Programs
and Events 
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

            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.

Click here to download a flyer for this program

           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. 

            Crex Nature Photography Club Meeting         

Saturday, August 9
10 - 11:30 am

In the Auditorium at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

 

Are you interested in nature photography?  Do you spend time at Crex Meadows taking photos and want to share them?  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! 

 

We generally meet on the second Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. 

 

If you want to share your photos with the group, please send them to crexphotog@gmail.com by 8pm Friday, August 8.  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.

              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 8:30am to 5pm

& Sunday, August 24 6:30am 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.

Click Here to Download a Flyer for this program

        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 concentrate on beginning D-SLR use and will help you learn more about your camera and it’s various settings.   The afternoon session will focus on creativity and how to get the most out of wildlife photography.  Each session costs $30,   or if you attend both sessions, a flat cost of $50.  There will be a maximum of 10 participants for the morning session, and 24 participants for the   afternoon session. The afternoon session includes a light catered dinner in the visitor center.
 
Session 1
· 8AM - 10:15AM Michael Prokosch  “Digital Photography Basics”: We look at the use of camera functions to control exposure, depth of field, motion and the mood of an image.  The thought process required for differing subjects and conditions will be examined. Participants must bring their camera and it’s instruction book. 
· 10:15AM - 11AM Practice Photography and Break:  Instructors will help participants individually.
· 11AM -12PM   Mariann Cyr  “10 Basic Techniques for Better Photographs”:  There are some basic thought processes every photographer should      consider with every photograph they take. Mariann will discuss these processes and show examples.
 
12PM-1PM  LUNCH BREAK BETWEEN SESSIIONS (on your own– bag lunch recommended for those staying for session 2)
 
Session 2
· 1PM - 2PM  John Pennoyer  “It’s all about Whitetails”:  No matter what your subject matter is, the more you know about your subject, the better you will photograph that subject. In this session we will be learning information on Whitetail Deer behavior, habitat, locating whitetails and tips on photographing this magnificent animal.
· 2PM - 3PM  Don Tredinick  “Lens Selection & Focusing Techniques for Landscape Photography”:  Landscape photography can be very challenging. We will discuss why simply taking a wide angle lens and setting the aperture to f/22 is not necessarily the best approach. During this session, Don will cover the effects of various focal lengths with respect to landscape photography, selecting the proper aperture, hyperfocal and other focusing techniques to manage sharpness and proper depth of field, why zooming is not always the best approach, and techniques for visualizing the  actual image.
· 3PM - 3:30PM Break
· 3:30PM - 4:30PM   Mariann Cyr  “The Essentials of Macro Photography”:  You can lose yourself in the macro world where the everyday can become extraordinary. Mariann will cover the basics including magnification ratios and equipment selection. We will look at depth of field and how to work with it in macro photography. Techniques for controlling lighting and backgrounds will also be briefly covered.
· 4:30PM - 5:30PM  John Pennoyer  “Taking the Mystery out of Backlighting":  On of the most difficult lighting situations that a photographer  encounters is backlighting. With the bright light pointing directly at the camera it has a tendency to fool the cameras meter and giving the wrong exposure for the photographer. In this session we will be discussing how to take images of sunrise, sunsets, rim lighting, silhouettes and other types of backlighting situations.
· 5:30PM - 6:30PM Catered Dinner (in the classroom)
· 6:30PM   Photography in the wildlife area with the Instructors
 
Proceeds from the seminar will be donated to the Friends of Crex Land Acquisition Fund.    This fund is used to help the Wisconsin DNR obtain key properties at Crex Meadows when these parcels become available for sale.  For more information about the Friends of Crex Land Acuqisition Fund, click here.
 

Click Here to download a PDF brochure and registration form

            Crex Nature Photography Club Meeting         

Saturday, September 13
10 - 11:30 am

In the Auditorium at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

 

Are you interested in nature photography?  Do you spend time at Crex Meadows taking photos and want to share them?  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! 

 

We generally meet on the second Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. 

 

If you want to share your photos with the group, please send them to crexphotog@gmail.com by 8pm Friday, September 12.  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.

 

            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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