NOTE: Due to COVID-19, many of our annual events may be modified to ensure your safety. We are doing our best to keep the calendar information up to date, but please be sure to contact the event organizer(s) with any questions you may have. Thank you!

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North Lakeland Discovery Center

(715) 543-2085

May 2021

Spring Phenology Hike

May 1 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Frogs, birds, wildflowers and more! Spring in the Northwoods is a dynamic time with changes happening before our eyes. Join a Naturalist for a guided hike thorough forests and wetlands. We will explore and observe the new signs of spring and discuss the connections between the elements of our natural community. The hike will be on easy to moderate terrain, and about 3 miles in length. An email with detailed information regarding the trailhead and directions will be sent to…

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Discover on Demand: Frogs and Toads of the Northwoods ONLINE

May 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until May 8, 2021

North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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 |Saturday, May 1 – 8 | 10 AM | Online Peep! Croak! Burrrump! Spring time is so fun in the Northwoods, especially when our amphibian friends start to wake up from their winter naps.  Join Naturalist Licia as she helps you learn to identify these incredible critters by sight and sound! Register any time, and you will receive an email from Licia on May 1 before 10 am with the link to view the program. You will have access to,…

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Acoustic Bat Monitoring Training

May 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Bats in Wisconsin are under threat of White Nose Syndrome. Learn how to be a part of our Acoustic Bat Monitoring team and conduct surveys on your lake or property. A simple, hand-held device is used to conduct these one-hour+ surveys. Registered participants will be sent a virtual program on bats prior to this in-person, outdoor training. Wednesday, 3 - 4 pm. Pre-registration is required by May 4. Donations upon registration are appreciated to support this program.

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Acoustic Bat Monitoring Refresher

May 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Already trained on the Acoustic Bat Monitoring equipment but would like a refresher of how to use the equipment before the survey season starts? This is the program for you! Registration is required by May 5.

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Garden Workshop, Extend Your Growing Season and Micro-Greens

May 10 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Would you like fresh, local micro-greens, spinach, lettuce or herbs in February or well into November? What seems impossible becomes reality with the use of indoor passive solar growing spaces, cold frames, low and high tunnels. Participants will also get a hands-on lesson on how to grow nutrient rich micro-greens.  Containers, soil and seeds will be provided. This workshop will provide resources, stories and examples of season extending options from local Garden Educator, Adriane Morabito.  Registration required by 5/9. $10…

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Helping Hands Day

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Volunteers and community groups are invited to join Discovery Center Staff in cleaning up the grounds, prepping gardens and trails, and doing a bit of spring cleaning. There are indoor and outdoor options for helping out. Volunteers will be provided with lunch afterward. Please sign up by May 11.

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Bird Banding with Bruce Bacon

May 19 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until May 20, 2021

North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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 “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush!” Watch and participate in Bird Banding at the Little Turtle Flowage. You will have the opportunity to observe how birds are netted and banded, and see birds up close and personal. Join us for this fun educational experience for people of all ages.  Space is limited. Registration required by 5/17. $7 ($5 members). Registered attendees will receive an email with specific location and directions for the program.

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June 2021

17th Annual Northwoods Birds & Wildlife Festival 

June 4 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00 am, repeating until June 5, 2021

North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Join us in celebrating International Migratory Bird Day and the amazing natural diversity of our Northwoods region at our 17th Annual Birds & Wildlife Festival! This is an opportunity for bird and wildlife enthusiasts of all levels to celebrate wildlife while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow nature lovers in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin. Participate in sunrise warbler walks, enjoy field trips to local birding hotspots, try your hand at bird banding, and learn from experts in the field of…

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Gala Event

June 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Kick off the summer season in style at the Discovery Center where you’ll enjoy socializing during appetizers and cocktails on the patio by the lake, a beautiful meal under the big tent, a special presentation to “Fund a Wish” by the Center's Naturalists, and an exciting live auction. The festivities provide vital funding for the activities and programs you love at the Discovery Center. Contact: Discovery Center, (715) 543-2085 or discoverycenter.net

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July 2021

Discovery Center Family Play Day

July 1 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Enjoy healthy outdoor activities and play for the whole family, including nature art, giant bubble making, lawn games, canoeing, water balloon games, fishing, fish casting contest and more! Lunch plates are available for purchase. Free program, donations appreciated. 11am-2pm. Contact: North Lakeland Discovery Center, (715) 543-2085 or discoverycenter.net

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August 2021

Discovery Center Silent Auction & Raffle

August 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until August 11, 2021

We had so much fun with our online silent auction that we're bringing it back in 2021, this time bigger and better than before! We'll have awesome trips, unique experiences, one of a kind items, and fun baskets to auction and raffle off. All proceeds support North Lakeland Discovery Center, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), and our mission of connecting people, nature, and community. To make a donation please call our office at (715) 543-2085. Watch your email and our Facebook page…

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September 2021

Discovery Center Spaghetti Dinner

September 27 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Camp Jorn YMCA, 13591 Zenner Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Did you know that just by having dinner, you can help bats, turtles, and pollinators rebound, help eradicate invasive species, and help children learn about and experience nature? Your meal benefits our mission of connecting people, nature, and community, and supports the environmental programs you love. Your dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, coffee, water, and dessert. Beer, wine, and soda available for purchase. This is a fundraiser for North Lakeland Discovery Center. Tickets are $10 in advance or…

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December 2021

Winter Family Play Day

December 29 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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As part of the "Marvel in Manitowish Waters" we will host a number of free drop-in activities that are fun for the whole family, including winter scavenger hunts, snow critter building, crafts, and horse-drawn sleigh rides sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce. Snowshoes will be available for complimentary onsite use. Chili cook-off lunch available for $5. Registration is not required, but it helps us get an idea of how many are coming. Please register by calling (715) 543-2085.

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Chili Cook-Off

December 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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The annual Chili Cook-Off will be held during our Winter Family Play Day. Contact the Discovery Center for more information and to sign up your entry (free to enter). Join us from 11 AM to 1 PM to taste and vote for your favorite. We will provide all the fixings. Up for grabs is the prestigious "Wooden Spoon" award! Please register by calling (715) 543-2085.

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