14006 Discovery Lane • Manitowish Waters, WI 54545 • 877-543-2085

Special Events


May 11-12, 2018

Annual Northwoods Birding Festival

The Northwoods Birding Festival is an opportunity for bird enthusiasts of all levels to celebrate birds while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow birders in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin. Participate in sunrise warbler walks, enjoy field trips to local birding hotspots, try your hand at bird banding, and learn from experts in the field of ornithology!

May 27, 2018

The Big Event

The Big Event is the Discovery Center's primary fundraising event, raising dollars to support naturalists and their programming, plus operations.  Taking place on site, guests enjoy a comprehensive silent auction while reuniting with their summer friends. Appetizers, wine, beer and shopping sets the stage for a fabulous gourmet sit-down dinner under the big tent.  Exotic one-of-a-kind experiences are offered for bidding at the live auction that rounds out the evening.

The 2018 Live and Featured Silent Auction catalog is here! (Catalog 2018 web) And for even more bidding excitement, see the Big Event auction and event site. You can even begin bidding NOW!

Please remember to bring a fully charged cell phone to the event, or visit a personal shopper during the silent auction. Happy Bidding!

This year’s theme is Discovering New Pathways and the Fund-a-Wish project is Gardens & Grounds. The Discovery Center’s award-winning program staff Licia, Emily, and Annie will fill you in on details Sunday night!


June 23, 2018

Float Your Boat Trivia Rally

Join the Discovery Center for a fun filled day on the Manitowish Chain of Lakes for a scavenger hunt. This event is sure to test and increase your knowledge and awareness of Northwoods ecology and history. Participants will be provided with a list of clues, prompts, and riddles on the day of the rally. Participants must provide their own boat, and obey all DNR safety rules. We will host an evening BBQ (cost included with registration!) where we will announce awards for the boat with the best decorations/themes/costumes, highest point earners, and best pictures/videos. Please contact the Discovery Center and ask for Emily, Annie or Julie for more details and to register. Pre-register by 6/18.  Registration is $75 per boat.