explore the spring plant-life at Roche-A-Cri State Park. This is a fantastic opportunity to familiarize yourself with dozens of Wisconsin's most important plants -- trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, grasses, sedges and more! Discover Wisconsin's wonderful world of wild plants, see their relationships with other species in their ecosystem, and find out what they can tell us about the places they grow.

People of all ages and experience levels are invited to attend. Meet at the Turkey Vulture Trail trailhead, a short hike from the Czech Avenue parking lot. The total walking distance will be about two miles, but you will have the opportunity to head back after about a mile. Trails may be muddy, so where appropriate clothing and footwear. Program is free, but a state park vehicle admission sticker is required.


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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, May 26, 2018

Exploration Station - Bees

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Outdoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

When we think of bees, we think of honey, but did you know there are 500 species of bees found in Wisconsin!? Join us for some fun bee activities. Activities will be happening 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

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Peninsula SP

Learn about bird calls by listening to Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? Then, discover facts about the Wisconsin state bird and (optional) paint a robin banner to hang at your campsite.


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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, May 26, 2018

Animal Feeding Day

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Amphibian/reptile study, Drop-in Program, Indoor activity, Wildlife study
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Watch the animals in the Nature Center have lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the watersnake slurp down a fish. Check out the treefrogs as they tackle a cricket or two. Happening 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, May 26, 2018

Pudgy Pies, Hobo Pies, Campfire Pies

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Activities: Cooking, Food, Outdoor activity
Location: Kohler-Andrae SP

Pudgy Pie Guy Jon Riemann will be back for his 6th season at Kohler-Andrae, ready to share the fun of cooking over a campfire using pie irons. Jon will share the how-to and how-not-to of pie iron cooking. This is a great program for anyone interested in trying them for the first time or someone looking for ideas to take their campfire cooking to the next level. We recommend bringing a beverage as there will be an opportunity to make your own pudgy pie. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the park amphitheater.

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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, May 26, 2018

Smokey Bear & Friends Morning

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Educational Programs
Location: Peninsula SP

Shake paws with America's fire-fighting bear Smokey who will make an appearance around 11:30. Share Smokey's message for free prizes.


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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, May 26, 2018

The Water that Surrounds Us

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Indoor activity, Nature study
Location: Whitefish Dunes SP

Learn about the Great Lakes and interact with a cool watershed model in this drop in program outside the Nature Center.

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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, May 26, 2018

What's in the Water? Citizen Science Saturday

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities: Educational Programs, Nature study
Location: Lakeshore SP

Did you know that dragonflies start their life in the water? Help our Naturalist staff survey what critters are present in our wetland areas. No waders/rainboots required; this data helps to monitor the health of our lagoon area at the park. Free program. All ages welcome. Meet at Pebble Beach.


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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, May 26, 2018

Long, Skinny Snakes & Totally Turtles!

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activity: Amphibian/reptile study
Location: Willow River SP
Location Map: Map of event location

Come learn about two types of Wisconsin Reptiles and even meet live versions; Albert the Fox Snake and Morton, Susie and Shelly our Painted and False Map Turtles! We will go over the anatomy, characteristics and behavior of both snakes and turtles and talk about why they are so important for our environment and the ecosystems they live in

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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, May 26, 2018

Drop-in Discovery Station - Rocks!

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Geology
Location: Devil's Lake SP

You will "dig" these activities as you delve into rocks! 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

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