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.

Check out the article on Europe Bay Trail recently published in the Peninsula Pulse

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Saturday, July 27th The 34th annual meeting of the Newport Wilderness Society will be held at 9:30 AM at the Lot 3 shelter of Newport State Park in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. All members and guests of the Society are welcome to attend. Coffee and pastries will again be available this year. No registration is needed. A brief business meeting will be held followed by a presentation by Newport Naturalist Beth Bartoli.

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. Rain date: July 28th. 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 am 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 log hours and miles every week. Trails get longer as the season progresses. On the last day (Aug. 22nd), we’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together. This week’s hike (#10) 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 pm 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 am 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 log hours and miles every week. Trails get longer as the season progresses. On the last day (Aug. 22nd), we’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together. This week’s hike (#11) will be Rowleys Bay Trail, a 4 mile loop. All are welcome. Meet at Lot 1.

Saturday, August 10thHerb Hike – 10:00 am 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 13th – Moon Hike-9:00 pm Join the park naturalist on this night hike. We’ll let our eyes adjust to the moonlight and hike the 2 mile Monarch Trail, watching and listening for the sights and sounds of the night. If needed, bring a flashlight or head lamp with a red lens. Meet at Lot 1.

Wednesday, August 14th – Meet the Monarchs! – 1:00 pm 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 15th – OutWiGo! The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes – 9:00 am 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 log hours and miles every week. Trails get longer as the season progresses. On the last day (Aug. 22nd), we’ll tally our miles and enjoy a pot luck picnic together. This week’s hike (#12) will be the Newport Trail, a 5 mile loop. All are welcome. Meet at Lot 3.

Friday, August 16th – Full Moon Campfire 9:00 pm – Gather around the campfire with the park naturalist for an evening of comradery, stories, park history and S’Mores. Bring a chair, as seating is limited. Meet at the fire ring by the shelter building. Parking Lot 3.

Wednesday, August 21st – Monarch Madness – 10:00 am Join the park naturalist and visit the monarch nursery, seeing them at their various stages of growth. You will learn about their amazing life cycle and help release any monarchs that may be ready to go. Meets in the Nature Center.

Thursday, August 22nd – OutWiGo! The Trails of Newport Challenge Hikes – 9:00 am As part of the OutWiGo statewide initiative to get outside with healthy activities, Challenge Hikes have gotten us out on the trails for the past 13 weeks. Join the park naturalist on this weekly hike. This is the final hike of the challenge, so we’ll be tallying our miles and enjoying a pot luck picnic together. Bring a dish or dessert to pass. This week’s hike (#13 and final hike) will be Europe Bay Trail, a 7 mile loop. All are welcome. Meet at Lot 3.

Friday, August 23rd – What’s All the Buzz about Bees? 10:00 am Join Bill Meyer from the Door County Beekeepers Club as he explains all about bee keeping. Some topics covered will be bee physiology, the various jobs within the hive, bee diseases, problems with pesticides and herbicides and the importance of honeybees as pollinators. He will bring an observation hive for a good look at what goes on in a hive. Meet at the picnic area, Lot 3. If raining, we’ll meet at the shelter building off of Lot 3.

Saturday, August 24th –Navigation Skills; Orienteering,  Map &  Compass 2:00 – 3:30 pm Join search and rescue volunteer and fire science instructor Ken Foszcz as he shares his vast knowledge of navigation and orienteering. You will learn outdoor skills, how to read a topographical map and how to correctly use a compass. The discussion will start in the Nature Center with outdoor activities to follow.

Thursday, August 29th – Naturalist Led Hike – 10:00 am Join the park naturalist and explore what all that Newport has to offer. Learn about the history of the park, flora and fauna, and whatever else we’ll find. Meet at Lot 3.

Friday, August 30th – Open Door Bird Sanctuary Raptor Program 1:00 pm. Door County’s only bird sanctuary will be on hand to share information about their resident birds and all the great work they do at the sanctuary. They’ll have some of the birds with them, so don’t miss this awesome opportunity to meet some of Open Door’s bird ambassadors. Meets in the Nature Center.

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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.