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North Lakeland Discovery Center

(715) 543-2085

September 2020

NLDC Fun with Fungi Hike

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Join local mycologist Anne Small for a look into the fascinating world of fungi. Anne will lead a hike around the Discovery Center grounds and discuss the roles of fungi in Northwoods ecology. She will give tips on collecting and identifying mushrooms. Attendees are encouraged to bring along specimens for identification. Face masks will be required for this program. Register by September 25. $15 ($10 members).

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October 2020

NLDC Wolf Howling Program (online or in-person)

October 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on October 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm

One event on October 15, 2020 at 8:00 pm

North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Begin this program by learning about the ecology and adaptations of wolves as well as their history and current status in Wisconsin through a short online program. We will meet at the Discovery Center prior to traveling to wolf territory and perform a survey by howling at wolves. Transportation will NOT be provided, we will caravan to our howl locations. Space fills quickly for this popular program so register now! $22 ($18 members); $10 Youth 16 and under.

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NLDC Night Astronomy Exploration with NASA Volunteer Jim Head

October 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Join us for an Astronomy Night at the Discovery Center, rain or shine! With your help we will demonstrate the scale of our Solar System, and learn where we are in our Milky Way Galaxy. See 3D prints of Mars as viewed from the Mars Rover Curiosity, and inspect real meteorites from space. If it’s clear we will learn how to identify a few constellations, then observe Jupiter, Saturn, and the moon through telescopes (10” and 12” Dobsonians). Hosted by…

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NLDC Plum Lake Historical & Naturalist Hike

October 3 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Join local historian Jim Bokern and a Discovery Center Naturalist on a fascinating hike through history in the Plum Lake Hemlocks Forest State Natural Area. We will explore the Milwaukee Road Railroad, state-leased land and the people that lived in this area over a century ago and walk in their footsteps. This is an off-trail, moderately-strenuous four to five mile hike with one wetland crossing. Bring a lunch and water. Masks are required for this program. Participants must drive themselves…

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NLDC Van Vliet Hemlock State Natural Area Fall Color Hike

October 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Join a Discovery Center Naturalist to explore the trails and beautiful colors of this unique forest. Meet at the East Trailhead by 9 AM. This opportunity is sponsored by the Friends of Van Vliet Hemlocks and is open to the public at no cost. Limited space available, please register by October 8. Masks will be required for this hike.

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November 2020

NLDC Hike Logging Camps and a Local CCC Camp

November 7 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Join local historian Jim Bokern from the Manitowish Waters Historical Society and a Discovery Center Naturalist on two historical hikes exploring Vance Lake, the Manitowish River and the administrative CCC Camp known as Camp Mercer. We will explore a mysterious logging site, river drive logging booms, a resort site on state-leased land and archaeological remnants of Camp Mercer. This is a moderately challenging hike that includes both on-and off-trail hiking. Masks will be required for this program. Register by November…

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December 2020

Candlelit Snowshoe at North Lakeland Discovery Center

December 30 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Enjoy an evening snowshoe hike on the Discovery Center's one-mile snowshoe trail with beautifully lit luminaries illuminating the path. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow ours for $3/pair (limited quantities available). Join us for hot chocolate, s'mores, and a bonfire following your hike! $6 per person. Register by calling (715) 543-2085 or on our website at DiscoveryCenter.net.

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February 2021

Candlelit Snowshoe

February 20, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Ln
Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 United States
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Enjoy an evening one-mile snowshoe hike with a beautifully lit luminary path. Join us for hot chocolate, s'mores, and a bonfire following your hike. 5pm-7:30pm. Contact: North Lakeland Discovery Center, (715) 543-2085 or discoverycenter.net

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June 2021

17th Annual Northwoods Birds & Wildlife Festival 

June 4, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 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 in the Garden

June 10, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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