Programs and Events 

Spring/Summer 2014 Events
To volunteer to help with programs and events, please contact the staff
at the Visitor Center.


To sign up for a program, call 715-463-2739 or email information@crexmeadows.org
To download a Spring/Summer 2014 Events flyer for printing, click here.

   4H Outdoor Skills Club    

Second Tuesday of each month, September through May
6pm to 7:30pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

 

Join Crex Meadows WA and Burnett County Cooperative Extension Service for the 2013 – 2014 4 – H Outdoor Skills Club! Each meeting will focus on natural sciences and study topics such as outdoor education, forestry and aquatic science. This program is for youth ages 9 – 18 who are interested in hunting, trapping, shooting, and conservation projects, FREE of charge. Parents encouraged to stay and learn with their children. Sign up at the next meeting!

 

April 8 Wisconsin’s Forests

May 13Wilderness ID

 

            Annual Crane Count            

Saturday, April 12, 2014
5:30am to 7:30am

The crane count consists of volunteers counting cranes throughout wildlife areas and returning to the visitor center at 7:30 for a light breakfast and hand in tally sheets. Training will be Friday, April 11 from 7-9 p.m. Call the visitor center for more information

          Botany Talk and Walk: Mosses and Lichens         

Sunday, April 13, 2014

1pm to 2pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Begin in the auditorium at the visitor center with a PowerPoint lecture on the biology and identification of mosses and lichens, then go outside to see if we can find any.   

            GLG Master Plan Open House         

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5pm to 7pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

The Crex Staff has begun the development of a wildlife management master plan for the Glacial Lake Grantsburg properties. Get involved and comment on the plan duringthe public open house session.

            Spring Bird Tours              

Saturdays, April 26; May 3; May 10
8am to 10am

Meet at Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Join expert birders as they explore the wetlands and prairies for spring migrants and returning birds. Carpool from the Education & Visitor Center. Please pre-register. Cost is $5/person. First 10 reservations may have a space in the van with a guide.

               Annual Clean-up Day                

Saturday, April 26, 2014

9am to 1pm

Join other volunteers who come from all over the mid-west to help pick up trash along the roadsides and trails of Crex Meadows and Fish Lake Wildlife Areas, and spiffy up the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center and the grounds around it.  We feed you a hearty lunch as a thank-you for your help.   

 If you would like to come help out, please call 715-463-2739 or send an email to information@crexmeadows.org with your name and the names of the people coming with you and any road assignment you are interested in. If you are not coming with another person, you can request to be paired up with another volunteer.  If you are open to which road we assign to you, please indicate that as well.  Also please include your phone number and address.   

Click here to download a registration form for this year's Clean-up Day.

            Spring Ephemeral Wildflower Walk            

Saturday, May 10
1 to 3 pm

Meet at Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Venture into the Governor Knowles State Forest in search of spring ephemeral wildflowers, including trout lily, hepatica, trillium, wild ginger, and more. Car-pool to Paint Mine Road from Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center. Free program. No pre-registration required.

             Botany Talk and Walk: Trees and Shrubs         

Sunday, May 11, 2014

1pm to 4pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Begin in the auditorium at the visitor center with a PowerPoint lecture on the biology and identification of trees and shrubs found in the area, then venture out into Crex Meadows Wildlife Area to put newly-learned identification skill to use.  This is a free program, open to all!  Led by Natural Resource Educator, Kim Wheeler, an amateur botanist.

               Wildlife Experience Weekend               

Saturday, May 17
5pm Talk & Tour

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Explore the wildlife area with expert birders. Investigate the mysteries of wildlife at Crex Meadows in the auditorium followed by evening birding tour. Open to all, free program and tour, no need to pre-register.

Sunday, May 18
4am to 7am & 7am to 10am  Birding Tours

 Early risers will enjoy an excursion into the marshes in search of marsh birds (4-7 a.m.) Or sleep in a bit for a tour from 7-10 a.m. searching for spring migrants and returning resident birds.

4am Tour: cost $10 per person, must pre-register (tour may be cancelled if less than 4 people sign up)

7 a.m. Tour: cost $5, please pre-register (tour may be cancelled if less than 4 people sign up)

Bunkhouses are available for participants who wish to stay on the property overnight $10/person. Must pre-register

        Birdathon - Multi-Purpose Hall Fundraiser      

Saturday, May 24, 2014

4am to 4pm

The Birdathon is a fun citizen science event, which also serves as an important means of raising funds for a Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH) , an example of giving by birding. The building design proposes an improved commercial kitchen, offices, extra classroom space for continued programming and meetings, complete with public bathrooms. Collected bird information (i.e. species, number, location. etc.) could provide scientific data used in the management of the wildlife areas.

Birders of all levels of ability are invited to compete individually or as a team of two to find as many species as possible in a 12-hour period (4:00 am – 4:00 pm). The objective of this friendly competition is to record the most bird species seen or heard on Crex Meadows and/or Fish Lake Wildlife Areas on the Bird Checklist. If you need a partner, contact us ahead of time, we will do our best to pair you up with another birder.

Click here for registration, instructions, rules and pledge forms

               Songbird Banding                

Saturday, May 31, 2014

7am to Noon

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Many birds migrate through Crex Meadows each spring and fall. Join expert birder, Bruce Bacon, as he captures and  bands songbirds. He will demonstrate different methods used to capture birds for banding and the different bands used. Mist nets will be used to capture and then band songbirds. Participants will be able to hold, release, and photograph birds! This will be a special experience for all involved!

Space is limited to 25 people, pre-registration required.  Sign up early to guarantee a space.
Please call 715-463-2739 for more information and registration

               Moth Capture Field Study              

Friday, June 6, 2014

9:30pm - 1am

Spend a summer evening seeing and learning about the creatures of the night!

Join Friends of Crex member Rich Peet as he captures moths for study at the Dike 6 parking lot off of County Road F from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Rich sets up a white screen with a special light to attract moths.  This is an excellent opportunity to see sphinx moths and large silk moths such as IO's, Cecropias and Polyphemus, as well as the possibility of a Luna! Rich will be set up east of the Dike 6 parking lot near the boat launch. Call for specific directions. Free program. Bring your bug spray, refreshments, your camera, and a comfy chair. 

 This is a family friendly program, so please bring the kids!  

         Explore Bowhunting Workshop         

Saturday, June 7, 2014

9am to 4pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

This workshop is geared for School Teachers, Camp Counselors, Extension Agents, Environmental Educators and anyone who wants to strengthen students’ appreciation for wildlife and the woods.
 
The Explore Bowhunting curriculum is an outdoor conservation education program that focuses on the interactions of people with wildlife. The 23-component curriculum helps to teach students ages 11 – 17 to feel comfortable in the outdoors whether they are interested in bowhunting, wildlife photography or just being close to nature. Explore Bowhunting is a great “next step” to the National Archery in the Schools Program and allows those attending to grow their interest in archery and the outdoors.
 
Pre-registration required by May 23, 2014. Workshop limited to 24 participants. Cost: Free. There will be curriculum materials and equipment available through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for those attending. Recommended to bring bag lunch.

To register and for more information, please contact: Dan Schroeder, Archery Education Program Administrator/Marketing Specialist at 608-235-4619 or via email: Daniel.schroeder@wisconsin.gov 

             Botany Talk and Walk: Wildflowers         

Sunday, June 8, 2014

1pm to 4pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Begin in the auditorium at the visitor center with a PowerPoint lecture on the biology and identification of wildflowers using the Newcomb Wildflower Gude and Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Upper Great Lakes (bring yours with if you have them!), then venture out into Crex Meadows Wildlife Area to put newly-learned identification skill to use.  This is a free program, open to all!  Led by Natural Resource Educator, Kim Wheeler, an amateur botanist.

           Mug and Mammal Morning Hike        

Saturday, June 14, 2014

8:30am to 10am

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Bring your own traveling mug, and we’ll provide the coffee! Enjoy guided interpretive walks on the wild side! Carpool to different trail locations on the property. Adults only, dogs welcome. 

                     Nature's Little Explorers                 

Tuesdays
June 17 through July 29, 2014
10 am to 11:15 am

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Children ages 3 - 7 are offered a chance to discover nature through stories, songs, activities, hikes and crafts. Free, no-registration, no-obligation program that encourages families to get out and enjoy nature.
June 17 Oh Deer
June 24 Pond Study
July 1 Spring Butterfly Trek
July 8 Tracks on Tees (Bring white tshirt)
July 15 Get the Buzz on Bees
July 22 Beads of Water
July 29 Wild Campers

          Wildlife Ethics (for High School Students)       

Thursdays, June 19 and 26, 2014

9am to 1pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

HIGH SCHOOL students: Learn about local wildlife and management techniques through hands on activities. Pre-registration required, space limited to 30 participants. Fee: $5.00/program or $8.00 for both days. Lunch provided.

          Crex Archery Club       

Mondays, June 16 through July 28, 2014

6pm to 7:30pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Program teaches youth ages 12 – 18 the fundamentals of archery and wildlife ecology. Club provides archery equipment; however, individuals are encouraged to bring their own equipment if they have it. Pre-registration required. $10.00 registration Fee.

          Wheels and Wildlife Bike Ride        

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Beginning at 8:30am

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Challenge your body with a 20 mile or 5 mile bike ride! Stimulate your senses with spectacular scenery through the
northwest sands. Stop for snacks and participate in wildlife related activities for all ages! Pre-registration required.
Fee: $5/Individual; $10/Family. 

          Wild Edibles Workshop        

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

6pm to 8pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Build your confidence and competence in identifying, gathering, and eating wild foods with experienced instructor Joan Jacobowski.  Pre-registration required. $5/person. 

          Dragonfly Lady       

Saturday, June 28, 2014

10am to Noon

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

A short how-to introduction to dragonfiles in the auditorium will be followed by time outside catching and learning about dragonflies with AmiThompson, owner of Dragonfly Environmental Education. Optional: BYO waders or hip boots. All ages welcome. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10/Individual; Kids free with an adult.

           Mug and Mammal Morning Hike        

Saturday, July 12, 2014

8:30am to 10am

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Bring your own traveling mug, and we’ll provide the coffee! Enjoy guided interpretive walks on the wild side! Carpool to different trail locations on the property. Adults only, dogs welcome. 

          WILD Women Workshop        

Saturday, July 19, 2014

9am to 4pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Designed for women ages 18 or older, the workshop offers hands-on instruction in a fun and non-threatening
learning environment. Courses Will Include: Archery, Nature Journaling, Camping, and Foraging for Food & Health.
Pre-registration required, space limited to 25 participants. Fee: $10/Individual. Lunch Included.

           Botany Talk and Walk: Ferns and Club Mosses        

Sunday, July 20, 2014

1pm to 4pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Begin in the auditorium at the visitor center with a PowerPoint lecture on the biology and identification of ferns and club mosses found in the area, then venture out into Crex Meadows Wildlife Area to put newly-learned identification skill to use.  This is a free program, open to all!  Led by Natural Resource Educator, Kim Wheeler, an amateur botanist.

            Paddle Phantom             

Saturday, August 2
9am to Noon

Meet at the Phantom Lake Boat Launch

This introductory kayaking trip will teach you the basic paddling techniques, safety aspects of kayaking, and handling a kayak in and out of the water.  Adults only. Limit of 20 people.  Rent a kayak for $25 or bring your own!  Pre-registration required.  

         Outdoor Skills Camp        

August 4 through 7, 2014

9am to Noon

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Recommended for boys and girls ages 10 – 15. The camp offers a unique opportunity to learn science and conservation through: Outdoor Survival, Orienteering, Archery, and Forestry. Pre-registration required.
Enrollment: FREE, class size limited to 25 students.

           Mug and Mammal Morning Hike        

Saturday, August 9, 2014

8:30am to 10am

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Bring your own traveling mug, and we’ll provide the coffee! Enjoy guided interpretive walks on the wild side! Carpool to different trail locations on the property. Adults only, dogs welcome. 

              Land Acquisition Picnic          

Saturday, August 16
Noon to 2pm

Rest Area Picnic Grounds, Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

Join out honorary landowners for a picnic to celebrate our successes with the Friends of Crex Land Acquisition Fund.  Take a ride in the van to tour our recently acquired land and see the parcels of land that have been honorarily deeded to those who have donated money to the fund.  If you are interested in donating, please see the information on our Friends of Crex page, or call 715-463-2739 for more information.  This picnic is free, but for us to know how much food to bring, please RSVP to Kim Wheeler at information@crexmeadows.org or call 715-463-2739.

              Duck Banding           

Saturday, August 16 (rain date August 17)
Evening (Time TBD)

Meet at Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Help DNR Biologists and Wildlife Technicians capture, band, and release local ducks! Participants will receive information and instruction prior to heading to the banding site. Fun for all ages! Children (under 16) must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center. Time to be determined as we get closer to the date. Space is limited, please pre-register. 

           Botany Talk and Walk: Grasses         

Sunday, August 17, 2014

1pm to 4pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Begin in the auditorium at the visitor center with a PowerPoint lecture on the biology and identification of local grasses, then venture out into Crex Meadows Wildlife Area to put newly-learned identification skill to use.  This is a free program, open to all!  Led by retired plant pathologist, Dr. Alan Roelfs.

                   Trapper Education Class           

Saturday, August 23 8am to 5pm

& Sunday, August 24 7am to 3pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Completion of this course is a requirement for people who have not previously purchased a trapping license, and provides the certificate necessary to be able to trap in Wisconsin. Call for more details.

        Crex for Kids Camp        

August 25 through 28, 2014

9am to Noon

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Wildlife day camp will bring new adventures, as children ages 8 - 12 explore the wetlands, woods, and prairies of Crex. Pre-registration required. Enrollment: FREE, class size limited to 25 students.

        Digital Nature Photography Workshop        

Saturday, September 6, 2014

8:30am to Dusk

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

New to digital photography? Want to learn how to make the most of all those settings on your D-SLR camera?  This all-day workshop brought to you by local expert photographers, will be split into two separate sessions.  The morning session will cover basics of digital photography, including what all the the different settings do. The afternoon session will focus on intermediate tips and techniques to get the most out of your equipment, including sessions on macro photography and lighting.  Most of the day will be spent in the classroom, with plenty of hands-on time with your equipment.  Members of the Crex Nature Photography Club will be on hand to assist you individually throughout the day.

The group will venture out into the wildlife area for an evening photo shoot after a light dinner together at the Visitor Center.

More information will be available soon, including a list of presenters, fees, and how to register. 

            Botany Talk and Walk: Mushrooms         

Sunday, September 14, 2014

1pm to 4pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Begin in the auditorium at the visitor center with a PowerPoint lecture on the biology and identification of mushrooms and other fungus, then venture out into Crex Meadows Wildlife Area to put newly-learned identification skill to use.  This is a free program, open to all!  Led by retired mycologist, Dr. John Menge.

 


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