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

Special Events

Sunday, May 26, 2019

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 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.

At this event we have a silent auction.  If you would like to donate an item for the auction, the item must be new or in like new condition.  All incoming items will be screened by a review committee and if not chosen the items may be used for other fundraiser programs.  Items are due by May 3, 2019.

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



May 31 - June 1, 2019

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!

Join us for the 2019 Bird Fest with keynote speaker Michael Edmonds, award winning author and historian, who will discuss the topic of his most recent book, Taking Flight, a History of People and Birds in the Heart of America.  



June 22, 2019

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 second 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.  Pre-register by 6/18.  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 and contact Emily, Annie or Julie for more details and to register. Pre-register by 6/18. See you there, or Walk the Plank!