Spring naturalist programs at Richard Bong State Recreation Area

Discussion in 'Outdoor News' started by Wisconsin DNR News, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. By Southeast Region March 24, 2015

    Contact(s): Beth Goeppinger, naturalist, 262-878-5607

    KANSASVILLE, Wis. - Beginning fly tying, basics of fly fishing, a bird hike and spring clean-up work days are among the naturalist programs and events being held this spring at the Richard Bong State Recreation Area.

    These programs are free and open to the public. A state park admission sticker is needed for entrance to the park. Advanced registration is requested for some events.

    Once designated to be a jet fighter base, Richard Bong State Recreation Area is fittingly named after Major Richard I. Bong, a Poplar, Wis. native who was America's leading air ace during World War II. The recreation area offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and has a "special use zone" where visitors may fly model airplanes, rockets, hang gliders and hot air balloons.

    The Molinaro Visitor Center has displays, live animals and hands-on exhibits about the recreation area. For more information search the Department of Natural Resources website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords "Richard Bong," and for a list of all activities at Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails and nature centers, search for keywords "get outdoors."

    Thursday, March 28

    • Fly Tying for Beginners. Lean the basics of tying flies for fishing. All materials are supplied for you to tie a San Juan Worm and Woolly Bugger/Worm. Best suited for ages 12 and up, children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call 262-878-5601 to pre-register as class size is limited. Meet at the Visitor Center. 9-11 a.m.

    Wednesday, April 1

    • Park Workday. Need a service project? Want to help the environment and the park? Come help at our workday. Workdays are flexible, you may come for the ones you want and stay as long as you want. They are most suitable for ages 10 and up. Dress to be working outside. For more information or to sign up call 262-878-5607. Meet at the Visitor Center. 9-11 a.m.

    Saturday, April 4

    • Park Workday. Need a service project? Want to help the environment and the park? Come help at our workday. Workdays are flexible, you may come for the ones you want and stay as long as you want. They are most suitable for ages 10 and up. Dress to be working outside. For more information or to sign up call 262-878-5607. Meet at the Visitor Center. 2-4 p.m.

    Thursday, April 9

    • Knee-high Naturalist. Bring your 3-5 year old to this fun and active nature program. This month learn why EVERYBODY NEEDS A ROCK! Program will go on regardless of weather but topic may change. Please call to pre-register or to cancel 262-878-5601. Meet at the Visitor Center. 10-11:30 a.m.
    • Adopt a Highway. Join us to clean up the highway in front of the park. All equipment is provided. You must be at least 12 years old to participate. A great way to earn service hours. Meet at the Visitor Center. 5-7 p.m.

    �Saturday, April 11

    • To Burn or Not to Burn. Discover why controlled burns are an important tool for management, how they are conducted and what safety measures are followed. Weather permitting, you will witness an actual burn. Meet at the Visitor Center but be prepared to drive. 10 a.m.-noon.

    Saturday, April 18

    • Early Bird Bird Hike. Explore the trails to look and listen for newly-arrived migrants as well as resident birds. Trail may be wet, dress accordingly. Meet at the Visitor Center. 7-9 a.m.
    • Homemade Paper and Cards. Drop in between 10 and 11am to participate in all the steps of making paper from pulp. Learn techniques for including botanicals and seeds in your project. Your finished projects can be used as gifts or tags or just for yourself! Meet at the Visitor Center. 10-11:30 a.m.

    Saturday, April 25

    • GO Fly Fishing. Join instructor and angler Bill Pepito to learn the basics of fly fishing. Tie knots, string a pole and learn to cast at this hands-on program. Children aged 12 and up are welcome with an adult. All equipment is provided so space is limited. Please pre-register by calling 262-878-5601. Meet at the Visitor Center. 9 a.m.-noon.
    • More than Granola. Taste-test homemade gourmet snacks as you make new easy recipes with the provided ingredients. Save money and eat well while on the trail or at the campsite! Meet at the Visitor Center. 2-3 p.m.

    Last Revised: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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