Events


Saturday, April 14, 2012

  • Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, Grantsburg, 715-463-2739 -
    • Clean-up Day. Help make Crex Meadows beautiful! Meet at the visitor center before heading out into the property to clean up the roadways. This yearly cleaning helps keep the wildlife here and healthy for your viewing and enjoyment. Free lunch will be served afterwards. Please register before April 12 by calling the visitor center, 715-463-2739. Meet at the visitor center. 9 a.m. - noon.
    • Shakers & Movers 2012 Series: Prairie Grouse of Crex Meadows. Learn about the Prairie Grouse of Crex Meadows on Saturday, April 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. from retired DNR Project Manager Jim Evrard. Hear about Sharp-tailed Grouse and Prairie Chicken history, habitat, and ecology, shakers and movers on Crex Meadows Wildlife Area. Crex Meadows Visitor Center, 1-3 p.m.
  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email - Frog Call Hike. Come and listen to the frogs! We’ll hike along parts of the Johnson Moraine Trail and Steinke Basin to hear the frogs. Bring a flash light, as we will be hiking around dusk. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - Drop in on Earth Day.Come celebrate the Earth! Drop in to plant some trees, make some recycled crafts, learn how to help the Earth, and more! Families, friends, and youth groups are invited to “drop in” anytime from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Interstate Park, St. Croix Falls, 715-483-3747 or email - Moss Walk. Join local Botanist/Ecologist Barb Delaney from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, for a Moss Walk! Get absorbed in the miniature world of mosses and lichens on a downhill walk at a snail’s pace. Look for liverworts and spikemoss, too. Learn how they grow, survive and reproduce. Learn about the role they play in our ecosystem. Recognize common species that occur in the forest. Meet Barb at the Ice Age Center, rain or shine. 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email - Get Connected! Exploring Nature Program. Through games and activities, we will untangle how we are connected into the web of nature. This program is best for families/groups with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years. Ice Age Visitor Center. 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Weekly Wildflower Walk. Take a spring walk through the Kettle Moraine State Forest and view the blooming wildflowers. The weekly walks are held every Saturday from March 31 to mid-May (flower dependent). Walks begin at the Forest Headquarters, but be prepared to drive to wherever the flowers are blooming. Forest Headquarters: S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, WI. Meet at 10 a.m.
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email - Free Kid's Fishing Clinic. Clinic open to children 15 years old and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Clinic classes are every hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classes include rod and reel casting, knot tying, basic fishing equipment, fish ID and regulations, fish cleaning, and time to fish. There will also be ink fish printing (bring T-shirt or bandana). Fishing equipment provided, but please bring your own if available. Refreshments served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration encouraged; walk-ins allowed. Participants will get free vehicle admission at the Fishing Pond. Event runs 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 -
    • Early Bird Bird Hike. Bring your binoculars and we'll look and listen for newly-arrived birds. Trail may be wet. Meet at the visitor center. 7 – 9 a.m.
    • Blue Trail Hike. Hike this 4.2-mile trail at this Spring into Fitness event. Everyone is welcome to hike. Meet at the trail head. 9:30 a.m. – noon.
  • Stower Seven Lakes State Trail, Amery, 715-485-9294 or email - Work*Play*Earth Day.Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a Work*Play*Earth Day event! Come and join us in projects to prepare for the spring/summer season. Bring work shoes and gloves and if you sign up to volunteer, your admission is free. Stay and play after the work is done!

Monday, April 16, 2012

  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Spring into Fitness! This is a two month series of weekly walks in the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest from April 2 to May 28. Meet at 5 p.m. at a different location each Monday for a 2-3 mile hike.April 16: Join us for a 2-mile, moderately difficult hike on the Brown loop at the Emma Carlin trails. There is one very large hill in the first half mile. The rest of the trail is moderate. Meet at the start of the hiking trail in the Emma Carlin parking lot. 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - This Pretty Planet. Earth is our beautiful blue and green home! Find out why it is the perfect place for us to live and how we can keep it a safe and healthy planet. Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5, and their parents, grandparents, or other adult. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email - Spring Bird Hike. The early spring migrants are coming through Devil’s Lake. We will explore the south shore of Devil’s Lake in search of migrating birds. Please bring binoculars and dress for possible wet conditions. Meet at the South Shore boat landing parking lot. Noon -1 p.m.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email -What's Up with Our Bats? Bat’s nocturnal habits make them difficult to study, often leading to a shroud of misinformation. Join Bill Mueller of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory as he describes Wisconsin’s eight bat species and the threats they face. He will explain what is being done to monitor their populations and why, and how anyone can volunteer to help with this monitoring project even with no prior knowledge or experience. If the weather cooperates, Bill will lead a bat walk outdoors after the indoor presentation. This program is most appropriate for adults and youth over the age of 10 years. Ice Age Visitor Center. 7-9 p.m.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email - Heron Watch. Come to group camp parking lot to watch the herons. We’ll have a spotting scope and binoculars to borrow so you can watch the adults building their nests. You can come any time between 6 and 7 p.m. to watch the birds. Meet in the Group Camp parking lot on the south shore.
  • Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, 920-854-5976 or email - Lone Pine Trai. Meet at Nature Center. Park geology, tree identification featured on the two-mile walk. We’ll meander below Norway Bluff on the return, watching for blooming hepatica and invasive garlic mustard. Counts towards Like to Hike program. 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Friday, April 20, 2012

  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email -Happy Earth Day! Nature Storytime. Come celebrate Earth Day with stores, games, songs, and lots of fun! This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year-olds with accompanying adults. Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor's Center. 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, 920-854-5976 or email - Timberdoodle Watch. Meet at Nature Center. Dress for outside. Be prepared to car-pool to Middle Road. Love is in the air: if you’re a male American Woodcock. See a stuffed bird up close then venture to listen and view the amazing courtship flight of this worm-eating game bird. If rain, the program will shift to a naturalist talk inside the Nature Center. 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

  • Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva, 262-248-2528 or email - Work*Play*Earth Day. Big Foot Beach State Park is looking for volunteers to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to help plant trees and pick up litter. Volunteers should wear work boots, long pants, and gloves. Please bring your own shovels and gloves if available. A state park vehicle admission sticker is not required for volunteers. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, 262-285-3015 - Work*Play*Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a Work*Play*Earth Day event! Come and join us in projects to prepare for the spring/summer season. Bring work shoes and gloves and if you sign up to volunteer, your admission is free. Stay and play after the work is done!
  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - Work*Play*Earth Day.Come celebrate the Earth! Drop in to plant some trees, make some recycled crafts, learn how to help the Earth, and more! Families, friends, and youth groups are invited to drop in anytime from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Weekly Wildflower Walk. Take a spring walk through the Kettle Moraine State Forest and view the blooming wildflowers. The weekly walks are held every Saturday from March 31 to mid-May (flower dependent). Walks begin at the Forest Headquarters, but be prepared to drive to wherever the flowers are blooming. Forest Headquarters: S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, WI. Meet at 10 a.m.
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email - Work*Play*Earth Day.Kohler-Andrae is looking for volunteers to participate in a state-wide event celebrating Earth Day. Volunteers needed to plant trees, install benches, remove invasive plants, stain picnic tables, clear pine needles and pick up litter. Volunteers should wear work boots or shoes, long pants and gloves. Please bring your own shovels and rakes if available. Refreshments provided at noon. Vehicle admission fees waived for volunteers. Call park office by April 18 to register and for details. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, 608-254-2333 or email - Work*Play*Earth Day.Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a Work*Play*Earth Day event! Come and join us in projects to prepare for the spring/summer season. Bring work shoes and gloves and if you sign up to volunteer, your admission is free. Stay and play after the work is done!
  • Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, 920-854-5976 or email -
    • Earth Day Keychains and Necklaces. Stop by the Nature Center any time from 9 a.m. to noon to bead an Earth Day keychain or necklace.
    • Nelson’s Point to Weborg. Park at Nelson’s Point. We’ll scan the shore for migrating waterfowl, investigate a less-traveled birding spot, and learn park history along the way. About one mile. Bring binoculars if you have them. 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 -
    • Yellow Trail Hike. Hike this 4.4-mile trail at this Spring into Fitness event Everyone is welcome to hike. Meet at the trail head. 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Wisconsin Bats. Bill Mueller, from the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory shares the "how and why" of the effort to monitor bat populations. Learn how you can help. Weather permitting, we will take a bat hike. Meet at the visitor center. Not recommended for young children. 7-9 p.m.
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park, Jacksonport, 920-823-2400 or email - Routes of the Voyageurs. Who were the Voyaguers and what did they do? Join in exploring the North American fur trade through sight and touch. Discover its impact on the Great Lakes and Eastern Canada regions. Travel from 1500 to 1850, with a voyageur. Explore the sites of the North West Company Fur Trade along with seeing the tools of the trade. This program is geared for middle school children and older but younger siblings are welcome. Gather in the Nature Center’s auditorium for this program. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wildrose State Fish Hatchery, Wild Rose, 920-622-3527 ext. 209 - Celebrate Earth Day at Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery. Bring the family for an eggs-citing day of fishing activities - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email - Sky Dance of the American Woodcock. This program will be presented by Dennis Kirschbaum. The program will start at 7 p.m. Participants should meet at the park office and will caravan to the "sky dance" location.

Monday, April 23, 2012

  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Spring into Fitness! This is a two month series of weekly walks in the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest from April 2 to May 28. Meet at 5 p.m. at a different location each Monday for a 2-3 mile hike.April 23: Hike the Scuppernong Red Trail for a 2.3-mile hike. The entire trail has rolling hills and is considered an intermediate trail. Park at the Scuppernong Hiking/Ski Trail parking lot and meet at the wooden trail map at the start of the trail. 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

  • Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, 920-854-5976 or email - Weed Warriors – Earth Stewards. Help pull garlic mustard along the Niagara Escarpment. Bring gloves if you can. Park on Shore Road, at pull-off with tan naturalist’s truck. 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, 920-854-5976 or email - Warbler Watch at Weborg.Park at the day use lot next to Weborg Campground. Warbler identification featured. Geared for all birders – let’s learn together! Bring binoculars. 1 – 2 p.m.

Friday, April 27, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email - Evening Bird Hike.Join us for a spring stroll through Steinke Basin in search of birds. At the end of the hike, we'll stop and watch for male woodcocks performing their aerial mating displays. Bring boots as the trails can be wet this time of year. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot. 7-8 p.m.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 920-533-8322 or email -Sounds of Spring Night Hike. Nature awakens from a long winter slumber with a symphony of sound. Journey through the darkening woods to reveal the members of the spring choir. This hike is most appropriate for ages 6 and older. Meet at the Zillmer Trail Area (off Highway SS between County Highway G and Highway 67 near New Prospect). 7:30-9 p.m.
  • Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, 920-854-5976 or email - Work*Play*Earth Day.Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a Work*Play*Earth Day event! Come and join us in projects to prepare for the spring/summer season. Bring work shoes and gloves and if you sign up to volunteer, your admission is free. Stay and play after the work is done! Meet at the nature center. 1- 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

  • Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area, Monroe, 608-214-1716 or email -Work*Play*Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a Work*Play*Earth Day event! Come help get Cadiz Springs spruced-up for the summer season! Bring work gloves and pruning shears or other tools for cutting brush. Admission is free for volunteers. Stay and play after the work is done! Sponsored by Friends Of Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area. 9 a.m. – noon.
  • Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, Grantsburg, 715-463-2739 - Spring Birding Tour. Join expert birders Jim Hoefler, John Menge and Dick Sandve as they explore the wetlands and prairies for spring migrants and returning resident birds. All tours depart from the Education Center and carpool to the various sites in the wildlife areas. $5/person. Registration required by calling the visitor center at 715-463-2739. The first 10 people may reserve space in the van. Dress for hiking and outdoor weather. 8-10 a.m.
  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Spring Bird Hike. Warblers, thrushes, and sandpipers...oh, my! Join us on a spring bird migration hike at Devil’s Lake. We will explore the south shore of Devil’s Lake in search of migrating birds. Meet at the south shore boat landing parking lot. 7-8 a.m.
    • Nature Art. A colorful leaf, spider web, or even a ladybug can be inspirations for an art project. Join us for some artistic creation as we use nature for our inspiration. Meet at the nature center. 1-2 p.m.
    • Work*Play*Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a Work*Play*Earth Day event! Come and join us in projects to prepare for the spring/summer season. Bring work shoes and gloves and if you sign up to volunteer, your admission is free. Stay and play after the work is done!
  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -
    • Great American Clean-up. Be a part of this annual community involvement program! Garbage bags will be provided to groups and individuals who help clean up Havenwoods or an area in their neighborhood. Registered volunteers will receive gift certificates from local sponsors. For more information and to register, visit the website [exit DNR] or call 414-272-5462 ext. 106. 9 a.m. – noon.
    • Bird Walk. We’ll hike through the fields, forests, and wetlands in search of the spring migratory birds. No experience is necessary. Hike is for adults and youth at least 12 years old. Please ask at the front desk if you need to borrow a pair of binoculars. 8 – 10 a.m.
  • High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, 920-989-1106 or email - Work*Play*Earth Day: Arbor Day Tree Planting and Clean-up. Meet at the park pavilion at 9 a.m. to receive trees for planting and garbage bags for litter pickup. The Friends of High Cliff State Park will be providing a noontime lunch. Groups of six or more are asked to pre-register. Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels and gloves. A state park vehicle admission sticker is not required for volunteers. Park Pavilion. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Northern Unit, Campbellsport, 262-626-2116 -Work*Play*Earth Day: Earth Week Clean Up. Help give the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive a spring cleaning. Join others for a morning of camaraderie and litter pick up. Youth and other groups are encouraged to participate. Bring your own gloves. Garbage bags will be provided. Go to the Forest Headquarters to get your road assignment. After the clean up, meet back at the Headquarters for snacks and refreshments. To register groups, call 262-626-2116. Supported by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine. Meet at the Forest Headquarters (off Highway G, south of County Highway SS near New Prospect). 8:30 a.m. - Noon.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Weekly Wildflower Walk. Take a spring walk through the Kettle Moraine State Forest and view the blooming wildflowers. The weekly walks are held every Saturday from March 31 to mid-May (flower dependent). Walks begin at the Forest Headquarters, but be prepared to drive to wherever the flowers are blooming. Forest Headquarters: S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, WI. Meet at 10 a.m.
  • Lapham Peak Unit - Kettle Moraine State Forest, Delafield, 262-646-3025 -Work*Play*Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a Work*Play*Earth Day event! Come and join us in projects to prepare for the spring/summer season. Bring work shoes and gloves and if you sign up to volunteer, your admission is free. Stay and play after the work is done!
  • Mead State Wildlife Area, Milladore, 715-457-6771 - Work*Play*Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a Work*Play*Earth Day event! Come and join us in projects to prepare for the spring/summer season. Bring work shoes and gloves and if you sign up to volunteer, your admission is free. Stay and play after the work is done!
  • Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, 920-854-5976 or email - Mapping Peninsula. Nature Center. Whether it’s your first Peninsula visit or your hundredth, come discover fascinating park trivia – the people and places that have made this state park Wisconsin’s favorite! 11 – 11:45 a.m.
  • Perrot State Park, Trempealeau, 608-534-6409 - Work*Play*Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a Work*Play*Earth Day event! Come and join us in projects to prepare for the spring/summer season. Bring work shoes and gloves and if you sign up to volunteer, your admission is free. Stay and play after the work is done!
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 -
    • Orange Trail Hike. Hike this 6.4-mile trail at this Spring into Fitness event. Everyone is welcome to hike. Meet at the trail head. 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Go Native! Discover the benefits of native plants and which ones are the best alternatives to plants that are or may be invasive. Weather permitting, we'll hike to show you the local natives! Meet at the visitor center. 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park, Jacksonport, 920-823-2400 or email - Bird Explorations.Join amateur birders Bill and Sarah Krouse for a morning of birding. This adult-focused program will allow participants to explore a variety of habitats for migrating birds. Meet at the shelter building for this longer program. Dress for the weather. Begins at 6:30 a.m.
  • Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email - Work*Play*Earth Day.Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a Work*Play*Earth Day event! Come and join us in projects to prepare for the spring/summer season. Bring work shoes and gloves and if you sign up to volunteer, your admission is free. Stay and play after the work is done!

Monday, April 30, 2012

  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Spring into Fitness! This is a two month series of weekly walks in the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest from April 2 to May 28. Meet at 5 p.m. at a different location each Monday for a 2-3 mile hike.April 30: Hike the Ice Age Trail on this 3.2-mile out and back trip. This trail is a definite intermediate trail with lots of hills. It is a great example of what the glaciers did to the area. We will meet at the Bald Bluff parking lot and hike to a glacial erratic rock named Stone Elephant. Then turn around and head back to the cars. The Bald Bluff parking lot is a small gravel lot on the west side of County Highway H. 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - Run, Rabbit, Run. Cottontail rabbits might live in your backyard. Come check out their swift feet, alert ears, and twitchy noses. Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5, and their parents, grandparents, or other adult. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

  • Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva, 262-248-2528 or email - Walk for Arthritis at Big Foot Beach. Celebrate movement and make a positive impact on the lives of people living with arthritis by raising funds for arthritis research, education and life improvement programs in communities across the country. Choose from a three-mile or one-mile walk route. Write an inspirational message on the Wall of Heroes. Wear a blue “hero” hat if you have arthritis. Enjoy the fun, festivities and free health information. Sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. Meet at the picnic shelter. 10 a.m. For more information or to register, send an email to Arthritis Walk, or call 608-221-9800.
  • Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, Grantsburg, 715-463-2739 - Spring Birding Tour. Join expert birders Jim Hoefler, John Menge and Dick Sandve as they explore the wetlands and prairies for spring migrants and returning resident birds. All tours depart from the Education Center and carpool to the various sites in the wildlife areas. $5/person. Registration required by calling the visitor center at 715-463-2739. The first 10 people may reserve space in the van. Dress for hiking and outdoor weather. 8-10 a.m.
  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Spring Bird Hike. Warblers, thrushes, and sandpipers…oh, my! Join us on a spring bird migration hike at Devil's Lake. We will explore the south shore of Devil's Lake in search of migrating birds. Meet at the South Shore boat landing parking lot. 7-8 a.m.
    • Learn to Geocache. Come and learn about this fun, high-tech scavenger hunt. You and your family can learn the basics of how to use a GPS unit, how to find hidden caches, and how to use the geocaching website. We'll have GPS units to borrow. Meet at the nature center. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca, 715-258-2372 - Work*Play*Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a Work*Play*Earth Day event! Come and join us in projects to prepare for the spring/summer season. Bring work shoes and gloves and if you sign up to volunteer, your admission is free. Stay and play after the work is done!
  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - Bird Walk for Families. Many birds are returning from their winter homes. We'll head out to the field and woods with binoculars to see which ones are back. Wear boots or shoes that can get wet or muddy. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Interstate Park, St. Croix Falls, 715-483-3747 or email - Spring Wildflower Mania. It happens every spring—can’t remember a false rue anemone from a wood anemone from an early meadow rue? Get it all sorted out during Spring Wildflower Mania! Join Barb Delaney from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, for an easy walk on a level trail. Barb will show you pointers for remembering wildflower names and show you features about their pollination, seeds, and habitat preferences. Identify woody plants, too! Meet at the Pines Group Camp, rain or shine. 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Weekly Wildflower Walk. Take a spring walk through the Kettle Moraine State Forest and view the blooming wildflowers. The weekly walks are held every Saturday from March 31 to mid-May (flower dependent). Walks begin at the Forest Headquarters, but be prepared to drive to wherever the flowers are blooming. Forest Headquarters: S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, WI. Meet at 10 a.m.
  • Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, 608-254-2333 or email - Bird Hike. Join us for a 90-minute hike through Mirror Lake State Park and enjoy the birds of the season. The hike will start at the Park Office. 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Pike Lake Unit - Kettle Moraine State Forest, Hartford, 262-670-3400 -Work*Play*Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a Work*Play*Earth Day event! Come and join us in projects to prepare for the spring/summer season. Bring work shoes and gloves and if you sign up to volunteer, your admission is free. Stay and play after the work is done!
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 -
    • Spring Cleaning—the Non-toxic Way. Join Jessica Schelske from Bubbles and Blooms Home Services to learn how you can make your cleaning greener and less toxic with a few changes and new recipes. Discover the truth about green product labels. Meet at the visitor center. 9 – 10 a.m.
    • Red Trail Hike. Join this Spring into Fitness event to hike and explore the beautiful 8.3-mile Red Trail. Bring water and pack a lunch. Everyone is invited to hike. Trail is often very wet. Meet at the trail head. 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Roche-A-Cri State Park, Friendship, 608-565-2789 - Work*Play*Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a Work*Play*Earth Day event! Come and join us in projects to prepare for the spring/summer season. Bring work shoes and gloves and if you sign up to volunteer, your admission is free. Stay and play after the work is done!
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park, Jacksonport, 920-823-2400 or email - Work*Play*Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering at a Work*Play*Earth Day event! Come and join us in projects to prepare for the spring/summer season. Bring work shoes and gloves and if you sign up to volunteer, your admission is free. Stay and play after the work is done!

Monday, May 7, 2012

  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Spring into Fitness! This is a two month series of weekly walks in the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest from April 2 to May 28. Meet at 5 p.m. at a different location each Monday for a 2-3 mile hike.May 7: Hike a 2-mile loop around Lake La Grange. We will start on the Ice Age Trail and then follow the Horse Trail back to the parking lot. This is an easy trail with a few hills in the first mile. The second mile is on an abandoned road and is very flat. Meet at the Ice Age Trail parking lot on State Highway 12. 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 - Adopt a Highway.Help us clean up the highway in front of the park. All equipment provided. You must be at least 12 years old to participate. Meet at the visitor center. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 - Knee-High Naturalist.Bring your 3-5 year old to this fun and involving nature program. This month we'll look for a Windy Day! Please pre-register by calling 262-878-5600. Meet at the beach. 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Friday, May 11, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email - Frog Call Hike. Come and listen to the frogs! We'll hike along sections of the Johnson Moraine Trail and Steinke Basin to hear the frogs. Bring a flash light, as we will be hiking around dusk. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

  • Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, Grantsburg, 715-463-2739 - Spring Birding Tour. Join expert birders Jim Hoefler, John Menge and Dick Sandve as they explore the wetlands and prairies for spring migrants and returning resident birds. All tours depart from the Education Center and carpool to the various sites in the wildlife areas. $5/person. Registration required by calling the visitor center at 715-463-2739. The first 10 people may reserve space in the van. Dress for hiking and outdoor weather. 8-10 a.m.
  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - Drop in on Birds. All birds have feathers, beaks, wings, and feet. But they come in an amazing variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Through activities and crafts, you can discover the lives of birds. Then borrow some binoculars to search for birds at Havenwoods. Families, friends, and youth groups are invited to “drop in” anytime from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Weekly Wildflower Walk. Take a spring walk through the Kettle Moraine State Forest and view the blooming wildflowers. The weekly walks are held every Saturday from March 31 to mid-May (flower dependent). Walks begin at the Forest Headquarters, but be prepared to drive to wherever the flowers are blooming. Forest Headquarters: S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, WI. Meet at 10 a.m.
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email - Birds of Wisconsin.Well-known wildlife photographer Myron LaPean shares a narrated slide presentation of Birds of Wisconsin, including those that reside year-round, those that migrate through our area, and those that just spend their summers here. No pets allowed. Sanderling Nature Center. 1:30 p.m.
  • Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, 608-254-2333 or email - Geology Nature Hike. Learn about the unique geology of the Wisconsin Dells and Mirror Lake area and what Mother Nature has given us to enjoy. Meet at the Boat Landing for a 1-hour hike. 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 - Bird Migration Hike.Experience the miracle of migration. Bring your binoculars and we'll look and listen for newly-arrived birds, especially warblers. Trail may be wet. Meet at the vista picnic area. 7 - 9 a.m.
  • Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email - Starsplitters’ Astronomy Program. Astronomy programs will be held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, May through October, at the observatory. Programs start at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 -
    • Native Plant Sale. Pick up some native plants to beautify your yard, attract native pollinators and lessen your work load in your yard. Sale is a fund-raiser for the Friends Group. Plants will be $3 each or six for $15. Meet near shelter #3 at the beach. Sorry, no early sales. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Mother's Day Wildflower Hike. Show Mom (or anyone special) a bouquet they will always remember. Bring the camera to take pictures, not the flowers, home. Trail is rough and wet. Meet at the visitor center, but be prepared to drive. 2 – 4 p.m.

Monday, May 14, 2012

  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Spring into Fitness! This is a two month series of weekly walks in the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest from April 2 to May 28. Meet at 5 p.m. at a different location each Monday for a 2-3 mile hike.May 14: Meet in front the Nordic shelter this week for a 2.5-mile trek on the Orange trail. This is an intermediate trail with some hills. The Nordic trail head is about four miles south of Palmyra on County Highway H. 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - Meet Frog and Toad. From eggs to tadpoles to grown-ups, frogs and toads are cool animals! Come meet a frog and a toad and find out how they are the same and different. Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5, and their parents, grandparents, or other adult. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email - Heron Rookery Walk.The Great Blue Herons are busy nesting; a perfect time to check them out! We'll start at the Bird Mound on the south shore and take a stroll along the group camp trail to the rookery. Bring your binoculars. If you don't want to walk, meet us at the Group Camp parking lot around 7:45 p.m. If you are walking, meet at the Red Cedar Shelter on the south shore. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Animal Feeding Day. Have you ever seen a salamander eat? Want to see a tree frog gulp down a cricket? How about watching a snake devour a mouse? Stop in the nature center to watch our animals have lunch. 11 a.m. – noon.
    • Healing Herbs. Go on an herb walk with Jane Stevens from Four Elements Herbals to learn about the healing qualities of the plants that are all around us. Jane has a B.S. in horticulture, and specializes in the healing qualities of herbs. Meet at the nature center. 1 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - Drop in on Birds. All birds have feathers, beaks, wings, and feet. But they come in an amazing variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Through activities and crafts, you can discover the lives of birds. Then borrow some binoculars to search for birds at Havenwoods. Families, friends, and youth groups are invited to “drop in” anytime from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Weekly Wildflower Walk. Take a spring walk through the Kettle Moraine State Forest and view the blooming wildflowers. The weekly walks are held every Saturday from March 31 to mid-May (flower dependent). Walks begin at the Forest Headquarters, but be prepared to drive to wherever the flowers are blooming. Forest Headquarters: S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, WI. Meet at 10 a.m. Call the office first to make sure the walk for May 19 will still be held.
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 - Nature Ramble. Put on your explorer boots and join us to see what is blooming, flying, crawling or creeping at the park. Be prepared to be adventurous! Meet at the trail head. 10 a.m. – noon.

Monday, May 21, 2012

  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Spring into Fitness! This is a two month series of weekly walks in the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest from April 2 to May 28. Meet at 5 p.m. at a different location each Monday for a 2-3 mile hike.May 21: Try a 2.5-mile hike on a combination of the Scuppernong trails and the Ice Age Trail. Park at the Scuppernong Hiking/Ski Trail parking lot and meet at the wooden trail map at the start of the trail. 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Magnificent Mammals. Who are the mammals in your neighborhood? Join us for this activity-based program all about the mammals found at Devil's Lake. Meet at the Nature Center. 1-2 p.m.
    • Frog Call Hike. Come and listen to the frogs! We'll hike along parts of the Johnson Moraine Trail and Steinke Basin to hear the frogs. Bring a flash light, as we will be hiking around dusk. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - Bird Walk. We'll hike through the fields, forests, and wetlands in search of the spring migratory birds. No experience is necessary. This hike is for adults and youth at least 12 years old. Please ask at the front desk if you need to borrow a pair of binoculars. 8 – 10 a.m.
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -
    • Floral Facts and Fancy: Kohler-Andrae's Native Flowers. Bring your sketch pads and pencils (or cameras) and join volunteer naturalist Chris Lilek on a flower hunt and sketch walk. The flowers we find will share their special habitat and human resource stories with us and your sketches will remind us to share their stories with others. Event is best for ages 8 and over. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets allowed. Sanderling Nature Center. 10 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Wolves Of Wisconsin. Learn about wolf ecology, population, management issues, field study techniques and more from Richard Stoelb, a Volunteer Carnivore Tracker and member of Timberwolf Information Network. Bring the family. No pets allowed. Sanderling Nature Center. 7 p.m.
  • Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, 608-254-2333 or email -
    • Kayak/Canoe Tour of Mirror Lake. We will take you on a 90-minute guided tour of Mirror Lake. Learn some of the geology and the history of the area. Rentals are available for sale at the boat landing. If you would like to rent, please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Meet at the boat landing. 10 - 11:30 a.m.
    • History of Wisconsin Dells in Story and Song. Join us for a fun family evening of story and song as we tell you a little about our area. Bluewater Bay campground amphitheater. 7 p.m. 
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 -
    • Intro to the Wisconsin Explorer Program. Kids, ages three and up, bring an adult to participate in this fun, nature program. Learn how you can earn a colorful patch! Meet at the amphitheater. 10 – 11 a.m.
    • Tree-rific Crafts. Drop in between 6 and 8 p.m. to make some great tree-related crafts. Appropriate for all ages. Meet at the visitor center. 6-8 p.m.
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park, Jacksonport, 920-823-2400 or email - Bird Explorations.Join amateur birders Bill and Sarah Krouse for a morning of birding. This adult-focused program will allow participants to explore a variety of habitats for migrating birds. Meet at the shelter building for this longer program. Dress for the weather. Begins at 6:30 a.m.
  • Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email - Starsplitters’ Astronomy Program. Astronomy programs will be held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, May through October, at the observatory. Programs start at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • History Hike - South Shore Hotels. Go back in time and imagine what it would be like to stay in one of the hotels on the south shore of Devil's Lake. We'll visit the places where these hotels once stood, so be prepared to do some walking. Meet at the Red Cedar Shelter on the south shore. 10:30 a.m. - noon.
    • Snakes, Turtles, and Toads. Get up close and personal with the reptiles and amphibians at the nature center. Kids of all ages can make a snake or turtle to take home with them. Meet at the Nature Center. 2-3 p.m.
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 -
    • Nature Games for Kids. Kids, ages 5-10, join us to play some fun outdoor nature games. Meet at the amphitheater. 9 – 10 a.m.
    • Pond Peeking. Peek into the waters of the park to meet the creatures that swim there. Meet at the visitor center. 6 – 7 p.m.

Monday, May 28, 2012

  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Spring into Fitness! This is a two month series of weekly walks in the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest from April 2 to May 28. Meet at 5 p.m. at a different location each Monday for a 2-3 mile hike.May 28: The final hike of the spring will meet at the Highway 67 Ice Age Trail parking lot. We will hike to Brady's Rocks, a rock outcropping on the Niagara Escarpment, and then backtrack to the cars. This is an easy section of trail with just a few hills. The total distance is about 3 miles. The parking lot is about 3 miles north of Eagle on the west side of Highway 67. 5 p.m.
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, 262-878-5600 - Meet the Ranger.Learn about a park ranger's job first-hand. Discover what equipment they use and visit the squad car. Meet at the beach playground. 1-1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - Grow Your Own Lunch. Could you grow vegetable soup or a tasty summer salad? Come to start some seeds and discover fun things you can do with garden veggies—like eat them! Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5, and their parents, grandparents, or other adult. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, June 2, 2012 - National Trails Day

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Animal Feeding Day. Have you ever seen a salamander eat? Want to see a tree frog gulp down a cricket? How about watching a snake devour a mouse? Stop in the nature center to watch our animals have lunch. 11 a.m. – noon.
    • Drop in on Raccoons. Raccoons are everywhere - in the woods, near our houses, even around your campsite! Find out more about the lives of these masked bandits. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email -
    • National Trails Day. Join thousands of people across the country volunteering their time to maintain park trails. You can help Havenwoods staff spread wood chips or cut back overgrown branches. Together we can keep our trails an inviting place for people to walk and explore. Please call to register. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Pond Peeking for Families. We'll explore for the variety of critters that live in and around the pond. Dress to get a little wet and muddy. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email -
    • Garlic Mustard Pull. Kohler-Andrae State Park is seeking volunteers interested in pulling garlic mustard in the park. Due to the extensive area involved, large work crews are needed. Groups and individuals are invited to participate. Please bring work gloves and insect repellent if available. Garbage bags will be provided. Admission fees waived for volunteers. Meet at the playground. 9 a.m. to noon.
    • National Trails Day and Free Fishing Day. Participate in hikes throughout the day and enjoy the new fishing pond. Free programs. Vehicle admission sticker required. Call the park office for more details, times and locations.
  • Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, 608-254-2333 or email - Nature Hike. Join us for a walk around Mirror Lake State Park. We will start at the park office. Hike will last for about an hour. 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email - Outdoor Cooking.

Sunday, June 3, 2012 - State Park Open House Day

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Butterfly Walkway. Join volunteer Don Stoffels in this hands-on, kid-friendly program to explore the more colorful insects of Devil's Lake. Meet at the nature center. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Drop in on Bats. Bats are one of nature's misunderstood creatures. Drop in and find out which bats live in Wisconsin, dispel some bat myths, and learn about the bats at Devil's Lake. Activities will happen at the North Shore beach by the Chateau. 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email - Spring Open House.Visit Kohler-Andrae for the annual spring open house. Free fishing day also. No vehicle admission charge today.
  • Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, 920-854-5976 or email - Open House Day. Park vehicle stickers not required today. Free tours of Eagle Bluff Lighthouse.
  • Willow River State Park, Hudson, 715-386-9340 - Art Along the Willow. An art fair with other activities for families. This event is on Open House Day so there is no admission fee to the park. Meet at the beach area. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email - Animal Feeding Day.Have you ever seen a salamander eat? Want to see a tree frog gulp down a cricket? How about watching a snake devour a mouse? Stop in the nature center to watch our animals have some lunch. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Fish Tales. Join us for this activity-based program all about the fish. You’ll have a chance to make a fish print to take home with you. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - noon.
    • Drop in on Snakes. Snakes are everywhere at Devil’s Lake. Visit with a live snake, find out what snakes live at the park, make a snake to take home with you, and more! Activities will happen at the North Shore beach by the Chateau. 1 - 3 p.m.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Animal Feeding Day. Have you ever seen a salamander eat? Want to see a tree frog gulp down a cricket? How about watching a snake devour a mouse? Stop in the nature center to watch our animals have some lunch. 11 a.m. - noon.
    • Nature Art. A colorful leaf, spider web, or even a ladybug can be inspirations for an art project. Join us for some artistic creation as we use nature for our inspiration. Meet at the nature center. 1 - 2 p.m.
    • Become a Junior Ranger. Visit with a ranger to see what their job is like. Check out the equipment they use and the squad and see what you can do to become a Jr. Ranger. Meet at the Northern Lights Amphitheater. 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Flambeau River State Forest, Winter, 715-332-5271 or email - Lost! What would you do if you found yourself lost? Learn the basic rules for survival. Meet a few members of the Sawyer County Search and Rescue Team and K-9 Trackers and their dogs. Connors Lake picnic area. 1 -2 p.m.
  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - Drop in on Ponds. Ponds are wonderful habitats filled with intriguing creatures. Drop in to explore an inside “pond”, learn to do some cattail weaving, and play in our giant indoor wetland. Then borrow a net and take a hike to explore the real ponds. Families, friends, and youth groups are invited to “drop in” anytime from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, 608-254-2333 or email - Nature Geology Hike into Ishnala Gorge. See Cambrian sandstone cliffs, woodland animals, ferns and other flora. Join the naturalist for a beautiful hike through one of Mirror Lake State Park's fabulous gorges. Meet at the boat landing. 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email - Starsplitters’ Astronomy Program. Astronomy programs will be held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, May through October, at the observatory. Programs start at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Butterfly Walkway. Join volunteer Don Stoffels in this hands-on, kid-friendly program to explore the more colorful insects of Devil’s Lake. Meet at the nature center. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Drop in on Fish. How well do you know your Wisconsin fish? Drop in to test your fish ID skills and practice casting in our “backyard bass” game. Activities will happen at the North Shore beach by the Chateau. 1 - 3 p.m.

Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email - Elephant Rock Hike.Just how did that elephant get in the park? Go out on this interactive hike to learn how that elephant rock got where it is and why the east bluff has so many unique geologic features. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email - Animal Feeding Day.Have you ever seen a salamander eat? Want to see a tree frog gulp down a cricket? How about watching a snake devour a mouse? Stop in the nature center to watch our animals have some lunch. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - Diggin' Dirt. Turn over a shovelful of dirt and you will find all kinds of things! We'll discover worms, sand, dead leaves, tiny insects, and other things that make up the soil. Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5, and their parents, grandparents, or other adult. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Junior Ranger storytimes are for children ages 6-8, and their parents, grandparents, or other adult. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • House Hunting. Who lives underground? In trees? In logs? We’ll find the answers to these questions and more on a habitat hunt. Be prepared to do some exploring. Meet at the nature center. 11 a.m. - noon.
    • Nature Art. A colorful leaf, spider web, and even a ladybug can be inspirations for an art project. Join us for some artistic creation as we use nature for our inspiration. Meet at the nature center. 1 - 2 p.m.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Steinke Basin Hike. Put on your boots and bring your curiosity as we explore and discover nature in this old glacial lake bed. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Go Back in Time – West Bluff. Travel back in time as we visit the site of what was to be Palisades Park, “the Catskills of the Midwest”. Find out why this area never became a resort and visit the remaining signs of the cottages and 85-foot viewing tower. This is can be a challenging hike as we head up the bluff from the north end. Meet at the Nature Center. 1 – 3 p.m.
    • Owls! While you are sleeping, the owls are flying about. Join us as we unravel some of the mysteries surrounding these night-time hunters. Meet at the nature center. 2 – 3 p.m.

Friday, June 15, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Wolves, Foxes, CoyotesFind out which of these wild canines you can find at Devil’s Lake and what makes them different from the canines in our homes. Meet at the nature center. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • Bird Hike. Join us on the Grottos Trail (South Shore) to do some bird watching. We’ll stop at the group camp to check out the heron rookery too. Meet at the bird effigy mound on the South Shore. 2 – 3 p.m.
    • Bat Hike. Bats are one of nature’s misunderstood creatures! We’ll start at the Nature Center with a short program on Wisconsin bats. Then we’ll hike to the lake to watch the bats come out of the houses on the Chateau. Meet at the nature center. 8 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Animal Feeding Day. Ever seen a salamander eat? Want to see a tree frog gulp down a cricket? How about watching a snake devour a mouse? Stop in the nature center to watch our animals have some lunch. Meet at the nature center. 11 a.m. – noon.
    • Tracks! Stories of life and death can be read in animal tracks and signs. Join us to learn how to identify tracks and interpret the tales left behind. Meet at the nature center. 11 a.m. – noon.
    • Drop in on Frogs. Jump over to learn about Wisconsin frogs and toads. Find out what frogs are found at Devil’s Lake, test your frog knowledge, visit with a live toad, and more. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1 – 3 p.m.
    • Stuck on the Rocks! Find out what happens when there’s a climbing emergency on the bluffs of Devil Lake. Members of the Baraboo District Ambulance Service will show you the techniques and equipment used in rope rescues. Meet at the Northern Lights Amphitheater. 7 – 8 p.m.
  • Flambeau River State Forest, Winter, 715-332-5271 or email - Fun With Dad. Happy Father's Day! Challenge Dad in a game of badminton, horseshoes, KOOP, croquet, or get a team together for a game of whiffle-ball. Equipment for other games will also be provided. Keep a sharp eye out for Smokey Bear. Connors Lake picnic area. 1 -2 p.m.
  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - Drop in on Ponds. Ponds are wonderful habitats filled with intriguing creatures. Drop in to explore an inside “pond”, learn to do some cattail weaving, and play in our giant indoor wetland. Then borrow a net and take a hike to explore the real ponds. Families, friends, and youth groups are invited to “drop in” anytime from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Ken Lonnquist Concert. Join Ken Lonnquist for a night of song, laughter and reflection as he sings about an environment, lovable creatures such as bats and alligators, and growing up in Wisconsin. Don’t miss the evening of excellent family fun! This year, Ken will be accompanied by a fiddle! Meet at the Ottawa Lake amphitheater. 7 p.m.
  • Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, 608-254-2333 or email -
    • Kayak/Canoe Tour of Mirror Lake. We will take you on a 90-minute guided tour of Mirror Lake. Learn some of the geology and the history of the area. Rentals are available for sale at the boat landing. If you would like to rent, please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Meet at the boat landing. 10 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Timber Wolf Alliance. Volunteers from the Timber Wolf Alliance will be joining us at the amphitheater for a family orientated informational program about wolves in the Great Lakes region and across the United States. Supported by the Friends of Mirror Lake. Bluewater Bay amphitheater. 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Butterfly Walkway. Join volunteer Don Stoffels in this hands-on, kid-friendly program to explore the more colorful insects of Devil’s Lake. Meet at the nature center. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • Drop in on Ponds. Just what’s swimming in that pond water? Use magnifiers and simple sampling equipment to take an up close look at some interesting aquatic critters. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1 – 3 p.m.

Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email - Devil’s Lake – 100 years and Counting. Last year the park celebrated its 100 year anniversary! Come and learn about those early years before and after Devil’s Lake became a State Park. Meet at the nature center. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Animal Feeding Day. Ever seen a salamander eat? Want to see a tree frog gulp down a cricket? How about watching a snake devour a mouse? Stop in the nature center to watch our animals have some lunch. Meet at the nature center. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    • Magnificent Mammals. Who are the mammals in your neighborhood? Join us for this activity-based program all about the mammals found at Devil’s Lake. Meet at the nature center. 2 – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Feathered Friends. Discover all sorts of cool things about our feathered friends. You’ll get a chance to play “Fill the Bill”, test your bird identification skills, and make a pair of super doper outdoor lookers to take with you as we search for birds. Meet at the nature center. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Buggin’ Out! There are lots of amazing insects everywhere! We’ll spend some time catching insects and checking out all of the cool things we find. Meet at the Nature Center. 1 – 2 p.m.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Nature Magnified. Beneath our feet and just out of sight, a hidden world waits to be explored. We will use magnifying lenses to investigate this fascinating miniature world. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Tracks! Stories of life and death can be read in animal tracks and signs. Join us to learn how to identify tracks and interpret the tales left behind. Meet at the nature center. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Firefly Hike. Watching fireflies is a special part of a summer night. Learn more about these fascinating night-time insects and go on a hike to see if we can find different species. Meet at the nature center. 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
  • Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, 920-854-5976 or email - Talking Tombstones.Blossomburg Cemetery. 10 a.m. - noon.

Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • House Hunting Hike. Who lives underground? In trees? In logs? We’ll find the answers to these questions and more on a habitat hunt. Be prepared to do some exploring. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. – noon.
    • Nature Art. A colorful leaf, spider web, and even a ladybug can be inspirations for an art project. Join us for some artistic creation as we use nature for our inspiration. Meet at the nature center. 1 – 2 p.m.
    • Drop in on Frogs. Jump over to learn about Wisconsin frogs and toads. Find out what frogs are found at Devil’s Lake, test your frog knowledge, visit with a live toad, and more. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1 – 2 p.m.
    • Loon Watch. Loons are considered one of the most primitive birds on earth. They have not changed from their current form for the last one million years. Come and discover the fascinating life of the loon and why they are disappearing from many of Wisconsin’s Lakes. Presented by Loon Watch. Meet at the Northern Lights Amphitheater. 8 – 9 p.m.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Wildlife Rehabilitation. Come learn about the critters that live around you. June 22 - Night animals featuring Dakota the Great Horned Owl, and flying squirrels Pecan and Walnut. Ottawa Lake amphitheater. 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Nature Bingo Hike. Join us for a fun way to explore nature! See how many times you get bingo as we hike looking for all sorts of cool things in nature. Meet at the Nature Center. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • Animal Feeding Day. Ever seen a salamander eat? Want to see a tree frog gulp down a cricket? How about watching a snake devour a mouse? Stop in the nature center to watch our animals have some lunch. Meet at the Nature Center 11 a.m. – noon.
    • Drop in on Bats. Bats are one of nature’s misunderstood creatures. Drop in and find out which bats live in Wisconsin, dispel some bat myths, and learn about the bats at Devil’s Lake. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Flambeau River State Forest, Winter, 715-332-5271 or email - Tie Up Your Camping Skills by Learning a Few Knots. Learn how to tie basic knots that you will be able to use while camping, fishing, or canoeing. Learn a few basic knots that will make your camping experience more pleasant. Demonstrations for everyone to learn. Connors Lake picnic area. 1 -2 p.m.
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, 920-451-4080 or email - Dutch Oven and Other Outdoor Cooking. Join park volunteers for an outdoor cooking demonstration using recipes from the park cookbook "Cooking with Friends". This will be a great opportunity to pick up some tips and gather ides for your next camping trip or cookout. Amphitheater. Noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email - Starsplitters’ Astronomy Program. Astronomy programs will be held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, May through October, at the observatory. Programs start at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Butterfly Walkway. Join volunteer Don Stoffels in this hands-on, kid-friendly program to explore the more colorful insects of Devil’s Lake. Meet at the nature center. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • Drop in on Raccoons. Raccoons are everywhere - in the woods, near our houses, even around your campsite! Find out more about the lives of these masked bandits. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1 – 3 p.m.

Monday, June 25, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email - Fish Tales. Join us for this activity-based program all about the fish. You’ll have a chance to make a fish print to take home with you. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. – noon.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Animal Feeding Day. Ever seen a salamander eat? Want to see a tree frog gulp down a cricket? How about watching a snake devour a mouse? Stop in the nature center to watch our animals have some lunch. Meet at the Nature Center 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    • Nature Journals. Join us for this unique way to explore nature. You’ll make your own nature journal and create a fun new way save all of your memories of being in the out in nature. Meet at the nature center. 2 – 3 p.m.
  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - Amazing Ants. They're small, six-legged visitors at our summer picnics! Come find out about the lives of ants. Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3-5, and their parents, grandparents, or other adult. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Junior Ranger storytimes are for children ages 6-8, and their parents, grandparents, or other adult. 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Wolves, Foxes, Coyotes. Find out which of these wild canines you can find at Devil’s Lake and what makes them different from the canines in our homes. Meet at the nature center. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    • Paper Making. Reduce, reuse, recycle! We’ll use a variety of materials to make beautiful pieces of homemade paper. Meet at the nature center. 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest--Southern Unit, Eagle, 262-594-6200 or email - Wildlife Rehabilitation. Come learn about the critters that live around you. July 27- Herps of Wisconsin featuring an ornate box turtle, corn snake, and tiger salamanders. Ottawa Lake amphitheater. 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Nature Magnified. Beneath our feet and just out of sight, a hidden world waits to be explored. We will use magnifying lenses to investigate this fascinating miniature world. Meet at the Nature Center. 11 a.m. – noon.
    • History Hike – South Shore Hotels. Go back in time and imagine what it would be like to stay in one of the hotels on the south shore of Devil’s Lake. We’ll visit the places where these hotels once were so be prepared to do some walking. Meet at the Red Cedar Shelter on the south shore. 1 – 2:30 p.m.
    • Owls! While you are sleeping, the owls are flying about. Join us as we unravel some of the mysteries surrounding these night-time hunters. Meet at the Nature Center. 2 – 3 p.m.

Friday, June 29, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • East Bluff Hike. Ever wonder how the lake got formed? Did you know the area was once covered by an ancient ocean? Join us for a hike up the east bluff and learn about the formation of Devil’s Lake. Meet at the kiosk that marks the trail head on the North Shore. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Magnificent Mammals. Who are the mammals in your neighborhood? Join us for this activity-based program all about the mammals found at Devil’s Lake. Meet at the nature center. 1 – 2 p.m.
    • Bat Hike. Bats are one of nature’s misunderstood creatures! We’ll start at the Nature Center with a short program on Wisconsin bats. Then we’ll hike to the lake to watch the bats come out of the houses on the Chateau. Meet at the nature center. 8 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, 608-356-8301 ext 140 or email -
    • Animal Feeding Day. Ever seen a salamander eat? Want to see a tree frog gulp down a cricket? How about watching a snake devour a mouse? Stop in the nature center to watch our animals have some lunch. 11 a.m. - noon.
    • Tracks! Stories of life and death can be read in animal tracks and signs. Join us to learn how to identify tracks and interpret the tales left behind. Meet at the nature center. 11 a.m. – noon.
    • Drop in on Owls. Whooo goes there? Owls of course! Find out what owls live at Devil’s Lake, dissect an owl pellet, and learn how owls find their way in the dark. Activities will happen at the North Shore Beach by the Chateau. 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Flambeau River State Forest, Winter, 715-332-5271 or email - Family Fun Day! - Early 4th of July Celebration. Let's get summer going! All types of fun activities for the kids. Sidewalk caulk drawings, games for the whole family, coloring and water-coloring contests. Connors Lake picnic area. 1 -2 p.m.
  • Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee, 414-527-0232 or email - Learn to Geocache. Are you looking for a new way to relax, enjoy the outdoors, visit interesting destinations, and spend time with friends and family? Geocaching uses GPS units, maps, and clues to locate hidden caches all over the world. Adults and youth over 12 are invited to learn how to use a GPS unit to find several caches at Havenwoods. We have units to borrow. 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, 608-996-2261 or email - Stones, Sticks and Bones. Presented by Merle Frommelt, Effigy Mounds Park Ranger. Peterson Shelter. 6:30 p.m.
Last revised: Friday April 13 2012