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History of Newport: Out of Wilderness-Into Wilderness

A Newport Wilderness Days Event It’s hard to picture quiet Newport State Park as a small bustling town, but that’s exactly what it was. 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, past president of the Newport […]

Campfire with the Full Moon Rising

Come sit around the campfire with the park naturalist and watch the Hunter’s Moon rise over Lake Michigan. Feel free to share a favorite poem, song or reading about fall, October, the moon, Native American stories or anything else of interest. Makings for S’Mores will be provided. Bring a chair, as seating is very limited. […]

Candlelight Ski-Snowshoe-Hike 2023

Thirty-three years ago, Newport State Park began the candlelight ski tradition in Door County. The tradition will carry on again this year as a portion of trail will come alive by candlelight, guiding skiers, hikers and snowshoers into a glowing, magical winter wonderland. Newport Wilderness Society volunteers will place over 300 candles, guiding participants down […]

Every Day is Earth Day 2023

Newport Wilderness Society will be at the Every Day is Earth Day festival at Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor on Saturday, April 22. 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 […]

National Get Outdoors Day

Join park staff and volunteers and participate in fun outdoor activities for all ages. Try your hand at an Eco Scavenger Hunt or Geology Bingo. Pick up trash along the trails and beaches and let’s see how much we can collect. Refreshments and prizes! There will be stations in the Nature Center and at Lot […]

Universe in the Park

Join guest astronomers from UW-Madison for a presentation on astronomy. We start with a PowerPoint presentation at the shelter building then we look to the heavens through a high powered telescope to experience stars, planets and galaxies. You won’t want to miss this chance to enjoy the skies at Wisconsin’s first International Dark Sky Park. […]

NWS Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Newport Wilderness Society will be held outdoors at the park Picnic Shelter on Saturday, July 29th at 9:00am. Coffee and baked treats will be provided. Along with reports from members of NWS Board Executive Committee and park staff, new board members will be voted onto the board by a majority […]

Smokey Bear’s Birthday Bash

Come and meet Smokey Bear and help park staff celebrate his 79th birthday! We will read the real story of Smokey Bear and how he became the ambassador of wildfire prevention. There will be games, prizes and cupcakes. Retired fire fighter/Fire Inspector Ken Foszcz will be on hand for the following family-friendly programs: He brings […]

Universe in the Park & Perseid Meteor Shower

Join guest astronomers from UW-Madison as they present Badger Talks, a PowerPoint presentation about astronomy, and a chance to view the night skies through a high-powered telescope. Newport State Park in Ellison Bay is the best place to view the spectacular Perseid meteor shower as it is Wisconsin’s only designated International Dark Sky Park.  No […]

Coffee on the Beach

This is a NWS Wilderness Days Event What a great way to start your day with a hot cup of locally roasted, thoughtfully-sourced coffee on the beach at beautiful Newport State Park. Meet at the picnic area, Lot 3. Coffee and baked treats donated by Carol Ash, NWS board member and owner of Kick Ash Coffee, […]

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 […]