and 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





      Little Wildlifers      

Tuesdays June 14-July 26
10:00 -11:15 am

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

In partnership with UW-Extension, families are offered a chance to discover wildlife through stories, songs, hands-on activities, games, crafts and snacks.  Little Wildlifers is a free, no-registration, no-obligation program that encourages families to get out and enjoy nature.  Dress for the weather, bring bug spray.  Ages 3-8 - parent or guardian must stay with their children for the entire program.

June 14, Alien Invaders

June 21, Carnivore Crunch

June 28, More Mammals

July 5, Scavenger Hunt

July 12, Water Everywhere

July 19, Pond Critters

July 26, Biologist in Training


      Mug and Mammal Morning Hikes     

Fridays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29
10:00 -11:00 am

Meet at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

 Hike 1-2 miles on the trails of Crex and Fish Lake Wildlife Areas while enjoying coffee, snacks, and friendly conversation.  Disconver whatever natural happeings we can see along the trail.  Snacks and beverages provided.  Adults only.

      Crex Outdoor Group Runs    

Mondays, July 11, 18 and 25
5:00 - 6:00 pm

Auditorium at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

Participate in weeky guided runs led by Kristi Pupak on the trails and gravel roads of Crex.  Group ruins are designed to build up your foundation aerobically while adding cross training to the program.  Lengh of runs will be 1/25 to 4 miles, including a warm-up, interval training and a cool-down.  Discover whatever natural happenings we can see alng the route.  Rocommended to bring:  trail running shoes, bug spray and water.   Pre-registration required.  All skill levels welcome.

      Wheels and Wildlife Bike Ride     
Saturday, July 16
8:30 am

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

Challenge your body with a 20 mile bike ride! Stimulate your senses with spectacular scenery through the meadows. Route starts at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center and goes north along County Road F to North Refuge Road, to East Refuge Road to County Road D and back to the Visitor Center.  Stop for snacks and participate in wildlife ice breakers. Pre-Registration Required. All ages welcome.  Recommended to bring:  Mountain/Hybrid Bike, Water, Bike Maintenance Kit, Bug Spray.  Helmet required.  Pre-registration required.

      Crex For Kids Camp    

Monday, August 1st through Thursday, August 4th
9:00 am - Noon

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

This wildlife day camp will bring new adventures as children explore wetlands, woods and prairies of Crex Meadows.  Recommended to bring:  bug spray, close-toed shoes, water bottle.  Pre-registration required. Class size is limited to 20 students, ages 8-15.  Snacks provided.

      Duck Banding Program    

Friday, August 12, Rain Date Sunday, August 14
6:15 - 8:00 pm

Meet at Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center, carpool to banding site.

Help wildlife technicians capture, and release local ducks.  Pre-registration required, Space limited to 20 people, ages 8 and up.  Parent/guardian must accompany children.

      Crex Nature Photography Club Meeting     

Saturday, August 13
10:00 am - Noon

Auditorium at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

 Are you interested in nature photography?  Do you spend time at Crex Meadows taking photos and want to share them with others?  Do you want to learn more about digital photography and get to know other people who share a love of the natural world and a desire to improve their skills?  Join the Crex Photo Club! 
If you want to share your photos with the group, please send them to by 8pm on the Friday night before each meeting.  Please only send photos if you plan on attending the meeting.  More info on image size, etc. can be found on the Photo Club webpage.

      WI-DNR Trapper Education    

Saturday August 13 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday August 14 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

Completion of this course is a requirement for people who have not previously purchased a trapping license. You MUST have a DNR Customer ID number prior to the start of class. A number can be acquired by calling 1-888-936-7463. Ages 10 and up.     Fee: $12/person, meals included. Pre-registration required, contact Paul Peterson at 715–463–2896.

      Wolf Howl Survey 

Friday, August 19

7:30 pm

Meet at Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center


Conduct a wolf howling survey! Begin at Crex Meadows Visitor Center with a brief overview of wolves at 7:30 p.m. We’ll howl in one or more special locations in Crex Meadows, listening for wolves to respond back. Space is limited to 40 participants, ages 8 and up.


      Upper North Fork Paddle   

Saturday, August 20

9:00 - 11:00 am

Meet at Upper North Fork south boat launch on Hilda's Corner Road


Introduce your family to the sport of kayaking.  After a brief boat and safety orientation, we will launch our kayaks and paddle around Upper North Fork Flowage.  Pre-registration required.  Life jackets required.  Rent a kayak, paddle and life jacket for $25 or bring your own.  Space limited to 20 participants, rentals must be reserved by August 12th to guarantee one will be available for you. 


      Land Acquisition Picnic   

Saturday August 20

 Noon - 2:00 pm

Rest Area C Picnic Grounds, Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

Join us for our annual Friends of Crex Land Acquisition Fund picnic lunch for people who have donated to the Friends of Crex Land Acquisition Fund to help the WDNR add important parcels of land within the Glacial Lakes Grantsburg property boundaries. Donors will be provided with their coordinates to the honorary parcel of land they have "purchased" and a tour of one of the new properties will be offered. Please RSVP by August 15 so we can plan enough food.  If you would like more information about the Land Acqusition Fund, please see our donations page.


      Crex Hunt and Fish Camp    

Monday, August22 through Thursday, August 25
9:00 am - Noon

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

Program covers the basics of hunting game, teaching children how to interact with nature using ageless hunting skills.  Campers will be able to practice shooting archery targets, set up deer stands and blinds, while participating in hunting scenario activities.  Recommended to bring:  bug spray, close-toed shoes, water bottle.  Pre-registration required. Class size is limited to 20 students, ages 10-15.  Snacks provided.


Saturday, September 3rd
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

Come support the fundraising efforts of the Friends of Crex to help build the new Crex Kitchen and Education Annex at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area headquarters.  Lots of activities for all ages, including a food stand, carnival games with prizes, a beer and wine garden, a dunk tank (with local community leaders), a silent auction, bake sale, and a live band, Shotgun Johnson and the Mississippi Seven.  All proceeds from the gala will benefit the construction of the new building.    You can help by coming to the event, spreading the word, donating a product, service or experience to the silent auction, or bringing in a bake sale or craft foods sale item.  Contact Kim Wheeler at if you would like to help out!













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