Newport State Park Activities
Some programs are weather related, so check with the park if you have any questions. 920-854-2500
Saturday, March 23rd – 9:30 AM – Bluebird Presentation by Charlotte Lukes. Sharing the photos of Roy and Charlotte Lukes, this PowerPoint presentation by Charlotte will explain the amazing success story of the Eastern Bluebird in Wisconsin. Along with all aspects of bluebird monitoring, she will talk about BRAW (Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin, Inc.) and how you can get involved. Charlotte and her late husband Roy are naturalists, conservationists, and stewards of all that makes Door County what it is. Meet in the Visitor’s Center. Program is free, but a state park sticker is required for your vehicle.
Tuesday, April 23rd – Monarch Larval Monitoring Project Training 10:00 Interested in participating in a Citizen Science project this summer? Come to this informational meeting to learn about what is involved with monitoring a monarch test area at Newport for Monarch Lab. Meet with the park naturalist who will walk you through the process. There will be video presentations given by instructors from the University of Minnesota’s Monarch Lab. Monitoring will go on once a week from roughly June through September. You can volunteer as much or as little as you want, but training is required. There will be another opportunity for training on May 21st. Call Beth, park naturalist, if you have any questions. Meets in the Nature Center.
Wednesday, April 24th – Bluebird Monitoring 10:00. Join the park naturalist to observe and learn about monitoring bluebird nesting boxes. The Eastern Bluebird is a longtime symbol of happiness, good health and hope in North America. After years of declining numbers, hear about their amazing success story. This will be done weekly during nesting season. Meet at the Nature Center, Lot 1. (This will be weather dependent, as bluebirds may not be nesting yet.)
Friday, April 26th – Arbor Day Tree Hike – 1:00 This Arbor Day, come take a walk amongst the trees with the park naturalist. The Arbor Day Foundation was founded in 1972 in Nebraska by John Rosenow. The Foundation’s corporate mission is “to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.” We’ll walk Fern Trail, an easy 1.2 mile trail that is accessible to people with disabilities. Meet at Lot 3.
Earth Day Work Day – Saturday, April 27th – 8:30 – 12:30. Calling all volunteers! Celebrate Earth Day by lending a hand at getting the park ready for another busy season. All ages and skill levels are welcome; your willing heart and hands are all that is required. Bring work gloves, lopping shears, pruners, hand saws or whatever else you may want to bring. Lunch will be provided. Meet at the park maintenance shop.
For more information on any of the above items, please call the park during normal business hours at 920-854-2500.