Peninsula Angles for Fun with Huge Fish Tank, Fin-tastic Art Activities

The DNR’s 600-gallon fish tank will be on display at the Peninsula State Park Nature Center on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2. Fisheries biologists will stock it with native fish like perch, burbot, and bass. It’s all part of Wisconsin’s “Free Fishing Weekend.” A fishing license is not required for most anglers this weekend. Sunday, state park patrons may tour the park without a vehicle admission sticker as it is State Parks Open House.

The following programs are free and open to the public. If you need additional information call 920-854-5976.

Friday May 31

  • Goose Kazoos 11 – 11:30 AM. Nature Center. Children’s story and craft about “honkers.”

Saturday June 1

  • Fish Dissection 10 – 10:30 AM. Nature Center. What do gills look like? What’s an air bladder? Learn about fish from the inside out
  • Learn to Cast with a Rod and Reel Drop by any time from 10 AM. – 1 PM. Nature Center. Practice casting with help from Nature Center volunteers. Prizes if you hook a “bluegill.”
  • Gyotaku Drop by any time from 11 AM – 1 PM. Nature Center. Use life-like plastic fish to create a colorful banner or wearable t-shirt. Provide your own white t-shirt or purchase a one-size-fits-all shirt for $2.  Cloth banners from recycled fabric are free. Plan on 20 minutes, plus drying time.
  • Wildflower Walk 2 – 3 PM. Meet at Tennison Campground playground. Flower facts and folklore featured on this easy walk. See wood anemones, lady’s-slippers, columbine and more.
  • Campfire Songster Ray Brown will strum guitar tunes, leading families in an hour of fun around a classic campfire. Nature riddles, too! Rain? We’ll be inside the Nature Center. Nature Center. 8 – 9 p.m.

Sunday June 2

  • State Parks Open House – no vehicle admission sticker required today.
  • Bottle Fish Art Any time from 10 AM to 1 PM. Nature Center. Change a water bottle into a fish with paint and imagination! Craft takes about 20 minutes.
  • Naturalist at Eagle Panorama Drop by any time from 2:30 – 4 PM. Eagle Panorama on Shore Road. Discover Peninsula history, identify offshore islands, and have your questions answered. Fair weather only.

Monday June 3

  • Nature Center closed. 3rd Grade Field Trip.

Tuesday & Wednesday, June 4 & 5

  • Nature Center open 10 AM – 2 PM. No programs.

Thursday June 6

  • Nature Center open 10 AM – 2 PM. Let’s Meet Poison Ivy Drop by any time for a 10-minute talk about poison ivy: how to identify it and why it is bothersome. Discover a few redeeming qualities of this native species, too!

Friday June 7

  • Morning at Weborg Marsh  9 – 10 AM. Meet at Weborg Shelter. Join Guest Naturalist Gene Jarvis for an easy walk watching for rose-breasted grosbeaks, mergansers, and wildflowers. Bring binoculars if you have them.
  • Honey Bee Story, Songs and Craft 10:30 – 11 AM. Nature Center. Counts as a Wisconsin Explorer activity, too!

Saturday June 8

  • Summer Scavenger Hunt Drop by anytime to try this 20-minute, on-your-own activity. How Kids See Traffic Showing all day at the Nature Center. See a 10-minute video which will highlights how children perceive traffic differently than adults. Includes excellent safety tips!
  • Bat Watch at Welckers 8:30 – 9:30 PM. Welcker’s Shelter. Discover amazing bat facts then watch them fly from their day time roost to feast on mosquitoes.