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

The Trails of Newport – Challenge Hikes   We’re taking to the trails, and not going to stop until we do them all! Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. We’ll log hours and miles for 13 weeks. When we are done, we’ll have hiked every trail in Newport State Park, enjoying all it has to offer.Hikes will take place every Thursday at 9:00, starting May 23rd. We’ll start with the shortest trail loop (1.2 mi.) and end with the longest trail loop (7 mi.) on Aug. 22nd. On the last day, we’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together.

Need more information? Call Beth at 920-854-2500     Hikes will go on as scheduled, except for extreme weather conditions. A WI state park sticker is required for your vehicle.

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Saturday, May 25th – Survival Series; Primitive Fire Making Workshop 1:00 Learn the skills of our ancestors.  Try your hand at the many and exciting ways to start a fire!  Join park naturalist along with fire investigator, teacher and campfire expert Ken Foszcz as he shares his wealth of knowledge and techniques. A “retired” fire chief, Ken has been involved in ski patrol, mountain search and rescue and is a Fire Science instructor at a technical college. This interactive workshop will include use of bow drill, flint and steel and magnifying glass to start a camp fire.  Meet at the shelter building, parking lot 3.

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Saturday, June 1st – Hike with the Naturalist – 1:00. Take advantage of WI State Parks Free Fun weekend with this naturalist led hike. We’ll explore Newport, Wisconsin’s first designated Wilderness Park and only International Dark Sky Park. Admission is free all weekend at all WI State Parks. Meet at Lot 3.

Saturday, June 1st – Stargazing at the Dark Sky Park – 9:30pm Join us at Wisconsin’s only designated dark sky park for a night of star gazing. There will be a telescope and other equipment set up with some of Door County’s best amateur astronomers on hand to point out some highlights of the night sky. All are welcome to bring their own telescopes, binoculars, chairs and blankets. Flashlights or headlamps with red lens cover is recommended. It is always a good idea to come during day time hours to familiarize yourself with the area first. This program will be cancelled if viewing conditions are poor. Park at Lot 3 and follow the marked path.

Sunday, June 2nd – Wisconsin Bat Monitoring State Wide Bat Count – 8:00 – 9:30 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.

Wednesday, June 5th – 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.

Thursday, June 6th – OutWiGo! The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes – 9:00 As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Challenge Hikes are getting us out on the trails, and we’re not going to stop until we do them all! Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. We’ll log hours and miles every week. When we are done, we’ll have hiked every trail in Newport State Park, enjoying all it has to offer. We started with the shortest trail loop (1.2 mi.) and will end with the longest trail loop (7 mi.) on Aug. 22nd. On the last day, we’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together. This week’s hike will be Monarch Trail, a 2 mile loop. All are welcome to participate. Meet at Lot 1.

Saturday, June 8th – Forest Hike with the Naturalist – 10:00. Hiking the Sugarbush Trail, we’ll look at the rich history of the old town of Newport, geological features, flora and fauna of the area. Meet a Lot 4 at the end of Newport Lane.

Wednesday, June 12th – 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.

Thursday, June 13th – OutWiGo! The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes – 9:00 As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Challenge Hikes are getting us out on the trails, and we’re not going to stop until we do them all! Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. We’ll log hours and miles every week. When we are done, we’ll have hiked every trail in Newport State Park, enjoying all it has to offer. We started with the shortest trail loop (1.2 mi.) and will end with the longest trail loop (7 mi.) on Aug. 22nd. On the last day, we’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together. This week’s hike will be Upland Trail, a 2 mile loop. All are welcome to participate. Meet at Lot 1.

Wednesday, June 19th – 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.

Thursday, June 20th – OutWiGo! The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes – 9:00 As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Challenge Hikes are getting us out on the trails, and we’re not going to stop until we do them all! Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. We’ll log hours and miles every week. When we are done, we’ll have hiked every trail in Newport State Park, enjoying all it has to offer. We started with the shortest trail loop (1.2 mi.) and will end with the longest trail loop (7 mi.) on Aug. 22nd. On the last day, we’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together. This week’s hike will be Sand Cove/Duck Bay Trail, a 2 mile loop. All are welcome to participate. Meet at Lot 3.

Friday, June 21st – Geology Hike: Ancient Beach Ridges 9:00. Join geologist Jack Travis as we explore many of the ancient shorelines and beaches within Newport. We’ll start by heading down Ridge Trail and see an old shoreline and end up at one of the many gravel pits (ancient lakes) in the area. Meet at Lot 2.

Wednesday, June 26th – 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.

Thursday, June27th – OutWiGo! The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes – 9: As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Challenge Hikes are getting us out on the trails, and we’re not going to stop until we do them all! Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. We’ll log hours and miles every week. When we are done, we’ll have hiked every trail in Newport State Park, enjoying all it has to offer. We started with the shortest trail loop (1.2 mi.) and will end with the longest trail loop (7 mi.) on Aug. 22nd. On the last day, we’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together. This week’s hike will be Lynd Point Trail, a 2.5 mile loop. All are welcome to participate. Meet at Lot 3.

Saturday, June 29th – Stargazing at the Dark Sky Park – 9:30pm Join us at Wisconsin’s only designated dark sky park for a night of star gazing. There will be a telescope and other equipment set up with some of Door County’s best amateur astronomers on hand to point out some highlights of the night sky. All are welcome to bring their own telescopes, binoculars, chairs and blankets. Flashlights or headlamps with red lens cover is recommended. It is always a good idea to come during day time hours to familiarize yourself with the area first. This program will be cancelled if viewing conditions are poor. Park at Lot 3 and follow the marked path.

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Wednesday, July 3rd – 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.

Friday, July 5th – Trees and Shrubs of Door County – 11:00 Join arborist and horticulturist Tom Wolfe as he shares his vast knowledge about trees and shrubs. There will plenty of time for questions. Weather permitting, we will spend some time in the woods. Meet in the Nature Center, parking lot 1.

Friday, July 6th – Universe in the Park 8:00 pm Join guest astronomers from UW-Madison for a presentation on astronomy. We’ll start with a PowerPoint presentation at the shelter building then look to the heavens through a high powered telescope and experience stars, planets and galaxies. You won’t want to miss this chance to enjoy the skies at Wisconsin’s first International Dark Sky Park. Seating is limited, so bring a blanket or chairs. Flashlights or headlamps with red lenses, binoculars and bug spray are recommended also. Meet at the shelter building; this is about a 600 ft. walk from Lot 3.

Wednesday, July 10th – 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.

Thursday, July 11th – OutWiGo! The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes – 9:00 As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Challenge Hikes are getting us out on the trails, and we’re not going to stop until we do them all! Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. We’ll log hours and miles every week. When we are done, we’ll have hiked every trail in Newport State Park, enjoying all it has to offer. We started with the shortest trail loop (1.2 mi.) and will end with the longest trail loop (7 mi.) on Aug. 22nd. On the last day, we’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together. This week’s hike will be Newport/Ridge Trail, a 3 mile loop. All are welcome. Meet at Lot 3.

Saturday, July 13th – Moon Viewing Night – 9:00 pm We’ll be out with telescopes and binoculars to check out the details of the moon, Earth’s only permanent satellite. If conditions are right, this will be a good night to also view Saturn. Bring a blanket or chairs. Flashlights or headlamps with red lenses, binoculars and bug spray are recommended also. This program will be cancelled if viewing conditions are poor Meet at the viewing area; this is about a 600 ft. walk from Lot 3.

Wednesday, July 17th – 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.

Thursday, July 18th – OutWiGo! The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes – 9:00 As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Challenge Hikes are getting us out on the trails, and we’re not going to stop until we do them all! Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. We’ll log hours and miles every week. When we are done, we’ll have hiked every trail in Newport State Park, enjoying all it has to offer. We started with the shortest trail loop (1.2 mi.) and will end with the longest trail loop (7 mi.) on Aug. 22nd. On the last day, we’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together. This week’s hike will be Hotz/Europe Bay Trail, a 3 mile loop. All are welcome. Meet at the end of Europe Bay Road.

Saturday, July 20thHerb Hike – 10:00 Dave LaLuzerne was born with a green spark in his heart. (Interestingly, his last name is the French word for alfalfa.) Nurtured through pharmacy school and many years as an herbal pharmacist in his own herb shop, he now finds his passion is educating people about the numerous and wondrous ways to use herbs for our health and well-being. Door County has a wealth of herbs that can be beneficial to your health and well-being. This walk will explore the herbs in our local environment. Learn how the plants that flourish in this climate can help you flourish as well. Meet at the Nature Center, Lot 1.

Saturday, July 20th   (rain date, July 21st) – Wisconsin Bat Monitoring State Wide Bat Count – 8:00 – 9:30 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.

Wednesday, July 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.

Thursday, July 25th – OutWiGo! The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes – 9:00 As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Challenge Hikes are getting us out on the trails, and we’re not going to stop until we do them all! Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. We’ll log hours and miles every week. When we are done, we’ll have hiked every trail in Newport State Park, enjoying all it has to offer. We started with the shortest trail loop (1.2 mi.) and will end with the longest trail loop (7 mi.) on Aug. 22nd. On the last day, we’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together.  This week’s hike will be Europe Bay Trail (to road and back), a 3.75 mile loop. All are welcome. Meet at Lot 3.

Saturday, July 27th – Stargazing at the Dark Sky Park – 9:30pm Join us at Wisconsin’s only designated dark sky park for a night of star gazing. There will be a telescope and other equipment set up with some of Door County’s best amateur astronomers on hand to point out some highlights of the night sky. All are welcome to bring their own telescopes, binoculars, chairs and blankets. Flashlights or headlamps with red lens cover is recommended. It is always a good idea to come during day time hours to familiarize yourself with the area first. This program will be cancelled if viewing conditions are poor. Park at Lot 3 and follow the marked path.

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Thursday, August 1st –- OutWiGo! The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes – 9:00 As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Challenge Hikes are getting us out on the trails, and we’re not going to stop until we do them all! Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. We’ll log hours and miles every week. When we are done, we’ll have hiked every trail in Newport State Park, enjoying all it has to offer. We started with the shortest trail loop (1.2 mi.) and will end with the longest trail loop (7 mi.) on Aug. 22nd. On the last day, we’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together. This week’s hike will be Newport (west)/Ridge Trail, a 4 mile loop. All are welcome. Meet at Lot 3.

Saturday, August 3rd – Meet the Monarchs! – 1:00 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, August 8th –- OutWiGo! The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes – 9:00 As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Challenge Hikes are getting us out on the trails, and we’re not going to stop until we do them all! Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. We’ll log hours and miles every week. When we are done, we’ll have hiked every trail in Newport State Park, enjoying all it has to offer. We started with the shortest trail loop (1.2 mi.) and will end with the longest trail loop (7 mi.) on Aug. 22nd. On the last day, we’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together. This week’s hike will be Rowleys Bay Trail, a 4 mile loop. All are welcome. Meet at Lot 1.

Saturday, August 10thHerb Hike – 10:00 Dave LaLuzerne was born with a green spark in his heart. (Interestingly, his last name is the French word for alfalfa.) Nurtured through pharmacy school and many years as an herbal pharmacist in his own herb shop, he now finds his passion is educating people about the numerous and wondrous ways to use herbs for our health and well-being. Door County has a wealth of herbs that can be beneficial to your health and well-being. This walk will explore the herbs in our local environment. Learn how the plants that flourish in this climate can help you flourish as well. Meet at the Nature Center, Lot 1.

Monday, 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.

Thursday, August 15th – OutWiGo! The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes – 9:00 As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Challenge Hikes are getting us out on the trails, and we’re not going to stop until we do them all! Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. We’ll log hours and miles every week. When we are done, we’ll have hiked every trail in Newport State Park, enjoying all it has to offer. We started with the shortest trail loop (1.2 mi.) and will end with the longest trail loop (7 mi.) on Aug. 22nd. On the last day, we’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together. This week’s hike will be Newport Trail, a 4.5 mile loop. All are welcome. Meet at Lot 3.

Thursday, August 22nd – OutWiGo! The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes – 9:00 As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Challenge Hikes are getting us out on the trails, and we’re not going to stop until we do them all! Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. We logged hours and miles every week. When we are done, we’ll have hiked every trail in Newport State Park, enjoying all it has to offer. We started with the shortest trail loop (1.2 mi.) and will end with the longest trail loop (7 mi.) TODAY! We’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together after the hike. This week’s hike will be Europe Bay Trail, a 7 mile loop. All are welcome. Meet at the end Lot 3.

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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.