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Mushroom Foray with Charlotte Lukes

This is a NWS Wilderness Days Event Door County’s mushroom expert will lead us through the fascinating world of fungi. Charlotte has been studying wild mushrooms for over 40 years. This hike is for those who want to learn about all aspects of fungi. It is not intended to be an edible foraging hike. No […]

Forest Past and Present: Upland Trail Tour

This is a NWS Wilderness Days Event Master Naturalist volunteers Mary O’Grady and Lynn Reuter will lead you along the Upland loop. You’ll hike through an open meadow, beech/maple hardwood forest, and areas of thick cedar. The stations along the trail will help with identification. This moderate, two-mile hike has varied terrain.  Meet at the office […]

The Story of the Trees

This is a NWS Wilderness Days Event Join arborist Donna Danielson and learn how to identify several common trees of the park as well as learn their life cycles and shared history with humans. This will be about a ½-mile walk.  Donna is retired from The Morton Arboretum where she did insect and disease research, […]

Yoga by the Beach

This is a NWS Wilderness Days Event Join instructor Sherry Seubert of Embraced by Nature for a slow hatha morning flow yoga mat class with guided meditation. We will ground to earth and reach for the sky. Bring a yoga mat, blanket, or beach towel. We will gather in the grassy area at Parking Lot […]

Fern Trail Sneak Peek

This is a NWS Wilderness Days Event Join Gene Kenny, NWS Board member and the driving force behind the Fern Trail boardwalk renovation, as he takes you behind the scenes of the project. He will be joined by Helen Berch-Kenny, Master Naturalist, who will share information about the trail as well. This guided tour will […]

History of Newport: Out of Wilderness Into Wilderness

This is a NWS Wilderness Days Event It is difficult to picture quiet Newport State Park as a small bustling town, but that’s exactly what it used to be. Founded in the 1880’s, the town of Newport had farms, a post office and general store, a saw mill and housed the lighthouse keeper. Bill Scheckler, […]

Campfire Building; Dutch Oven Cooking

This is a NWS Wilderness Days Event Build your own fire starters! Tom and Maureen Flatley (NWS board member) have been Boundary Waters Wilderness camping for decades.  Come learn their tested techniques to make your own fool-proof fire starters, easily getting a campfire started, even in the rain!  We will have supplies to share for […]

December Open House at Newport

The park office will be open and full of holiday cheer!Join us for cookies and cider...and shopping.Park merchandise and 2024 state park stickers make great gifts.(This is the last opportunity to buy 2024 stickers on-site before the holidays.)

2024 First Day Hike

Please join us for this annual Wisconsin State Park tradition. Where: We will set off from Parking Lot 3 at 1:00pm. (Please plan to arrive a little before then.)The Hike: The 1.2-mile Fern Trail loop (and the recently completed boardwalk) is the focus...with an option to include Lynd Point Trail.Post-hike: We will warm up by campfire at […]

Candlelight Ski-Snowshoe-Hike 2024

Unfortunately, Mother Nature has thrown us a curve ball. There is no snow to ski on. This will be a hike-only event and we will light the Fern Trail only, as has been our tradition for many years. See you there! Thirty-four years ago, Newport Wilderness Society started the candlelight ski tradition in Door County. […]

Solar Eclipse Viewing

Join our park staff naturalists Beth Bartoli and Lynn Reuter for this daytime celestial event as we enjoy a partial view of the solar eclipse. There will be some special viewing glasses available to safely view the eclipse. See printable schedule of events below. Meet at Lot 3. Please bring your own chairs. Note: Program […]

Every Day is Earth Day 2024

Newport Wilderness Society will be at the Every Day is Earth Day festival at Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor on Saturday, April 20. Please stop by our booth to meet some of our volunteers and learn more about the work we do in support of Newport State Park. There are so many great events happening […]