All events are free, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Perrot State Park. A vehicle sticker is required for all vehicles stopping in the park.
Saturday, July 3:
10:00am: BugBox Safari
Join Andrea for a super safari using one of her favorite tools!! Everyone will get a bug box to use (free) or buy ($2) and we will head out around the Nature Center in search of things that fit in a bug box!
2:00pm: Life of an 18th Century Soldier
Meet Rene Godefroy de Linctot, an early French fur trader and part-time soldier and learn about this tough lifestyle that required guts and determination.
4:00-5:30pm: Invasives in our Midst – Drop In
Stop by the Nature Center anytime between 4pm and 5:30pm and chat with Andrea about invasive plants and animals in our area! She will have a video of the “Flying Carp” as well as pickled samples of Emerald Ash Borer and others. 6:30pm: Orienteering for the Unoriented
Come learn to navigate using an old-fashioned compass! We will talk about the basics of traveling a specific direction, determining a bearing and following the compass. Practice on some pre-written courses and then write your own!
Sunday, July 4:
10:30am: Tree ID for Beginners
Starting from the Nature Center, we will take a leisurely hike and discuss some easy-to-identify trees in the park. At the end of our hike you will be familiar with a tree key and be able to amaze your friends by identifying 3 trees on sight!
2:00pm: Ancient People, Magnificent Mounds
Phil Palzkill will lead a program about the early pre-historic people we call Mound Builders. A brief video will introduce the culture and be followed by a discussion about these early people. A short, optional hike to nearby mounds will round out the program.
Saturday, July 10:
10:00am: Remnant Ramble
Come see one of our remnant sand prairies in full summer glory! We will talk about what makes prairie plants so special and what it means to be an endangered habitat. Then we will venture out along the Prairie Trail for some plant investigations and ID. 1:30pm-3:30pm: Animal Track Stories -- Drop In
Drop by the Nature Center anytime between 1:30pm and 3:30pm to learn a few animal tracks and write some take-home animal track stories! Program is informal and everyone is welcome.
6:30pm: Perfect Paddle
Trempealeau Bay is a true jewel in the evening. Andrea, the Naturalist will be heading out for a leisurely paddle and anyone is welcome to join her AT THE CANOE LAUNCH. If you have never paddled before, feel free to come down TO THE LAUNCH around 6:00pm for an introduction to canoeing and some brief paddle instruction. Bring your own canoe or rent one from Headquarters.