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orchards . railroads . cranberries . history . pumpkin patches . museums . dairy farms

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: g n i r u t , a s e e f g a l l a r o f s p i r t , s e i field r a r e n i it e m i t l a e r re o m & s p i safety t

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& TOUR OPERATORS: The Field Trip Planner’s Most Valuable Resources Chambers & CVBs: Your First Contact in Tour Planning Whether you’re experienced in planning daytrips or overnights, or if you’re brand new to the world of trip planning, it’s always a good idea to reach out to the pros. Chambers of commerce and convention & visitors bureaus (CVBs) have been helping tourists find the perfect destination and fit for more than 100 years. They are the quintessential source for attractions, restaurants, activities, event facilities, and hotels. Making a pit stop at a local fast food joint or having a sit-down dining experience at an elegant restaurant can go smoothly when you have a CVB representative on your side. Staff are knowledgeable and can often assist you in choosing the best travel dates. They know when the travel season kicks in and can help find the best pricing on hotels, restaurants, and special packages. They’ll help you find the new and unique experiences that will leave your travelers saying, “Wow!” And because their services are funded by local stakeholders, they are FREE for group leaders and field trip planners!

Working With a Tour Operator Has Its Benefits But aren’t tour operators expensive? Not really. Tour operators have experience that allows them to negotiate low group rates on everything from hotels to transportation, tickets, tour escorting services, food and even unexpected costs you may have missed. In addition to knowing the ropes, the tour operator can take your group to places you wouldn’t otherwise know about or be able to visit. A few examples are: backstage theater tours, a hotel reception, or the ins and outs of a local festival. It all makes sense. Tour operators are experienced in networking. They have connections throughout the industry and know how to use them, so if there’s a hiccup in your plans, they’ll know just how to handle it. And isn’t that what we all want? So if you’re spending lots of time and energy searching for locations, lodging, attractions, and dining…STOP. Convert your energies to defining your group’s interests, options, and budget. Then call a few likely CVBs or tour operators, explain your needs, and let these talented professionals do the work for you.

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DeVoe Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Down A Country Road. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 East Troy Railroad Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Heritage Orchard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 LaClare Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Leatherberry Acres. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 The Little Farmer LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 LondonDairy Alpacas Tour & Gift Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Mid-Continent Railway Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 NEW Zoo & Adventure Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Pioneer Village Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Point Beach Energy Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Schairer’s Autumn Acres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Smith Pumpkin Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Warrens Cranberry Festival, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8


field trip /’fel(d) ,trip/ noun

a journey by a group of people to a place away from their normal environment, usually for the purposes of firsthand observation So, you’ve been asked to plan a field trip for your group. Perhaps you are new to the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts scene and just don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’re an educator or group leader on the hunt for new and unique tour ideas? Whatever the case, we’re here to help. Whether you’re looking to plan a short daytrip or even an overnight excursion, Field Trips Wisconsin has the tour that’s right for you. And we don’t just cater to youth groups. Field Trips Wisconsin is all about lifelong learning. That includes adult education and even those of you who just want to hop in the car with your best friend and take a drive. This guide is designed to get you out and exploring, and our real-time itinerary format makes it that much easier to plan. According to a Globe University study, “Students who practice what they’re learning in a hands-on environment can often retain three and a half times as much as opposed to just sitting in a lecture room and listening intently.” So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get up close and personal with a Wisconsin field trip!

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What kind of experiences will you find on your next field trip? AG-VENTURES Pick-your-own produce, dairy farms and orchards Experience Wisconsin’s sustainable farming firsthand and discover how your food gets from the farm to the dinner table. No matter your group’s age, picking your own food is both thrilling and fulfilling. Many of these working farms will add a lecture or program to the tour for that extra educational component. Activities may include a discussion about the social and ecological aspects of food production as well as some good old-fashioned farm work.

NATURE Botanical gardens, arboretums and environmental centers Wisconsin offers numerous opportunities for all ages and abilities to explore and learn all about bats, birds, butterflies, bugs and more. Take a leisurely stroll, hike, or bike along a nature trail and see flora and fauna in their natural habitats. You’ll have a great time discovering and learning—not to mention, just plain fun!

HISTORY, CULTURE AND MUSEUMS Travel back to days gone by Explore Wisconsin’s storied past—specifically the lifestyles of people from a particular region—through history, food, art, architecture and other elements that shaped their way of life. Museums large and small offer programs that can be designed specifically for your group’s interests and curriculum. Take a cooking class and experience a certain culture’s food and find out how that food became such a favorite for them. See ancient relics such as tools, art, clothing and furniture, or even learn a few words or phrases from a culture’s unique past.

SCIENCE AND DISCOVERIES Zoos, aquariums and wildlife centers Take a behind-the-scenes tour and meet the staff who take care of the animals. Learn what they eat and what it takes to care for unique wildlife from a variety of habitats. Feed a bug or two and find out why we can’t live without these many-legged creatures. What is a mammal? A reptile? A marsupial? Why do some animals hibernate in the winter? Many programs feature hands-on activities and can be tailored to fit your classroom curriculum.

RECREATION Ziplines, train rides, amusement parks and more Before you zip your group off to a zipline or amusement park, try to get them thinking about a few things. What animals on the carousel move the fastest? Those on the inside or the outside? Amusement parks are a great excuse for a physics lesson and you’ll find physics can be pretty amusing! Take a train ride and try to figure out how long it will take to come to a complete stop. Or how about that zipline? Using a few basic equations, a rider can predict their maximum velocity before they even ride it!

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Art centers, crafts, theatre, dance and music Take a workshop at a performing arts center and learn about critical thought, communication, collaboration and creativity through dance, music, acting and live theatre. Art centers may offer pottery and other hands-on experiences as well. See an orchestra concert or even take a music lesson. Roll up your sleeves and get creative!

Field Trip Safety Checklist for Students Here are just a few suggestions to make your field trip a little safer:

ID Tags

Create ID tags/badges for each participant,with group name included.

Behavior/Emergency Procedures

Review expectations with students and parents.

Permission Slips

Keep track of students who will/will not attend.

Contact List

Print a list of student/parent names and emergency phone numbers to bring with you on the trip and distribute to chaperones.

Group Students

Decide how to group students with chaperones. The typical recommendation is 4 elementary school students per chaperone or 8 high school students per chaperone. Different attractions have different policies, so always call ahead.

Meeting Place

Identify a meeting place at the field trip site.

First Aid

Bring a first aid kit/supplies including any necessary student medications and medical waivers.

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Northwest Wisconsin

Northwest Wisconsin Railroads: Connecting the Region

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As agriculture became a major industry in the 1840s, Wisconsin’s need for transportation routes increased. Railroads had already proven to be successful in the eastern part of the country, and officials agreed that a line across the Wisconsin Territory would provide a means of transporting produce, consumer goods, and people. They also saw railroads as a way of connecting the various regions and encouraging further settlement. On February 25, 1851 the first train in Wisconsin ran from Milwaukee to Waukesha. By April of the same year, one passenger and one freight train ran daily across the line. Town officials of Prairie du Chien were impressed by the railroad’s success and requested a charter line from Madison. In 1857, the first east-west railway from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River was completed. Not long after that, a line from Milwaukee to La Crosse opened and other lines were extended from Chicago. The regions of the Wisconsin Territory were officially connected and although Wisconsin did not become a link in the Atlantic-Pacific rail system, its railroads provided farmers with better prices and resources. Railways expanded marketing opportunities by offering a more reliable way to get products to and from eastern markets. They also gave immigrants and settlers from the East an opportunity to populate the Wisconsin countryside with farms and villages. Railroads are an important piece of Wisconsin history. In fact, many of the original lines are still intact today and open for tours. Schedule a ride on one of these important links in Wisconsin history.

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Northwest Wisconsin Itinerary

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year and can be tailored to fill one or two days of adventure.

DAY ONE

11:00am – 1:00pm Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center – Alma, WI It may seem a bit unusual for a nature center to be situated in an urban area right on Main Street, but that’s just where you’ll find the Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center. The scenic city of Alma is nestled in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge. The area hosts hundreds of bald eagles, with many active nests, as well as an abundance of herons. If you are visiting between March and November, visit Rieck’s Lake to view migrating tundra swans. Much of North America’s waterfowl population uses the Mississippi Flyway during migration, and half of the entire world’s canvasback ducks stop here at the refuge. In addition to all the migrating waterfowl, dozens of species of songbirds stop by during the spring and fall migrations. Step out onto the outdoor viewing deck, equipped with spotting scopes and binoculars, and see these creatures for yourself! During the summer months, see the tranquil morning fog creep out over the Mississippi River. Fall is an excellent time to get off the beaten path and take a drive through the rich foliage. All of this breathtaking scenery has inspired local and regional artists to create exceptional pieces, which are on display at the nature center. These innovative and educational exhibition projects are based on themed shows, solo exhibitions, and an annual Artist Member group exhibit. Enjoy a presentation or

take part in a hands-on workshop! Historical societies and museums also provide rotating displays at the nature center. Open daily from 11am to 4pm, year round. 1 – 2:00pm Travel 47 miles from Alma to Eau Claire, WI. 2 – 4:00pm Children’s Museum of Eau Claire – Eau Claire, WI Open all year long, the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire (CMEC) combines learning with the power of play. Permanent and special exhibits provide hands-on experiences that will last a lifetime. Climb through a larger-than-life digestive system in BodySmarts, build a fort with the Imagination Playground blocks, make a splash at the WaterWorks exhibit, and so much more! CMEC features three floors jampacked with interactive displays that are perfect for learning and disguised as a whole lot of fun.

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8 – 9:00am Travel 53 miles from Eau Claire to Barron, WI. 9:00am – 12:00pm Pioneer Village Museum– Barron, WI This 40-building museum includes an authentic 1880s village for both large and small groups to explore. Take a stroll down Pioneer Street and check out the historic railroad depot, country school, dentist’s office, jail, saloon, blacksmith shop, newspaper office, library, general store,

doctor’s office, post office, meeting house, and the historic Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Experience an immersive history lesson at the one-of-a-kind exhibition hall, featuring forty glass-front display cases filled with items from the distant past. The gift shop is filled with many unique handcrafted items, including handloomed rugs, while the Pioneer Grill serves up food during special events. Whether guided or self-guided, public or private, the Pioneer Village Museum is happy to customize the perfect tour for your group. 12 – 1:00pm Travel 42 miles from Barron to Trego, WI. 1 – 3:00pm Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad – Trego, WI Offering a variety of family-friendly train tours, the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad showcases the best of the 1950s travel ... continued on page 8

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... continued from page 7 experience. The Family Pizza Train includes a scenic 90-minute ride through farm fields and deep woods, with a stop at the Bean Creek Trestle—and of course, pizza! The staff will share stories and history of the train for an educational component. Working with a variety of groups, from scouts to corporate parties, they are experienced in customizing tours to suit your needs. Be sure to check out other year-round events, such as the Thanksgiving Lunch Train or the Santa Pizza Train. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact these destinations individually or work directly with area CVBs to ensure the perfect experience for your group.

Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad

Pioneer Village Museum 1866 13 1/2-14th Ave, Cameron | 715-458-2080 barroncountymuseum.com | museum1@chibardun.net Pioneer Village Museum, the “Hidden Gem of the Northwoods,” represents an era when Native Americans harvested wild rice, lumber barons amassed fortunes, and pioneers built farms and towns out of dreams. This 40-building museum, with authentic 1880s village, invites you to relive those dreams. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Tour groups may call or email to book a tour. Lunch Stand on site as well as a Gift Shoppe. Check website for events.

Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center 110 N Main Street, Alma | 608-685-3303 wingsoveralma.org | center@wingsoveralma.org Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center is your tourist destination for information about Alma and the Upper Mississippi River area. Located on Main Street, you can browse the gift shop, see the current art exhibit and experience the viewing deck for eagle and bird watching over the Mississippi River. Their experienced volunteers will be on hand to help with all your questions!    

Wings Over Alm a Nature & Art Ce nter 110 N Main Stree t Alma, WI 5461 0 608 685-3303 wingsoveralma.o rg center@wingsov eralma.org

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Northeast Wisconsin

Northeast Wisconsin The Ginseng Capital of the World

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Ginseng is a slow-growing herb, highly sought after for its medicinal purposes. Wisconsin’s ginseng is widely considered by East Asian populations—the largest consumers of the product—to be the bestcultivated ginseng in the world. According to traditional Chinese medicine, American ginseng promotes yin energy, cleaning excess yang and calming the body. In the late 1870s, the attempt to grow ginseng in Wisconsin failed due to disease. In 1904, the four Fromm brothers took 100 ginseng plants from nearby forests and moved them onto a section of their land in the township of Hamburg, near Wausau. This crop can only be grown once on a piece of land and takes four to five years from seed to harvest. Thanks to the Fromm brothers’ dedication, along with the perfect growth conditions in Marathon County, the city of Wausau is now considered the “Ginseng Capital of the World.” Today, Wisconsin ginseng farmers account for 95% of the total cultivated ginseng production in the United States, with 90 to 95% produced in Marathon County alone. Seeds are planted in the fall and germinate in the spring. After three years of growth, the roots begin to reach a marketable size. Most of the nation’s ginseng crop is exported to Hong Kong, where it is redistributed to locations in the Far East. This crop thrives in northeast Wisconsin’s climate. Take a scenic drive through the countryside and see the beautiful ginseng beds, or even stop for a tour and see the process for yourself.

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Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises

Northeast Wisconsin Itinerary

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.

DAY ONE

10:00am – 2:00pm NEW Zoo & Adventure Park – Green Bay, WI Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park offers education and recreation for groups of all ages. View nearly 90 different species of animals native to a variety of habitats around the world. Enhance your visit with a downloadable scavenger hunt or zoo class, on subjects ranging from species classification to conservation and zoo careers. Enjoy lunch at the Mayan ‘Taste of the Tropics’ Restaurant or rent a shelter at the Reforestation Camp for picnics and special events. Take part in the one-of-a-kind Giraffe Feeding Experience or even add an overnight program to your visit. Groups coming for self-guided tours are welcome on any day and time of their choosing. Educational programs and guided tours must be scheduled in advance. There’s so much to do at the zoo! Open year round, with a small admission cost. Hours vary seasonally. 2 – 4:30pm Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary – Green Bay, WI Keep the wildlife adventure going with a nature program at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. This 700-acre urban wildlife refuge features live animal exhibits, an interactive nature center, scenic trails, and a wildlife rehabilitation site. Naturalists are available to provide hands-on educational programs, which are typically 4560 minutes in length. These programs can be tailored to any and all ages, from preschoolers to seniors. Sample programs include:

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Raptor Tour: Birds of Prey – A walk and talk with a naturalist along the live bird of prey exhibits. Wolves in Wisconsin – Visit the Wolf Viewing Area and learn about the myths and realities of these misunderstood creatures. Wolf artifacts available to touch. The World of Bats – This fun program introduces guests to the fascinating world of bats and their secretive lives in Wisconsin and around the world. The park is open for hiking year round. Hours may vary seasonally. 4:30 – 6:00pm Travel 80 miles from Green Bay to Birnamwood, WI.

DAY TWO

9:00am – 1:00pm Schairer’s Autumn Acres - Birnamwood, WI Years ago, the Schairer family had a bumper crop of pumpkins, which they decided to sell along the roadside. Today, that humble operation has grown into a family-friendly, pickyour-own pumpkin experience. Groups young and old are invited to come and enjoy all the wonderful delights of a Wisconsin farm in the fall. Navigate through the six-acre corn maze, pick some pumpkins, take a wagon ride, enjoy

the outdoors, and create memories that will last a lifetime. 1 – 1:30pm Travel 27 miles from Birnamwood to Wausau, WI. 1:30 – 4:00pm Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises – Wausau, WI Paul C. Hsu, the first Chinese grower in North America, has been harvesting the highest quality American ginseng since 1974. Today he has over 1,000 acres of prime ginseng farmland available for cultivation. Tour the new 40,000-square-foot processing building and learn about the history and benefits of this exotic crop. Visit any time of year, especially during the harvest, which takes place in the fall. Tours offered May through September, 9:30am - 3:00pm. Reservations appreciated. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact these destinations individually or work directly with area CVBs to ensure the perfect experience for your group.


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Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

Schairer’s Autumn Acres

Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises, Inc. T6819 County Road W, Wausau | 715-675-2325 hsuginseng.com | scott@hsuginseng.com or brent@hsuginseng.com Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises is the world’s premier grower and supplier of American ginseng products and gifts. They invite you to see their state-of-the-art farming operations, the processing and manufacturing by the world’s foremost grower, processor and exporter of quality American ginseng root. You will leave with an understanding of what makes Hsu’s and Wisconsin the premier supplier of American ginseng.

NEW Zoo & Adventure Park 4378 Reforestation Road, Green Bay | 920-434-7841 newzoo.org | jelen_pe@co.brown.wi.us Plan your next student field trip or group getaway at NEW Zoo & Adventure Park! Their programs are designed to supplement students’ curriculum in a fun and “edZOOcational” setting. There is more to a zoo visit than just seeing the animals. Their classes bring science and other subjects to life, helping children and adults alike make connections to real-world topics with live animals. Open 365 days a year!

Schairer’s Autumn Acres, LLC 194 Western Ave, Birnamwood | 715-573-8397 schairersautumnacres.com | ksschairer@gmail.com Schairer’s Autumn Acres: A Unique Fall Farm Experience! Two fun-filled corn mazes, Play Farm Treasure Hunt (see who can collect the most treasure!), pumpkin picking, petting zoo, wagon rides, and a large play area featuring human hamster wheels, duck races, hoppy horses, apple launching and more! Explore the Storybook Maze and learn about Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Fall fun for everyone!

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Southwest Wisconsin For the Love of the Cranberry

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Where would we be without the hardiness and versatility of the cranberry? As one of the only three fruits native to North America, it was a staple of Native American life and has become Wisconsin’s number one fruit crop. Since its cultivation in the mid-19th century, this little red berry has become a vital part of the state’s agricultural economy. In fact, Wisconsin harvests more than 60 percent of the nation’s total cranberry crop. No wonder they’ve claimed it as their official state fruit! It all started in Waushara County, near the city of Berlin. Farmers discovered that the sand and peat marshes provided the perfect growing conditions for cranberries, and soon pioneered the state’s commercial cranberry industry. Soon the production moved into the bogs of central counties and gradually the southern counties began specializing in the crop. The earliest harvesting techniques involved gathering the berries by hand in the cranberry marsh. The development of the cranberry rake—a handheld tool with a large comb at one end and a basket at the other— drastically increased production in the late 19th century. Today, almost all cranberry harvesting is done by machine. This deliciously tart berry is used in beverages, sauces, dressings, pies, tarts, crumbles and so much more. Be sure to pick up a Wisconsin cranberry treat during your visit to the southwest region, or even tour a cranberry marsh!


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Down A Country

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Mid-Continent Railway Museum

Southwest Wisconsin Itinerary

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year and can be tailored to fill one or two days of adventure.

DAY ONE

8 – 11:00am DeVoe Family Dairy Farms – Monroe, WI Experience farm life firsthand at this 2,000-acre working dairy farm in Monroe. Milk a cow, feed the calves, gather eggs, and meet the livestock, including the world’s most beautiful cow— Adele. Each tour includes snacks and goodie bags for the kids. You’ll also see peacocks, guineas, ducks, pigs, a donkey and more! Appointments are necessary, so be sure to call ahead to schedule the best time for your group to get the full farm tour. 11:00am – 12:30pm Travel 72 miles from Monroe to Baraboo, WI. 12:30 – 2:30pm Leatherberry Acres – Baraboo, WI Experience exciting family fun at Leatherberry Acres and create memories to last a lifetime. Get lost in the 14-acre corn maze, or navigate through the smaller maze created especially for young adventurers. The climbers in your group will love the climbing bales pyramid & castle, tire pyramid, and rock wall. Take a ride on the Bee Line—a 200-foot zipline including facts about honeybees! Climb aboard the Barrel Train and take a relaxing ride around the Acres. Visit in the fall and pick your own pumpkins and even fire the pumpkin cannon! Tours from midSeptember to mid-November. 2:30 – 5:00pm Mid-Continent Railway Museum – Baraboo, WI Take a ride on a century-old restored steel coach, traveling 7 miles round trip along a former branch line of the Chicago & North Western Railway. Travel back in time as this 55-minute tour takes you through the scenic Baraboo Hills. Before or after the ride, explore

the display of 40 locomotives and train cars at this outdoor living museum that will take you back to the “Golden Age of Railroading.” Specialty train rides are available throughout the year, such as the Snow Train, Stars & Stripes Special, Autumn Color Weekend, Pumpkin Special, and more. Open mid-May through October, with limited time for special event train rides in the winter.

DAY TWO

8 – 9:30am Travel 70 miles from Baraboo to Warrens , WI. 9:30 – 11:00am Wetherby Cranberry Company – Warrens, WI For the love of cranberries! This family-run operation has over 100 years of experience in the cranberry business. Year round, you can learn about the production of the cranberry and its impact on the world (60% of the world’s supply of cranberries comes right from Wisconsin!). Harvest Day is an annual tradition at Wetherby, always the first Saturday in October. See the harvesters don their waders and walk right into the marsh. Private group tours of the farm and facility are available. 11:00am – 1:30pm Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center – Warrens, WI After experiencing the marsh firsthand, sit down to a menu filled with anything and everything made with—you guessed it— cranberries! Located in the historic Union Cranberry Warehouse in Warrens, this tour will take you through the history of the cranberry and explain how it became Wisconsin’s official

state fruit. Visit Albert’s Workshop—an exhibit full of fascinating woodworking equipment used by harvesters. See the “Cranberry Canoe,”— an authentic Native American dugout canoe discovered in 1996 and estimated to be 150 years old. Enjoy a cranberry treat at the Taste Test Kitchen & Ice Cream Parlor, featuring a restored 1930s marble soda fountain. Make sure to stop by the gift shop and bakery for delicious cranberry goods to take home. 1:30 – 2:30pm Travel 48 miles from Warrens to Cashton, WI. 2:30 – 5:00pm Down A Country Road – Cashton, WI Tour Wisconsin’s largest Amish community and take in a simpler lifestyle. Over 300 Old Order Amish call this area home and have established a community rich in history, culture, and handcrafted treasures. The gift shops and tours provided by Down A Country Road are available from May 1st through October 31st. There is no cost to stop with your group at The Village Shops; however, there is a fee for the tour. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact these destinations individually or work directly with area CVBs to ensure the perfect experience for your group.

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45th Annual Warrens Cranberry Festival 402 Pine Street, Warrens | 608-378-4200 cranfest.com | cranfest@cranfest.com The Festival is perhaps best known for its shopping of over 800 arts & crafts booths, 300 flea & antique booths (primitives, pottery and antiques), 100 farm market booths (fresh fall produce) and 100 food vendors that make for a three-mile shopping extravaganza! Ride a guided tour bus and see a cranberry marsh on Friday & Saturday. The largest band parade in Wisconsin is on Sunday at 2pm. Festival opens at 7am all three days. Making Memories Since 1973.

down a country road the village shops at

608-654-5318 • www.DownACountryRoad.com 12651 State Hwy 33 • Cashton, WI 54619

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The Amish Shop

The Little Red Shed

Emma’s Kitchen

Hand-crafted treasures made by the local Amish families.

Homemade soaps, lotions and perfumes, as well as a variety of other giftware.

Jams and jellies, homemade candies, maple syrup, pancake and bread mixes and other food products.

YOUR NEXT MOTORCOACH TOUR DESTINATION! providing bus tours since 1994

Let our experienced guides share the rich history of the Amish, dating back to the Anabaptist movement of the 1500s. Here, a non-Amish family has established a special friendship with many of the Old Order Amish families that surround the Cashton area. Your group steps back in time and will feel the quiet tranquility of a time gone by. Call today to share this special experience with your groups!

Country Corner Ice Cream Shoppe

Kinner Korner Children’s Shop

Not So Plain & Simple

We'll entice you with several flavors of "Made in Wisconsin" ice cream.

An array of furniture and gift items for the wee ones in your life.

Hand-made purses, jewelry, scarves, lotions, potions and fun and inspirational giftware.


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DeVoe Family Dairy Farms N266 Twin Grove Road, Monroe | 608-558-3471 wisconsinfarmtours.com | samantha@wisconsinfarmtours.com Experience a real working family dairy farm with nine different species of animals and hands-on activities in the heart of Wisconsin. Milk a cow, collect eggs, feed a calf, and learn all about life on the farm! Admission starts at just $8 per person—children 4 and under are free. Dairy treats and goodie bags for children are included. Great for all ages... book a tour today!

ALL ABOARD!

RIDE! A 55-minute round-trip journey on 1900-era railcars SEE! Railroad displays and restored railway equipment EXPLORE! Our gift shop in an 1894 railroad depot

2017 Schedule

Open Weekends: May 13–May 29 & Sept. 9–Oct. 9 15 Open Daily: June 3–Sept. 4 Open other dates by arrangement Departures: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.* *Departure times differ during select special events.

MID-CONTINENT RAILWAY MUSEUM E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom, WI 53951

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niformed conductors welcome you aboard early 1900s passenger cars for a 7-mile ride into the Golden Age of Railroading. Trains depart from the museum grounds, filled with restored locomotives, cars, and more! Guided tours available with advance arrangements. Group rates available. Bus parking. Free picnic area.

Only 30 minutes from Wisconsin Dells!

14-acre corn maze | pumpkin patch | wagon rides | children’s barrel train | petting zoo & many games to enjoy!

We provide a un amily xperience to celebrate ife and create asting emories. Let us know you found us in Field Trips Wisconsin! 608-963-1120 | leatherberryacres.com S4067 Cty Rd A - Baraboo, WI 15


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Event Calendar

11,25 Meet the Producer Dinner (LaClare Farms)

Malone 920-670-0051

4 Spring Odyssey Festiva l

Two Rivers 920-793-4 (LondonDairy Alpaca 165 Ranch) 10-11 Babies and Ber ries Kenosha 262-859-2 (Smith Pumpkin Farm 645 )

2,9 Pizza Train Eas t Troy 262-642-3263 (East Troy Railroad) AUG. 5,19 Pizza Train East Troy 262-642-3263 (East Troy Railroad) 10, 24 Me et the Producer Dinner Malone 920-670-0051 (LaClare Farms) SEPT. 16 Photo Tra in Eas (East Troy Railroad)t Troy 262-642-3263 26-27 National Farm Alpaca Days Two Rivers 920-793 (LondonDairy Alpaca -4165 Ranch) OCT. 5,19 Meet the Producer Dinner Malone 920-670-0051 (LaClare Farms) 8 Fall Harvest East Tro y 262-642-3263 (East Troy Railroad) NOV. 24-26 Alp aca Threads Holiday Open House Two Riv ers 920-793-4165 (LondonDairy Alpaca

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25 - Dec. 17 Chr istmas Train East Tro y 262-642-3263 (East Troy Railroad)

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Southeast Wisconsin Welcome to Dairyland Believe it or not, Wisconsin hasn’t always been known for its dairy farming. In the mid-19th century, wheat was actually the most important cash crop among farmers. It required a small initial investment, was easy to grow, and had a high rate of financial return. In fact, from 1840 to 1880, Wisconsin was known as “America’s Breadbasket” because onesixth of the nation’s wheat came from Wisconsin. But wheat farming was unpredictable. It was hard on the soil, and because of factors such as weather and insects, the yield varied substantially from year to year. Eventually, disaster struck in the 1860s when chinch bugs ravaged Wisconsin’s wheat crops. This forced farmers to experiment with various alternatives to wheat. Early Wisconsin settlers came from the dairy regions of the east— primarily New York—and were highly skilled in commercial dairying as well as butter and cheese production. It became apparent that dairying was well suited to Wisconsin’s soil and climate. Instrumental in transitioning from wheat to dairy farming—a phrase cleverly dubbed “from plow to cow”—was William Dempster Hoard. He encouraged farmers to switch from crop farming to dairy. He facilitated the use of silos and refrigerated shipping, as well as dairy product government inspections. Today, dairy farming has become the primary agricultural industry in the state of Wisconsin. Based on the state’s rich farming history, it’s easy to understand why their license plates proudly boast the phrase “America’s Dairyland.”


Southeast Wisconsin

LaClare Farms

Southeast Wisconsin Itinerary

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year and can be tailored to fill one or two days of adventure.

DAY ONE

8 – 10:00am Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy – Kewaunee, WI Explore this dairy facility and learn all about the latest innovations in milk production and alternative energies. Visit the 60-seat conference center overlooking the 72-cow, carousel-style milking parlor. Get an inside look at the day-to-day tasks of this busy dairy farm. Tours are typically given Tuesdays and Fridays from 8am to 4pm and last approximately 45-60 minutes. Advance registration is necessary. 10 – 10:30am Travel 23 miles from Kewaunee to Two Rivers, WI. 10:30am – 12:00pm Point Beach Energy Center – Two Rivers, WI Come, see, and learn “How A Nuclear Plant Works” in this 3,000-square-foot energy museum. Age-appropriate activities can be supplemented into an interactive educational program, where you’ll learn about the history and evolution of electricity and renewable energy. Point Beach Energy Center is a wellknown destination for schools, civic groups, and anyone who is interested in learning about nuclear energy. Open to the general public Tuesdays and Fridays from 11am to 4pm. Groups may schedule tours on other days and times. Admission is always free. 12 – 2:00pm LondonDairy Alpacas – Two Rivers, WI Open rain or shine, this fully operational ranch is sure to delight your group. Gather inside the pens where you can visit and feed these friendly creatures for an up close and personal experience. Learn how the woolly alpaca fur is transformed into rich yarns. Visit the Alpaca Threads Gift Shop and browse their huge collection of yarns, socks, scarves, jackets, sweaters, slippers, teddy bears, and more. 2 – 3:00pm Travel 46 miles from Two Rivers to Chilton, WI. 3 – 4:30pm Heritage Orchard – Chilton, WI Take part in the hands-on fun of picking your own apples and pumpkins. Enjoy the green grass, fresh air, and fantastic view, and don’t forget to load up on delicious bakery treats at the Farm Market!

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acas 4:30 – 5:00pm Travel 18 miles from Chilton to Malone, WI.

DAY TWO

8 – 11:00am The Little Farmer Orchard & Farm Market – Malone, WI The Little Farmer offers four different tour options for your group, ranging from 35 minutes to 90 minutes. In the Straw Barn Classroom you’ll learn about solar energy and composting, as well as the benefits of renewable energy. Observe a real beehive in the Bee House, where you’ll discover the importance of these wonderful insects and how they relate to the food we eat. Then step into the Apple House and see how the apples are washed, sized, inspected and bagged. Be sure to allow enough time for the 20-minute wagon ride out to the fragrant orchard countryside. Before you leave, be sure to check out their selection of apple goodies, such as pies, muffins, jellies, cookbooks, caramel apples and more! 11:00am – 3:00pm LaClare Farms – Malone, WI Just down the road from The Little Farmer is LaClare Farms, an award-winning cheese facility. Begin with lunch at The Café, featuring enticing menu items created and prepared with locally raised ingredients. Then stroll through the Courtyard where you’ll see four different aging rooms highlighting various cheeses being aged. Allow time in The Shoppe, where you can stock up on a wide variety of cheeses, ice cream, and specialty foods. Between 4:30pm & 6:30pm Monday-Friday, visit the Barn & Kid Zone where you can feed the goats and watch the milking process. 3 – 4:30pm Travel 75 miles from Malone to Milwaukee, WI.

DAY THREE

9 – 11:00am Schlitz Audubon Nature Center – Milwaukee, WI Embark on the many trails around this nature center, situated on 185 acres of natural habitat and home to a variety of wildlife. The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center offers high quality programming, infused with adventure and creativity, and tailored to all ages—from preschoolers to seniors. Learn all about birds of prey and their importance to the ecosystem with the Raptor Program, or take part in an

adult program, such as bird watching or snowshoeing. 11 – 11:45am Travel 37 miles from Milwaukee to East Troy, WI. 11:45am – 2:30pm East Troy Railroad Museum – East Troy, WI This historic train travels along the last 7.5 miles of Wisconsin’s original interurban railroad. Charter a trip for your group any day of the week from April through November. Rides typically last two hours and are available for group tours, school groups, special occasions, or just for fun. Add meal service for that extra touch. 2:30 – 3:30pm Travel 53 miles from East Troy to Kenosha, WI. 3:30 – 5:00pm Smith Pumpkin Farm – Kenosha, WI Experience a “funtastic” field trip on this 4th generation family pumpkin farm. See baby animals in early June, or visit in the fall for pickyour-own pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes and more. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, contact these destinations individually or work directly with area CVBs to ensure the perfect experience for your group.

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East Troy Railroad Museum 2002 Church St, East Troy | 262-642-3263 easttroyrr.org | sthomas@easttroyrr.org Take a scenic 15-mile train ride on historic trolleys or interurban cars. This round-trip tour travels from the East Troy Depot & Museum to Indianhead Park in Mukwonago, WI. Stop at the popular Elegant Farmer Store & Deli for gourmet pies, Wisconsin cheeses, gourmet gift baskets and more. Trains run regularly every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June through August, and Saturdays & Sundays in May, September & October. Charters available any time for groups, as well as themed trains, dinner trains, and pizza trains!

Heritage Orchard N2963 Lakeshore Dr, Chilton | 920-849-2158 heritageorchard.net | appleannie4@hotmail.com Heritage Orchard is a family owned and operated destination for both families and tour groups to enjoy and learn. This scenic setting lies on the east shore of Lake Winnebago at the base of the Niagara Escarpment. Open September and October for pick-your-own apples and pumpkins. The on-farm market features unique food products, caramel apples, award-winning apple cider, apple cider donuts and Annie’s Lookout Craft Loft.

The Little Farmer LLC N9438 Hwy 151, Malone | 920-921-4784 | mytlf.com | alicia@mytlf.com School groups to senior groups, come on out and choose one of four tours on this 139-acre farm. Their farmers educate about how important pollination is, explain good bugs vs bad bugs, teach you how to pick an apple and pumpkin, and take you through the woods on a wagon ride. Tours begin the first week in September and end the last week of October.

visit our online store!

Tours

OPEN ALL YEAR

EDUCATIONAL book now!

w2994 cty rd hh|malone, wi|920.670.0051 Sun 9a-7p|mon-sat 10 A-7pm | www.laclarefarms.com

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LondonDairy Alpacas Tour & Gift Store 6827 Hwy 147, Two Rivers | 920-793-4165 londondairyalpacas.com | LDalpacas@charter.net Enjoy an educational and interactive tour with the alpacas! Hands-on opportunities allow you to get up close and personal with these fuzzy creatures and discover what makes them so special. The gift shop, formerly a 1942 milk bottling plant, offers unique items made from the soft thermal fiber. Tours can be modified for all group sizes and ages. Call in advance to schedule ALL visits and tours. Open rain or shine.

Point Beach Energy Center 6400 Nuclear Rd, Two Rivers | 920-755-6400 | ruth.meier@nee.com nexteraenergyresources.com/what/nuclear_point_beach_center.shtml The Point Beach Energy Center is adjacent to the NextEra Energy Resources-Point Beach Nuclear Plant. Learn about the safe & reliable production of nuclear power and why it is the largest Green Energy source. Reservations are required for a presentation available Monday through Friday. Allow time for a self-guided tour of the 3,000-square-foot display area, which also looks at other energy sources. Admission is always free!

Smith Pumpkin Farm 7150 18th Street, Kenosha | 262-859-2645 smithpumpkinfarm.com | smithpumpkinfarm@gmail.com Founded in 1971, the Smith Pumpkin Farm is truly a “homegrown family operation!” Open mid-June through October with homegrown and pick-your-own produce. Fall season runs midSeptember through October 30th with pumpkins galore. Experience Babies ‘n Berries June 10th-11th, Sweet Corn Festival August 12th-13th, and fall activities starting mid-September. Follow us on Facebook for Crop Boxes during the summer months for fresh produce, too!

A TRUE FARM TO TABLE EXPERIENCE  Tour a 3rd generation WI family farm  Learn how cows are milked and fed  Visit the baby calves  Take a wagon ride through the barns  Watch our milk be made into cheese  See the Digester in action  Enjoy a farm fresh meal at The Cannery Public Market, Pagel’s new restaurant in Green Bay.

Book your farm to table tour today!

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Northwest Wisconsin Black River Area Chamber of Commerce. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Children’s Museum of Eau Claire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Hauser’s Superior View Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Pioneer Village Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

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Southwest Wisconsin Cedar Grove Cheese. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 DeVoe Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Down A Country Road. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Flyte’s Fieldstones, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Leatherberry Acres. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Mid-Continent Railway Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Warrens Cranberry Festival, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

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Field Trips Wisconsin Directory NW NE SW SE ATTRACTIONS Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad. . . . . . . .715-635-3200 N6639 Dilly Lake Rd, Trego | spoonertrainride.com info@spoonertrainride.com All aboard! Try our 1 1/2 hour, round trip Pizza Train or 45-minute Sightseeing Excursion.

CHAMBERS & CVBs Black River Area Chamber of Commerce. . . .715-284-4658 120 N Water Street, Black River Falls | exploreblackriverfalls.com chamber@blackrivercountry.net Promoting and supporting agritourism members and events in Jackson County and west central Wisconsin.

FACTORIES Cedar Grove Cheese. . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-546-5284 E5904 Mill Road, Plain | cedargrovecheese.com cheese@cedargrovecheese.com Come and see cheese being made the old-fashioned way as your guide discusses the art and history of cheesemaking. Visit our natural water-treatment facility, followed by samples and shopping. Call ahead for days and times.

FARMS DeVoe Family Dairy Farming . . . . . . . . . . . .608-558-3471 N266 Twin Grove Road, Monroe | www.wisconsinfarmtours.com samantha@wisconsinfarmtours.com Experience the life of a family-owned dairy farm in the heart of Wisconsin, featuring nine species of animals.

Flyte’s Fieldstones, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .715-228-2304 W10770 State Road 21, Coloma | flytefamilyfarm.com flyte@uniontel.net 100-year-old farmstead backdrop with a corn maze, petting zoo, pumpkins, wagon rides, pumpkin launcher, and more!

Hauser’s Superior View Farm. . . . . . . . . .715-779-5404 86565 County Hwy J, Bayfield | superiorviewfarm.com info@superiorviewfarm.com 100+ year nursery & orchard. The gift shop is housed in a 1928 Sears Barn with a “Superior” view.

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Heritage Orchard, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .920-849-2158 N2963 Lakeshore Dr, Chilton | heritageorchard.net appleannie4@hotmail.com “A Taste of Country” and family enjoyment! Apples, pumpkins, farm market, bakery, crafts. Open September & October.

Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises, Inc. . . . . . . . . . .715-675-2325 T6819 County Road W, Wausau | hsuginseng.com scott@hsuginseng.com or brent@hsuginseng.com Hsu’s Ginseng is the world’s premier grower and supplier of American ginseng products and gifts.

LaClare Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .920-670-0051 W2994 County Road HH, Malone | laclarefarms.com jessica@laclarefarms.com A one-of-a-kind goat dairy destination featuring a cafe, retail shoppe and farmstead creamery. Tours available!

Leatherberry Acres. . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-963-1120 S4067 County Road A, Baraboo | leatherberryacres.com maze@leatherberryacres.com We look forward to sharing the corn maze, pumpkin patch and family fun along the way.

The Little Farmer LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . .920-921-4784 N9438 Hwy 151, Malone | mytlf.com | alicia@mytlf.com Choose from four tours to fit your group on our 139-acre farm. Open September - October.

LondonDairy Alpacas & Fiber Studio. . . . . .920-793-4165 6827 Hwy 147, Two Rivers | londondairyalpacas.com LDalpacas@charter.net Get up close and personal with alpacas at this fully operational ranch and gift store. Appointments necessary.

Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy. . . . . . . . . . . . .920-388-3333 N4893 County Road C, Kewaunee | pagelsponderosa.com info@pagelsponderosa.com Meet the cows and learn all about the latest innovations in milk production and alternative energies.

Schairer’s Autumn Acres, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . .715-573-8397 194 Western Ave, Birnamwood | schairersautumnacres.com Fall Fun For Everyone! Corn maze, pumpkin patch, wagon rides, play area and more!


Field Trips Wisconsin Directory NW NE SW SE Smith Pumpkin Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .262-859-2645

Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center. . . . .608-378-4878

7150 18th Street, Kenosha | smithpumpkinfarm.com smithpumpkinfarm@gmail.com Open mid-June through October with homegrown and pick-your-own produce. Don’t miss our Sweet Corn Festival in August.

204 Main Street, Warrens | discovercranberries.com director@discovercranberries.com Housed in a historical cranberry warehouse in the heart of Cranberry Country, come learn about Wisconsin’s state fruit, the cranberry!

FESTIVALS

NATURE CENTERS

45th Annual Warrens Cranberry Festival. . . . .608-378-4200 402 Pine Street, Warrens | cranfest.com | cranfest@cranfest.com Warrens Cranberry Festival marks the 45th celebration in 2017! Located in central Wisconsin’s “Heart of Cranberry Country.”

Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. . . . . . .608-868-2505

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. . . . . . . .414-352-2880 1111 E Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee | schlitzaudubon.org registration@schlitzaudubon.org Milwaukee’s comprehensive nature center offers 185 acres of experiential outdoor learning along Lake Michigan’s shoreline.

Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson | wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com wisbc@centurytel.net September 8-10, 2017. Dog trials, lambs, shearing, fleece & sheep shows, classes, country store with 130 vendors. See website for details.

Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center. . . . . . . .608-685-3303

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Children’s Museum of Eau Claire. . . . . . . . . . . 715-832-5437 220 S Barstow Street, Eau Claire | childrensmuseumec.com info@childrensmuseumec.com Interactive, hands-on exhibits including a Family Farm. Discounted group rates. Open all year round!

East Troy Railroad Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .262-642-3263 2002 Church St, East Troy | easttroyrr.org | sthomas@easttroyrr.org 15-mile train rides on historic trolleys or interurbans. Weekends from May through October. Charters anytime.

Mid-Continent Railway Museum. . . . . . . . . .608-522-4261 E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom | midcontinent.org inquiries@midcontinent.org Browse restored trains and enjoy a 55-minute ride aboard historic railcars. Group rates available.

Pioneer Village Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . 715-458-2080 1866 13 1/2 - 14th Ave, Cameron | barroncountymuseum.com museum1@chibardun.net Authentic 1880s village welcomes tour groups, Memorial to Labor Day. Lunch Stand. Gift Shoppe.

110 N Main Street, Alma | wingsoveralma.org | center@wingsoveralma.org Visit Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center, your information headquarters for the Alma area.

NEW Zoo & Adventure Park. . . . . . . . . .920-434-7841 4378 Reforestation Road, Green Bay | newzoo.org jelen_pe@co.brown.wi.us Visit the animals in a fun and “edZOOcational” setting. Providing programs and classes for your field trips OR just come and have FUN!

SHOPPING Down A Country Road. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .608-654-5318 12651 State Hwy 33, Cashton | downacountryroad.com downacountryroad@yahoo.com Experience the rich history of the Amish and check out the 6 village shops.

TECHNOLOGY Point Beach Energy Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .920-755-6400 6400 Nuclear Rd, Two Rivers | ruth.meier@nee.com 800-880-8463 nexteraenergyresources.com/what/nuclear_point_beach_center.shtml Learn about the safe & reliable production of nuclear power adjacent to the Point Beach Nuclear Plant.

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