Activity Abounds at the Nature Center

Take Smokey Camping

The following items can be checked out any time the Nature Center is open.

Explorer Books and Backpacks

The explorer books have nature activities, scavenger hunts, games, hikes, and crafts. Check out an explorer backpack containing magnifying lenses, bug boxes, pencils, crayons, and field guides to help your kids complete the activities in the books.

Take Smokey Camping

Kids can take a cuddly, stuffed Smokey Bear camping for the night! Read “The True Story of Smokey Bear” and write in Smokey’s diary about all of the things Smokey did during his visit with you.

Forest Forever Backpacks

Borrow a backpack filled with exploring tools, books, games, activity guides, and field guides that help kids (ages 10 to 14) learn about Wisconsin forests.

Fishing poles

Spend some time fishing on the lake. There is no charge for the equipment, and the poles can only be checked out for one day. The park does not provide bait or special lures. Kids 16 and older must have a current fishing license.

GPS units

Check out a GPS and head out to find some of the park’s several geocaches, waymarks, andearthcaches. Ask for our self-guided historical GPS tour (Centennial Tracks) at the NatureCenter. GPS units can be checked out for one day, but if there is a large demand, the units can only be checked for 4 hours.


Come and snowshoe this winter at Devil’s Lake! The NatureCenter has several pairs of snowshoes visitors can borrow for free. We have sizes for any age, including kids as young as 4 years old. Snowshoes must be used in the park and be returned that day.

Click here for more info on the Devil’s Lake State Park Nature Center