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

WINTER PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

 

Snowshoe Rental

Available    M – F, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Snowshoes are available over the weekend (Friday – Monday morning) with a replacement value deposit check.

 

Rental Fee   $5.00/Individual  $10/Family

  FREE/FOC Member

 

   
 
            Photo Club          
Saturday, February 13th
10am-Noon
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 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! 
 
We 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 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.
 
 
     Snowmobile Ride    
Saturday, February 20th
10am-12:30pm
Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center
 
Join us for fun rides on some local snowmobile trails and see what the surrounding wildlife areas have to offer. We will start at the Visitor Center with safety and trail etiquette before heading out. You must supply your own snowmobile and helmet. Remember to dress warm! Snowmobile must be registered and rider must have an annual trail pass. Rider must have proof of Snowmobile Safety Certification Course. Adults only. Rides may be cancelled depending on trail conditions.
 
     Animal Detectives Snowshoe Hike     
Saturday, February 20th
3-4:30 pm
Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center
 
 Learn to read animal tracks and signs then hike to see what the animals have been doing in the wildlife area this winter. Afterwards, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. Make a track snack and craft to take home! 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.
 
     Wildlife Rehabilitation Program    
Sunday, February 21st
1-2 pm
Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center


Wildlife Rehabilitator Tammi Larson, will be presenting about the dangers wild animals face in an increasingly human-dominated landscape. Live animals, storytelling, and wildlife artifacts will be used to teach children and others to respect wildlife. 
    

    Mammal Workshop      
Saturday, March 5th
10am - 3pm
Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center
 
 WDNR Wildlife Technician, Christian Cold, will conduct a five hour workshop on mammals. Participants will receive instruction on the natural history, identification, ecology and biology of mammals in Wisconsin. Workshop will include a (hands-on) lab with a snowshoe tracking component. Bring a bag lunch. Pre-registration required. Space limited to 20 adults.
 

   O.W.L.S. Older Wiser Learning Series    
Thursday, March 10th
10-11 am
Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center
 
Join us for  the program “Older Wiser Learning Series.” There will be a short presentation followed with a discussion. There may be an outside component, make sure to dress for the weather. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided.  The March program will be about Conservation Leaders.
 
     Photo Club   
Saturday, March 12th
10am-Noon
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 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! 
 
We 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 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.
 
     Snowmobile Ride    
Saturday, March 12th
10am-12:30pm
Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center
 
Join us for fun rides on some local snowmobile trails and see what the surrounding wildlife areas have to offer. We will start at the Visitor Center with safety and trail etiquette before heading out. You must supply your own snowmobile and helmet. Remember to dress warm! Snowmobile must be registered and rider must have an annual trail pass. Rider must have proof of Snowmobile Safety Certification Course. Adults only. Rides may be cancelled depending on trail conditions.
 
     Friends of Crex Endowment Fund Benefit Dinner    
Saturday, March 12th
5-8 pm
Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

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Join us for our Annual Friends of Crex Endowment Fund Benefit Dinner.


The evening will begin with a social hour at 5pm with appetizers and beverages. Our catered dinner begins at 6pm and will include ham, meatballs, vegetarian lasagna, petite green beans and carrots, salad, fruit, garlic breadsticks and dessert.


Our guest speaker for the evening is Tom Doolittle, a Wildlife Biologist for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, stationed in Washburn, WI. Prior to his return home in November of 2013 he was the Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, and Deputy Refuge Manager/Wildlife Refuge Manager for the 21 million acre Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge based in Bethel, Alaska. In his formative professional career he was also a Biologist/Pilot for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Adjunct Professor/ River Watch Coordinator at Northland College, and started his career as the first Interpretive Naturalist at the Cable Natural History Museum. His undergraduate degree is from Northland College, and his graduate degree is from the University of Wisconsin-EauClaire.  He has a love for the north woods, family, friends, quality pointing dogs, raptors and all the things they eat.


Tom’s presentation is called “The History of Management on Moquah Barrens and the Plight of Its Sharp-tailed Grouse -Lessons Learned”.  The pine barrens of northern Wisconsin are a globally imperiled ecosystem.  Only a few percent of the  original 2.3 million acres of Wisconsin Pine barrens remain today that move through the natural ebb and flow of natural disturbances such as wildfire. The sharp-tailed grouse is an emblematic species of Wisconsin's pine barrens which has shown a marked  population decline. A landscape scale habitat restoration effort benefiting sharp-tailed grouse and its surrogate species  has been initiated throughout northwest Wisconsin. At the northern extent of this landscape is Moquah Barrens, a natural gem on the Bayfield peninsula that hosts a fragile population of sharp-tailed grouse. The history of management on Moquah Barrens and its sharp-tailed grouse will be the primary theme of Tom's presentation.


The cost of the meal is $50 per person.  There is a limit of 70 people for this event, and reservations must be made by Monday, February 29th in order to give the caterer an exact count of attendees.


All proceeds from the Endowment Fund Benefit Dinner are placed into the Friends of Crex Endowment Fund, which provides a perpetual source of income to ensure that we continue to achieve our mission of supporting wildlife education and management programs at Crex Meadows for many years to come.  By attending this dinner and donating to the Endowment Fund, YOU are helping to ensure the future of wildlife at Crex Meadows.

 

  Contact Kim Wheeler at 715-463-2739 or information@crexmeadows.org for more information.

 

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    Winter Outdoor Skills Camp    
Monday-Thursday, March 21-24
9am - Noon
Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center
 
Day camp offers a unique opportunity to learn science and conservation through hands-on  outdoor experiences through snowshoeing, winter camping, tracking and challenge courses. Recommended for youth ages  8 – 15, parents welcome. Pre-registration required, class  size is limited to 20 students.
 
SPRING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS


     Photo Club    
Saturday, April 9th
10am-Noon
Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center
 
Our Guest Speaker this month will be Jim Williams
 
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! 
 
We 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 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.

 

  Annual Midwest Crane Count 

Saturday, April 16th
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 dlarsen@hazelden.org or by calling 715-483-9603. 

 

A training session for first-time and returning crane counters will be held on Friday night, April 15th at 7pm at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center.  We have 2 bunkhouses across from the visitor centerthat will be available for counters to use if they need a place to sleep Friday night.

 

        Annual Crex Clean-Up Day     

Saturday, April 16th
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 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.    

        DNR Hunter Education Course     

Monday-Friday, April 25-29 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Field Day Saturday, April 30 9:00 - 11:00 am

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must have completed a hunter education course and show the certificate to purchase any hunting license in Wisconsin. 

The hunter education course instills in students the knowledge and skill to be a responsible and safe hunter. The basic course consists of 10 lessons during a minimum of 10 hours. Students learn how hunting accidents are caused and how they can be prevented. Hunter responsibility and safety are stressed throughout the classes, which consist of lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, practical exercises and individual study and activity assignments. Hunter education course manual [PDF]

To sign up, contact Kristi Pupak at 715-463-2739.  Class size limited to 30 students.  Cost of the course is $10.00.

Additional classes are normally held during the summer (as part of Grantbsurg School's summer school program), and again in the fall at Crex Meadows, although nothing has been scheduled at this time.  Classes are also available elsewhere in the state and online.  Click here to go to the WI-DNR website to search for other classes.

 

 


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