Activities / Events

Newport State Park Activities

Most  activities listed here are free.  If not, the cost will be shown in the listing. A vehicle admission sticker is required for any motorized vehicle entering a Wisconsin State Park. For more information, click on this link: Admission Fees to Wisconsin State Parks 
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Some programs are weather related, so check with the park if you have any questions. 920-854-2500

Friday, July 20th – Monarch Monitoring Project – 1:00. This citizen science project will be conducted weekly at the park. We will be checking milkweed for all stages of monarch development from eggs to chrysalis. No experience necessary. There will be brief instruction beforehand. Meet at the Nature Center.

Friday, July 20th – Wisconsin Bat Monitoring State Wide Bat Count – 8:00 – 9:00 pm Help our state bats by participating in this Citizen Science program. Our hibernating bats are in great danger of being wiped out because of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a white, powdery fungus on the muzzle of infected bats that causes die offs of multiple species of bats in infected hibernation sites. This state wide survey is an important tool to help monitor the number of bats that have been affected by WNS. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to help. We will meet at the Nature Center, Lot 1, for brief instruction. Rain date: July 21st, same time.

Saturday, July 21st– Meet the Monarchs! – 2:00-3:00 Join the park naturalist as she explains all about monarchs amazing life cycle. See the active nursery and help release any monarchs that may be ready to go. In the Nature Center.

Thursday, July 26th– “Our Night Sky” Lecture Series, – 7:00 pm Observing the Moon and the Sun.  This DVD presentation is part of “The Great Courses” series. The 30 minute DVD lecture is given by Edward M. Murphy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Astronomy at the University of Virginia. Stay the evening to do some moon gazing! Meet at the Nature Center.

 Thursday, July 26th – Full Moon at the Dark Sky Park 8:00 pm– Come check out the moon at Newport, Wisconsin’s only International Dark Sky Park. If conditions allow, we will have a telescope and binoculars to share. You can also bring your own. You may also want to bring a flashlight or head lamp with a red lens and chairs or blankets, as seating is limited. We will meet near the beach area, about 500 feet from parking lot 3. Program will be cancelled in event of rain or poor viewing conditions.

Friday, July 27th – Monarch Monitoring Project – 10:00. This citizen science project will be conducted weekly at the park. We will be checking milkweed for all stages of monarch development from eggs to chrysalis. No experience necessary. There will be brief instruction beforehand. Meet at the Nature Center.

Saturday, July 28th– Meet the Monarchs! – 1:00-2:00 Join the park naturalist as she explains all about monarchs amazing life cycle. See the active nursey and help release any monarchs that may be ready to go. In the Nature Center.

August

Friday, August 3rd – Monarch Monitoring Project – 10:00. This citizen science project will be conducted weekly at the park. We will be checking milkweed for all stages of monarch development from eggs to chrysalis. No experience necessary. There will be brief instruction beforehand. Be sure to visit the Monarch nursery in the Nature Center. Meet at the Nature Center.

Saturday, August 4th – Monarch Watch – 10:00 Monarch populations have severely declined over the past few years. We’ll look for monarchs in their beginning stages, from eggs to larvae (caterpillars), and collect them so they can be protected through their metamorphosis and released. Come see our active monarch nursery. Meet at the Nature Center.

Friday, August 10thCampfire Cooking Demo – 1:00 Learn about campfire cooking tips, tricks, tools and methods for an enjoyable camping experience. This demonstration will be held at the fire ring by the shelter building just past the picnic area. After the demonstration, there will be a chance to make S’Mores, parking lot 3.

Friday, August 10 – Wednesday, August 14th – Special Event – “5 Nights under Dark Skies” Amateur astronomers and public alike are invited to join members of the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) and park staff to spend some time under the darkest skies in Wisconsin. Here’s your chance to view planets, nebulae and globular clusters through a variety of telescopes.  Viewing area is by Lot 3. Follow path to shelter building. (If overcast evening skies, I/E presentations and/or astronomy videos will be presented).

Sunday, August 12th – Special Program: Universe in the Park and Perseid Meteor Shower 8:30 pm Join guest astronomers from UW-Madison for a PowerPoint presentation and a chance to view the night skies through a high powered telescope.  Newport State Park in Ellison Bay is the best place to view this spectacular meteor shower as it is Wisconsin’s only designated International Dark Sky Park. Seating is limited, so bring a lawn chair or blanket, flash lights or headlamps with a red lens (protects night vision). Meet at Lot 3, follow path to shelter building.

Friday, August 10th – Monarch Monitoring Project – 10:00. This citizen science project will be conducted weekly at the park. We will be checking milkweed for all stages of monarch development from eggs to chrysalis. No experience necessary. There will be brief instruction beforehand. Be sure to visit the Monarch nursery in the Nature Center. Meet at the Nature Center.

Friday, August 17th – Monarch Monitoring Project – 10:00. This citizen science project will be conducted weekly at the park. We will be checking milkweed for all stages of monarch development from eggs to chrysalis. No experience necessary. There will be brief instruction beforehand. Be sure to visit the Monarch nursery in the Nature Center. Meet at the Nature Center.

Friday, August 24th – Monarch Monitoring Project – 10:00. This citizen science project will be conducted weekly at the park. We will be checking milkweed for all stages of monarch development from eggs to chrysalis. No experience necessary. There will be brief instruction beforehand. Be sure to visit the Monarch nursery in the Nature Center. Meet at the Nature Center.

Saturday, August 25thMushroom Hike with Charlotte Lukes 9:30-11:30 Join Door County’s mushroom expert as she leads us through the fascinating world of fungi. Charlotte has been studying wild mushrooms for over 40 years and she loves to share her knowledge through classes and programs throughout Door County. Meet in the Nature Center.

Friday, August 31st – Open Door Bird Sanctuary Raptor Program 1:00. Door County’s only bird sanctuary will be on hand to share information as well as raptors will be discussed, specifically hawks, falcons & owls. This is an awesome opportunity to meet some of Open Door’s resident birds. Meet at the Nature Center.

Friday, August 31st – Outdoor Movie Night at the Park featuring, “The Emissary” 7:00 pm Join us for a star filled night! We’ll start by watching “The Emissary”, a local sci-fi thriller romantic comedy filmed throughout Door County and Newport State Park. If skies allow, we will head out after the movie to view the night sky in Wisconsin’s only dark sky park. Meet Tim and Holly Erskine, the folks who made the movie! There are some picnic tables to sit at, but feel free to bring lawn chairs. This will be held at the shelter building, a short walk down the blacktop path from Lot 3. Flashlights or headlamps with a red light or filter are recommended to help find your way.

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For more information on any of the above items, please call the park during normal business hours at 920-854-2500.