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

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE PDF FLYER OF SPRING EVENTS

 

UPCOMING SPRING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

 

      Star Party with Mike Lynch     

Friday, April 29

8:15 pm - 11:00 pm

Reigel Ridge parking lot, Crex Meadows Wildlife Area

 

Join Mike Lynch and his arsenal of huge scopes and state-of-the art computer equipment at Riegel Ridge for an exciting evening of stargazing at Crex Meadows.  Meet at Riegel Ridge on West Refuge Road just south of North Regufe Road - maps are available at the visitor center) and the stars up close while you listen to the night-time sounds of spring at Crex Meadows. 

 

There are expenses involved with bringing this equipment here, so we need to charge a fee of $15 per person, or $25 for a family (up to four people).


Mike Lynch is a meteorologist at WCCO Radio and has hosting star watch parties and teaching astronomy classes for over 40 years. He also writes a weekly stargazing column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and is the author of the book; “Mike Lynch’s Minnesota Star Watch!  

        Wildlife Painting Class     

Saturday, April 30 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

Learn painting techniques from wildlife artist, Jim Springett, during this one-day workshop.  Participants will sketch, underpaint, paint and lightly varnish a 9"X12" stretched canvas of a Drake Canvasaback duck.  Materials and lunch provided, paints and brushes will be sent home with each participant.  Pre-registration required, limit of 10 participants.  Cost: $40 for Friends of Crex Members, $45 for non-members. Proceeds are donated to the Mess Hall Fund at the request of the presenter.

        Outdoor Skills Cordage Workshop      

Friday, May 6th
4:00 - 5:00pm

Ever wonder what our ancestors used to tie their shoes?  Join primitave skills instructor Larry Roberts for a class making natural cordage. We will learn what types of materials to use, how to make the most of the natural material, and how best to splice for making long lengths for fishing line and lashing.  All materials supplied, limit of 20 participants.  Cost $5 per person.  Ages 6+

        Bird Tours     

Saturdays, April 23, 30 and May 7

8:00 am - 10:00 am

start at Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

Join expert birders as they explore the wetlands and prairies for spring migrant and returning resident birds. Carpool from the visitor center. Pre-registration required. First 10 people may reserve space in the van. Space limited to 20 people.

       Wild Edibles Luncheon     

Saturday, May 7th
10:00am - 12:30pm

Learn tips to safely and sustainably harvest wild edibles right in your own backyard with National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger Joan Jacobowski. Then, take a short hike and see what tasty treats we can find!  Return to the visitor center and prepare a paleo mini-feast!  Adults only please.  No cost.

        Crex Meadows Bird Fest     

Saturday, May 21st
8:00am - 8:00pm

This festival is an pportunity for bird enthusiasts of all levels to celebrate birds while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow birders at one of the largest state-owned wildlife areas in Wisconsin.  Join birding experts on field trips to local birding hot spots, attend presentations with live birds, songbird banding, kids crafts and an area-wide bird count. 

Click here for a flyer with all the program details.

        Speaker Series:  Snake Discovery     

Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day)
10:00 - 11:30 am

Bring the family and learn what makes these scaly animals so unique with Emily Roberts from Snake Discovery LLC.  You will get to meet several of Wisconsin's native reptiles up close while touching, holding and even feeding some of the snakes.  Snacks and beverages provided.

        Moth Capture Field Study     

Friday, June 3rd
9:30 pm to ???

Join Friend of Crex member and volunteer Rich Peet as he captures moths for study.  Meet at Dike 6 parking lot off County Road F just north of Main Dike Road.  Bring bug spray, a comfy chair and a camera.  Rain date will be Saturday June 4th.

       Wildflower Walk      

Saturday, June 11
10:00 - Noon

Venture into Fish Lake Wildlife Area with FOC volunteer, Dr. Alan Roelfs, a wildflower enthusiast and plant expert.  Search for wild lupine and Karner Blue Butterflies, as well as the other wildflowers in bloom in early June.  Meet at the visitor center and carpool to the property. 

SUMMER PROGRAMS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON

 


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