Programs and Events 
Winter/Spring 2015 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

            WILD Women Workshop         

Saturday, March 7th

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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: Ice Fishing, Winter Camping, and Snowshoeing. Pre-registration required. $15 fee due with registration, includes program equipment and lunch. Space limited to 20 participants. Recommended to bring if you have them: insulated winter clothing, ice fishing rods, tackle, skimmer, and a folding chair.  Some ice fishing equipment will be available for those without.  


           Managing Your Woods For Wildlife         

Wednesday, March 11th

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center


Join UW-Extension Natural Resource Educator, John Haack, to learn how to enhance your woodlands to attract a variety of wildlife. This session will cover the four necessities to attracting wildlife to your land, as well as how you can manage your woods to improve the wildlife potential. FREE program.


        Friends of Crex Endowment Fund Benefit Dinner       

Saturday, March 14th

5:00 – 8:00 pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center


Join us for our Annual Friends of Crex Endowment Fund Benefit Dinner. Proceeds are designated to provide a perpetual source of funding for wildlife education and wildlife management conducted at Crex. Our speaker this year is famed birder and MPR radio personality, Laura Erickson.  A social hour begins at 5pm with beverages and hors d'ouves.  The meal will include salad, bread, roast beef, side dishes, and dessert.  A vegetarian option is available as well.


 Cost is $50 per person. Contact Kim Wheeler at 715-463-2739 or to make reservations by phone or email, or print and mail in the reservation form below (pdf file).


Click here for a reservation form

        Snowshoeing 101       

Saturday, March 21st

9:00 am – Noon

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center and Crex Meadows Wildlife Area


Is snowshoeing on your bucket list, but you don’t have the equipment? Well, now is the time! Participants will meet at the Visitor Center and go through a short introduction on snowshoes. Carpool to Upper Phantom hiking trail and take a guided 2 mile hike to learn about our long history of winter transportation. Snowshoes available on a first come, first serve basis or bring your own. Even with little to no snow, we will still have the hike.

FREE program.


        Game Calling Competition        

Friday, March 27th

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center


Registrants can enter the following species/categories: Mallard Duck, Canada Goose, Wild Turkey. First place callers in each category will receive an award.  Contestants must compete in all three categories to be qualified for the Game Commander Award. No electronic calls permitted. Pre- registration required. No entry fee.

        Maple Syrupin' Workshop     

Saturday, March 28th
1:00 - 3:00 pm

This program for adults demonstrates and explains the process of making maple syrup, from tapping a tree and to tasting some pure maple syrup! Meet at the visitor center and caravan as a group offsite. Pre-registration required, space limited to 25 people. Dress for cold weather conditions and deep snow.  ***This program always fills up, so call to make your reservation today!

The visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm throughout the winter months.  We are closed on weekends unless there is a program going on.  We will reopen on weekends from 10am to 4pm beginning Saturday, March 28th for the Spring season.


        Annual Midwest Crane Count     

Saturday, April 18th
5:30am - 7:30am


Each year in mid-April, over 2,000 volunteers travel to their local wetlands and favorite birding locations to participate in the Crane Count. This annual survey of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes spans over 100 counties in six states of the upper Midwest (Wisconsin and portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota).

To participate in the Crane Count you first need to contact your County Coordinator to be assigned a site and receive additional instructions. Click here to view the listing of county coordinators. The coordinator for the Crex Meadows area (Burnett County) is Dave Oxendale.  He can be contacted at or by calling 715-483-9603. 


A training session for first-time and returning crane counters will be held on Friday night, April 17th at 7pm at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center.  We have 2 bunkhouses that will be available for counters to use if they need to across from the visitor center.

        Annual Crex Clean-Up Day     

Saturday, April 18th
9:00am - 12:00pm

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 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.   








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