It’s hard to believe that August is almost over! Some kids are in school already and others are just about to start. Well, while we still have some summer left, let’s grab some fun here at the park. Here’s what’s going on for the weekend of August 25-27th.
This weekend I want to focus a bit on some favorite regular programs for young families including, The “Alphabet Hike” and “Animal Feeding Day”.
The Alphabet Hike runs from 11 am to noon starting at the park’s Nature Center. Letters are hiding everywhere you go! Families are invited to find the whole alphabet by the end of the hike. Kids will get to make a digital journal of the letters they find. Digital Journals are a popular part of many kids programs at the park this year. Children use Ipads to take pictures & video, draw and caption their day’s adventure.
Animal Feeding Day is held on Saturday from 11 am to 12 pm. This is an opportunity for everyone to watch the animals in the Nature Center eat their lunch! Watch the box turtles munch on some salad. See the watersnake slurp down a fish. Look at the tree frogs as the tackle a cricket or two. The kid’s reactions are priceless!
Kayak Tours will be run both Friday and Saturday evening beginning at 5:30 pm. If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice the tours are slightly earlier now. Yep, the days are getting shorter and the sun is going down sooner! That means the tours have to start a bit earlier now to get you back just as the sun sets over the bluffs. Space is limited, so you’ll need to pre-register. If you need to rent a kayak, please let the naturalist know when you register. The rental fee is $25 for a single kayak and $45 for a double. Meet at the Chateau (North Shore Concessions). To register, please contact the Nature Center at (608) 356-8301 ext. 140.
Saturday is your last opportunity to enjoy the Big Band Dance at the historic chateau for the season. Dance to the Big Band sounds of the Hal Edwards Orchestra in Wisconsin’s celebrated “most romantic dance pavilion” – the Chateau. Join us as we relive the glory years. Admission is $10. If you don’t want to go inside, come down and hang out outside and enjoy the music! Lots of folks just hang out on the picnic benches, dance in the grass or even listen to the band and they float in their kayaks. However you do it, come down and enjoy the music for the last time this season!
Also on Saturday at 7:30 pm the park naturalist will be leading a “Hi-Tech” bat hike. Join naturalist Sue Johansen, for a stroll by the lake to find bats. She will have on hand special hand-held devices that will record the bats’ calls and amplify them so that you can hear them. Observations will go back to the Wisconsin Bat Program to help them in their bat research. Sadly, bat numbers in the park have fallen drastically in the last year, so this research has become more important than ever!
On Sunday it’s “Music In The Park” featuring the Mad City Radiators. This 5-piece band features high-energy, family-friendly music from rock to folk to country. This free outdoor concert will happen on the north shore, just outside the Chateau.
Even More Events & Activities
There are even more family activities scheduled at the park’s nature center. You can see them all on our events calendar, just click here.
For Baraboo area events head over to the Baraboo Chamber of Commerce’s events page here.
However you spend your weekend here in the Baraboo hills, enjoy and be safe! If you’re local and haven’t been to the park for awhile, I invite you to make this the weekend you do it. Devil’s Lake is YOUR park. If you’re visiting from out-of-town, I speak for a lot of the community when I say we’re happy you chose to visit the Baraboo Hills and Devil’s Lake State Park. We hope you have a great visit!!