Public Events

The Station also conducts educational programs for the general public. Walks and open houses examine topics such as Winter Ecology, Bird Identification, and Spring Flora of the Cedarburg Bog.

Winter 2016

Sponsored by Friends of Cedarburg Bog.
See their website for additional events not listed here.

Annual Winter Hike on the Bog
Sunday, January 31, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Winter is a great time to explore the Cedarburg Bog. Field Station Director, Jim Reinartz will lead the annual hike into the heart of the Bog if the Bog is solidly frozen and the ice is safe. This is a 4-mile hike, and weather and/or snow and ice conditions can make this hike challenging. In the past we have hiked in bitter cold, on a warm day with wet slush over the ice, in deep snow, with no snow at all on very slick ice, and when we are lucky, with a little snow over solid ice. If the Bog is not solidly frozen, we will still take a hike in the uplands.

No dogs, Please!

Cedarburg Bog ice conditions along the route of the Winter Hike – as of Friday, 1/29/2016

Conditions may change by Sunday 1/31, but as of now the bog is frozen and we are planning to hike to Long Lake and Donut Lake. The forecast for Sunday is for temperatures well above freezing and possibly rain, so expect soft, slushy, wet snow. “Gripons”, or ice cleats, are not likely to be necessary, but it never hurts to bring them along if you have them.

Bog hikers must be willing to accept the risk associated with this hike off-trail in the Bog. There is always an unavoidable risk of tripping and falling. Glasses are always a good safety measure to avoid getting poked in the eye.

Annual Friends of the Cedarburg Bog Potluck Chili Supper
Following the winter hike at 4:30 pm

You don’t have to get chilly to eat chili! Hikers and non-hikers are welcome to celebrate winter in the Bog. The Friends of the Cedarburg Bog will provide the chili and beverages; if you can, bring a dish to share. If your last name begins with A to M, bring a dessert; N to Z, bring a side-dish.

Friends of the Cedarburg Bog suggested donation for Hike and Potluck - $5

Please register at the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog website.  You can also call (262) 675-6844 or email to make a reservation for the hike, supper, or both! Please give us your name, phone number, and tell us what you will be bringing to the potluck (if you are coming to the chili supper).

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