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New Glarus Woods State ParkNature programs

Amphitheater programs

Fun and educational programs are occasionally offered during the week and on weekends throughout the year. They are held, depending on the subject, either at the Chattermark Amphitheater or at the park shelter/picnic area. For program announcements, please check park bulletin boards, the DNR Events webpage or the Friends of New Glarus Woods website [exit DNR].

Discovery backpacks

The Friends of New Glarus Woods State Park have created a series of learning experiences for children to enjoy outdoors. Thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board, the friends have designed, researched and created four original programs about trees, birds of prey (raptors), insects (bugs!) and birds of Wisconsin.

Backpack. books, bugs and more
Each program comes a separate backpack .

Each program includes lesson plans, materials, equipment and activities for families and teachers to use with children as they explore New Glarus Woods. For example, the Birds Discovery Backpack includes binoculars, two bird field guides, a New Glarus Woods map, ideas for bird landscape plantings, a lesson plan/activities booklet and more. The Insect Discovery Backpack contains insect models, an insect holder with magnifying glass, photographs, activities book and more. All programs are designed for children but can be enjoyed by all ages.

Four sets, each set consisting of four Discovery Backpacks, were completed. One set is at New Glarus Woods State Park.

The other backpacks were given to public libraries in New Glarus [exit DNR] and Monticello [exit DNR]. The libraries are part of the South Central Library System [exit DNR], linked with libraries in seven counties; Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk and Wood. The backpacks will be available to borrow through any local library in the system.

Wisconsin Explorer

The Wisconsin Explorer program is a series of free booklets packed with fun and educational activities designed for kids and their parents to complete to earn a certificate and colorful patch. Ask for the booklets at the park office.

Last revised: Monday August 28 2017