Programs
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 information@crexmeadows.org

 

UPCOMING FALL PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

 

Download the PDF of the Fall Events Calendar Here

 

      Crex Bird Club     

Fridays, September 9 and 23, October 7 and 21, November 4 and 18

8:00 - 10:00 am

Join us this fall for our bi-weekly Bird Club. As a group, we will learn how to identify different birds, get hints for bird watching on Crex, and come together to discuss our sightings. Coffee and refreshments provided. Meet at the Visitor Center then carpool through the state wildlife area.  

      Friends of Crex Thousand Dollar Club Evening With The Cranes     

Friday, September 30, 2016

5:00 - 9:00 pm

 Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

Donors of $1,000 or more in a calendar year to FOC, are invited to an exclusive event  which includes wine, hors d'ouveres, a private tour of the wildlife area and a gourmet dinner. Pre-registration required, contact: Kim Wheeler at 715-463-2739 or via email: info@crexmeadows.org

     Sunset With The Sandhills Crane Tours     

Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15 and 22

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Meet at the Visitor Center then carpool through the state wildlife area to watch the Sandhill Cranes fly in from their day-time feeding grounds to their nightly roosting grounds. Pre-registration required. Fee: $5. Limited to 20 participants. First 10 people may reserve space in the van, October 8th trip will be a bus tour - 50 people.

      Crex Bike Rides    

Mondays, October 3 and 10, 2016

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Participate in weekly guided rides on the gravel roads of Crex. Group rides are designed to build up your foundation aerobically while enjoying friendly camaraderie. Discover whatever natural happenings we can see along the route. Length of rides will be 7 – 10 miles. Helmet required.

   Campfire With The Crex Cranes     

Friday, October 7

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Bring your family to Rest Area C at Crex to enjoy an evening campfire with the whole family. Prepare meals over the fire, make a fire starter with wax, set small mammal traps,  learn how to read direction, and enjoy evening  wildlife programs. Dinner and snacks provided.  Pre-registration required, ages 8+ 

   34th Annual Fall Wildlife Festival     

Saturday, October 8

6:00 - 8:00 pm

 Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

 

Kids Activity Classroom  10:00 am –12:00 pm

Totally Turtles Talk LIVE animals 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Fundraiser Concessions  11:00 am – 2:00  pm

Snake Lady LIVE animals  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Mushroom Walk & Talk  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Bus Crane Tour   5:00 pm – Sunset

Event will feature food, childrens’ activities, exhibitors, guest speakers, live animals and end with an evening pre-regristration crane tour. Volunteer Opportunities: concession help, parking attendant, photographer, clean up.

      Crex Nature Photography Club Crane Shoot Field Trip    

Saturday, October 15, 2016

4:00 - 7:00 pm

Join the Crex Photo Club for a pot-luck meal and photo shoot out in the wildlife area.  Bring a beverage of your choice and a dish to share and meet at 4:00 pm along Main Dike Road (or another spot TBD).  A table, plates, silverware and napkins will be provided.  Bring your cameras and shoot the cranes as they fly in to their evening roosts.  Enjoy the camraderie of fellow photographers.  No RSVP required - if you want to receive updates about photo club events, please join the photo club Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/443763709115985/   (Crex Meadows Camera Club)

      Learn To Hunt Deer      

Various Dates in October and November

 Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

October 18: Intro to Hunting  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

October 25: Hunting Logistics  5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

November 1: Range Day  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

November 5 & 6: Mentored Hunt 

Event combines classroom instruction and field work before a novice goes hunting with an experienced hunter. The WDNR encourages friends or families to sign up together that have no hunting connection. No license is required, hunter education requirements are waived.  No charge. Hunting gear will be provided if needed. Lodging available to participants. Volunteer Opportunity: Mentors needed. Mentors must be 18 or older and have five years of deer hunting experience.

      Volunteer Pumpkin Carving Night     

Thursday, October 27, 2016

6:00 pm

 Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

Get in the spooky spirit with a hands-on carving night. In preparation for Howl-O-Ween, volunteers plan to carve 100 pumpkins while enjoying some tasty treats! Can’t make it? Pick up a load of pumpkins and bring them back as jack- o-lanterns! Volunteers will be able to take their carved pumpkins home after 8:00 pm October 29. Don’t forget to bring blades, tools, or a carving kit for assistance. Pumpkins provided. All ages.  Volunteers Needed To Help with set-up, clean-up and assist carvers.

 

      7th Annual Crex Howl-O-Ween Event      

Saturday, October 29, 2016

5:00 - 8:00 pm

 Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

 

A fun filled family evening! Take a guided interpretive hike behind the Visitor Center lit up with Jack-O’Lanterns. Learn about reptile and amphibian species found at Crex to win a prize, make a turtle cookie,  a snake bookmark,  get your face painted, and enjoy some seasonal treats! Wear a Creepy Crawly Costum
e! Recommended to bring: flashlight. All ages. Volunteer Opportunities: Help with trail lighting,  cookie decorating, crafts, face painting, front desk, photographer, parking attendant.


      Wildlife Painting Class      

Saturday, November 12, 2016

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

 

Learn painting techniques from volunteer Wildlife Artist, Jim Springett during this one day workshop. Participants will sketch, underpaint, paint and lightly varnish a  9" x 12" x/4" stretched canvas of a Great Blue Heron. Pre-registration required,  space limited to 15 adults. Lunch and materials supplied, all leftover materials except easel go home with you (easel may be purchased at cost). Cost: $60 per person. Proceeds will be donated to the Mess Hall Fund.

      Crex Nature Photography Club Monthly Meeting    

Saturday, November 12, 2016

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

Join the Crex Photo Club for our monthly meeting as we share and critique each other's photos, share tips on how to get the most from our cameras and where to get the best shots.  Enjoy the camraderie of fellow photographers.  No RSVP required - if you want to receive updates about photo club events, please join the photo club Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/443763709115985/   (Crex Meadows Camera Club)

There will not be a December meeting of the Photo Club

 

      Carnivore Tracking Workshop     

Saturday, December 10, 2016

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

 

Learn tracking skills, identification and gait interpretation. Training begins in the Visitor Center followed by outdoor field training.

Lunch and materials are provided by a WDNR Citizen Science Monitoring grant. Be sure to dress for winter weather. Pre-registration required. Limited to 40 participants.

Lodging available at Luther Point Bible Camp for a small rental fee. To reserve a cabin, contact: 715 – 689 – 2347 or via email: info@lutherpoint.org

      Wolf Ecology Workshop     

SUnday, December 11, 2016

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

Enjoy shared learning with other wolf enthusiasts and wolf experts. Learn about wolf history, biology and monitoring techniques.

Lunch and materials are provided by a WDNR Citizen Science Monitoring grant. Be sure to dress for winter weather. Pre-registration required. Limited to 40 participants.

 Lodging available at Luther Point Bible Camp for a small rental fee. To reserve a cabin, contact: 715 – 689 – 2347 or via email: info@lutherpoint.org

Volunteer Opportunity: Persons completing the carnivore tracking workshop and wolf ecology workshop will qualify to become a WDNR Volunteer Carnivore Tracker and assist with tracking surveys.

 


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