Arboretum Observation Station

Arboretum naturalists will be available outdoors to share knowledge and stories of the land. You can add trail observations to the phenology record, learn what others are seeing and ask questions. The Observation Station is located behind the Visitor Center in the Native Plant Garden. Participants are required to wear masks and maintain physical distance. … Continued

Raptors and Readers

Join Minocqua Public Library and the Northwoods Wildlife Center for an outdoor, socially distanced presentation about birds of prey. Listen to a story, meet two live raptors and pick up a take and make bag. Event will take place at Torpy Park between the new pavilion and the bandstand.  Call 715-356-4437 for more information.

BioBlitz at Aldo Leopold Nature Center

Take a virtual field trip to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and the Department of Pathobiological Sciences to discover the connection between the land and the lab! In BioBlitz style, we’ll start at the pond and head through the grounds to discover as many different species as we can and explore their importance in the … Continued

Conservation Scavenger Hunt

Test your animal knowledge as you follow clues guiding you through Henry Vilas Zoo! You will learn about how all of the animals are connected and the work done by the conservation organizations we partner with. COVID-19 Precautions: Masks required for visitors ages 5+. Guests with medical conditions that preventing them from wearing a mask … Continued

Nature Explorers: Join the Wisconsin BioBlitz!

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 the environment around you and add your observations to … Continued

Water Bear Resilience Corn Maze at Treinen Farm

Tickets are by reservation only and can be purchased at: Part art installation, part outdoor game, part social experiment, the Treinen Farm corn mazes are designed and cut by entirely by us right here at the farm. Each year we pick a theme and create an entire experience around it. For 2020, we have … Continued

Rainbow Springs Lake Self-Guided Nature Walk

October is a great month to get outside and enjoy nature. Take a walk on the wild side through the Mukwonago River Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit. Your trek will take you alongside Rainbow Springs Lake, through a dry prairie, and into an oak forest. On your adventure you will see cattails … 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

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