Outdoor Exploration

Outdoor Exploration

Welcome to the Spring 2024 season of Outdoor Exploration!

NOTE: Campout 4/19 is cancelled due to weather.

Seedling Day! Saturday, April 20 @ West Chalet 

Join us on Saturday, April 20 from 9-11am and plant some seeds to take home and grow! Registration is required for this event, scroll down for options.


Upcoming Member Events (See Registration Options below)

Friday 5/24 & Saturday 5/25 - SUMMER KICKOFF WEEKEND! 
Start your long weekend off with an overnight summer celebration!
  • Friday 5/25 5pm - Campout! Games, Snacks, Night Hike! Come for the nighttime fun with an optional overnight at Blackhawk!
  • Saturday 5/25 8-4:30 Family Outdoor First Aid! Details and Registration here.
  • Saturday 4/20 9-12p - Family Orienteering Challenge! Drop in and take on our newest orienteering challenge around the club! Use a compass, geo-coordinates, or a map to find ten clues around Blackhawk Ski Club. We'll have supplies (and instructional tips) available from 9am-12p, drop in whenever it works for you. (Can't make it that day? We'll have supplies tucked away for you to use throughout summer.)
Register for these events here!


About Outdoor Exploration

Our goal is to get kids and families outside together to promote:

  • lifelong love of the outdoors

  • appreciation and familiarity of nature and the world around us

  • comfortability and confidence in being outdoors

  • sense of ownership and responsibility in stewardship

And we'll do that through specific events/resources in these program areas:

  • Nature study (botany, geology, geography, meteorology, astronomy)

  • Outdoor skills (orienteering, knots, camping, cooking, firebuilding, first aid, etc.)

  • Parent support/education (book club, gear library, parent how-to events

  • Restoration work and land stewardship (planting, weeding, cataloging, serving)


Program Director

Hi! I'm Jen St.Clair, and my family and I have been members of Blackhawk since 2021. We boomeranged back to the Midwest after a decade in California, and we are loving Wisconsin life. I live in Fitchburg with my husband Luke, our three daughters Leah, RoryKate & Violet and our pup Henry. I love love love hiking (especially the Ice Age Trail!) and I am so hopeful to be a PCT thru-hiker one day. You can follow our family adventures at https://www.instagram.com/jenstc

Outdoor Exploration Archive

Photos and memories from past seasons.