This program is replacing the popular Cakes at the Lakes series for 2021. We have changed its name for this year to avoid confusion about the changes that we have made to the program due to COVID-19.

Breakfast Under The Branches, sponsored by the Long Lake Preservation Association, is a family-friendly outdoor breakfast with a nature program at our outdoor amphitheater. See below for the dates and topics of the presentations.

Program Fee


The program fee covers the cost of breakfast and the nature program.

All participants will receive the same food: one large gourmet muffin, one cup of fresh fruit, two strips of bacon, and a beverage of choice.


Arrive anytime between 9:30 and 10:00 am to pick up your breakfast.

The nature program will begin at 10:00 am at the outdoor amphitheater. The program will end by 11:00 am with some time for Questions and Answers at the end.

Feel free to stick around afterwards to hike the trails or play on the playscape!

COVID-19 Precautions

This program will occur exclusively outdoors. Food will be served outdoors and you can enjoy it at the picnic tables or bring your own picnic blanket or camp chairs.

Registration is required and limited to allow for adequate social distancing.

Registration is required for Breakfast Under The Branches programs. To register, please click the “Register Here” button under each topic. You will be given an option to pay via credit card online or pay via cash or check at the program.

The Smallest Falcon: Live Raptor Program

Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021
Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am

The American Kestrel is North America’s smallest falcon, but as we all know, big things come in small packages. Learn more about this tiny predator with a naturalist from the Cable Natural History Museum. We’ll meet a live raptor and discover how we can contribute to falcon conservation.

Presenter Haley Appleman is a naturalist and Live Collections Curator at the Cable Natural History Museum. After receiving a degree in Biology and working several years in zoos, she transitioned from zookeeping to environmental education. Now she has the best of both worlds: working with animals and getting to teach people about them.

Turtles of Wisconsin

Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021
Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Learn about the different types of turtles that live in Wisconsin and the many adaptations that they have that help them survive. You’ll get to touch and hold turtle shells and take a lot at some living turtles from the Northwoods Wildlife Center.

Presenter Bart Kotarba is a Wildlife Educator at the Northwoods Wildlife Center. Bart holds degrees in Wildlife Management and Biology with an emphasis in Environmental Education from UW-Stevens Point.

Aquatic Invasives

Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021
Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are the species that invade our lakes, rivers, and wetlands and pose a significant threat to our native ecosystems. We’ll learn about common AIS such as zebra mussels, Eurasian water milfoil, banded mystery snails, and curly leaf pondweed, invasive bighead, silver, grass, and black carp.

Presenter Katie Sickmann is the Invasive Species Program Coordinator for the St. Croix River Association (SCRA). SCRA is committed to protecting the St. Croix River and its watershed from the threats posed by invasive species.