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 11/19/18

Did you know you can volunteer with our Environmental Education program? Volunteer Nature Teacher training happens seasonally. Sign up online by clicking here! For more information about specific dates, contact Steph.hanna@wiscorps.org or 608-769-5766.

New in 2019! Education Events

Family Adventure Programs|$15/Family/Program

Explore the great outdoors with WisCorps’ nature teachers! Dress for the weather with closed-toed shoes. Bring water and bug repellent to make you less tasty to those pesky critters!

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Thurs. June 13|6:00pm – 7:30 pm Mathy Quarry Prairie Promenade
Thurs. July 11|8:00 pm– 9:30 pm Chad Erickson Park Frog Frenzy
Thurs. August 15|8:00pm – 9:30 pm Goose Island Owl Prowl
Thurs. August 29|6:00pm – 7:30 pm Hixon Forest Evening Event

Community Hike

FREE, No registration necessary
Fridays 8:00am – 9:00am | June 7 – August 30
Wander around the La Crosse River Marsh or saunter in Hixon Forest with WisCorps’ Nature Teacher Steph. This is not a lung buster or quad quivering hike, it’s a mindful walk about experiencing nature for folks of all ages and all abilities. If you never thought hiking was your thing but want to get outdoors. then this is the way to go!

Weekly Education Events

Reptile Roundup with Matt Heeter – Animal Specialist

When: every Wednesday anytime between 9am – 1pm

Where: Myrick Park Center, 789 Myrick Park Dr., La Crosse, WI

What: Join Matt, as he cleans tanks and feeds our critters and shares all he knows about reptiles, amphibians, and birds – which is a 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

Where: Myrick Park Center, 789 Myrick Park Dr., La Crosse, WI

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

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

Where: Myrick Park Center, 789 Myrick Park Dr., La Crosse, WI

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. All abilities welcome!

*Children must be accompanied by adults.

 

EnviroWednesdays

When: 7 PM on the first Wednesday of the month

Where: Myrick Park Center, 789 Myrick Park Dr., La Crosse, WI

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. Sponsored by WisCorps and Friends of the Marsh.

 

Annual Education Events

Aldo Leopold Weekend (partner event)

When: Tuesday, February 26, Thursday, February 28 & Saturday, March 2, 2019

Tuesday, February 26th, 7pm in Viterbo’s Fine Arts Center Main Theater

World-renowned nature photographer, Thomas D. Mangelsen

Thursday, February 28th, 4:30pm at Myrick Park Center

4:30pm A walk in the marsh led by Friends of the Marsh. Meet at the Gun Club trailhead.

6:00pm Readings from the Sand County Almanac led by WisCorps at the Myrick Park Center.  Participants are welcome at either or both events with no registration required.

Saturday, March 2nd, 10am-12pm at the Visitor Center of the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge on Brice Prairie

10am-11:30am Photo workshop for an adult audience- led by Jeff Sanders.

11am-12pm Photo workshop for kids and families led by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and WisCorps personnel.

Additional Aldo Leopold Information:

Since 2004, Wisconsin has designated the first weekend in March as a time to honor Leopold and his conservation legacy. Leopold, the author of The Sand County Almanac, is considered by many as the father of wildlife management and of the United States’ wilderness system.

Richard Kyte, director of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics and Leadership, which is sponsoring the Mangelsen talk as part of its lecture series, said that Mangelsen’s experience photographing the Earth’s wild places make him uniquely qualified to explain the power of photography in conservation.

As part of the Leopold event, which is planned each year by representatives of local conservation and environmental organizations, and in keeping with the photography theme of the event this year, the Friends of the La Crosse River Marsh will select photographs submitted to its Facebook group page to create a photo montage to be shown prior to Mangelsen’s presentation.

A Photos of the Driftless Area presentation by Mississippi Valley Conservancy will be available in the visitor center theater throughout the morning event.

In association with the Leopold weekend, the Coulee Region’s fourth annual Climate Action Festival at La Crosse’s First Congregational Church, 2503 Main St., on March 2 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Local groups and activists will be in attendance to offer information, advice, and encouragement. The event is free.

 

Earth Fair @ Myrick Park (partner event)

When: Sunday, April 28, 2019 : 11am – 5pm

What:  http://earthfairlacrosse.com/

 

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

When: May 4, 2019 : 6:30am – 1pm

What:  For families and friends of all ages and abilities! Have fun learning about migratory birds and their importance.

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