News from our Neighbors to the North: Happenings at Whitefish Dunes State Park

I know this seems like Ground Hog’s Day (see post below), but since the weather is FINALLY nice, naturalist Carolyn Rock has added some more outdoor happenings at Whitefish Dunes State Park.

Here goes:

May 4, 2013
Work Play Dune Day.
Grab your rake, put on your gloves, and join the park staff and Friends of Whitefish Dunes for a day of sprucing up the park.  Bring your friends and family for a whole day, morning or afternoon of fun.  Crews of all levels of ability, strengths and ages are needed.  Children under the ages of 16 must work with a parent.  Inside and outdoor work available, there is something for everyone.  Lunch provided for those who sign up.  Morning session begins at 9:00am.  Lunch is at noon and the afternoon session begins at 1:00pm. Make a difference in your park. Join today.  Co-sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks;
Call to sign up 920-823-2400. 9:00am – 4:00pm

May 11, 2013
Spring Revealed.
Stroll along to uncover signs of spring along rocky edges and in forested dunes. Uncover the unique history and stories behind different spring ephemerals. Catch these fleeting plants in this short distanced walk.  Meet at the nature center for this awakening program.
10:00 am

Spring in the Wetland. Have you seen the wetland in spring? Come discover the animals and plants that call the wetland home. Dip your net into a magical world. Dress for the weather and for getting damp. Meet at the nature center for this longer program.

May 18, 2013
Spring Exploration.
Join Dale and Mary Goodner for an exploration of nature. Through stories and science learn about the flora and fauna found along the rocky shores, forest floor and sunny openings. Gather for this meandering walk that is short in distance but full of discoveries. Walk begins at the Nature Center.

May 25, 2013
Spring along the Shore.
Take a stroll to discover ancient life and geologic history among blooming flowers.  Search the rocky shore for hidden treasures.  We will be walking on uneven ground.  Dress for the weather; meet at the nature center for this rough terrain walk.
10:00 am

Spring in the Dunes.
Feel the soft sand between your toes on this hike of discovery.  Walk the beach side of the dune to explore the spring flora then continue the search in the forested dunes.  Dress for the weather; meet at the nature center for this longer walk.
1:30 pm

May 26, 2013
Wandering of Wildflowers.
Discover the beauty within wildflowers. Learn their how they got their names, how to identify them and where to find these delicate beauties. Share the morning with the naturalist. Dress for the weather and meet at the nature center.

Whitefish Dunes State Park is located at 3275 Clark Lake Road (county WD), on the Lake Michigan shoreline south of Jacksonport. All programs are free to the public unless noted; a park vehicle sticker is required.  For more information please contact the park by phone 920-823-2400.

Thinking about a visit to Door County? Come stay at the beach! Contact us today for your spring getaway: Phone: Call 920-746-3900 or 1-866-454-3336. Or email us at

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