Nature Explorers: Join the Wisconsin BioBlitz!

** NOTE: THIS IS A SAMPLE EVENT FROM 2020** During the Wisconsin Science Festival BioBlitz, join with people from all across the state during the 100 hours from sunrise on Thursday, October 15, until sunset on Sunday, October 18. Download the iNaturalist app on your device (optional but encouraged), find at least 10 species in … Continued

Science at the Zoo

Discover the science behind caring for our animals at the Henry Vilas Zoo! On Saturday and Sunday we’ll have guided tours leaving every half-hour from the main gate (entrance on South Randall Ave). You’ll learn about some of our wonderful animals and conservation efforts we participate in to protect their wild counterparts. Visit us on … Continued

Explore Hunt Hill

Enjoy Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary’s diverse habitats including a bog, a prairie meadow, several lakes and many different types of forests! Explore the trails and inspire your curiosity for the natural world. Hunt Hill’s trails are free and open to the public daily during daylight hours.

Halloween Nature Hikes

Look up for those things with wings! Traverse through the dark autumn woods to meet the fast-flying little brown bat, the radiant scarlet tanager, dazzling dragonfly and many more. This is not a scary hike and is best for those over five years of age. Groups leave every six minutes. The last hour-long hike leaves … Continued

Halloween Candlelight Cave Tours

Enjoy a family-oriented evening visiting Ledge View Nature Center’s trails and caves by candlelight, and meet some unusual personalities with strange stories. This event is educational rather than scary. Minimum age five years old with parent. No strollers or pets. Wear old clothes—you may get dirty. Caves are accessed by stairs and ladders. Tour will … Continued

Visit Richard Bong State Recreation Area

Once designated to be a jet fighter base, Richard Bong State Recreation Area is named after Major Richard I. Bong, a Poplar, Wisconsin, 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 … Continued

Geology Rocks!

Join the park naturalist for a hike up the east bluff of Devil’s Lake State Park to learn about the park’s unique geology and see the beauty the park has to offer. We’ll spend the evening hiking the scenic east bluff and checking out some of the park’s famous rock formations. This hike will be … Continued

Walk on the Wild Side Fall Hike

Join the park naturalist at Newport State Park and take to the woods in search of fall wildflowers, mushrooms or wild edibles. Meet at Lot 1 to do the two mile Upland Trail.

Cana Island Light Station

Explore Door County’s most iconic lighthouse, celebrating 150 years of standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan in 2019. Ride a haywagon over the causeway to explore the island, including the 89-foot-tall tower, the original home of the lighthouse keeper and his family, and the oil house where fuel for the light was stored. … Continued

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