Join the 2022 Wisconsin State Parks Challenge with your Family!

Wisconsin State Park Challenge

Do you love exploring the outdoors with your family? Or maybe you have been stuck at home this winter and want an extra excuse to get outside more and get moving? Well, this year Friends of the Wisconsin State Parks are offering the 2022 State Parks Challenge to encourage/reward people who get out and explore the great State Parks that Wisconsin has to offer! Before you jump in, you’ll want to be sure to get their 2022 Challenge app to make your tracking a breeze!

High Cliff State Park Hiking
High Cliff State Park, Sherwood

The Rules

  • The challenge officially starts on the spring equinox, March 22, 2022, and ends on the autumn equinox.
  • Choose if you want to participate as an individual or family.
  • Keep progress by registering, although this is not required it is encouraged. You are welcome to register at any time. 
  • All challenges must take place on a Wisconsin State Park System Property including trails, state forests, and recreation centers.
  • There is no fee to enter the challenge, but you’ll need to buy your State Park Vehicle admission sticker or trail pass.
  • Any number of challenges can be completed within the challenge time.
  • Each time a challenge is completed and documented in either a downloadable logbook or the online logbook, the household name is entered into a final drawing for prizes —one entry per household not per person.  Only one prize will be awarded per family.
Devils Lake Wisconsin State Park
Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo

The Children Challenges

  • Water Activities
    • Take a photo of your family next to a waterfall. Hold a homemade sign with the name of the waterfall.
    • Skip a rock in 2 different campground lakes.
    • Go fishing in a Wisconsin State Park property lake.
  • Flora and fauna
    • Create a dandelion link necklace.
    • Create a leaf and bark rubbing.
    • Observe a live reptile.
    • Go on a scavenger hunt.
  • Camping
    • Take a photo of your favorite camp meal while in camp.
    • Make s’mores.
    • Pick up litter in your campsite.
    • Cook a meal for the family over an open fire. (Adult Supervision!)
    • In Explorer Book for ages 3-5 complete pg 4 Look for Things that Fly in the Sky, pg 6 Turn Over a Rock
    • In Explorer Book for ages 6-8 complete pg 3 Up in the Sky, pg 16 Meet Extreme water Creatures
    • In Explorer Book for ages 9 and up complete pg 7 Search for Extreme Eaters, pg 18 Under the Water See Invisible Animals
  • Visiting
    • Create a colored drawing of a lookout.
    • Go on a nature walk.
    • Go stargazing. #challengestar
Kids hiking on Queen's Chair at Rib Mountain Wisconsin State Park
Boulder climbing at Rib Mountain State Park, Wausau

The Family/Individual Challenges  

  • Water Activities
    • Fish at three different parks.
    • Paddle five different bodies of water. 
    • Visit and photograph 5 different waterfalls. 
    • Build and photograph sand sculptures on 5 different Wisconsin State Park beaches. 
  • Biking
    • Bike at least 50 miles on Wisconsin State Park trails. 
  • Photography
    • Take a selfie from 10 scenic overlooks.
    • Take 10 photos of historic buildings, including lighthouses, on Wisconsin State Park properties.
    • Photograph examples of Indigenous Cultures on 5 State Park properties. 
    • Take a photograph on horseback in 2 different State Parks.
  • Visiting
    • Visit a Wisconsin State Park Property in six different regions
    • Visit the same Wisconsin State Park property once a month from March through September. 
    • Attend 3 naturalist programs.
    • Visit 2 state park nature centers.
    • Visit a Wisconsin State Park property you have never been to before.
    • Ride a horse on one of the Wisconsin State Park Horse trails.
  • Service Projects
    • Clean up litter for 2-3 hours at two or more State Park properties. 
    • Pick garlic mustard for 2-3 hours and dispose of it properly.
    • Join a Friend’s group

By using the hashtag #wfechallenge when taking photos it can encourage people to get out and keep visiting State Parks, so we can enjoy them for many years to come!

Another fun activity for kids while out exploring the state parks is the Wisconsin Explorers Program, a free badge earning program for kids 3-9 years old. 

Heritage Hill Wisconsin State Park
Heritage Hill State Park, Allouez

Where to Start

Here are 18 great state parks within two hours of the Fox Valley!  

Are you looking for even more ideas of where to start your 2022 Wisconsin State Parks Challenge? We’ve got 10 must-do state park adventures waiting for you!

Hartman Creek Waupaca
Hartman Creek State Park, Waupaca

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