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North Lakeland Discovery Center

(715) 543-2085

July 2020

Exploring Rest Lake’s Amazing History by Pontoon Boat

July 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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FJoin Manitowish Waters Historical Society (MWHS) members Kay Krans and Jim Bokern on a two-hour pontoon tour of Rest Lake, which will depart from Rest Lake Park. Discover the Native American cultural networks, logging camps, railroad landing, one of the state’s earliest forest ranger stations, Rest Lake dam mysteries, unique residents, homesteads, early resorts, and businesses. While traveling along the shores of Rest Lake participants will view many unique historic sites that will be supplemented with historic images and documents.…

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Free Guided Nature Hike

July 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until July 31, 2020

North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Discover the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. Join one of our Naturalists on the interpretive trail that winds among pines and hardwoods, bogs, and even up into a tree fort! Explore local plant and wildlife communities while enjoying the beauty of the Northwoods. Registration is required by the day prior to the hike, max of 9 attendees. All participants must wear facemasks to attend this program. Free program, donations appreciated.

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Dillinger Pontoon Tour and Lunch at Little Bohemia

July 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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What were John Dillinger and his gang really like and what is the “behind the scenes” story of their weekend in Manitowish Waters? Enjoy the rich histories of Manitowish Waters as we travel by pontoon to historic Dillinger sites. Have lunch at the famous Little Bohemia Lodge and tour the property that was featured in the movie Public Enemies. Tour is led by Kay Krans, retired history teacher. Lunch cost included and is at Little Bohemia 12:00 - 1:00pm. Space…

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Discover Historic Traditions and Mysteries of Island and Spider Lakes by Water

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Join Manitowish Waters Historical Society (MWHS) members Kay Krans and Jim Bokern on a two-hour pontoon tour of Spider and Island lakes, which will depart from the Blue Bayou. Discover the Native American cultural networks, logging camps, railroad landing, Ojibwa sugar bush, ricing areas, mysteries, unique residents, homesteads, early resorts, and businesses. While traveling along the shores of Island and Spider Lakes participants will view many unique historic sites that will be supplemented with historic images and documents. Registered participants…

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Wonders of Wildlife: A Day in the Life of a Wild Turkey

July 17 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, this program will be offered online instead of in-person. Join Discovery Center volunteer and avid outdoorsman Darrell Toliver as he shares his vast knowledge on the wild turkey! Darrell will discuss their daily routine, how to locate turkeys, and even a little bit about turkey harvesting. There are multiple price levels, please choose whichever level is right for you. All proceeds go to supporting environmental education and inspiring an ethic of care…

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Bike Manitowish with a Naturalist

July 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Bring your bike and join a Discovery Center Naturalist for a bike ride on the Manitowish Waters Bike Trail. We will ride past wetlands, lakes, and meander through mixed forests, and we’ll discuss what we see. Bring water, a sack lunch, and sunscreen. Meet at the Discovery Center parking lot. Register by 7/16. Limited space available. $20 ($15 members).

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Turtle Flambeau Flowage Historic and Naturalist Pontoon Tour

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Join NLDC director John Heusinkveld and Manitowish Waters Historical Society (MWHS) member Jim Bokern on a five-hour pontoon tour of the Turtle Flambeau Flowage. This trip will depart from Springstead Landing and explore the histories, rich natural beauty and resources of the 13,000 acre Scenic Waters Area. Some historic images bound for personal viewing will be shared to better illustrate the history and cultural traditions of the area. Bring a lunch and water. $50 ($45 members of the NLDC or…

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Camp Lake State Natural Area Paddle with Naturalist John Bates

July 20 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Join Naturalist and Author John Bates as we explore Camp Lake and Pines State Natural Area, which features an undisturbed, wild, 37-acre lake set within a lovely pine forest. The extremely clear water of the lake supports an unusual community of plants as well as a vibrant bird community. Joining us will be Greg Sass, Fisheries Research Team Leader in the Office of Applied Science for the WDNR. Dr. Sass has conducted research on the importance of woody habitat in…

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Beavers, Eagles and Wild Rice Oh My! A paddle on Wild Rice Lake

July 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Join the Discovery Center’s Water Program Staff for a beautiful canoe trip on Wild Rice Lake where we will observe and learn more about the lake’s inhabitants. The trip will be a relaxing paddle for all skill levels along the wild southern shore, then over to the mouth of the Trout River. Pack plenty of sunscreen, bug spray, water and a snack for this fun filled adventure you do not want to miss. Canoes and PFD’s provided. Registered participants will…

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Wonders of Wildlife: Snowy Owls

July 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, this program will be offered online instead of in-person. Snowy owls are captivating birds that are occasional visitors to the Northwoods. Join Naturalist Annie for a fun discussion on the adaptations and traits that make this a unique species and some of the most recent studies tracking their phenomenal travels. There are multiple price levels, please choose whichever level is right for you. All proceeds go to supporting environmental education and inspiring…

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Discover Historic Traditions and Mysteries of Alder and Wild Rice Lakes by Water

July 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Join Manitowish Waters Historical Society (MWHS) members Kay Krans and Jim Bokern on a two-hour pontoon tour of Alder and Wild Rice Lakes. This trip will depart from Alder Lake and explore the rich histories of these lakes with a wealth of historic images. Discover the Native American trail networks, unique canal systems that linked the MW chain to Lac Du Flambeau, all phases of the logging era, a railroad spur landing, homesteads, early resorts, and businesses. Limited space, so…

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August 2020

Headwater Lakes State Natural Area Paddle with John Bates

August 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Headwater Lakes State Natural Area features two unique soft-water lakes, Wabasso Lake and Cedar Lake. Join Naturalist and Author John Bates as we paddle Wabasso Lake, a 49-acre very clear, deep, seepage lake with a diverse and unusual aquatic flora, including a boggy shoreline comprised of manycarnivorous plant species. As time permits, we’ll also walk the portage trail without our boats to Cedar Lake in order to see a small grove of old-growth white pines. Wabasso Lake has a tiny…

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Beer and Wine by the Bog

August 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Enjoy a summer evening on the beautiful grounds of the Discovery Center while tasting a variety of fabulous wines. Raffles, appetizers, silent auction, and prizes. Register by calling (715) 543-2085.

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September 2020

Musky Lure & Tackle Swap

September 10 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Bring old (or new) musky baits and other tackle to swap for other baits, or come to find super deals on (fishable) used baits and tackle. Attendance is free, donations appreciated. A vendor table costs $10. Refreshments, beer, chips and brats available. Join us for this fun evening. 5-8pm. Contact: Discovery Center, (715) 543-2085 or discoverycenter.net

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Sasquatch Sip & Stroll

September 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Join us as we highlight local brews on a hike through the forest. Explore our Interpretive Trail while sampling beers and keeping an eye out for the elusive Sasquatch. Collect tickets along the Sasquatch Stroll with verified sightings to win prizes! Turn in your evidence and spin the prize wheel. $30 ($40 day of event). Saturday, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM. Contact: North Lakeland Discovery Center (715) 543-2085

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NLDC Spaghetti Dinner

September 30 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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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 $12 at the door. $5 for children under 12. Free for children three and under. Donations accepted. Eat with us or order carryout. 4:30-6:30pm. Contact: Contact: North Lakeland Discovery Center (715) 543-2085

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