Wednesday, April 12, 2017


For additional programs being offered , please feel free to download the current program brochure at:   Winter 2016-2017 Program Brochure

Wild Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms - An Evening with Nature Program
April 13, 7:00-8:30 pm (Thursday)
Ice Age Visitor Center
Presenter: Alan D. Parker, PhD,
Professor Emeritus, UW-Waukesha

Many wild mushrooms are edible, others are deadly poisonous, and still others are unique curiosities of the fungus world. Join Dr. Parker as he shares his vast knowledge and beautiful images of Wisconsin fungi and provides insights into spring morel mushroom hunting. This program is most appropriate for people over the age of 10 years.

Read and Explore
April 15, 1:00-2:15 pm (Saturday)
Ice Age Visitor Center

Drop in to read a book about amphibians with a caring adult. Afterwards, head outside to search for these dual-life animals. This is a great opportunity for early elementary students to practice their reading skills!

Earth Friends Nature Storytime
April 20, 6:00-7:00 pm (Thursday)
April 21, 9:30-10:30 am (Friday)
Ice Age Visitor Center

Kick off Earth Day by learning how to become friends with the earth and all its critters. This hour of nature fun awaits 3 to 6 year olds with accompanying adults.
In Search of Sky Dancers and Spring Noise-makers Night Hike
April 21, 7:30-9:00 pm (Friday)
Zillmer Trail Area (located off County Road SS between County Road G and Hwy 67 near New Prospect)

An early spring evening is the perfect time to search for those incredible sky dancers, woodcock and snipe. As the sky darkens, we will tune in on those nighttime noise-makers, the frogs. This hike is most appropriate for adults and children over the age of 6 years.

Earth Week Litter Pick Up
Sponsored by the Friends of the Kettle Moraine
April 22, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm (Saturday)
Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive (Meet at the Forest

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 provided. Meet at the Forest Headquarters to get your road assignment. After cleaning up, return to the Headquarters for snacks and refreshments. To register groups, call (262) 626-2116.

Work*Play*Earth Day events to be held around the state in 2017

MADISON - People will again have additional opportunities to celebrate Earth Day while helping out and enjoying a Wisconsin state park, forest, trail, recreation area or wildlife property during the ninth annual Work*Play*Earth Day events that will be held around the state.

This year there are 31 properties holding events, up from 28 in 2016. Volunteer events are sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and Department of Natural Resources properties. This year events will be held April 21, 22, 29 and May 6.
Planting trees is one of the many activities offered during Work*Play*Earth*Day events at state properties.
Photo Credit: DNR
Volunteers can join DNR staff, local friends group members, and people from nearby communities to help repair and enhance park properties.

"We've seen continued growth in both number of events and the numbers of participants at our Work*Play*Earth*Day events," said Patty Loosen, friends coordinator for the state parks program. "Last year we had 825 volunteers participate donating more than 2,640 hours."

In addition to tree planting, other activities taking place around the state include installing benches, removing invasive plants, painting picnic tables and other structures, raking and cleaning up leaves and picking up litter. Refreshments are often provided by the property's friends group.
Volunteers clean up the boat launch picnic area at Mirror Lake State Park.
Photo Credit: DNR

Hours vary by event, but most begin either at 9 or 10 a.m. and run through noon or early afternoon. For details search the Department of Natural Resources website for "Work Play Earth Day."

"When the work is done, volunteers join staff in hiking or biking park trails, visiting nature centers or interpretive displays, or enjoying any of the recreational opportunities available at the different properties," Loosen said.