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.