News from our favorite naturalist: Whitefish Dunes State Park’s Carolyn Rock

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Whitefish Dunes State Park’s Carolyn Rock has just announced her schedule of winter events and we at Glidden Lodge are so very excited!The park is just a 3.5 mile hike from our beachfront resort and we think this is a great way to get some fresh air during our winter months. Ready for a hike?

Here goes:

Saturday, September 6
Mushroom Foray.
Discover the variety of mushrooms that grow within the park. Join Charlotte Lukes to explore the major mushrooms groups. Learn how to field identify of mushrooms to their family groups. This program is for the serious and beginning mushroom enthusiast. Beginning in the nature center auditorium, follow Charlotte on a hike of discovery. Dress for the weather for this two hour program/hike.
9:00-11:00 a.m.

Saturday, December 6
Winter Crafts: Bird Feeders.
Bring those birds racing to your backyard! Explore the differences between bird feeders and seed types. Make a simple bird feeder.
Drop by the Nature Center Auditorium. 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Hooting for Owls.
We’re lucky to have two owl species nesting at the park. Discover how their unique adaptations help them survive before we take a short hike in search of them. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 13
Winter Crafts: Bark Pendent.
Take a closer look at bark. Learn to identify different trees, understand how bark grows and discover cool tree facts. Create a pendent to take home. Dress for the weather a portion of the program will be outdoors.
Meet at the Nature Center. 10:00 a.m.

What does Nature wear in Winter?
We put on layers to keep us warm and safe thought winter but what does Mother Nature put on? Find out on this interactive hike to explore the winterizing of nature.
Meet at the Nature Center. 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 1
First Day Hike – Winter Detectives.
Hike in search of animal tracks and other clues to uncover the secret lives of animals at the park and in your yard. Join the naturalist for a short hike then warm with hot beverage.
Meet at the Nature Center. 9:00 a.m.

First Day Hike – Winter Wears.
Get out and celebrate the New Year with a special hike and program. Join the naturalist for a short hike then warm by the shelter building fire with hot beverage.
Meet at the Nature Center. 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 3
Discover Snowshoeing.
Learn to “float on snow” and be active this winter. Follow the naturalist on a fun exploration hike. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 9:00 a.m.

Winter Hike.
Get out and explore nature on snowshoes. Hike in search of animal tracks and other clues to uncover the secret lives of animals at the park and in your yard. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 10
Discover Snowshoeing.
Learn to “float on snow” and be active this winter. Follow the naturalist on a fun exploration hike. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 9:00 a.m.

What does Nature wear in Winter?
We put on layers to keep us warm and safe thought winter but what does Mother Nature put on? Find out on this interactive hike to explore the winterizing of nature. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 11
Winter Hike.
Get out and explore nature on snowshoes. Hike in search of animal tracks and other clues to uncover the secret lives of animals at the park and in your yard. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 17
Discover Snowshoeing.
Learn to “float on snow” and be active this winter. Follow the naturalist on a fun exploration hike. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 9:00 a.m.

Dunes in Winter.
Snowshoe into the forested dunes to explore dinosaurs, flying porcupines, and ancient history. This hike is short in distance but is vertically challenging. Limited snowshoes available for participants. Join the naturalist for this special treat to hike within the dunes. Snowshoes/winter boots and walking sticks are recommended.
Begins at the Nature Center. 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 24
Discover Snowshoeing.
Learn to “float on snow” and be active this winter. Follow the naturalist on a fun exploration hike. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 9:00 a.m.

Winter Crafts: Bird Feeders.
Bring those birds racing to your backyard! Explore the differences between bird feeders and seed types. Make a simple bird feeder.
Drop by the Nature Center Auditorium. 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 25
Winter Hike.
Get out and explore nature on snowshoes. Hike in search of animal tracks and other clues to uncover the secret lives of animals at the park and in your yard. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 31
Discover Snowshoeing.
Learn to “float on snow” and be active this winter. Follow the naturalist on a fun exploration hike. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 1:00 p.m.

Winter Candlelight Event.
Join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes for a night of candlelight fun. Ski, hike or snowshoe candle-lite trails at the park. Ski among the forested dunes for 1.5 miles. Hike or snowshoe a 1.5 mile loop. Warm up in the shelter building with hot beverage and fresh popcorn. Visit the nature center for delicious baked goods, new exhibits or purchase a book. Limited number of snowshoes will be available (first-come-first serve basis). Free Event but a state vehicle sticker is required. Purchase your 2015 annual sticker which is good for all state parks, forests and recreation areas within Wisconsin.
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 7
Discover Snowshoeing.
Learn to “float on snow” and be active this winter. Follow the naturalist on a fun exploration hike. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 9:00 a.m.

Winter Hike.
Get out and explore nature on snowshoes. Hike in search of animal tracks and other clues to uncover the secret lives of animals at the park and in your yard. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 14
Discover Snowshoeing.
Learn to “float on snow” and be active this winter. Follow the naturalist on a fun exploration hike. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 9:00 a.m.

Dunes in Winter.
Snowshoe into the forested dunes to explore dinosaurs, flying porcupines, and ancient history. This hike is short in distance but is vertically challenging. Limited snowshoes available for participants. Join the naturalist for this special treat to hike within the dunes. Snowshoes/winter boots and walking sticks are recommended.
Begins at the Nature Center. 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 15
Discover Snowshoeing.
Drop by to learn to “float on snow” and be active this winter. Follow the naturalist on a fun exploration hike. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 21
Discover Snowshoeing.
Learn to “float on snow” and be active this winter. Follow the naturalist on a fun exploration hike. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 9:00 a.m.

Winter Hike.
Get out and explore nature on snowshoes. Hike in search of animal tracks and other clues to uncover the secret lives of animals at the park and in your yard. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 28
Discover Snowshoeing.
Learn to “float on snow” and be active this winter. Follow the naturalist on a fun exploration hike. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 9:00 a.m.

Winter Crafts: Bark Pendent.
Take a closer look at bark. Learn to identify different trees, understand how bark grows and discover cool tree facts. Create a pendent to take home. Dress for the weather a portion of the program will be outdoors.
Meet at the Nature Center.  10:00 a.m.

Sunday, March 1
Dunes in Winter.
Snowshoe into the forested dunes to explore dinosaurs, flying porcupines, and ancient history. This hike is short in distance but is vertically challenging. Limited snowshoes available for participants. Join the naturalist for this special treat to hike within the dunes. Snowshoes/winter boots and walking sticks are recommended.
Begins at the Nature Center. 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 7
Discover Snowshoeing.
Learn to “float on snow” and be active this winter. Follow the naturalist on a fun exploration hike. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 9:00 a.m.

Winter Hike.
Get out and explore nature on snowshoes. Hike in search of animal tracks and other clues to uncover the secret lives of animals at the park and in your yard. Bring your own snowshoe or borrow from the park’s limited supply. Instructions provided. Dress for the weather.
Meet at the Nature Center. 1:00 p.m.

Come enjoy our gorgeous beach this winter!
Phone: 920-746-3900 or 1-866-454-3336. Or email us at frontdesk@gliddenlodge.com.
You’ll be happy you did!

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