Programs

Our goal is to make your visit to Winter Park an unforgettable experience! Whether you are on skis or snowshoes, we are proud to offer a wide variety of fun, interactive, and engaging trail activities the whole family can enjoy.

Bunny Trail

Follow the bunny signs around this easy 2km ski route and play games at the 7 interactive stations. Topics, ranging from poops and tracks to owl pellets and skeletons, will change every two weeks. 

Current Trail Topic: That’s Gross! Poops, Pellets, and Frog Popsicles, oh my! Learn about to weird and wacky behaviors of our Norhwoods animal neighbors. Vote for the grossest animal at the end!

cookie trail

Challenge yourself with this fun trail adventure! Pick up your free punch card at the Chalet, Silver Strider Trailhead, or download by clicking here.

Follow the cookie signs around this easy 5.5km ski route. Stop at all 5 mailboxes to complete your punch card. Take a picture with the wolves at the selfie station and send it to Barb at programs@minocquawinterpark.org to be featured on social media. Return your completed card to the Chalet for a prize!

storywalk

This year’s book selection is Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman. The beautiful pages of this book will be placed around Popple Loop snowshoe trail for you to enjoy the whole season long! 

In these poems, you will discover winter’s safe places for a few hardy creatures and how they snuggle warmly and survive until spring’s return.

Thank you to the Minocqua Public Library and the Lakeland Union High School for their support in this collaboration. 

Nature shelter

Accessible by both ski and snowshoe trail, the Nature Shelter is located at the corner of Nepco’s Cruise and X-C Express. This is a perfect place to stop, warm up by the fire, and watch the birds! Check out the interactive displays to test your knowledge on animal tracks, plant ID, and Winter Park history. 

New this year! Help us out by participating in these two citizen science programs that are located here: Snow Monitoring and Project Feederwatch. For more information contact Erin at programs@minocquawinterpark.org. 

 

trail bingo

Pick up a free bingo card at the Chalet, Silver Strider Trailhead, or download by clicking here. Ski or snowshoe and try to get bingo. Return your winning card to the Chalet for a prize!

Take a selfie with your winning card, or of you accomplishing any of the actions on the card, and send it to Barb at programs@minocquawinterpark.org to be featured on social media.  

photo challenge

Get your creative juices flowing and hone your winter photography skills! Every two weeks there will be a new photo prompt, such as “trees”, posted on social media and the website. Take a picture related to the prompt as you explore Winter Park and send it in to Erin at programs@minocquawinterpark.org to be featured on social media and receive cool prizes!

Current Photo Challenge: Textures and Patterns- Deadline:

We’re getting up close and personal this week, so find your zoom and macro camera features! Winter Park’s landscape is full of interesting patterns and textures from the soft pillows of snow-covered tussocks, to the sharp mechanical ridges of Pisten Bully groomed ski trails. How many different ones can you find?

Send us your pictures by March 5th 

Coloring pages

These fun coloring pages can be downloaded or picked up at the Chalet. Drop off your works of art at the Chalet or email to Barb at programs@minocquawinterpark.org. Our goal is to fill the windows of the Chalet with your artwork! 

Click Here for Feathered Friends Coloring Pages

Click Here for Cool Carnivores Coloring Pages

Click Here for “That’s Gross!” Animal Coloring Pages

Click Here for Forest Friends Coloring Pages

Click Here for Terrific Trees Coloring Pages

citizen science

We are participating in 3 citizen science projects at the park this year.

Snapshot Wisconsin (DNR): Monitoring wildlife year-round using a state-wide network of trail cameras. 

Project FeederWatch (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology): Helping scientists and participants learn about winter bird populations. Located at the Nature Shelter.

Snow Monitoring (MWP): Tracking snow data to allow for more accurate reporting throughout the park. Located at the Nature Shelter, Wolf’s Den Shelter, and Popple Loop Snowshoe Trail. 

Contact Erin at programs@minocquawinterpark.org for more information on how to get involved.