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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Solstice Concert

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Astronomy, Music, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Interstate SP

Join us for an evening of music celebrating the first official day of summer.  Event to be held at the new Beach Shelter building overlooking the Lake 'O the Dalles.


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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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Solstice Celebration at Aztalan State Park

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Culture Study, Educational Programs, History, Outdoor activity
Location: Aztalan SP

Come celebrate the annual summer solstice marking the longest day of the year at Aztalan State Park. Solar events were important to the ceremonial life of the people who lived at the ancient Native American town between AD. 1050 and 1250, and summer was the farming season. We will gather at the park shelter at the second parking lot between 6 and 7 p.m. where snacks and refreshments will be served. At 7 p.m., there will be a walking tour of the site highlighting very new archaeological discoveries that have provided exciting new information on Aztalan. Viewing of the summer solstice sunset (weather permitting) will take place at 8:35 p.m. from the large southwest platform mound.

The program is free but a Wisconsin State Park sticker (either day or annual) is needed and can be purchased at the park. For more information contact Friends of Aztalan Executive Director Bob Birmingham at 608-516-3421 or birmi@sbcglobal.net.


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Aztalan SP information

Aztalan State Park is a National Historic Landmark and contains one of Wisconsin's most important archaeological sites. It showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between A.D. 1000 and 1300. The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village. Portions of the stockade and two mounds have been reconstructed in the park.


Mailing Address: N6200 Hwy Q, Lake Mills, Wisconsin 53551

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Solstice Sunset Hike

Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities: Hike, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Lakeshore SP

It's the longest day of the year, and the latest sunset! Enjoy the beauty of the Milwaukee skyline as the sun goes down, with a tour of the park led by one of our Naturalists. 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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fireside Fun - Fireflies

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Night event, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Join us by the fireside to find out about fireflies! Learn more about these fascinating night-time insects then head off to catch and watch 1,000's of fireflies in the tall grasses. Meet at the Steinke Basin Parking Lot.


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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

Friday, June 22, 2018

Naturalist Led Kayak Tour

Time: 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Peninsula SP

Must pre-register at Nature Center. Limited to fifteen participants. Arrive at Nicolet Beach Rentals by 9:45 a.m. Naturalist-led tour features Peninsula history and ecology. Two-mile paddle along Peninsula's beautiful shore. Beginners welcome. A lifeguard is not on duty. Youth age 17 and younger must be in a kayak with an adult. $24 plus tax per person payable at Nicolet Beach Concessions. Tour may be cancelled due to weather or high winds.

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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

Friday, June 22, 2018

Monarch Monitoring Project

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Insect study, Nature study, Volunteer opportunity, Wildlife conservation
Location: Newport SP

This citizen science project will be conducted weekly at the park. We will be checking milkweed for all stages of monarch development from eggs to chrysalis. No experience necessary. There will be brief instruction beforehand. Meet at the Nature Center.

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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

Friday, June 22, 2018

Nature Spies

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Outdoor activity, Walk
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Armed with magnifiers and Super Duper Outdoor Looker we'll find out what animals do when they think no one is looking! Meet 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

Friday, June 22, 2018

Nature Photos with a Naturalist

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Activities: Nature study, Photography
Location: Lakeshore SP

The flowers in bloom are constantly changing through the summer. Bring your camera or smartphone to take pictures of the Milwaukee skyline, Lake Michigan, and many of our native plants and animals as you walk through the park with one of our Naturalists. Learn some tips to taking close ups of insects, and which places are most often photographed in the park. Free program. All ages welcome. Meet at the North 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

Friday, June 22, 2018

Ready, Set Go Play! - Nature Play Station

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Drop-in Program, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Take a nature break and bring your kids to play! We'll have lots of fun, hands-on, outdoor activities. Activities will happen 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

Friday, June 22, 2018

Naturalist Cabin Open

Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Activities: Children's program, Drop-in Program, Nature study
Location: Copper Falls SP

Drop in to check out cool pelts, kids games, tracks, and critters, or visit with our staff naturalist who will be on hand to share information on the park's flora and fauna. Open 2:30-3:30 p.m.


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Copper Falls SP information

Ancient lava flows, deep gorges, and spectacular waterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. Log buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s add to the park's charm. There is plenty to do; hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing and swimming. The North Country National Scenic Trail passes through Copper Falls State Park.


Mailing Address: 36764 Copper Falls Road, Mellen, Wisconsin 54546

Friday, June 22, 2018

Create your own Badger Mask

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Activities: Arts and Crafts, Children's program, Drop-in Program, Wildlife study
Location: Interstate SP

Why is Wisconsin called the "Badger State"?  Why is it on the Wisconsin state flag?  Find out the symbolic importance behind this animal-while also getting a chance to make your very own badger mask.  Held at the Ice Age Center.


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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

Friday, June 22, 2018

Fossil Hike Friday

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Geology, Hike
Location: Lakeshore SP

Did you know there are fossils in the rocky boulders that border Lakeshore State Park and Lake Michigan? Come learn about some of their prehistoric origins, and search to find fossils of coral, trilobites and more! 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

Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Fishing

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Activities: Fishing, Outdoor activity, Outdoor skills
Location: Richard Bong SRA

Kick back and wet your line on Vern Wolf Lake during this fishing drop-in. Don't have a pole? You can use ours! All ages welcome! Meet at the fishing pier.


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Richard Bong SRA information

Once designated to be a jet fighter base, Richard Bong State Recreation Area is fittingly named after Major Richard I. Bong, a Poplar, WI native who was America's leading air ace during World War II. The air base was abandoned three days before concrete was to be poured for a 12,500-foot runway. Local citizens had the foresight to protect this open space for future generations.


Mailing Address: 26313 Burlington Rd., Kansasville, Wisconsin 53139

Friday, June 22, 2018

Guided Kayak Tour

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Activities: Canoeing/kayaking, Educational Programs, Outdoor activity
Location: Devil's Lake SP

Go on an adventure at Devil's Lake by kayak! Guides will take you on a 2-hour tour of the lake exploring the geology and lake's wildlife. Space is limited, so you'll need to preregister.  If you need to rent a kayak, please let us know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140. Meet at 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

Friday, June 22, 2018

Community Campfire!

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Activities: Food, Music, Night event, Outdoor activity, Story time
Location: Potawatomi SP

Bring a chair or blanket and join us for a community campfire down by the bay! Our Park Naturalist will supply the stories, songs, and fire; you supply the s'mores! Come on down for the full hour or stop on by for this all ages friendly event! Meet at the shoreline area across from the campground shelter and playground. In the event of rain we will move into the campground shelter.


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Potawatomi SP information

Potawatomi State Park on the shore of Sturgeon Bay in southern Door County, has 1,200 acres of gently rolling upland terrain bordered by steep slopes and rugged limestone cliffs. The park is named in honor of the tribe that inhabited Green Bay's shores and islands when Europeans first settled the area. The tribe called themselves Bo-De-Wad-Me which means "keeper of the fire." Eventually the spelling and pronunciation were changed to Potawatomi.


Mailing Address: 3740 County Road PD, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin 54235

Saturday, June 23, 2018

High Cliff Aurora BayCare Toughman

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Activities: Outdoor activity, Run
Location: High Cliff SP

High Cliff State Park will host the annual Aurora BayCare Toughman (formerly known as the High Cliff Triathlon). A state park vehicle admission sticker is required by all participants and spectators. Park visitors can expect minor traffic delays. For more information or to register, see the Race website.

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High Cliff SP information

High Cliff State Park is the only state-owned recreational area on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin's largest lake. The park gets its name from the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment, which parallels the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago. The magnificent 12-foot statue of Winnebago Indian Chief Red Bird, standing high on a huge granite rock, overlooks the lake and is a popular destination in the park.


Mailing Address: N7630 State Park Rd, Sherwood, Wisconsin 54169

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