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

Special Events

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August 31, 2019 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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September 5, 2019 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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September 21, 2019 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 tickets along the Sasquatch Stroll with verified sightings to win prizes! Turn in your evidence and spin the prize wheel. We've got some great prizes, like a 100 year anniversary Packers football signed by the 2018 team, handcrafted Sasquatch mugs, NLDC swag, and lots more. After your stroll, enjoy lakeside music by Carol Warden and Tyler Watkins and snacks. Pick up some 50/50 raffle tickets (they are only $1) and maybe you'll win the jackpot!

This first-time event will surely be an evening you will not want to miss. Register today!

$30 ($40 day of event). Saturday, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM.

Our featured brewers are Some Nerve Brewing Company of Manitowish Waters and Liberty Way Taphouse of Mercer. Thank you for supporting North Lakeland Discovery Center and our mission of connecting people, nature, and community.

If you see Sasquatch around town, snap a pic and bring it to the Sip & Stroll and we'll give you an extra spin on the prize wheel. Keep your eyes open, you never know where he might pop up!

Register here or by calling (715) 543-2085

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October 8, 2019 5 - 7 PM

Chamber After 5 Networking Event

The Manitowish Waters Chamber invites you to Chamber After 5 on Tuesday, October 8. The North Lakeland Discovery Center and The MW Lakes Association are excited to host this fantastic fall event in the Lodge at the Discovery Center. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available starting at 5 PM.

Be sure to get your raffle ticket to win some great prizes.
Proceeds from this Chamber After 5 raffle sales will go to The North Lakeland Discovery Center and the Lakes Association.

We hope to see you there!

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Join us for a fun soup party! Bring a hot crockpot full of your favorite hearty fall soup and we will share recipes as we sample each one! Paired with yummy breads and cheeses, this is a party you will not want to miss! You will leave with samples of the soups of your choice, a copy of each recipe and a soup mug.

Register here by November 6. $10 ($8 members).

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December 27, 2019 11 AM - 2 PM

Winter Family Play Day

As part of the "Marvel in Manitowish Waters" we will host a number of free drop-in activities that are fun for the whole family, including winter scavenger hunts, snow critter building, crafts, and horse-drawn sleigh rides sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce. Snowshoes will be available for complimentary onsite use. Chili cook-off lunch available for $5. Registration is not required, but it helps us get an idea of how many are coming. Please register by calling (715) 543-2085.

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December 27, 2019 11 AM - 1 PM

Chili Cook Off

The annual Chili Cook Off will be held during our Winter Family Play Day. Contact the Discovery Center for more information and to sign up your entry (free to enter). Join us from 11 AM to 1 PM to taste and vote for your favorite. We will provide all the fixings. Up for grabs is the prestigious "Wooden Spoon" award! Please register by December 26 by calling (715) 543-2085.

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December 28, 2019 5 - 7:30 PM

Candlelit Snowshoe Hike

Enjoy an evening snowshoe hike on the Discovery Center's two-mile snowshoe trail with beautifully lit luminaries illuminating the path. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow ours for $3/pair (limited quantities available). Join us for hot chocolate, s'mores, and a bonfire following your hike! $6 per person. Register by calling (715) 543-2085.

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June 5 & 6, 2020

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 on broad topics ranging from how to improve your garden and wood lot to benefit birds, to the Greater Prairie Chickens of Wisconsin. Register by calling (715) 543-2085.

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June 11, 2020

Discovery Center Gala Dinner

Kick off the summer season in style at the Discovery Center where you’ll enjoy socializing during appetizers and cocktails on the patio by the lake, a beautiful meal under the big tent, a special presentation to “Fund a Wish” by the Center's Naturalists, and an exciting live auction. The festivities provide vital funding for the activities and programs you love here at the Discovery Center. Register by calling (715) 543-2085.

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June 27, 2020

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 third annual event is sure to test and increase your knowledge and awareness of Northwoods ecology and history.  Participants must provide their own boat and obey all DNR water safety rules.  We will host an evening BBQ and announce the winners of the scavenger hunt and the award for the boat with the best theme.  Please contact the Discovery Center for more details. Teams of 8 participants or less, $75 per team.

An evening BBQ  and awards ceremony at Discovery Center is included with registration. Win awards for the boat with the best decorations/themes/costumes, highest point earners, and best pictures/videos!

Call the Discovery Center at (715) 543-2085 for more details and to register. See you there, or Walk the Plank!

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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, water balloon games, fishing, fish casting contest and more! Lunch plates are available for purchase. Free program, donations appreciated. Fun for all ages!

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August 20, 2020

Wine in the Woods

Enjoy a summer evening on the beautiful grounds of the Discovery Center while tasting a variety of fabulous wines. Raffles, appetizers, silent auction, and prizes. Register by calling (715) 543-2085.

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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 tickets along the Sasquatch Stroll with verified sightings to win prizes! Turn in your evidence and spin the prize wheel. We've got some great prizes, like a 100 year anniversary Packers football signed by the 2018 team, handcrafted Sasquatch mugs, NLDC swag, and lots more. After your stroll, enjoy lakeside music by Carol Warden and Tyler Watkins 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! Register today!

$30 ($40 day of event). Saturday, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM.

Our featured brewers are Some Nerve Brewing Company of Manitowish Waters and Liberty Way Taphouse of Mercer. Thank you for supporting North Lakeland Discovery Center and our mission of connecting people, nature, and community.

If you see Sasquatch around town, snap a pic and bring it to the Sip & Stroll and we'll give you an extra spin on the prize wheel. Keep your eyes open, you never know where he might pop up!

Register here or by calling (715) 543-2085