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 

Some programs are weather related, so check with the park if you have any questions. 920-854-2500

Sunday, January 19th – Identifying Trees in Winter 1:00 Horticulture expert and arborist Tom Wolfe will share his knowledge about trees and shrubs of Door County. Learn identification techniques of trees during the winter months. There will be plenty to learn and look at. Meets in the Nature Center, Lot 1.

February 8, 2020  Candlelight Ski Volunteers Needed starting at 4:30 pm !!  

The 30th Annual Candlelight Ski is only one month away!  As many of you know, this is a major winter event at Newport. Social media has picked up on it, as has the WI DNR and Travel Wisconsin. It is being shared all over the state!

We need your help!  We’re looking for volunteers for many different jobs: Lighting candles along the trail, candle checkers, parking attendants, greeters, fire tenders, set up/clean up refreshments, candle retrieval (Sunday), hot cocoa making, and cookies

Shifts last approximately an hour, except for candle lighting/tending which takes longer. Please contact Karen Studebaker to sign up: or call at 920-239-6606.



 Saturday, February 8, 2020 – 30th Annual Candlelight Ski

  • Experience winter beauty at Newport State Park, an International Dark Sky Park.
  • Ski, hike or snowshoe this easy 1.2 mile candlelit trail.
  • When you finish the trail, head over to the shelter building and enjoy a bonfire, hot cocoa and cookies.
  • Starts at Parking Lot 3.
  • Time: 5:50-8:30 pm

These events will only be cancelled in the event of extreme weather. Call the park for more information.  WI State Park sticker required.  Newport State Park, 475 County Road NP, Ellison Bay, WI. 920-854-2500.


For more information on any of the above items, please call the park during normal business hours at 920-854-2500.