Elizabeth Anderson from the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo WI will discuss two very different conservation stories: the Foundation’s efforts to bring back whooping cranes from near extinction and their solutions to recent conflicts between humans and sandhill cranes.
Please meet in the park shelter.
Geology presentation by Brooke Norsted, UW-Geology Museum, in collaboration with Green County Libraries
Travel through time and discover the unexpected history of Wisconsin’s geological past, including volcanoes, tropical seas and mastodons!
Story Stroll and other activities, 4:30-5:30
Bring your own picnic and eat before the 6:00 talk!
Join the Friends of New Glarus Woods State Park for a candlelight snowshoe hike on the Basswood trail. We'll keep warm together at the bonfire, with s'mores, and hot chocolate near the park shelter. It's 2018; time to purchase your annual state park sticker! Or get a daily pass for this event. Get out and enjoy winter at the Park!
Have you ever wondered who roamed the New Glarus Woods area before the Swiss settlers moved here and New Glarus was established? Come and listen to archaeologists Julia Meyers and Gregg Jamison talk about the prehistory of this area. After the presentation, Meyers and Jamison will show a few prehistoric artifacts. Pottery-making project and flint-knapping demonstration.
State Park sticker required.
All furbearers are mammals, but not all mammals are furbearers. Come learn about the habits and habitats of WIsconsin's 19 furbearers species, from fishers to muskrats. Presentation by Jamie Nack, Certified Wildlife Biologist. There will be plenty of pelts, skulls and tracks to touch and explore, plus reading and art activities sponsored by the Green County Libraries.
Story time and other activities, 4:30-5:30
Bring your own picnic and eat before the speaker at 6:00
State Park sticker required.
Don’t miss this spirited performance, one of the favorite events for park visitors! Local actors play the roles of various animals who live in the Park. These creatures tell their stories; where they live, their favorite foods, what they do in the night, and their best jokes. There’s no need to be afraid of the dark! We’ll have a bonfire and lanterns. Performance will be at the playground.
Hot dogs, beverages available
Come join us for a picnic in our beautiful north prairie!
Carry your picnic along the Bison Trail and lay out your blanket near the bison sculpture.
Marcie Hess will give an informal talk about prairie plants and prairie management at 4:30.
Short guided group walks to identify various prairie plants
Build a blue bird box for the prairie
Mini-art projects: draw a prairie plant or paint a picture of the bison or a butterfly
Did you know that bat species make up nearly one quarter of the planet's mammal diversity? These superheroes of the night sky are responsible for worldwide pest control, seed dispersal, and pollination among other benefits. However the hibernating bats of N. America are rapidly disappearing from a fungal disease, white-nose syndrome (WNS), which has caused the most precipitous die-off in N. American wildlife in recorded history. Jennifer Redell, WDNR bat biologist, will teach about the importance of these amazing animals, unearth the mysteries of Wisconsin's bats, explain how WNS affects them and share what the WDNR Bat Program is doing in response. Jennifer will be accompanied by live bat ambassadors!
Hope to see you in the park shelter!
Free Fun Sunday at New Glarus Woods State Park
Sunday Morning Hiking Club: 9 AM
Hike the woods or prairies, bring a picnic, play at the playground.
Park entry is free on Sunday, June 5.
Free Fun Weekend – No Entry Fees to WI State Parks All Weekend! – Plus Special FONGWSP Activities from 3PM to 6PM!
Free Fun Saturday at New Glarus Woods State Park
Saturday, June 4
Come to the New Glarus Woods State Park for the day. Hike the woods or prairies, bring a picnic, play at the playground, and help us welcome summer!
Enjoy Special Activities
3:00pm – 6:00pm
- Camping 101 — featuring the naughty raccoon
- Pitch-a-tent activity
- Build-a-campfire activity
- Make a chlorophyll print (hammering plant materials on paper)
Park entry is free Saturday, June 4.