Wisconsin's Outdoor Explorer
Come with me and explore the state of Wisconsin! Learn about the places, events and things to see and do throughout the state. I'll be your personal outdoor guide as you head out to be one of Wisconsin's Outdoor Explorers.
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EPISODE 83-HIKE IT BABY Hike-It-Baby introduces children from infants all the way to school aged kids and their families to hiking in the outdoors. Hike-It-Baby has branches all throughout the United States and has 10 branches throughout Wisconsin. Today I’m talking with Jami Rogers, the Co-Branch Ambassador for Hike-It-Baby for the Appleton Area. We talked about why this is such a great way for families to get out and hike.
info_outline EPISODE 82-TIME TO TRY NEW THINGS 05/10/2020
EPISODE 82-TIME TO TRY NEW THINGS During the pandemic, many events have been canceling in the recent weeks. And that has us asking, "What's next and what's left for our summer?" I want you to start thinking about those things that you've always wished you had time to do. This is the time to pick something off that bucket list.
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EPISODE 81-WISCONSIN FISHING CLUB Fishing season is here and that means it’s time to enjoy some quality time with buddies and see who can reel in the big one. Today I’m talking to Bob LeRoy, the newly elected president of the Wisconsin Fishing Club.
info_outline EPISODE 80-LOOK FOR THE POSITIVES 04/26/2020
EPISODE 80-LOOK FOR THE POSITIVES During this time we can be filled with negative story after negative story. I say don’t worry about things you can’t control; enjoy the things you can control. You can control how you react to all of this. You can control how you spend your time. Spring is here, get out an enjoy this time with your family. Take your pets for more walks than they want. Feel the sunshine on your face and take advantage of this time you’ve been given as you head out to be one of Wisconsin’s Outdoor Explorers
info_outline EPISODE 79-WISCONSIN HONEY PRODUCERS 04/19/2020
EPISODE 79-WISCONSIN HONEY PRODUCERS My guest today is looking forward to seeing the flowers bloom and not just because he likes their beauty. You see flowers and blossoms are a huge part of his life and business. Where there are blossoms, so are his bees. Today I’m talking with Kent Pegorsch. Kent has been a beekeeper for over 40 years and is currently the president of Wisconsin Honey Producers.
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EPISODE 78-WISCONSIN HARDY PLANT SOCIETY Having a garden and caring for plants is a great way to get outdoors. The hours that can be spend caring for your outdoor plants can be relaxing and refreshing. I wanted to learn more and that’s why on this podcast I asked Stephanie O’Neal, the president of the Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society. We talked about what classifies as a hardy plant, some things to think about before you begin planting and why it’s important to think about native plants.
info_outline EPISODE 77-SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY WITH JUSTIN POUBLON 04/05/2020
EPISODE 77-SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY WITH JUSTIN POUBLON Spring is officially here and that means the snow turns to rain. And at times, those April showers turn in severe weather. Do you now what you would do if severe weather happens and you’re out on a hike or floating down a river? This week, I’m bringing back Justin Poublon from Wisconsin Weather to talk a little bit about severe weather in Wisconsin. What things we should watch for and I asked him to give us a few tips if you find yourself out on the trails if severe weather should pop up.
info_outline EPISODE 76-ACTIVITY IDEAS FOR KIDS 03/29/2020
EPISODE 76-ACTIVITY IDEAS FOR KIDS I try to look for the best in every situation, I think that’s important for all of us to try to do right now. I think this is an opportunity for you to reconnect with your kids. I'll give you some simple ideas to get your kids outdoors this spring. Teach, learn and play with them as you head out to be one of Wisconsin’s Outdoor Explorers.
info_outline EPISODE 75-SPRING HIKING TIPS 03/22/2020
EPISODE 75-SPRING HIKING TIPS As most of us living in Wisconsin know, the spring season can be finicky. One day it’s 50 degrees and you’re ready to break out the shorts for the year and then the next day it’s back down to 20 degrees and you’re shoveling 6 inches of snow. These swings in the weather are pretty much normal for Wisconsin and we learn to live with them. However, they can make getting out for a nice hike a bit tricky. I want to offer you a few tips to think about before you head out the door for that spring h
info_outline EPISODE 74-IT'S MAPLE SYRUP SEASON 03/15/2020
EPISODE 74-IT'S MAPLE SYRUP SEASON Today I’m talking with Theresa Baroun, the executive direction of the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association and we go over the overall impact the Maple Syrup industry has on Wisconsin, the process of making this sweet treat and how you can get started in making your own maple syrup from trees right in your backyard.
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EPISODE 73-HIKING HARTMAN CREEK STATE PARK Hartman Creek State Park offers a great representation of what make Wisconsin great. It’s forests and lakes make you feel like you could be anywhere in Wisconsin. On this podcast, I talk about some of the things you'll see and can do at Hartman Creek and whether it's the right place for you to plan your next outing.
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EPISODE 72-BE IN THE MOMENT I’ve been guilty of not being in the moment and just going to an event or hiking a trail without really stopping to take it in. I think that the whole reason we seek to get outdoors is to get away from our busy lives. But if we don’t take the time to be in the moment, aren’t we missing the whole point of being outdoors? That’s why I want to offer some times on how to be in the moment more and get the most from your outdoor.
info_outline EPISODE 71-WILLOW RIVER STATE PARK 02/24/2020
EPISODE 71-WILLOW RIVER STATE PARK Willow River State Park is a great park to spend a half day of hiking and it’s definitely one you’ll want to visit during each season. I talk about visiting Willow River State Park for the first time. Is Willow River State Park worth a visit and is it family friendly? Find out on this week's podcast.
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EPISODE 70-BACKYARD BIRDING One of the easiest things to do to get outdoors in Wisconsin is going bird watching. Wisconsin is filled so many different types of birds and as the seasons changes so does the bird population. This week I’m talking with Lori Schubring, the owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Wausau about our winter birds as well as the growing hobby of backyard birding.
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EPISODE 69-AMERICAN BIRKEBEINER We know how to have fun in Wisconsin during the winter. One of those fun traditions is the American Birkebeiner. Since 1973, this cross-country skiing race has had thousands of people, both elite and causal skiers, enjoy the thrill of crossing the finish line of the Birkie. On this week’s podcast I’m talking to Ben Popp, Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Fountain. We talked about the 46th American Birkebeiner and all the events that will take place leading up the big event.
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EPISODE 68-RIVER BEND TRAIL The River Bend Trail in Merrill, Wisconsin is a small trail with big dreams. Currently it winds through the city of Merrill with hopes of someday connecting Wausau to Tomahawk. On this week's podcast I talked with Jon Krohn, President of the River District Development Foundation about this special trail and its plans for future development.
info_outline EPISODE 67-THE WISCONSIN BUCKET LIST 01/27/2020
EPISODE 67-THE WISCONSIN BUCKET LIST On this week’s podcast I talked to Kelly Jo Stull, author of “The Wisconsin Bucket List. She’s compiled a bucket list of things to see and do in our state that every Wisconsinite should have on their own bucket list.
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EPISODE 65-OUTDOOR ACTIVITY IDEAS FOR KIDS Keeping kids interested in the outdoors is challenging enough. With things like video games, tables and smart phones so easily accessible it makes it tough sometimes to get them interested in getting outdoors. So, bundle the kids up and send them outside with a few of these ideas to have a little fun in the snow this winter.
info_outline EPISODE 64-LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020 01/06/2020
EPISODE 64-LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020 The start of a new year always brings the promise of hope and excitement. 2020 has me excited about the growth of Wisconsin’s Outdoor Explorer. On this week's podcast I talk about some of the things that I want to accomplish this year.
info_outline EPISODE 62-ASSOCIATION OF WISCONSIN SNOWMOBILE CLUBS 12/16/2019
EPISODE 62-ASSOCIATION OF WISCONSIN SNOWMOBILE CLUBS Most of central and upper Wisconsin is covered in snow. That means snowmobile season is almost here. I talked with Dave Newman, president of the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs, about the upcoming sledding season.
info_outline EPISODE 61-WINTER IS HERE NOW WHAT? 12/09/2019
EPISODE 61-WINTER IS HERE NOW WHAT? It seems winter is here for most of us in central and northern Wisconsin. What can we do now that we have a good base layer of snow and the temps are cold enough that it’s not really going anywhere? The quick answer is be patient. There are a few activities that you can start doing right away and others, you’re going to have to wait and give a little time before you can start and enjoy.
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EPISODE 60-WISCONSIN CHRISTMAS TREES Tis the season and what better way to get things started than with a Christmas tree? Wisconsin is one of the nations top states when it comes to Christmas tree production. I talked with Greg Hann, the president of Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association, about everything from what to look for when picking out a tree to the the different varieties grown in the state.
info_outline EPISODE 59-MAGIC OF LAKE MICHIGAN 11/25/2019
EPISODE 59-MAGIC OF LAKE MICHIGAN The shores of Lake Michigan are often overlooked as a vacation or site seeing destination. But don’t dismiss it, there are some great spots all along the coast for you to stop and enjoy the peace, calm and tranquility of Lake Michigan.
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EPISODE 58-RIB MOUNTAIN REVIEW One of my favorite things to do in the state is to visit state parks. Rib Mountain State park is one of my favorites. There's a lot of variety and opportunities to do many different things throughout the year. On this week's podcast, I talk about hiking Rib Mountain State Park and what makes it so special.
info_outline EPISODE 57-TIME CHANGE TIPS 11/11/2019
EPISODE 57-TIME CHANGE TIPS The end of daylight savings time came with the first weekend in November and that means a shift in time. We’ve gone from driving to work in the dark and coming home in the light to the exact opposite. It seems we’ve jumped right into the winter season with the cold and the early dark evenings. And that makes getting outdoors in the evening a challenge. That’s why I wanted to offer a few tips on helping you escape the indoors.
info_outline EPISODE 56-FACE YOUR FEARS 10/27/2019
EPISODE 56-FACE YOUR FEARS It’s Halloween time. Time for spooky houses, scary stories and doing things that scare you. But why only do something that scares you once a year? Why not do something that pushes you out of your comfort zone more often than that? I want to challenge you to find something that scares you a little bit, something that you might be a little afraid to do and do it. Push yourself to try something new and you may find out that you really enjoy doing it.
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EPISODE 55-FAMILY FALL FUN Getting our kids outdoors anytime of year is so important. But the fall season offers some of the best family fun of the year. There are numerous things you can do that will fill your weekend with smiles, laughs and memories.
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EPISODE 54-WISCONSIN'S SHORT FALL SEASON The fall season goes by pretty quickly. That's why now is the time for you to get out and see the colors before they're gone. On this week's podcast, I talk about how time is running out on the fall color season.