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

Special Events


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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Friday, December 27, 2019 11 AM - 2 PM

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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Friday, 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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Saturday, December 28, 2019 5 - 7:30 PM

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! $7 per person. Register by calling (715) 543-2085.


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.

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Thursday June 11, 2020 5:00 - 8:30 PM

Gangster Gala

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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Saturday June 27, 2020 12:00 - 4:00 PM, BBQ at 5:00 PM

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 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 awards for decorations, themes, costumes, highest point earners, and best pictures/videos! Please contact the Discovery Center for more details. Teams of 8 participants or less, $75 per team. An evening BBQ and awards ceremony at the Discovery Center is included with registration.

Call the Discovery Center at (715) 543-2085 for more details and to register.

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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, water balloon games, fishing, fish casting contest and more! Lunch plates are available for purchase. Free program, donations appreciated. Fun for all ages! Registration is not required, but it helps us get an idea of how many are coming. Please register by calling (715) 543-2085.


Thursday July 23, 2020

Annual Meeting & Volunteer Dinner

Current members and volunteers of the Discovery Center are invited to join us for dinner, presentation, and awards ceremony.

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Wednesday August 19, 2020

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. Raffles, appetizers, silent auction, and prizes. 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

musky lure and tackle swap

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! Register today!

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

Register 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.

Eat with us or order carryout. You can order carryout or register in advance by calling us at (715) 543-2085. Registering or ordering in advance helps us know how many meals to make - thank you!

Join us for this fun evening!