At the State Parks

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Whitefish Dunes State Park is at 3275 Clark Lake Road (County WD), south of Jacksonport. Naturalist programs are offered year-round. The shelter building is available daily. Annual or daily park stickers are required while visiting. For more information, call (920) 823-2400.


? 10 a.m.: Summer Wildflowers

Explore the colorful beauty of summer with a gentle hike to see and learn about the legend, lore and identification of wildflowers. Meet at the amphitheater.


? 10 a.m.: Finding Fossils

Explore the rocks to discover stories of the past. Meet at the amphitheater.

? 2 p.m.: Dune Discovery

Learn how dunes are formed and create one yourself on this sandy hike. Meet at the amphitheater.


The nature center at Peninsula State Park is just off Wisconsin 42 in Fish Creek. Most programs are free and open to the public, but a state park sticker is required for entry. For nature center hours or more information, call (920) 868-3258.


? 10 a.m. to noon: Eye-Spy Scavenger Hunt

Create an "eye-spy" bottle to keep, using recycled materials and your nature know-how. Drop by any time to try this "find it" activity. Nature center.


? 10 a.m.: Take Five

Drop by any time to identify five objects, including at least one plant and gadgets from the past. Nature center.


? 10 a.m. to noon: Kayak Tour

Park geology and history featured on this naturalist-led educational tour, which will go along the shore near Eagle Bluff or Horseshoe Bay, depending on the wind. Limited spaces; advance reservations required at the nature center. Ages 17 and younger must be in a kayak with an adult. Weather permitting. Meet at Nicolet Beach kayak rentals by 9:45 a.m.

? 10:30 to 11 a.m.: Bandanas

Learn how to tell a story using a bandana, then create a craft with one. Nature center.

? 7 to 8 p.m.: Evening Walk at Blossomburg Cemetery

Learn true-life stories on this respectful, casual walk through a cemetery rich in history, the final resting place for a myriad of Door County folk. Blossomburg Cemetery; enter cemetery via Mengelberg Road.


Newport State Park is on County NP, east of Wisconsin 42 near Gills Rock. A state park vehicle sticker is required for admission. For more information, call (920) 854-2500.


? 10 a.m.: Bluebird Monitoring Hike

Join volunteer naturalists Marilyn Hansotia and Bob Judd along the Monarch Trail for this weekly Citizen Science Program. Take a close look at this once-endangered species, along with other cavity-nesting birds making their homes here. Wear sturdy footwear for the 1-mile hike. Meet at the visitor center.


? 1 to 4 p.m.: Geology Hike

Jack Travis leads a hike to explore park geology. Meet at lot No. 3.


? 6 p.m.: Evening Lecture: Arachnids: Sexual Encounters of the Strange Kind

An engaging presentation with educator and spider expert John Dobyns, who also invites visitors to join him in the field the next day to collect and identify the spiders of Newport. Visitor center.


? 10 a.m.: Birds and Wildflowers Hike

Naturalist Joan Wilke leads a one-mile hike to get acquainted with the early summer woodland wildflowers and the nesting birds on the Upland Trail. Meet at the visitor center.

? 10 a.m. to noon: Spiders of Newport

This Citizen Science Program has visitors join spider expert John Dobyns to learn to identify the spiders of Newport. Participate through hands-on experience, learn collection methods and work with microscopes and field keys. Rain or shine. Meet at Europe Bay Town Park.

? 1 p.m.: Ships, Shipwrecks and Sea Stories

The old village of Newport has returned to a natural state, but the stories of the stalwart settlers live on through tales of the high seas on Lake Michigan. Meet naturalist Joan Wilkie at lot No. 3.


Potawatomi State Park, 3740 County PD, is on the shore of Sturgeon Bay just west of the city. Gently rolling upland terrain is bordered by steep slopes and rugged limestone cliffs. The park has more than 1,200 acres of forest, a campground, trails and access to Sawyer Harbor. A state vehicle admission sticker is required for motorized vehicles. For more information, call (920) 746-2890.


? 6 to 6:45 p.m.: Woodpecker Walk

Potawatomi is home to several species of tree-carving woodpeckers, from the enormous pileated to the demure downy. Look for signs of the birds' activities along the Ancient Shorelines Nature Trail and create a take-home nature journal. Meet at the nature center.


? 6 to 7 p.m.: Cooking for the Birds Workshop

Learn how to bake suet pies for woodpeckers and sweet sundaes for songbirds. Make a take-home treat for your backyard birds. Nature center.


? 10 to 10:30 a.m.: Birds 101 for Kids

Children and their parents will get basic bird identification tips, along with some helpful take-home information. Nature center.

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