Events

We Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park invite you to join us in our activities.  Check here often for future activities and opportunities for volunteering.

Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park T-Shirts available! See this Poster for details.

May
16
Sat
Wildflower Ambassadors Cancelled for 2020!
May 16 all-day

As we approach the spring wildflower season we are unfortunately facing significant uncertainty surrounding public health.  We have decided to cancel the Wildflower Ambassador program at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park this year to ensure that we are not putting our volunteers unnecessarily at risk of harm.  We appreciate all of the hard work that you do for the park, and hope that you will all consider volunteering next year.

May
17
Sun
Wildflower Ambassadors Cancelled for 2020!
May 17 all-day

As we approach the spring wildflower season we are unfortunately facing significant uncertainty surrounding public health.  We have decided to cancel the Wildflower Ambassador program at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park this year to ensure that we are not putting our volunteers unnecessarily at risk of harm.  We appreciate all of the hard work that you do for the park, and hope that you will all consider volunteering next year.

May
23
Sat
Wildflower Ambassadors Cancelled for 2020!
May 23 all-day

As we approach the spring wildflower season we are unfortunately facing significant uncertainty surrounding public health.  We have decided to cancel the Wildflower Ambassador program at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park this year to ensure that we are not putting our volunteers unnecessarily at risk of harm.  We appreciate all of the hard work that you do for the park, and hope that you will all consider volunteering next year.

May
24
Sun
Wildflower Ambassadors Cancelled for 2020!
May 24 all-day

As we approach the spring wildflower season we are unfortunately facing significant uncertainty surrounding public health.  We have decided to cancel the Wildflower Ambassador program at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park this year to ensure that we are not putting our volunteers unnecessarily at risk of harm.  We appreciate all of the hard work that you do for the park, and hope that you will all consider volunteering next year.

May
30
Sat
Wildflower Ambassadors Cancelled for 2020!
May 30 all-day

As we approach the spring wildflower season we are unfortunately facing significant uncertainty surrounding public health.  We have decided to cancel the Wildflower Ambassador program at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park this year to ensure that we are not putting our volunteers unnecessarily at risk of harm.  We appreciate all of the hard work that you do for the park, and hope that you will all consider volunteering next year.

May
31
Sun
Wildflower Ambassadors Cancelled for 2020!
May 31 all-day

As we approach the spring wildflower season we are unfortunately facing significant uncertainty surrounding public health.  We have decided to cancel the Wildflower Ambassador program at Nerstrand Big Woods State Park this year to ensure that we are not putting our volunteers unnecessarily at risk of harm.  We appreciate all of the hard work that you do for the park, and hope that you will all consider volunteering next year.

Jul
18
Sat
Cancelled! – Art in the Park Ice-cream Social
Jul 18 all-day
Cancelled!
Aug
22
Sat
Monarch Butterfly Presentation – CANCELLED!
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am
This presentation is cancelled!
Monarch butterfly presentation by Katy Gillispie, master naturalist volunteer who raises monarchs and recently travelled to the monarch winter roost in Mexico.
August 22 10 am at the picnic shelter.
Aug
29
Sat
Butterfly Walk at the Prairie – CANCELLED!
Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm
This walk is cancelled!
Butterfly walk at the Prairie. See monarchs gathering for migration.
August 29 1 pm.  Meet at park office.
Sep
20
Sun
Cancelled! – Friends of the Big Woods Annual Gathering
Sep 20 @ 4:00 pm

Cancelled! – Friends of the Big Woods Annual Gathering.  Sunday September 20.

Hotdogs provided.  Bring other food if you wish.

Open meeting at 4, speaker at 5 (watch for more info) and picnic to follow at picnic shelter.

Oct
10
Sat
Cancelled! – Big Woods Run and Prairie Walk
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am
Cancelled! – Big Woods Run and Prairie Walk.  October 10, 9 am.
Sponsored by St. John’s UCC just south of the park.
For information:   finalstretch.com/bigwoodsrun
Aug
21
Sat
Monarchs and Milkweed @ Amphitheater
Aug 21 @ 10:00 am

Katy Gillispie will present “Monarchs and Milkweed.”   Katy is a master naturalist volunteer who has raised monarchs for years, and who has visited the monarch winter roosting site in the mountains of Mexico. The event will take place at the Amphitheater.

Aug
28
Sat
Butterfly Walk @ Park Office
Aug 28 @ 1:00 pm

Butterfly Walk 1 pm meeting at the park office:  Car pool to the prairie to look for monarchs.  Monarchs begin to gather then for their long flight to Mexico, and sometimes flock on the park prairie.  Hope for a sunny day without much wind.

Sep
17
Fri
Members of the Friends Group – Special Program
Sep 17 @ 3:00 pm

For members for the Friends Group, a special program:  Andy Wendy, DNR Park Naturalist, will lead a hike (1.5 miles or so) to explain the Big Woods ecosystem, how it developed, and how it continues to change.  Starts at the picnic shelter.

Sep
21
Tue
Annual Meeting
Sep 21 @ 3:00 pm

Business meeting 3 t0 4 (optional).  We will also have an update from the park staff.  Snacks will be served.