White Cedar Nature Center
Peninsula State Park
Peninsula's White Cedar Nature Center is a fun, family-friendly place, featuring nostalgic photos, taxidermy birds and mammals, a huge light-up map of the park and a stuffed black bear. The Friends of Peninsula State Park sell field guides, kids' items and park clothing with all proceeds supporting nature education at the park. The center is on Bluff Road next to the wood yard.
Nature Center Addition: The Friends of Peninsula State Park are raising funds for an amphitheater and expanded parking at the Nature Center. For more information, see the Friends of Peninsula website.
Things to do
Hikes, nature crafts, outdoor skills workshops and more are scheduled throughout the year. Peninsula also offers a variety of on-your-own year-round programs.
Calendar of events
Event and program schedules are available at the park headquarters and nature center and are posted on campground bulletin boards. See the Get Outdoors! Events Calendar for a list of all nature programs and events that are offered during your visit.
Like to Hike
Take the Like to Hike challenge! The Like to Hike program emphasizes silent sports (hiking, snowshoeing, biking, skiing, paddling), which promote healthy, sustainable recreation. Pins are available for purchase at the park for $3 for program participants, and $6 for those who do not participate. Peninsula's Like to Hike pin designs are protected by copyright. 2020 pins will be available in January.
How to participate in the Like to Hike program:
- Pick up an activity log at the park headquarters or nature center, or download it online: Like to Hike log.
- Complete five or more activities in the Like to Hike log. Activities can be modified for those with special needs. Trail maps are available at the nature center, park headquarters and campground host sites.
- Use the activity log to record activities. Bring it to the park headquarters or the nature center. Park staff will stamp the log, then you can purchase your pin.
- Pins are available for $3 to those who complete five or more activities. Pins cost $6 to those who do not participate.
Other year-round programs
Wisconsin Explorer Booklets: Discover nature with the newly revised Wisconsin Explorer booklets, available to kids ages 3 and older. Booklets are free at Park Headquarters and the Nature Center. Return the booklet to any state park to receive a free patch. While supplies last.
Fishing poles and nature backpacks: Poles and backpacks are available for free loan to Peninsula campers. The nature center has Smokey Bear packs (take Smokey camping overnight!), family packs (organized by topic: birds, trees, beach games and more) and kid's fishing poles.
Litter patrol: Pitch in to keep Peninsula clean. Bring 50 pieces of litter to the White Cedar Nature Center and receive a prize.
Friends of Peninsula State Park merchandise
Proceeds from Peninsula Friends merchandise support summer naturalist wages and invasive species management work. Go to peninsulafriends.org to find out more.
Please contact the property for more information about school field trips.