Current Programs and Events

Wood Lake has a variety of programs and events throughout the year for people of any age.  Note that pre-registration is required for most programs. COVID restrictions are enforced: social distancing and mask-wearing.

2021 Spring/Summer Programs & Events
Registration is open for 2021 Spring/Summer programs and events at Wood Lake! Check out the parent/child classes, kids camps, adult programs, family weekend specials, birthday parties, geocaching receiver checkout, nature exploration backpack checkout, and more! 
Check out the 2021 Spring/Summer Wood Lake Program Guide and register online for programs at

Other Activities at Wood Lake
Nature Exploration Backpacks
Wood Lake has nature exploration backpacks that families can check out for free! Available backpack themes:

  • Birding exploration (year round)
  • Forest exploration (year round)
  • Prairie insect exploration (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Marsh insect exploration (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Winter exploration (Winter)

The backpacks have handy tools and information for doing some independent exploring! Indicate the time you'll be picking up the backpack (9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday-Saturday, and 12:30-3:00 pm Sunday, then ring the doorbell on the outside of the main Nature Center building when you arrive. Backpacks are all sanitized after each use. Backpacks must be returned to the building by 4:30 pm.
(Pre-registration is required for check-out times).

Geocaching at Wood Lake
Did you know there are geocaches hidden inside of Wood Lake's 150 acres, waiting to be discovered? If you love being outdoors, exploring new places, or going on a nature hunt, this is the perfect activity for you! Geocaching is a great outdoor recreation activity for all ages and experience levels (beginners welcome). Geocaching uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) system; points can be located on a GPS receiver or mobile device to find hide-and-seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", hidden at specific locations and marked by coordinates. A typical cache is a small waterproof container with a logbook in which notes can be added by the finder.
Want to try geocaching at Wood Lake? Download the app on your mobile device and create an account for free. Don't own a mobile phone? Reserve one of our GPS receivers for free by registering at (search geocache) to get you on your way!