Weekend Events For May 5-7

Weekend Events For May 5-7

Frog Safari, time travel & “Earth, Play, Work Day” volunteer opportunities. Always something to do outside at Devil’s Lake State Park!  This weekend’s park events are all happening on Saturday!

Hike Back In Time – Saturday, May 6 from 9am to 12:30pm.

Enjoy a geologic exploration of Devil’s Lake retired park naturalist, Ken Lange. See rocks transported by glaciers, potholes, Devil’s Doorway, a 200-year old cedar quartzite glade, and a pygmy forest. This hike is about 3.5 – 4 miles, with some steep sections. Please wear proper footwear and bring plenty of water.

Earth, Play, Work Day – Saturday, May 6 from 10am to 12:00pm.

Looking for a good way to celebrate Earth Day while giving back to and enjoying your favorite Wisconsin State Park? Join us for Work*Play*Earth Day workday at Devil’s Lake! (Sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks)

This year we are going to work a few projects throughout the park.

We will need people to . . .

  • Work with the State Natural Areas crew to remove garlic mustard along the Grottos Trail.
  • Help clean up and block “volunteer trails” (trails that are not official trails) in the Steinke Basin area and on the East Bluff.
What else can you do?

There’s lots of other project that we need volunteers to help with to get ready for the summer season that day.

You can . . .

  • Help pick up rocks and sticks from the north and south shore picnic areas (a great project for little kids!)
  • You can pull garlic mustard – garlic mustard has exploded in the park this year and we need volunteers to help remove it. We’ll have bags at the nature center and visitor center you can pick up to put the plants in. You can dispose of the bags in any of the dumpsters located in the park.
  • Pick up trash. The beach/picnic areas and trails always need volunteers to pick up litter. Again, garbage bags will be available at the south shore bird effigy mound.
Sea of Garlic Mustard!

Sea of Garlic Mustard where the RR tracks meet South Shore Road!

Dress for getting a little dirty and bring gloves if you feel you’ll need them.

Frog Safari – Saturday, May 6  from 7:30 to 9:00pm

If you are a frog fanatic, (Or you just want a fun excuse to get your kids outside!!!) you will want to join the park naturalist for this nocturnal trip to the park’s kettle ponds. You’ll listen for spring peepers, wood frogs, and chorus frogs. You’ll also explore what other night sounds you can hear as the group hikes the Johnson Moraine Trail. Bring your flashlight as you’ll be hiking right around dusk.

Contact Sue Johansen, Park Naturalist
(608) 356-8301 Ext. 140

Frog Safari - Devils Lake State Park

Kids check out frog with the park’s naturalist

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