BFriday June 29th 7:00 pm until after dark

Meet at the Visitor Center

 

Bat Festival and Monitoring Excursion

 

Bats are a vital part of many ecosystems here in Wisconsin.

Explore the importance of bats, get the latest updates on their health and status and participate in a monitoring program.

 

7-8pm Activities for all ages, live bats and  kids crafts.

8pm-9PM  a presentation with live bats, bat biologists and cave and mine specialists. Don’t miss it!

9pm Explore Newport with bat detectors, capture acoustic calls and identify the species in Newport

 

 

 

Friday June 29th 7:00 pm until after dark

Meet at the Visitor Center

 

Bat Festival and Monitoring Excursion

 

Bats are a vital part of many ecosystems here in Wisconsin.

Explore the importance of bats, get the latest updates on their health and status and participate in a monitoring program.

 

7-8pm Activities for all ages, live bats and  kids crafts.

8pm-9PM  a presentation with live bats, bat biologists and cave and mine specialists. Don’t miss it!

9pm Explore Newport with bat detectors, capture acoustic calls and identify the species in Newport

 

 

 

 

Monarch Butterfly Expert, Dr. Lincoln Brower, to speak at Newport State Park.  Sunday June 10th at 3pm

 

“The Grand Saga of the Monarch Butterfly” Latest News and Updates

Dr.Lincoln Brower has dedicated his life’s work to the study of the monarch butterfly and is considered the world expert on the biology of the species.

His research interests include the overwintering and migration biology of the monarch butterfly, chemical defense, ecological chemistry, mimicry and the conservation of endangered biological phenomena and ecosystems. Professor Brower has authored and coauthored more than 200 scientific papers, eight films, edited two books, and is currently writing his magnum opus on the monarch butterfly for Harvard University Press.

He and his colleagues have studied the monarch at Newport State Park for over 25 years. He returns each year to continue the study and has graciously offered to talk to us about his latest findings in the US and Mexico.

 

The program will begin at 3pm in the Hotz room of the Newport State Park Visitor Center.

The admission fee of $5 per person/ $10 per family will go directly to monarch conservation efforts.

 
Saturday August 27
10 AM   Flowers of the Sandy Shore
Follow the woodland trail to the shore of Sand Bay. The flowers of the shore are spectacular at this time of year. Investigate boneset, Joe Pye weed, goldenrod, sneezeweed, jewelweed, smartweed, herb Robert, swamp milkweed and many more. These sturdy beauties withstand the power of the waves and the wind to bloom late in the season. Join the naturalist for this easy hike at Lot #3.
1PM   Fur, Fin, Feather Fun
Explore the world of disguises that animals and plants use for camophlage. When danger comes near, they all want to be invisible or stay hidden to live. Discover the secret to survival with the naturalist at the Visitor Center at this family program.
 
Sunday August 28
1PM   Hiking the Hotz History Trail
Experience the beauty and solitude of Europe Lake and the spectacular Lake Michigan shore. Visit the site of the summer home of the Hotz family, circa 1920, and the site of the piers they built on both lakes. Join Steve Uglinica, guest historian and naturalist, at the parking lot at the end of Europe Bay Road.

Newport State Park Activities 

Most  activities listed here are free.  
If not, the cost will be shown in the listing. 

In addition, a vehicle admission sticker is required for any 
motorized vehicle entering a Wisconsin State Park. 
Purchase a sticker at any park entrance or at Wisconsin DNR 
web site via "Links"button at left. 
The best deal is the annual pass...well worth it.

Listen to the Poems along the Poetry Trail (installation at the end of June)

We have partnered with the Friends of Gibraltar to capture the voices of young writers as they read their poems.  Check out a DiscoveryPen at the Visitor Center then hike the trail to listen.

 

Other Audio Trails: Don’t forget to experience Fern Trail. Enjoy 7 accessible interpretive panels or check out an audio pen to explore with sound. Soon the Newport bird list will be sound enabled too!

 

Like to Bird at Newport?

Help us update the Newport Bird list.

Submit your sightings at the visitor center. Please include your name and contact information and the date and location of the report.

 

 

Coming in July and August

·        Badger Monitoring

·        Hike the trails with a Forester

·        Monarchs up Close

·        The Kestrel Nest box Program

Newport State Park

Naturalist Programs



Wednesday, May 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.

 

Saturday, May 6th – Spring Wildflower ID 10:00 Take to the woods with park naturalists to learn all about spring wildflowers. Identification tips, facts and folklore will be discussed along the way. This is a relatively easy 1 mile hike. Meet at Lot 1.


Thursday, May 18th – 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, May 19th – Spring Wildflower ID 10:00. Take to the woods with park naturalists to learn all about spring wildflowers. Identification tips, facts and folklore will be discussed along the way. Meet at Lot 1.


Saturday, May 20th – Spring Birding Hike with Bill and Sarah Krouse – 7 am. Calling all birding enthusiasts! Join us as we take to the trails in search of spring migrants. Sarah and Bill will share their enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge in this easy paced hike. We will explore forests, forest edges and meadows so come prepared. Bring binoculars if you have them. This is for all experience levels. Meet at the park office, Lot 1.


Wednesday, May 24th – “The Trails of Newport” Challenge Hike – 9:00. The first in a series of weekly hikes, the goal is to hike all the trails at Newport this season. This first hike will be Fern Trail, an easy 1.2 mile hike. Join park the naturalist for this weekly event. Meet at Lot 3.


Thursday, May 25th – 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, May 26th – Timberdoodle; the Song and Dance of the Woodcock – 8:00 – 9:00 pm. The American Woodcock puts on quite the courtship display in the spring. You won’t want to miss its unique calls and spectacular sky dance. Meet at the Nature Center, Lot 1.

 

Saturday, May 27th – Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” DVD Presentation – 3:00. Celebrating the birthday of Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964). She was an American biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Although Silent Spring was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides. It also inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the Nature Center, Lot 1.


Sunday, May 28th – Trees and Shrubs of Door County – 1:30. Horticulture expert and arborist Tom Wolfe will share his vast knowledge about trees and shrubs of Door County. There will be plenty to learn and look at. Meet at the Nature Center.


Monday, May 29th – Spring Wildflower ID 10:00. Take to the woods with park naturalists to learn all about spring wildflowers. Identification tips, facts and folklore will be discussed along the way. Meet at Lot 1.


Wednesday, May 31st – “The Trails of Newport” Challenge Hike – 9:00. The second in a series of weekly hikes, the goal is to hike all the trails at Newport this season. This second hike will be Upland Trail, a 2 mile hike. Join park the naturalist for this weekly event. Meet at Lot 1.


Summer Job Openings at Newport State Park!!
Both Laborer and Visitor Service positions available. These are LTE seasonal positions.  For more information, you can call the park (920-854-2500) or visit the Wisconsin DNR site on the Internet at
http://dnr.wi.gov/x87201/employment/lte/q207ltes.asp
On the Wisconsin DNR site, look for the Ellison Bay (or Washington Island) locations
Below are some ongoing regular meetings.