It’s May 9th, 2014 and we’re heading into the first real “event” weekend of the summer season. The main event here in the Baraboo Hills will be Downtown Baraboo’s annual spring Fair on the Square which features live music, entertainment, craft fair, food, farmer’s market, and a Kidz Zone. Admission is free and the event runs from 9am to 4pm on the historic downtown Baraboo square.
At The Park
First off, the Chateau on the north shore of Devil’s Lake State Park opens Saturday! The hours will be from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, until mid-June when they will start their expanded hours.
At Devil’s Lake State Park there will be a couple of events put on by the park’s Nature Center that you may want to check out. On Saturday you can spend the morning hiking up the East Bluff with local geologist, Keven Olson. You’ll learn about Elephant Rock and how it got there, why is Devil’s Doorway shaped the way it is and many other rocky facts. Make sure to bring water and snacks along with you as we’ll be hiking over 3 miles. Meet at the North Shore Visitor Center.
On Saturday evening you can join Park Naturalist, Sue Johansen for one of her popular Frog Safaris at 8 pm out on Steinke Basin. If you are a frog fanatic, you will want to join us for this nocturnal trip to the park’s kettle ponds. We’ll listen for spring peepers, wood frogs, and chorus frogs. We’ll also explore what other night sounds we can hear as we hike the Johnson Moraine Trail. Bring your flashlight as we’ll be hiking right around dusk. Very popular with the kids! Some even bring glow sticks!!
Mother’s Day Events
On Saturday & Sunday, the Mid-Continent Railway museum is hosting it’s annual Mother’s Day Weekend Event. Treat mother to a 5-course dinner served in first class cars by uniformed waiters. Dinner Train departs Sat evening at 5:30pm. On a smaller scale, treat Mother to First Class Service, trains depart Saturday at 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Don’t miss the Sunday Mother’s Day Brunch Trains. Brunch trains depart at 10:00am & 12:45pm. The regular coach trains will be running at 11:00am,1:00pm & 3:00pm. For more information you can visit their website by clicking here.
Sunday you can treat your mom to a relaxing day in nature with guided tours of the world’s cranes, arts & crafts and nature hikes at the International Crane Foundation here in Baraboo. Moms get in free of course. Click here for that info.
If you’re feeling athletic you may want to take part in the Lodi Mother’s Day run including a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Kids Fun Runs! Click here for run details!
If you are into birding, there are two events of note this weekend. First is the guided birding event which will be held at the Sauk Prairie Recreational Area (Badger Ordnance) Saturday May 10th from 10am until noon. Join the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance for a trip along the “Bluebird Trail”. If you’d like to attend, you are asked to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday May 11th, take part in the Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon fundraising event for the Harold and Carla Kruse Honey Creek Nature Preserve. The event site is just west of Natural Bridge State Park and starts with a bird walk at 8am. Click here for more information.
Get Into Nature!
Now if you’re not a “crowd” person there will be plenty to do solo as well. The weekend weather seems OK with temps in the low 70s with a bit of clouds and rain mixed in here and there. If you’ve not been to the Sauk Prairie Recreational Area yet, remember it closes to the public again on May 27th. We suggest exploring the SPRA by bike. Just drive in, park your car, take the bike of the rack and ride! If you hike the trails at any park or natural area right now you’ll find tons of spring flowers including violets, Dutchman’s Breeches and Bloodroot. A few people have been out looking for Morel Mushrooms but I’ve not heard of anyone finding any yet. Hey’s it’s been cold around here!
Birders are in full migration frenzy now and why not? There are birds everywhere!! You’ll find lots of warblers on the south shore of Devil’s Lake over by Messenger Creek. Feeders are full of everything from hummingbirds to orioles. In fact, you can head up to Devil’s Lake’s Nature Center and help count Orioles for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Here are those details! Lastly, don’t miss your chance to check out the Pelican’s in Sauk Prairie! Start at Veterans Memorial Park and move west toward Eagle Island. You’ll find them somewhere in that stretch of the river.
Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and be safe!!!