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Get Outdoors!Date range: Saturday, January 18, 2020 to Monday, January 18, 2021 Activity: Astronomy

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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

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Winter Star Gazing

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Northern Unit
Location Map: Map of event location

Look through a telescope or binoculars to bring into focus the wonders of the night sky. With the help of knowledgeable night sky observers from the Northern Cross Science Foundation, spy distant planets, dumb-bell nebulas, globular clusters, and so much more. The program will be held only if the skies are clear. This program is best for anyone more than 8 years old. Drop in any time and stay as long as you like. Meet at the Ice Age Visitor Center located at W2875 Hwy 67, Campbellsport, which is a 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, February 8, 2020

31st Annual Pike Lake Candlelight Ski and Hike

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Candlelight events, Cross country ski, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

This whimsical event is one that the whole family is sure to enjoy. Bring the skis or hiking boots to enjoy the park from a whole new perspective. There will be a total of 2 miles illuminated by candlelight, so you are welcome to be out for however long you'd like. Afterwards, meet at the North Shelter for a bonfire, complimentary treats, guest presentation on WI mammals, and of course hot chocolate! Please help us reduce our waste by bringing along your own mug or thermos. Meet at the Beach.


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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, February 8, 2020

Candlelight hike and astronomy viewing

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Candlelight events, Hike, Night event, Snowshoeing
Location: Wyalusing SP

Join the Friends of Wyalusing and StarSplitters for a winter candlelight event. Depending on the amount of snow there will be hiking, snow shoeing, and astronomy viewing with the StarSplitters. Enjoy the torch-lit trail as it follows Whitetail Meadows Trail through prairie and woods. Enjoy star gazing in the crisp cool winter air. Telescopes and astronomy information will be presented by the StarSplitters. There will be bonfires and refreshments available to warm you up. All activities will start at the Larry Huser Astronomy Building. Sponsored by the Friends of Wyalusing and StarSplitters of Wyalusing. A park sticker is required and can be purchased at the park office.

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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

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Candlelight Snowshoe/Hike

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Candlelight events, Festivals, Hike, Night event, Outdoor activity, Snowshoeing
Location: Merrick SP

Try snowshoeing or hiking on a trail lit by hundreds of glowing luminaries. An Astronomy Club will have telescopes for viewing of the night sky. Some snowshoes will be on hand for visitors to borrow. If there's not enough snow for snowshoeing, event will be held as a hike. Park stickers are required and will be available for sale. Please, no pets. Meet at the Nature Center (near the playground). Sponsored by the Merrick T.U.R.T.L.E.S (the park Friends Group).

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Merrick SP information

Located along the lazy Mississippi River and surrounded by the hills of Wisconsin's Coulee Region, the 322-acre Merrick State Park is popular with anglers and boaters. The marshy backwaters are home to a variety of fish, birds, animals and plants. Rising and falling river levels, though controlled some by dams, are part of the natural environment.


Mailing Address: S2965 State Road 35 , P.O. Box 127 , Fountain City, Wisconsin 54629

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Discovery Day

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Archery, Astronomy, Birding, Canoeing/kayaking, Festivals, Fishing, Free Fun Weekend, Free Fishing Weekend, Hike, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Kettle Moraine SF - Pike Lake Unit

A fun event for the whole family! Activities for all ages including geocaching, archery, t-shirt painting, live music, kayak demos, telescope viewing, fishing and hiking. Big City Bluegrass "acoustic music with an old time feel" will be playing at the Amphitheatre. Sponsored by the Friends of Pike Lake.


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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

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