Havenwoods State Forest to host Snake Fest October 1

MILWAUKEE — A display native Wisconsin snakes and a guided hike in search of wild snakes are among the activities people will be able participate in when Havenwoods State Forest and Friends of Havenwoods, Inc., host Snake Fest on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A variety of indoor and outdoor activities will interest visitors of all ages. Havenwoods naturalists will display native Wisconsin snakes and allow visitors to touch many of them. Herpetologists from the Milwaukee County Zoo will display native and exotic snakes. Short programs are scheduled throughout the day, providing a close-up look at individual snakes, turtles, and toads.

Visitors can also take a guided hike in search of snakes and test their knowledge of snakes in a computer challenge. Kids can get creative with painting a snake on a rock, making an origami snake, and creating a snake from soda pop tops.

Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase. Proceeds go to the Friends of Havenwoods in support of Havenwoods’ education programs.

Havenwoods State Forest, 6141 N. Hopkins St., Milwaukee, is a 237-acre nature preserve featuring nearly 6 miles of trails, nature activities for families and adults, and field trips for school and youth groups. Admission into the park is free; no park sticker is needed. For more information, call 414 527-0232, search the Department of Natural Resources website for keyword “Havenwoods” or visit www.friendsofhavenwoods.org.