Programs
and Events 
Fall 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

            Sunset With The Sandhills Tour      

Saturdays, October 11th, 18th and 25th

5pm to Sunset

Meet at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Meet at the Center then car-pool through the wildlife area to watch the Sandhill Cranes fly in from their day-time feeding grounds to their nighty roasting grounds. Pre-registration required. Fee: $5/person. Space limited to 30 people. First 10 people may reserve space in the van.   Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Mess Hall Fund. 

            Little Wildlifers         

Wednesdays, September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 17th

1-2pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Join the wildlife educator for a stories, songs, crafts, and activities chosen especially for children pre-K through Kindergarten and their parents. A different animal will be featured each month.

        Pumpkin Carving        

Wednesday, October 29th

6-8pm

in the Classroom at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Get in the spooky spirit with a hands-on carving night for kids and adults alike.  In preparation for the Crex Halloween Happenings event, we plan to carve 100 pumpkins!  Bring your carving tools if you have some.  Can't make it?  Pick up a load of pumpkins and return them as Jack O'lanterns before Saturday, November 1st.  Youth Groups are encouraged to attend.

      Crex Halloween Happenings      

Saturday, November 1st

5-8pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

A Fun Filled Family Evening!  Hike the glowing trail behind the visitor center lit up by Jack O'lanterns.  Learn about creepy-crawly animals found at Crex Meadows, make fall crafts and enjoy seasonal treats.  Wear your costume!  Fun for all ages! 

      Owl Prowl      

Friday, November 7th

6-7:30pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Meet WDNR Wildlife Biologist, Chris Cold to learn about these majestic predators of the night skies. Live owls will be shown! 

            Crex Nature Photography Club Meeting         

Saturday, November 8th
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.

     5th Annual Land Acqusition Fund Benefit Dinner     

Saturday, November 8th

6pm  to 9pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

The Friends of Crex invites you to the 5th annual Land Acqusition Fund Benefit Dinner.

Join us for the cocktail hour at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm.  Dinner will include homemade bread, a hearty vegetable soup, grilled pork loin, roasted root vegetables, and, of course, pie. 

Our speaker for the evening is Wisconsin DNR Furbearer Specialist John Olson, who will speak about his recent trip to Siberia, Russia as a United States representative to the annual Joint Management Committee (with the European Union, Russia, Canada and the US) meeting in October, 2013.  As an “invited observer” the United States delegation is comprised of personnel from state, federal, tribal and national organizations that represent interests of constituents concerned about sustained furbearer management, subsistence needs, and humane trap use.  Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Trapping is the U.S. program that highlights the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and has become the largest research effort ever undertaken in the name of conservation in our nations’ history.  Travel to Yakutsk, Siberia, to learn about the local culture, events that led to a surprise announcement, and the worldwide impacts of this announcement.   

John Olson has been with the Wisconsin DNR for over 40 years, working exciting programs involving bald eagles, common loons, ospreys, forest habitat and black bears. He is stationed at Ashland and has served at various duty stations across northern Wisconsin as a Forest Habitat Coordinator, Wildlife Biologist, area wildlife supervisor, wildlife tribal liaison, wildlife county forest liaison, and Furbearer Ecologist.   Beginning in the early 1990’s furbearer management, trapper education and humane trap research became a big part of his work in Wisconsin, across the U.S. , and even in other countries.  This presentation relates to much of this work.  John is a self-described “gather” of everything from gardens to grouse, wild rice to elk, muskrats to maple syrup, pulpwood to cabin logs - if it grows out there and is sustainable – he’ll collect it.  If it’s edible, he’ll stuff it into a quart jar and “can” it!    We promise you an informative and entertaining evening!

Tickets for this dinner are $50 per person.  There is a limit of 70 seats.
The registration deadline is November 2nd, but this is a popular event, so get your reservation in early!

 Click here to download a pdf of the intivation and reservation/donation form.

To learn more about our Land Acqusition Fund, go to this page

            Little Wildlifers       

Wednesdays, September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 17th

1-2pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Join the wildlife educator for a stories, songs, crafts, and activities chosen especially for children pre-K through Kindergarten and their parents. A different animal will be featured each month.

  Carnivore Tracking Workshop  

 

Saturday, December 6th

9am to 3pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

 

Learn tracking skills, identification and gait interpretation. Training begins in the visitor center followed by outdoor field training. Persons completing the carnivore tracking workshop and wolf ecology workshop (see below) will qualify to become a DNR Volunteer Carnivore Tracker and assist with tracking surveys. Lunch and materials are provided by a WDNR Citizen Science Monitoring grant. Be sure to dress for winter weather for afternoon tracking session. Field work involves walking through snow. Pre-registration required. Limited to 50 participants.

 

  Wolf Ecology Workshop  

 

Sunday, December 7th

9am to 3pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

 

Enjoy shared learning with other wolf enthisasts and wolf experts.  Learn about wolf history, biology and monitoring techniques. Persons completing the carnivore tracking workshop (on Saturday) and wolf ecology workshop will qualify to become a DNR Volunteer Carnivore Tracker and assist with tracking surveys. Lunch and materials are provided by a WDNR Citizen Science Monitoring grant. Be sure to dress for winter weather. Pre-registration required. Space is limited to 50 participants.

            Crex Nature Photography Club Meeting         

Saturday, December 13th
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.

            Little Wildlifers       

Wednesdays, September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 17th

1-2pm

Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor Center

Join the wildlife educator for a stories, songs, crafts, and activities chosen especially for children pre-K through Kindergarten and their parents. A different animal will be featured each month.

 


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