Nature in Miniature

Badger Den

Nature in Miniature: 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 28, 2022 Have you ever wondered what life is like for an ant? Let’s shrink down together to discover the microworld! We’ll be exploring the patterns we notice in nature, turning over rocks to find critters and examining how beetles, worms and fungi help recycle the trees. Be ... Read More

Nature Journaling Workshop, August 17, 9 am – noon

The MacKenzie Center W7303 County Highway CS, Poynette

Nature Journaling Workshop: 9 a.m. - noon, Wednesday, Aug. 17 This free workshop will give you the basic knowledge needed to create your own nature journal. You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy nature, but a journal helps you keep track of what you’ve seen and learned. Feel free to bring your own notebooks, pencils ... Read More

Early Birding Hike, August 27, 7-9 am

The MacKenzie Center W7303 County Highway CS, Poynette

Early Birding Hike: 7 - 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 Birds are out and about! Let’s catch a glimpse of these feathered friends bright and early as we meander the South Trails. Please bring any of your own birding equipment, although we will provide field guides and binoculars. Meet Naturalists at the South Trails parking lot for ... Read More

Knitting Get-together


This get-together is designed for anyone working on a handmade fiber creation (knit or crochet) to craft together in the MacKenzie Lodge.  We encourage participants to bring their own supplies, although we will have a small amount of yarn, knitting needles and patterns available.  Join us by the fireplace, bring your own warm beverage and ... Read More

Winter Wonders Hike

South Trails Parking Lot Poynette, WI

Join us for a winter wonders hike on our South Trails! Whether there is fresh snow or not, there is still lots to explore in the forest and prairie. We will discover and learn what the plants and animals are doing this time of year to survive. Please dress for the weather and meet naturalists ... Read More

Holiday Greenery Workshop

The MacKenzie Center W7303 County Highway CS, Poynette

Sign up to learn how to make your own holiday greenery such as a wreath, hanger or centerpiece using natural materials. Please preregister and prepay ($10) at the MacKenzie Center 608-635-8112 by Dec. 3.  All supplies required will be provided but feel free to bring any materials you may have. Our greenery workshop will once ... Read More


First Day Hike

South Trails Parking Lot Poynette, WI

First Day Hike Sunday, Jan. 1, 1-2:30 p.m. Start the year off outside with a brisk hike alongside MacKenzie Naturalists. We will meet at the south trails and depart for a 1-2 mile hike through the forests and prairies at MacKenzie. We’ll hike at a moderate pace and offer turn-around points to accommodate hikers of ... Read More

Wolf Moon Hike


Wolf Moon Hike Friday, Jan. 6, 5:30-7 p.m. Experience the MacKenzie Center in the moonlight with a guided hike through our forests and prairies. Arrive at 5:30 p.m. to spend some time by the fire before departing or come at 6 p.m. to join us for the hike. We’ll be moving more slowly, as we ... Read More

Candlelight Snowshow Hike


Join us at the MacKenzie Center for a fun Friday night of hiking and snowshoeing on our illuminated path. Snowshoes are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis, but guests are welcome to bring their own, too! Please park in the Lodge parking lot, and walk up to the lodge for trail maps, restrooms ... Read More

Winter Tree ID

South Trails Parking Lot Poynette, WI

Which trees can we identify this winter at MacKenzie Center? Let’s learn together as we explore and identify trees, using MacKenzie’s educational materials on a guided hike! Please wear clothes for the weather and bring an enthusiasm to discover! Please park and meet naturalists in the south trails parking lot at 2 p.m. This event ... Read More