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Contact information
For information, contact:
Devil's Lake Nature Center
608-356-8301 ext 140

Devil's Lake State Park Nature center

Stop in at the nature center, near the north shore entrance road, to view exhibits or ask questions of the park naturalist.


Outside the nature centerNature Center hours vary throughout the year and can be subject to change as staffing allows. The Nature Center has limited hours through March 2020.

January to March 2020 the Nature Center is open:

  • Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Thursdays, Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Fridays, Noon to 4 p.m.

Nature center hours and weekly programs are posted on bulletin boards throughout the park, at the nature center and the North Shore Visitor Center, and on the Get Outdoors! Events Calendar. If you're planning a visit in which attending a nature program or visiting the nature center is crucial, please call ahead to find out the latest program schedule and to confirm that the nature center will be open that day.

Things to do

The nature center at Devil's Lake is home to a three-dimensional landform model of the park that will provide you with a bird's-eye view of the park. There are live Wisconsin reptile and amphibian displays as well as several hands-on displays and items for children. Check out the geology and ice age displays to learn how Devil's Lake was formed. The downstairs area of the nature center houses many historic photographs dating from the late 1800s well into the 20th century. Children will enjoy the kid's exploration room with puzzles, activities and mystery boxes.

During the summer, nature programs are scheduled for everyday of the week. Program themes include snakes, skulls, worms, stories, rocks, spiders, bugs, bird watching, bats, plants, astronomy, geology and more. In spring and fall, nature programs are scheduled on the weekends. The majority of the programs are appropriate for families and all ages. See the Get Outdoors! Events Calendar for a list of all nature programs and events.

Wisconsin Explorer patchesBecome a Wisconsin Explorer and discover the natural world. Pick up a booklet at the nature center. The booklets are full of hands-on, exciting and educational activities for days on the beach, rainy days at home or starry nights. Complete at least half of activities and return it to any state park, forest or recreation area. Receive a patch and certificate for completing the activities.

Field trips

Last revised: Tuesday January 21 2020