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Best of the Midwest

Join Dan Kaercher, recently retired editor-in-chief of Midwest Living Magazine, as he shatters the outdated cliché that characterizes the Midwest as “fly-over country.” Spanning seven weeks and over 11,000 miles, Dan unveils the enchanting diversity of the Parklands of the Midwest—from forests, refuges and scenic byways to rivers, lakes and grasslands. Action-packed adventures and hidden surprises are around every bend. Dan hikes, bikes and paddles his way through these spectacular natural surroundings, nestled throughout the heartland of the country on Parklands of the Midwest.

There is a one-hour version of this program and a series of six half-hour programs.

**Please note: Dan Kaercher personally visited all of the parks, preserves and recreation areas while videotaping these programs in 2005, but circumstances can change. We encourage you to call ahead if you are planning a visit of your own.

Programs:

One-hour
Program
Six Half-hour
Programs

Illinois
Shawnee National Forest

Iowa /Nebraska #101
Niobrara National Scenic River (Nebraska)
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (Nebraska)
Lee G. Simmons Conservation and Wildlife Safari (Nebraska)
Strategic Air & SPace Museum (Nebraska)
Loess Hills (Iowa)
Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge (Iowa)
Yellow River State Forest (Iowa)

Indiana
Hoosier National Forest

North Dakota/South Dakota #102
Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)
Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge (North Dakota)
Lake Sakakawea & Garrison Dam (North Dakota)
Custer State Park (South Dakota)
Native American National Scenic Byway (South Dakota)
Badlands National Park (South Dakota)

Iowa
Loess Hills

Kansas/Missouri #103
KATY Trail State Park (Missouri)
Meramec State Park (Missouri)
St. Francois Mountain Range (Missouri)
Elephant Rocks State Park (Missouri)
Taum Sauk Mountain State Park (Missouri)
Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park (Missouri)
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge (Kansas)
Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area (Kansas)
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (Kansas)
Prairie Dog State Park (Kansas)

Kansas
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area

Minnesota/Wisconsin #104
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin)
Kettle Moraine State Forest (Wisconsin)
Point Beach State Park/Forest (Wisconsin)
Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway (Minnesota)
Minnehaha Park (Minnesota)
Itasca State Park (Minnesota)
Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota)

Michigan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Illinois/Indiana #105
Shawnee National Forest (Illinois)
Rend Lake (Illinois)
Starved Rock State Park (Illinois)
Hoosier National Forest (Indiana)
Lincoln State Park (Indiana)
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (Indiana)

Minnesota
Voyageurs National Park

Michigan/Ohio #106
SLeeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Michigan)
Palms Book State Park (Michigan)
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (Michigan)
Hueston Woods State Park (Ohio)
Malabar Farm State Park (Ohio)
Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio)

Missouri
KATY Trail State Park

 

Nebraska
Niobrara National Scenic River

 

North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

 

Ohio
Cuyahoga Valley National Park

 

South Dakota
Custer State Park

 
Wisconsin
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
 

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More Park Information

    Illinois

Shawnee National Forest
618-253-7114

Starved Rock State Park
815-667-4726

Rend Lake
618-439-7430

    Indiana

Hoosier National Forest
812-275-5987

Lincoln State Park
812-937-4710

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
219-926-7561 Ext. 225

    Iowa

Loess Hills
712-886-5441

Yellow River State Forest
515-281-5918

Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge
515-994-3400

    Kansas

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
620-486-2393

Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area (search Cheyenne Bottoms)
620-793-3066

Prairie Dog State Park
785-877-2953

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
620-273-8494

    Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
231-326-5134

Palms Book State Park
906-341-2355

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
906-885-5275

    Minnesota

Voyageurs National Park
218-283-9821

Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway
612-230-6400

Minnehaha Park
612 230-6400

Itasca State Park
218-266-2100

    Missouri

KATY Trail State Park
1-800-334-6946

Meramec State Park
573-468-6072

Elephant Rocks State Park
573-546-3454

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park
573-546-2450

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park
573-546-2450

    Nebraska

Niobrara National Scenic River
402-336-3970

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
402-944-2523

SAC Museum
402-944-3100

Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari
402-733-8401

    North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
701-623-4466

Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge
701-387-4397

Lake Sakakawea
701-487-3315

Garrison Dam
(No phone number available)

    Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
800-445-9667

Malabar Farms State Park
419-892-2784

Hueston Woods State Park
513-523-6347

    South Dakota

Custer State Park
605-255-4515

Badlands National Park
605-433-5361

Native American Scenic Byway
605-773-3301

    Wisconsin

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
715-779-3397

Kettle Moraine State Park
262-594-6200

Point Beach State Forest
920-794-7480