November Park Events


Friday, November 10th: Veterans Hike, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday, November 15th: “Rock your Mocs” Hike, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Friday, November 24th: #OptOutside Hike, 11:00am-12:00pm

Our park educators offer a wide variety of programs for both kids and adults, such as fishing clinics (no license required for children 15 and under) and events that focus on nature education and exploration, all designed to be hands-on and family-friendly.

For details on events, please visit the FLSP Events Page.


Christmas in the Ward!

The tradition continues! Friday December 1st Friends volunteers and the DNR will be making s’mores at Christmas in the Ward. Please stop by, say hello and get warm by four fire pits while making these tasty treats. Donations using Square or cash will be gratefully accepted. The event starts at 5:30pm with fireworks at 7:25pm.

Want to help with events, programs or otherwise?
Please complete a volunteer interest form.

Colder weather doesn’t mean all activity at Lakeshore State Park has slowed.

Spawning trout and salmon can be seen leaping from the water as they make their way to the shallow waters and gravel beds best for laying eggs. Bluestem grasses have turned an autumn orange, the flowers have all gone to seed, and you can practically smell the pies in the oven.

This month is one of the last times to soak up fall, and when we start to feel grateful for our families, our friends, and our planet. As we relish the last moments of flowering plant life for the year, we can feel grateful for organizations which help keep our parks functioning at their best. We can help these organizations in several ways, such as giving our time to weed out invasive plants, donating to fund more educational opportunities at the parks, promoting organizations that help facilitate both, and more. Giving to organizations that matter to the planet during this season can provide a feeling of warmth that helps stave away the chill as winter starts to wrap its icy grip around our city. 

Donating to the Friends of Lakeshore State Park helps fund things like educational collaborations with the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and Audubon Society, new equipment for the staff and park rangers, and free events for the public. As Milwaukee’s only urban state park, your support can help make nature accessible for anyone, regardless of their ability, language, or access to transportation.

Someone without a car can access this park, and it may be the only state park they have had a chance to visit. Anyone who visits here can see birds, butterflies, bees, foxes, and fish all within this urban patch of prairie by the lake – just by taking the Gold line bus to the lakefront! Your donation to the Friends of Lakeshore State Park helps support the DNR to keep this park accessible, educational, and an island of natural habitat right in the heart of Milwaukee.