Public Programs

WisCorps presents programs for the public depending on the time of the year. We offer family-friendly programs appropriate for all ages!  We update our website periodically as the season changes – keep checking for new information! – Last Updated 8/30/17

Weekly Education Events

Reptile Roundup with Matt Heeter – Animal Specialist

When: every Wednesday any time between 10am – 1pm

What: Join Matt, as he cleans tanks and feeds our critters and shares all he knows about reptiles, amphibians, and birds – which is a whole awful lot! You may even have the chance to hold one of our critters!

Beekeeper Buzz with Ken

When: every Thursday in June, July, & August anytime between 10-11:30 am

What: Want to know more about our honeybees? Drop by to visit with Ken, a local beekeeper, as he explains everything honey bee related! View live honeybees in action in the Myrick Park Center observation hive!


Monthly Education Events

Nature Saturday at WisCorps, sponsored by Gundersen Health System!

When: The first Saturday of every month from 9:30 – 11 am

What: FREE program!  Great for families! Rain or shine! No need to sign up, just migrate to the Myrick Park Center!

Each program will feature seasonal topics taught through games, stories, outdoor exploration and play. Join the fun with one of WisCorps’ nature teachers.

*Children must be accompanied by adults.



When: 7 PM on select Wednesday nights (full schedule below)

What:  Environmentally themed programs for adults – Who says creepies and crawlies are just for kids? These offerings are for grown-ups! Join us to enhance your nature knowledge. Programs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Printable Flyer

  • SEPTEMBER 6, 7 PM—Lower Hixon Forest Parking Lot
    Mushroom Foray
    Andi Bruce, president, UW-L Mycology Club
    Learn about fungi and how to identify them as we join Andi on a mushroom foray on Hixon Forest trails. Meet at the Lower Hixon Forest main trailhead/Hixon Forest parking lot (at the end of Milson Court). We’ll collect mushrooms, examine their identifying features, and discuss their roles in forest ecology.
  • OCTOBER 4, 7 PM—Myrick Park Center
    Creating Access: Adaptive Sports and the Outdoors
    Andrea Frisch, WisCorps Inclusive Program Coordinator
    Join Andrea for an overview of outdoor adaptive sports . From sea kayaking in Prince William Sound to birding in Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, Andrea will share her experiences creating access in the outdoors.
  • NOVEMBER 1, 7 PM—Myrick Park Center
    Climate Change and the Mission of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL)
    Larry Sleznikow, co-leader of La Crosse chapter of CCL and board member of Coulee Partners for Sustainability
    Global warming and its effect on climate change are real. They have been ignored for decades, but now they are wreaking dire consequences around the world. CCL was established to work for federal legislation that puts a price on greenhouse gas emissions. You’ll receive a short overview of the science of global warming and climate change and learn why CCL believes a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend is critically important to our transition away from fossil fuels.
  • DECEMBER 6, 7 PM—Myrick Park Center
    Sustainable, 2016 [Film Presentation/History/Documentary, 1h 36m]
    Farmer Marty Travis watches his land and community fall victim to the pressures of agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.


Annual Education Events

Aldo Leopold Weekend (partner event)

When: March 3-4


On Saturday morning, March 4, the local observance moves to the Visitor Center of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge on Brice Prairie.   At 10 a.m.,  students from Prof. Kelly Sultzbach’s University of Wisconsin-La Crosse environmental literature classes will be guiding a walk through the prairie and stopping along the way to share readings from “A Sand County Almanac” and their own writings about experiencing nature.

For families attending, there will be kids activities and crafts led by WisCorps Nature Teachers from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Saturday program will also include two showings of “Green Fire,”  an inspirational film about Leopold’s life and legacy.  First showing will be start at 11 a.m. and the second showing will begin at 1 p.m.


Earth Fair @ Myrick Park (partner event)

When: April 30, 2017 : 11am – 5pm



International Migratory Bird Day Celebration @ Myrick Park (partner event)

When: May 6, 2017 : 9am – 1pm

What:  More information coming soon!

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