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Bug Walk

A Newport Wilderness Days Event Join entomologist Dick Smythe as he explores the world of insects. Spend an hour learning about whatever "little critters" we find at Newport: spiders, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, and whatever else is out there. Bring a butterfly net if you have one.  Meet at the Nature Center with a hike to follow. […]

Story in the Rocks Geology Hike

A Newport Wilderness Days Event Join geologist Jack Travis and learn about the fascinating and rich geologic history of the Door Peninsula and Newport State Park. This hike will start at Lot 2, with a ½ mile hike to the Ridge Trail to view an ancient shoreline. There will be a visit to an ancient […]

Trees and Shrubs of Door County

A Newport Wilderness Days Event Join arborist and horticulturist Tom Wolfe as he shares his vast knowledge about trees and shrubs. There will be plenty of time for questions. Weather permitting, we will spend some time in the woods. Meet in the Nature Center, parking Lot 1. Covid-19 Guidelines: Group sizes vary and may be […]

History of Days Gone By: Newport’s Founder, Peter Knudsen

A Newport Wilderness Days Event Picture Newport State Park as it was in the past, a small farming and timber community, founded in the 1880’s. Hear of the Knudsen family history from Pete Oleson, great-grandson of Peter Knudsen, original founder of Newport. Meet at the Picnic area, Lot 3. Covid-19 Guidelines: Group sizes vary and […]

Hike with the Naturalist

Hit the trails with park naturalist Beth Bartoli on this easy, 1.5 mile hike. We’ll be hiking the Sugarbush Trail. Meet at Lot 4. Covid-19 Guidelines: Group sizes vary and may be limited to promote social distancing. Participants are encouraged to practice social distancing, frequent hand washing and to wear a face covering if social […]

Mushroom Hike with Charlotte Lukes

Charlotte Lukes, Door County’s mushroom expert will lead us through the fascinating world of fungi. Charlotte has been studying wild mushrooms for over 40 years and she loves to share her knowledge through classes and programs throughout Door County. Meet at Lot 3. Covid-19 Guidelines: Group sizes vary and may be limited to promote social […]

Herb Hike

Dave LaLuzerne was born with a green spark in his heart. (Interestingly, his last name is the French word for alfalfa.) Nurtured through pharmacy school and many years as an herbal pharmacist in his own herb shop, he now finds his passion is educating people about the numerous and wondrous ways to use herbs for […]

Full Moon Hike

Join the park naturalist Beth Bartoli on this evening hike. We’ll let our eyes adjust to the moonlight and hike the 2 mile Monarch Trail, watching and listening for the sights and sounds of the night. If needed, bring a flashlight or head lamp with a red lens. Meet at Lot 1. In case of rain, program […]

Mushroom Hike with Charlotte Lukes

Charlotte Lukes, Door County’s mushroom expert will lead us through the fascinating world of fungi. Charlotte has been studying wild mushrooms for over 40 years and she loves to share her knowledge through classes and programs throughout Door County. Meet at Lot 3. Covid-19 Guidelines: Group sizes vary and may be limited to promote social […]

Trees and Shrubs of Door County

Join arborist and horticulturist Tom Wolfe as he shares his vast knowledge about trees and shrubs. There will plenty of time for questions. Weather permitting, we may spend some time in the woods. Meet in the Nature Center, parking lot 1. Covid-19 Guidelines: Group sizes vary and may be limited to promote social distancing. Participants […]

Full Moon Hike

Join the park naturalist Beth Bartoli on this evening hike. We’ll let our eyes adjust to the moonlight and hike the 2 mile Monarch Trail, watching and listening for the sights and sounds of the night. If needed, bring a flashlight or head lamp with a red lens. Meet at Lot 1. In case of rain, program […]

Walk on the Wild Side

Join Park Naturalist Beth Bartoli and take to the woods in search of fall wildflowers, mushrooms, wild edibles, or anything else we might find. We'll hike the 1.25-mile Sugarbush Trail. Meet at Lot 4. Covid-19 Guidelines: Group sizes vary and may be limited to promote social distancing. Participants are encouraged to practice social distancing, frequent […]