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Door County’s Favorite Naturalist: Carolyn Rock announces January’s events at Whitefish Dunes

Door County's favorite naturalist Carolyn Rock and a Door County beach in winter

Door County’s Whitefish Dunes State Park’s Carolyn Rock has just announced her schedule of January 2015 events and we at Glidden Lodge are eager to share them! 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 an outdoor adventure? Here goes:

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 Nature wears 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.

Sunday, January 18
Quiet Side Bird Exploration.
Join amateur birders Bill and Sarah Krouse for a morning of winter lakeshore birding. Begin at Whitefish Dunes to learn the basics of winter bird watching (with refreshments) then carpool to various hot birding spots (Cave Point, Jacksonport, Baileys Harbor…). The group will travel northward before returning to the park. Depending on current birding information, travels may take the group to different sites than listed. Dress warmly, bring water and snack. Trip may include a stop for lunch if birding provides to be extremely successful.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 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.

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