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  • Newport’s Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe Event Feb. 8

    Newport State Park will hold its 30th annual candlelight ski/hike/snowshoe event Feb. 8, 5:30-8:30 pm, when a portion of the park’s trail will come alive with candlelight to guide skiers, hikers and snowshoers into a glowing, magical winter wonderland. Participants can start at the picnic-area parking lot (Lot 3) anytime between 5:30 and 8:30 pm. […]

  • Ellison Bay Groundhog Day Parade on Feb. 2

    The ninth annual Ellison Bay Groundhog Day Parade will roll again on Feb. 2, 2 pm. To participate, just show up at the Nicolet Bank and Ellison Bay Post Office parking areas at 1:15 pm, and parade organizers will help you line up. The theme for the 2020 parade is football and the Super Bowl, […]

  • Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe at Peninsula State Park Feb. 1

    Peninsula State Park will host a candlelight ski/hike/snowshoe event on Feb. 1, 5:30-8 pm, when skiers, hikers and snowshoers may head out on a one-mile candlelit trail and enjoy a bonfire with refreshments at the end. Participants may wish to take a small flashlight or headlamp. Pets are not allowed. Enter at Highland Road. The […]

  • Open Door Bird Sanctuary Hosts Open Day Feb. 1

    On Feb. 1, Open Door Bird Sanctuary will host its second annual winter Open Day. Stop by anytime between 11 am and 3 pm to enjoy the trails for a snowshoe, hike or cross-country ski. (Equipment is not provided.) The trails – almost two miles among the three – are all fairly level and traverse various […]

  • Crossroads Teams Up with Door County Reads for Two Programs

    Crossroads at Big Creek is partnering with Door County Reads to offer two programs.  Tap into memories of your hometown to discover its stories through guided writing prompts during Hometown Writing – a program facilitated by Write On, Door County – on Jan. 30, 1-2:30 pm. Then at 7 pm, attend the Door County Reads lecture “Home […]

  • Winterfest Weekend Is Here

    The 33rd annual Fish Creek Winterfest is happening this weekend, Feb. 1-2, on the shore of Green Bay in Fish Creek. It’s a chance to get outside, get goofy and enjoy some great food, family fun and fireworks! Then keep the good times rolling with the Fruit Loop Run on Sunday morning. SCHEDULE Saturday, Feb. […]

  • Find Foodie Fun during Fish Creek’s Winterfest Weekend

    The annual Winterfest gathering is drawing near! Now in its 33rd year, Fish Creek’s longest-standing tradition – and Door County’s most quirky winter event – features live music, goofy games, the entertaining stumpf-fiddle contest, a spectacular fireworks display and some delicious foodie attractions, including the Smokin’ Hot Chili Cook-off and the All Things Chocolate fundraiser. And outside […]

  • State Takes Shot at Spring-Hearing Advisory Questions

    Wisconsin’s seven-citizen Natural Resources Board (NRB) has its sight set on deer in a series of advisory questions proposed for the spring fish and wildlife hearings in April.  The NRB plans to seek citizen input, both in person and through online voting, about extending the current nine-day firearm season to 19 days (which would eliminate […]

  • Fish Creek’s Winterfest Offers Plenty of Fun

    Celebrate winter in Fish Creek during Winterfest, Feb. 1-2. It has all the great things people love about festivals: live music, food, beverages, fun, fireworks and more. This long-standing festival tradition also offers some quirky activities that make it a can’t-miss winter event on the peninsula. The first day’s festivities feature trolley rides, game booths, […]

  • Ski for Free, Viewing Night, Beekeeping at Crossroads

    Join Crossroads at Big Creek on Jan. 25, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm; and Jan. 26, 1-3:30 pm, for its Ski for Free program. Crossroads and Door County Silent Sports lend, free of charge, an array of ski and snowshoe equipment in sizes to fit age three through large adults. When trail conditions permit, go to […]

  • Bears, Bucks and Boat Launch on NRB Agenda

    Passion and politics could clash when Wisconsin’s seven-citizen state Natural Resources Board (NRB) meets in Madison next week for its first monthly meeting of 2020. DNR staff will take a look at a 2019 deer hunt that saw numbers fall about 14 percent statewide to just more than 288,000 whitetails – the first sub-300,000 deer […]

  • 30th Annual Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe Event at Newport

    Thirty years ago, Newport State Park initiated Door County’s candlelight-ski tradition. This year it will hold its 30th annual candlelight ski/hike/snowshoe event Feb. 8, 5:30-8:30 pm, when a portion of the trail will come alive by candlelight, guiding skiers, hikers and snowshoers into a glowing, magical winter wonderland. Park staff and Newport Wilderness Society volunteers […]

  • Wild Wisconsin Podcast Features Bald Eagles

    The Wild Wisconsin: Off the Record podcast is back – wherever you get your podcasts – with new inside voices on Wisconsin’s outdoors. The latest episode, “Call It a Comeback: Bald Eagles Soaring in Wisconsin,” explores the miraculous comeback of bald eagles in Wisconsin and across the country. Wild Wisconsin host Katie Grant talked to Rich Staffen, […]

  • Enjoy Hikes and Ski for Free at Crossroads

    Enjoy the crisp, winter air during a forest habitat hike at Crossroads at Big Creek’s Ida Bay Preserve on Jan. 17, 3:30 pm. Learn about the preserve’s woodland habitats during a gentle, hour-long walk through the winter forest. Meet at the Zenith Street entrance, and dress for the conditions. Ski for Free will continue Jan. […]

  • Something for Everyone at Upcoming Sport Shows

    Sport-show season is about to kick off, providing an excellent opportunity for those who love the outdoors to stoke their passions indoors for a few hours. Two shows get underway in the area next week: the All-Canada Show Jan. 16-19 at the Oneida Radisson Conference Center in Ashwaubenon, and the WBAY Boat Show Jan. 17-19 […]

  • Winter Hiking Advice (for People Who Don’t Go Winter Hiking)

    I thought it would be a good idea to do a winter hike during a big snowfall. I imagined it would be quiet, sparkling, mesmerizing. And it was quiet – but also dark and gray and creepy. The first mistake I made was not planning ahead. I had intended to do a snowy hike after […]

  • Ski for Free, Hike at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek’s 2020 educational theme is habitats, so throughout the year, Crossroads will offer programs featuring the habitats of its three preserves and Door County. Head to Crossroads on Jan. 11, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm; and Jan. 12, 1-3:30 pm, for Ski for Free, when Crossroads and Door County Silent Sports lend, free […]

  • Snow and Ice: Nice for Outdoor Sports

    It’s a bit of a gamble trying to predict the weather a week out, but now that January’s here, snow and cold are inevitable at some point. Temperatures are in the 40s, and rain is on the way as I write this in late December, yet it’s not hard to accept a forecast that shows […]

  • Ski for Free at Crossroads Jan. 4-5

    Stop by Crossroads at Big Creek on Jan. 4, 9 am – 3:30 pm, and Jan. 5, 1-3:30 pm, to Ski for Free. Crossroads and Door County Silent Sports lend, free of charge, an array of ski and snowshoe equipment in sizes to fit age 3 through large adult. When trail conditions permit, go to […]

  • Winter Park Set to Open

    The snow has fallen; the hills have been groomed; and Winter Park in Kewaunee County is ready to open! The fun will begin with a test run of the snow-tubing hill Dec. 27, 11 am – 4 pm, weather permitting. Then the ski/snowboarding hills are scheduled to open with regular-season hours for the entire park […]