Hikes & Excursions

UW-BSC Continuing Education offers a variety of hikes and excursions for students and community members.


Guide: Todd Persche, landscape artist and birder/naturalist
Fee: $12 per hike


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Saturday, April 19 • 5:00 pm-dusk (Rain date: April 26)

We will meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot and hike the Upland Trail Loop.
Dress warm and bring some food to eat our dinner on the quartzite picnic
tables. Frogs will still be singing along with early arriving birds. Let's hope for
a champagne colored sunset as we return through the marsh at dusk, listening
to woodcocks and snipe.


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Saturday, May 3 • 8:00 am-noon (Rain date: May 10)

Plenty of migrating birds will be filling up the landscape as we wander through
wetlands, forests and talus fields, while lapping the lake. Bring plenty of water and
snacks to enjoy at our mid-morning siesta that hopefully will include sunning
on the rocks and listening to the sweet sounds of winter wrens



Our day begins at the National Eagle Center on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, Minnesota. At this educational interpretive center, you will meet five rescued eagles, experience a live eagle program and learn more about bald and golden eagles up close! Enjoy views of wild eagles from the observation deck over the Mississippi River and explore two floors of interactive exhibits and displays, including the inspiring new exhibit, Masters of the Sky: Raptors, Flight and Migration.
Our lunchtime experience takes us to the nearby town of Kellogg and a visit to LARK Toys which was recently named one of the 10 coolest toy stores in the world. After a delicious homemade soup and sandwich lunch in their café, you can explore the toy factory and exhibits inspired by Sarah and Donn Kreofsky,two creative teachers, who founded LARK Toys in 1983. LARK Toys is known for having very few toys that require batteries. They feature many of the best “old-fashioned” toys from the past, outstanding educational and specialty toys, and a terrific selection of children’s books. Originally built as a manufacturing facility, LARK TOYS expanded to include a toy museum highlighting the history of toys. In addition to the toys, LARK makes fudge and “first rate” ice cream for those looking for a sweet treat. Then on to Alma, Wisconsin, to visit the Castlerock Museum where curator Kelly Beattie will be our host as we walk with the Warriors of the Western World on a journey from the days of Rome, through the Dark Ages, the Vikings, the Crusader Knights in Chain Mail, and into the Golden Age of the fully armored Renaissance "Knight in Shining Armor." Watch empires rise and fall. See how arms and armor adapt to changing times with hundreds of rare and authentic examples of arms and armor on display in an easily viewed open wall format. Each exhibit area walks you through a time period showing you actual arms and armor used at that time.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Departure: 6:15 am Reedsburg and 6:45 am Baraboo
Return to Baraboo: approximately 6:00 pm
Fee: $69 (includes Eagle Center Admission, lunch, museum admission and motor coach)


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Join UW-BSC archeologists Tom Pleger and George Christiansen as they guide our visit to Aztalan State Park, one of Wisconsin’s most important and famous archaeological sites. Aztalan showcases an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that thrived between AD 1000 and 1300. The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village. We will be guided to various areas of the park to discover clues about the ancient people who lived here nearly a thousand years ago.  After our morning at Aztalan, our group will have lunch at Carp’s Landing Restaurant where everything is cooked fresh and meats are smoked in-house. Set in an historical downtown building in Lake Mills, we’ll enjoy a pasta buffet lunch featuring their specialty dish; brisket stroganoff as well as a red sauce pasta, and a vegetarian pasta along with salad and bread sticks. Following our lunch, we will tour Seljan Company in Lake Mills. Started in 1967 as a tool & die shop, today Seljan Company manufactures over 1000 different plastic parts and 400 different metal part numbers with such products as gaming, medical, food process, material handling, aircraft, automotive, point of purchase, coolers etc. Company president Scott Seljan along with some of his managers will host our group visit of their 500,000 square foot facility. The last part of the day will be spent exploring picturesque downtown Lake Mills, with charming 19th century buildings that house unique shops many galleries, jewelry and specialty stores.

***NOTE: Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for lots of walking on this trip.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Departure: 7:00 am Reedsburg and 7:30 am Baraboo
Return to Baraboo: approximately 5:30 pm
Fee: $69 (includes guided tours, lunch and motor coach)