Cook Colcannon at Pen Park

Join the Peninsula State Park naturalist for a half mile stroll on March 8 from 10 to 11 am. Meet at Weborg Shelter Building. Bring binoculars if you have them. We’ll identify trees by their buds and bark and watch for early bird migrants. The Spring or Winter Walk is free and open to the public but a start park vehicle sticker is required.

Call it colcannon (Ireland). Call it rumbledethumps (Scotland). Whatever you call it, why not try frying this classic potato and cabbage dish over a noon campfire on March 15 at the Peninsula State Park Nature Center? You’re sure to hear it “bubble and squeak” in the pudgy pie irons provided. This program is free and open to the public, but a state park vehicle sticker is required and donations are appreciated. Consider the event a cooking demonstration with samples, not a full meal.

Beginning at noon, before cooking colcannon over the campfire, the park naturalist will share the legend of the swans, a traditional Celtic story that features a clever sister and her seven brothers, who are under an evil spell. Then, children will be invited on a short hike to look for the “snakes” that St. Patrick banished. The cookout follows.

For more information about this Luck-o-the Irish program on March 15, call 920.868.3258.