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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August 31st and September 1st – Newport Wilderness Days This event at Newport State Park was started in 1992 as a way for the members of Newport Wilderness Society, the park’s friends group, to showcase their beautiful wilderness park. Volunteers lead hikes and programs Labor Day weekend, covering many areas of interest. See separate flyer for information.

September 7th – 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.

Saturday, September 7th – Universe in the Park 7:00 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.

Tuesday, September 10th – Monarchs 101 – 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, their migration to Mexico and help release any monarchs that may be ready to go. Meets in the Nature Center.

Friday, September 13th – Full Moon Hike-8:00 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. In case of rain, program will be cancelled.

Saturday, September 14th – Naturalist Led Hike – 1:00 pm Hit the trails with the park naturalist on this easy, 1.5 mile hike. We’ll be hiking the Sugarbush Trail. Meet at Lot 4.

Saturday, September 21st The History of Newport – 10:00 am Picture a time when Newport State Park was actually a town with a post office, general store and a lumber mill. Come learn about the fascinating history of this rustic gem of a park. Meet at Lot 3.

Monday, September 23rd – Fall Equinox Fireside Chat with the Naturalist –  6:30 pm Meet around the campfire for this informal gathering to celebrate the equinox, enjoy the sunset, view the moonrise and enjoy all nature has to offer. Meet at the fire ring by the shelter building off of Lot 3. Bring chairs, as seating is limited. In case of rain, program will be cancelled.

September 28th – 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.

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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.