14006 Discovery Lane • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • 715-543-2085

Special Events


Friday & Saturday June 5 & 6, 2020

16th Annual Northwoods Bird & Wildlife Festival

The Northwoods Bird and Wildlife Festival is an opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to celebrate the amazing biodiversity of our region. Participate in sunrise bird walks, field trips to unique ecological areas, try your hand at bird banding, and learn from bird and wildlife experts. Register by calling (715) 543-2085.


Thursday June 11, 2020 5:00 - 7:30 PM

Roaring Twenties Gala

Kick off the summer season in Roaring Twenties style at the Discovery Center where you’ll enjoy socializing during appetizers and cocktails on the patio by the lake, a beautiful meal, and an exciting live auction. The festivities provide vital funding for the activities and programs you love here at the Discovery Center. 1920s attire. Tickets are $80 per person. Register by calling (715) 543-2085.

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Thursday July 2, 2020 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Free Family Play Day

Enjoy healthy outdoor activities and play for the whole family, including nature art, giant bubble making, lawn games, canoeing, fishing, fish casting contest and more! Lunch plates are available for purchase. Free program, donations appreciated. Fun for all ages!


Thursday July 23, 2020 5:00 - 7:30 PM

Annual Meeting & Volunteer Dinner

Current members and volunteers of the Discovery Center are invited to join us for a complimentary dinner, presentation, and awards ceremony. Register by calling (715) 543-2085.

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Wednesday August 19, 2020 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Beer and Wine by the Bog

Enjoy a summer evening on the beautiful grounds of the Discovery Center while tasting a variety of fabulous wines. Food, entertainment, raffles, and silent auction. Tickets are $35. Register by calling (715) 543-2085.

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Saturday September 5 2020 9 AM - 2 PM

The Northwoods only four-mile "Adventure Run" - four miles, 12 obstacles, one challenge! A terrific mud run sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce, Leinenkugels, and the North Lakeland Discovery Center. Race starts at the Discovery Center. Register at NWBadDash.com

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Thursday September 10 2020 5 - 8 PM

Like to fish muskies?  Have a bunch of old lures hanging around that you never throw?  Sell them and help support the Discovery Center at the same time! Bring old (or new) musky baits and other tackle to swap for other baits, or come to find super deals on (fishable) used baits and tackle.  Find the perfect bait or rod for the local “World Championship Musky Classic” the very next day! Attendance is free, donations appreciated.  Refreshments, beer, chips and brats available. Join us for this fun evening.

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Saturday September 19, 2020 5 - 7:30 PM

Join us as we highlight local brews on a hike through the forest. Explore our Interpretive Trail while sampling beers and keeping an eye out for the elusive Sasquatch. Collect evidence along the Sasquatch Stroll to win prizes! Turn in your evidence and spin the prize wheel.

After your stroll, enjoy lakeside music and snacks. Pick up some 50/50 raffle tickets (they are only $1) and maybe you'll win the jackpot!

Do not miss this fun event! $30 ($40 day of event).Register on our website or by calling (715) 543-2085.

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Monday September 28 2020 4:30-7:00 PM

Did you know that just by having dinner, you can help bats, turtles, and pollinators rebound, help eradicate invasive species, and help children learn about and experience nature? Your meal benefits our mission of connecting people, nature, and community, and supports the environmental programs you love.

Your dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, coffee, water, and dessert. Beer, wine, and soda available for purchase. This is a fundraiser for North Lakeland Discovery Center. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. $5 for children under 12. Free for children three and under. Donations accepted.

Join us for this fun evening!