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, October 5th – “My Favorite Universe” DVD Lecture Series 1:00 What forces molded the universe? Are those forces still at work, removing, changing, or adding heavenly bodies even as we gaze upward? In this lecture series, Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who directs the nation’s most famous planetarium, makes that understanding available to anyone. My Favorite Universe is a spirited and intellectually engaging journey through the cosmos and its history. This first lecture is offered through The Great Courses DVD series. Meets in the Nature Center.

Saturday, October 6th – Mushroom Hike with Charlotte Lukes 9:30 am Door County’s mushroom expert will lead 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; hike to follow.

Sunday, October 7th – Trees of Door County 11:30 Horticulture expert and arborist Tom Wolfe will share his knowledge about trees and shrubs of Door County. There will be plenty to learn and look at. Meets in the Nature Center, Lot 1.

Sunday, October 7th – Mushrooms of Door County by Charlotte Lukes 1:30 This new PowerPoint presentation from Door County’s mushroom expert will lead 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. Meets in the Nature Center.

Friday, October 12th – “My Favorite Universe” DVD Lecture Series 3:00 What forces molded the universe? Are those forces still at work, removing, changing, or adding heavenly bodies even as we gaze upward? In this lecture series, Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who directs the nation’s most famous planetarium, makes that understanding available to anyone. My Favorite Universe is a spirited and intellectually engaging journey through the cosmos and its history. This first lecture is offered through The Great Courses DVD series. Meets in the Nature Center.

Friday, October 12th – Universe in the Park 6:00 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 is one of the best places to view the night sky as it is Wisconsin’s only designated international dark sky park.  Be sure to 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. In case of bad weather, this will be held in the Nature Center, Lot 1.

Saturday, October 13th – “Glaciers, Fossiles and Rocks, Oh My!!” 1:00 – 3:00  Wisconsin Science Festival – Curiosity Unleashed See the rocks below your feet in beautiful, geologically-rich Door County. Get to know your state fossil and speak with UW-Madison geoscientists about what it means to study geology. Come celebrate the Wisconsin Science Festival at Newport State Park and learn about the geologic history of Wisconsin that you see and interact with every day! Visit us to learn more about our Wonderful Wisconsin. 1:00 – 3:00 in the Nature Center.  Events statewide at WiSciFest.org

Friday, October 19th – “My Favorite Universe” DVD Lecture Series 1:00 What forces molded the universe? Are those forces still at work, removing, changing, or adding heavenly bodies even as we gaze upward? In this lecture series, Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who directs the nation’s most famous planetarium, makes that understanding available to anyone. My Favorite Universe is a spirited and intellectually engaging journey through the cosmos and its history. This first lecture is offered through The Great Courses DVD series. Meets in the Nature Center.

Saturday, October 20th – Walk on the Wild Side Fall Hike 11:00 Join the park naturalist and take to the woods in search of fall wildflowers, mushrooms, wild edibles, or anything else we can find. Meet at Lot 4, Sugarbush Trail.

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February 2019

Saturday, February 9, 2019 – 29th Annual Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe Event 5:30 pm For this traditional event in its 29th year, the trail will come alive with candlelight guiding the skiers, hikers and showshoers into a magical winter wonderland. There will be over 300 candles to guide you down a 1.2 mile wooded trail section. The terrain of the trail is flat, suited for novices as well as more experienced participants. You may want to bring a small flashlight or headlamp for before and after your trail adventure. The event will start at Parking Lot 3 and be open from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm. At the end of the lit trail at the picnic shelter, there will be an outdoor fire, plus fireplace fire and refreshments inside. Grills will be available if you want to bring your picnic supper fixings or just want to roast marshmallows or s’mores. The event is free, but a Wisconsin State Park vehicle sticker is required.

For more information or current conditions, contact Newport State Park at 920-854-2500.  If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please call the park office prior to the event.

The candlelight ski/hike/snowshoe event will be held with or without adequate skiing snow. Only extreme cold temperatures or unsafe trail conditions will cancel the event.

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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.