Programs and Events 
Summer 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

Download a flyer of all the summer events here

July Events and Programs

August Events and Programs

        Flint and Steel Workshop        

Saturday, August 1

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Join volunteer instructor Larry Roberts, for a basic fire making class. Participants will have the opportunity to make char cloth, and other char materials that will enable us to use a rock (flint) and piece of steel to make a fire. Recommended to bring a small tin (i.e. Altoids, shoe polish). Pre-registration required. Fee: $5/person or $8/family. Space limited to 15 participants. Age 6+

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         Crex for Kids Camp        

August 3 through August 6

9:00 am to Noon

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

This wildlife day camp that will bring new adventures, as children ages 8 - 15 explore the wetlands, woods, and prairies of Crex. Pre-registration required. Class size is limited to 25 students. Recommended to bring: bug spray, closed toe shoes, water bottle.  

          WILD Women Workshop: Firearm Safety       

Saturday, August 8

9:00 am to Noon

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: Firearm Safety and Target Shooting.
Free Program, pre-registration required, space limited to 20 participants.

            Crex Nature Photography Club Meeting         

Saturday, August 8
10:00am - 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 before 8:00pm the night before the 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.

           O.W.L.S (Older, Wiser Learning Series)           

Thursdays, June 25, July 9 and August 13
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Join us for the program: “Older Wiser Learning Series.” Each month will focus on a different wildlife related theme. There will be a short presentation with a discussion to follow. Hot beverages will be provided. Dress for the weather. Adults only.

         Duck Banding       

Friday, August 14

6:30 pm

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

Help biologists and wildlife technicians capture, band, and release local ducks. Begin at the visitor center to receive information and instruction. Carpool to banding site. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Ages 8+

          Kids in Kayaks       

Saturday, August 15

10:00 am to Noon

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Introduce your family to the sport of kayaking. After a brief boat and safety orientation, we will launch our kayaks and paddle around Phantom Lake. We will teach students through a variety of games and wildlife exploration. Meet on the south side of Phantom Lake at the boat launch. Pre-registration and life jackets required. Rent a kayak for $25 or bring your own! Fee includes: kayak, paddles, and lifejacket. Space limited to 20 participants, ages 12 +.

          Landowner's Picnic       

Saturday, August 15

Noon to 3:00 pm

Rest Area Picnic Grounds

Join us for our annual Friends of Crex Land Acquisition Fund picnic lunch which is an invite-only event for people (and their guests) who have donated to the Friends of Crex Land Acquisition Fund to help the WDNR add important parcels of land within the Glacial Lakes Grantsburg property boundaries.  Please RSVP by August 12 so we can plan enough food.  If you would like more information about the Land Acqusition Fund, please see our donations page.

         Crex Hunters Camp       

Monday, August 17 to Thursday, August 20

9:00 am to Noon

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

This program covers the basics of hunting game, teaching children how to interact with nature using ageless hunting skills. Campers will be able to practice shooting archery targets, set up deer stands and blinds and participate in hunting scenario activities. Free program, pre-registration required. Class size is limited to 25 students, ages 10 – 15.  This is not a huter safety class, and does not fulfill Wisconsin's requirement for a hunter safety class.

                   Trapper Education Class           

Saturday, August 22 8:30am to 5pm

& Sunday, August 23 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. You MUST have a DNR Customer ID number prior to the start of class. A number can be acquired by calling 1-888-936-7463. For ages 10 and up.   Fee: $12/person, meals included. Pre-registration required, contact Paul Peterson at 715 – 463 – 2896

           Family Campfire Program          

Tuesdays, June 30, July 28, August 25
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center


Kick off the summer camping season and join us for an evening of fun around the campfire. The air will be filled with songs, stories, hikes, and snacks! Families are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. All ages.


June 30  Fishing Frenzy

July 28  Meat Eaters

August 25  Bear Hunt

                   Wolf Howl Survey            

Friday, August 28th
7:30 pm

Begins at Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center

Conduct a wolf howling survey! Begin at Crex Meadows Visitor Center with a brief overview of wolves at 7:30 p.m. We’ll howl in one or more special locations in Crex Meadows, listening for wolves to respond back. Space is limited to 40 participants, ages 8 and up.  Call 715-463-2739 or email to register.



Volunteer Appreciation Day and Friends of Crex Annual Meeting

Sunday, September 20th


Crex Meadows Crane Festival

Saturday, October 10th


Halloween at Crex

Friday, October 30th










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