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Wisconsin State Park System

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Wisconsin State Park System properties are great places to explore anything you can imagine about the great outdoors! Go on an outdoor adventure. Learn about local wildlife and habitats. Discover history. Explore new interests. Practice outdoor recreation skills. Experience real places. Create memories that last a lifetime.

To get started, stop in at a visitor, nature or education center around the state. Explore interactive history and nature displays. Enjoy an engaging program. Pick up Wisconsin Explorer booklets. Borrow equipment to go on a self-guided adventure. Speak with staff about the property and much more.

Nature centers are found at the following properties:

Nature Programs and Events  

DNR-led events and nature programs are canceled until further notice.

Participate in engaging nature programs and special events happening throughout the Wisconsin State Park System. Offerings are posted to the online events calendar and are available at individual properties.

Wisconsin Explorer Program

Inside these free books, you’ll find nature activities, scavenger hunts, games, hikes, and crafts that will help you and your family explore Wisconsin’s natural resources. You can even earn a collectible state symbol patch!

Download a book or visit a Wisconsin State Park System property office to pick up a free Wisconsin Explorer booklet.

Resources for Educators

School Field Trips

You and your students can see, touch, hear and discover the richness of Wisconsin's natural and cultural heritage at Wisconsin State Park System properties.

If you're planning a guided field trip, you must contact the property ahead of time to register and make specific arrangements. Field trips may be requested by school groups pre-kindergarten through college. Fees are charged for programs presented by staff, designated volunteers and guest presenters.

You and your students are always welcome to visit Wisconsin State Park System properties on your own but call first to let staff know when you are coming and where you will be on the property or if you have questions or want to borrow equipment.

Wisconsin Wildcards

Wisconsin wildcards are pocket-sized informational cards that feature mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and more! By collecting, reading and playing with Wildcards, visitors can meet rare plants and animals, learn to identify fish, wildlife and invasive species, and visit special places all over the state. Wildcard games and kits are available for educators.