So last night we were sitting down going over all the events at Devil’s Lake State Park this weekend… It’s crazy. Just crazy.. So let’s see if we can put this together for you…
Well, first, all weekend (Aug 22 & 23, 2015) its Archery Weekend. The last of these super popular events of the year! From 12:30 to 3pm both Saturday and Sunday you and your kids can join the park naturalist and other certified instructors for a fun afternoon of archery! Drop in any time to try your hand with a bow and arrow. Whether you are experienced with a bow or never tried, the instructors will help you or your kids with some target practice.
Explore The Night Sky
So, Friday night (Aug 21, 2015) at 8pm you can join the Madison Astronomy Society (MAS) near the north shore boat launch parking lot, just behind the Rock Elm Shelter to learn about the night sky. MAS will have several telescopes set up and show you cool features about the moon, point you towards some winter constellations. This is more of an informal program where you can come anytime and the MAS volunteers will help you get to know the night sky. Now I’ve checked the weather just now (8:30am Thursday) and so far it looks like we’re going to have clear sky in the evening… Cross your fingers!
Animal Feeding Day
Moving on to Saturday we’ve got Animal feeding day which is often turns the Nature Center into a mad house full of kids, parents, grandparents stacked up to watch the snakes, frogs, turtles and other Nature Center residents gobble up their favorite foods. Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the garter snake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. Be at the Nature Center from 11am – 12pm. (Early is often best!)
There is a 6pm kayak tour on Saturday as well. Take a guided kayak tour and find a new way to explore Devil’s Lake! The tour will look for all sorts of wildlife (birds, fish, and mammals) and check out some of the geology and history too. There is a limited amount of space, so you will need to preregister and prepay prior to the event. If you need to rent a kayak, let them know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. The kayak tours will start from the Chateau (North Shore). To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.
Big Band Dance
This is the last Big Band Dance of the 2015 season!!!! Dance to the Big Band sounds of the Hal Edwards Orchestra in Wisconsin’s celebrated “most romantic dance pavilion” – the Chateau. Cost is $10 and happens at the Chateau on the north shore. Another option is to bring the lawn chairs & libations and sit outside the Chateau and just listen as well. It’s common to find couples dancing on the lawn or on the beach!
Lawn Chair Bat Watch
Bring your comfy lawn chair and watch the bats!! Starting at 7:30 (Just as the Big Band starts to play) we’ll park our chairs by the bat condo near the north shore boat launch and watch the bats emerge from the houses. The park naturalist will have fun bat information and a bat scavenger hunt for the kids to do while the wait to the bats to emerge. This weekly event is always a great time for the kids!