Free & Fun Summer Programs at Merrick State Park

Merrick State Park

2017 Summer Programs

 

Saturday, April 29thWork/Play Earth Day Event

Time:  9 AM

Location:  Main Office Building

Come volunteer at our work day and help us prepare the park for another season.  Activities include:  painting/repairing picnic tables, splitting and stacking firewood, and pulling garlic mustard.  Meet at the Main Park Office at 9 AM.  The program will go until noon, followed by lunch, provided by the Merrick TURTLES.  Please bring gloves, water and close-toed shoes.

 

Sunday, May 28thRaptors by Family

Time:  7 PM

Location:  Nature Center

All birds of prey have certain characteristics in common, but each group (falcons, owls, hawks and eagles) have adaptations that make them unique.  Students will explore these unique adaptations through games and by meeting 3 live raptors. This program is presented by The Audubon Center of the North Woods.  Please, no pets.  Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

Open House Weekend – June 3rd and June 4th.  No admission fee required to use the park.  It is also free fishing weekend.

 

Thursday, June 8thFull Moon Paddle

Time:  8:00 PM (We will depart promptly at 8:30 PM.)

Location:  South Boat Landing (near the South Campground)

Discover the wonders of the backwaters of the Mississippi River by moonlight on this guided paddle.  Bring your own canoe/kayak, or rent one of ours.  Please call the park (608-687-4936) to reserve a canoe/kayak, rentals are limited.  Rental fee is $15.  We will leave the boat landing promptly at 8:30 PM, so get there early! Ages 10 and up, some canoeing/kayaking experience is advisable.  This trip will last approximately two hours.  If it rains or the Mississippi River levels are unsafe, this event will be cancelled.  Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

Saturday, June 10thRandy Adams

Time:  7 PM

Location:  Nature Center

Randy Adams is a long­time musician and arts advocate in the Chippewa Valley. Randy is an acoustic guitarist, singer and writer in the “Americana” genre. He covers a wide range of music and styles from cowboy tunes to classical, old, new, and pretty much everything in between. Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

Saturday, June 17thStoryteller Sara Slayton

Time:  7 PM

Location:  Nature Center

Sara Slayton is a master storyteller.  She carefully chooses stories that educate as well as entertain.  Please, no pets.  Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

 

Saturday, June 24thLake Pepin Legacy Alliance

Time:  7 PM

Location:  Nature Center

Join Rylee Main from the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance and learn about what their organization is doing to address upstream erosion, and how their work is restoring habitat and water quality locally.  Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

Saturday, July 1stMike Munson

Time:  7 PM

Location:  Nature Center

Blues musician Mike Munson makes his home in the Mississippi River town of Winona.  Mike is well known for playing slide guitar blues. The driving rhythms in his songs are described as being reminiscent of the trains that barrel through his neighborhood.  Please, no pets. Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

Tuesday, July 8thFull Moon Paddle

Time:  8:15 PM (We will be departing promptly at 8:45 PM)

Location:  South Boat Launch (Near South Campground)

Discover the wonders of the backwaters of the Mississippi River by moonlight on this guided paddle.  Bring your own canoe/kayak, or rent one of ours.  Please call the park (608-687-4936) to reserve a canoe/kayak, rentals are limited.  Rental fee is $15.  We leave the boat landing promptly at 8:45 PM, so get there early! Ages 10 and up, some canoeing/kayaking experience is advisable.  This trip will last approximately two hours.  If it rains or the Mississippi River is at unsafe levels, this event will be cancelled.  Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

Saturday, July 15thStoryteller Terry Visger

Time:  7 PM

Location:  Nature Center

Terry Visger is a professional storyteller, who weaves stories for all ages.  With her high energy performances, Terry engages her listeners and takes them on a journey of the imagination.  Join Terry around the campfire for some Wisconsin campfire tales.  Please, no pets.  Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

Saturday, July 29thDragonfly Program

Time:  7PM

Location:  Nature Center

Join Dan Jackson from the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society and learn about the order Odonata.  Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

Saturday, August 5thFull Moon Paddle

Time:  7:45 PM (We will be departing promptly at 8:15 PM.)

Location:  South Boat Landing (near the South Campground)

Discover the wonders of the backwaters of the Mississippi River by moonlight on this guided paddle.  Bring your own canoe/kayak, or rent one of ours.  Please call the park (608-687-4936) to reserve a canoe/kayak, rentals are limited.  Rental fee is $15.  We will leave the boat landing promptly at 8:15 PM, so get there early! Ages 10 and up, some canoeing/kayaking experience is advisable.  This trip will last approximately two hours.  If it rains or the Mississippi River levels are unsafe, this event will be cancelled.  Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

Saturday, August 19th Guided Canoe Trip

Time:  8:30 AM (Trip will leave the landing promptly at 9 AM)

Location:  South Boat Landing (near the S. Campground)

Join Ed Lagace, from the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge, for a guided interpretative canoe paddle thru the backwaters of the Mississippi River in honor of National Trails Day (which was on June 4th).  This trip will last approximately 3 hours.  Canoe and kayak rentals are available from the park office.  Rentals are free.  Reservations are required because rentals are limited and event participation is a maximum of 30 people.  Please call the park office (608-687-4936) to reserve your spot.  Please no pets.  Vehicle admission stickers are required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

Saturday, August 19thNoah James Hittner

Time:  7 PM

Location:  Nature Center

Local musician Noah James Hittner is influenced by everything from folk rock to hip-hop; Noah James Hittner’s sound inspires the mind and warms the heart. Appearing on radio and network television as an author and a musician, Noah’s mission is to connect with the lives of as many people as possible in an inspiring and empowering way.  Please, no pets.  Vehicle admission stickers are required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

Saturday, August 26thMonarchs, Milkweed and More

Time:  7 PM

Location:  Nature Center

Monarchs are one of the most well-loved and recognizable insects in the world. With their amazing migration and fascinating life cycle, they capture the imagination of young and old! Unfortunately, monarchs are facing dramatic declines, and so are other pollinators. Cora will present on the ins and outs of a monarch’s life, as well as the threats facing monarchs right now, and what can be done to restore their population and support other pollinators. Please, no pets.  Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

Saturday, September 2nd – Wildlife in Your Backyard

Time:  7 PM

Location:  Nature Center

David Stokes will present a program about the wildlife in your backyard.  Through the use of songs, stories, movement, riddles, audio/visual and hands-on materials, students are actively engaged in learning. Live animals and animal artifacts are used when appropriate to enhance the learning.  Please, no pets.  Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

Sunday, September 3rd – Aquatics

Time:  7PM

Location:  Nature Center

Students will learn about the secret lives of the insects that live under the water.  Which insect predators liquefy and remove the insides of their prey leaving just the exoskeleton?  Which insects eat mosquitoes their whole life?  Why should we all be familiar with which insects live in our local waters?  Students will explore the answers to these questions while seeing live macro invertebrates projected on a big screen through an LCD projector. This program is presented by The Audubon Center of the North Woods.  Please, no pets.  Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

 

Wednesday, September 6thFull Moon Paddle

Time:  6:45 PM (We will be departing promptly at 7:15 PM)

Location:  South Boat Landing (near the South Campground)

Discover the wonders of the backwaters of the Mississippi River by moonlight on this guided paddle.  Bring your own canoe/kayak, or rent one of ours.  Please call the park (608-687-4936) to reserve a canoe/kayak, rentals are limited.  Rental fee is $15.  We start out promptly at 7:15 PM, so get there early! Ages 10 and up, some canoeing/kayaking experience is advisable.  This trip will last approximately two hours.  If it rains or the Mississippi River is at unsafe levels, this event will be cancelled.  Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

 

Saturday, October 21st – “Not So Spooky” Hike

Time:  6 PM

Location:  Nature Center

Join us for a “Not So Spooky” self-guided night hike on one of our trails lit by jack-o-lanterns and

Tiki-torches.   Try your hand at making fall decorations or just hang out by the bonfire and   roast a hot dog or a marshmallow.  We will have s’more making materials on hand along with hot chocolate and hot apple cider.   Bring a flashlight, if you wish, and please dress appropriately for the weather.  This program will run from 6PM until 8PM.  Vehicle admission sticker is required and can be purchased at the Contact Station.

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